CHAIRWOMAN AND FOUNDER
In 2001, after years of voluntary work in various kennels in and around Milan, Sara decided to devote herself full-time to the desperate situation of Romanian strays – a situation which she had experienced first-hand during an upsetting summer trip to Romania. It revolutionized her life. At the time Sara was working as an account in an advertising agency. In 2002, she left her job in order to manage the newly born “neuter and release” project in Romania, which if left in the hands of local Romanian associations, would have failed for certain. Since then, Sara has been splitting her life between Italy and Romania, working full-time to coordinate activities in Romania, meetings with authorities and organising international adoptions. In 2012 she was awarded with the prize Donne, Pace e Ambiente – Wangari Maathai, given to Italian women who distinguish themselves for their efforts in environmental protection. During the same year she was conferred by the President of the Italian Republic of the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia, an award given to those personalities who promote friendly and cooperative relationship between Italy and foreign countries, particularly in the social field.
Paola (born in 1975) is volunteer and member of the “Associazione Cinofila Mantovana Onlus” since 1998 and she manages the local Shelter of the abandoned dog. Within the Association, she started covering the role of councillor and then, for 5 years, that of vice-president. Since 2001 she is health representative and she supports the veterinary surgeon for all aspects related to the health of the hosted animals. She is also a member of the adoptions group and one year ago, thanks to the dog educator that supports the Association, she started attending seminars and courses on canine behaviour and on the main themes related to the management of shelters. Since 2006 she actively supports the project of STD and she has been several times in Romania as a volunteer. She lives in Mantova, with 3 dogs and 3 cats.
Alessandra Farina, has been a volunteer for many year at her local rescue centre, she has always been interested in environmental issues and animal welfare. Her study career took her to develop a project involving environmental education in schools followed by ethology of pets.
Alessandra lives near Milan with her two loving cats Gigabyte and Aurora. She has been with STD for the last couple of years helping in the collection of rescue cats and dogs from the airports to rescue centre in the north part of Italy.