Quite frequently one forgets that even though Save the Dogs is an association born in Italy, the staff that bring forth the projects on Romanian territory are 100% Romanian personnel.
It has been a long time since the founder of Save the Dogs, Sara Turetta, worked alongside only one part-time veterinarian and one other staff member: in eight years the projects have increased and by now the association has reached the size of an average company with over thirty people employed full time between Cernavoda and Medgidia.
Besides the aspect of animal activism, it is in fact important not to underestimate the social impact that these no-profit projects have on the reality like that in Romania: not only are employment opportunities created in zones economically impoverished with a high rate of emigration, but the projects contribute to the promotion of qualified personnel, of which are lacking.
Obviously, the doctors and those in management have major possibilities for professional growth, thanks to the training and formative exchanges that Save the Dogs have with foreign associations. Moreover, workers who are less qualified who work with Save the Dogs have two great opportunities: to work in a context of decency/fairness and mutual respect where a system of meritocracy is in force, and learning to know and love the animals with which they are in contact with everyday. In many cases, in fact, the employees have accepted the posts for necessity, but in time, almost all of them have changed attitude, forming a loving attachment to the animals and recognising their worth.
In the sections that follow, you will find 5 “departments”:
* Administration personnel (3 people)
* International adoptions personnel (4 people)
* Cernavoda dog pound personnel (13 people)
* Personnel from the shelter in Medgidia (9 people)
* Personnel working with projects relating to horses (6 people)
* Personnel working in educational activities (1 person)