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Last weekend has been a very busy one for STD.

During the past three days, Romania and Italy have been closer than ever thanks to the two “twin” openings of Footprints of Joy held in Cernavoda and Milan, a few hours from each other.

The adventure started on Friday when about thirty members and supporters left for Bucharest. Save the Dogs President and a part of our staff went with the guests in a trip to discovering the association symbol places, including the “old” shelter in Cernavoda, the sterilization Center in Medgidia and the Don Orione center in Voluntari where STD coordinates It’s Donkey Time!, the pet therapy project with donkeys that has been operating since 2011.

The climax of this greatly emotional three-day trip came on Saturday morning during the Footprints of Joy ribbon cut by moved Sara Turetta. Emotional as well were all the friends at the small ceremony along with the STD partners coming from Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Principality of Monaco, United Kingdom and the full Romanian staff.  In spite of the 40° C temperature, the visit at the shelter lasted a couple of hours and our members and supporters, most of them in Romania for the first time, had the chance to visit the facilities and meet our tailed guests: the dogs who had been transfered from the old shelter for a few days, the donkeys and the horses.

On Sunday morning, on the way back to the Bucharest airport, the short visit at the Don Orione Center moved again our guests who, led by Father Roberto, met four therapist donkeys and the children in the orphanage which, thanks to the partnership between STD and Paideia Foundation , houses the first onotherapy program in Romania.

After landing back in Italy the emotions did not end and the big event went on in Milan, where STD President symbolically cut a second red ribbon and toasted with the supporters and friends who were waiting for her in The Hub lounge for an aperitif which was offered by the Hotel. The evening ended with a very good vegetarian dinner where, as typical of STD events, there were also many Italian and Romanian four paws celebrating the big event with us and their owners.

It is really hard for us to pass on our emotions for such an important moment in words and to express the joy to share it with a part of our supporters and friends, both in Italy and in Romania. Thanks to their presence and their love we really felt you close while following and supporting us in these years. It is thanks to you if we could make this dream come true and if we can go on with our work in the future.

Click here to see all the pictures of opening in Romania and in Italy.


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On March 6th, Sara Turetta has received in Rome the award “Donne, Pace e Ambiente” (“Women, Peace and Environment”), dedicated to Wangari Mathaai, the first African woman winning a Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

The award, in its first edition, has been promoted by the association A Sud (To South) with support of the board joining the women elected as representatives in the city of Rome (Commissione delle Elette del Comune di Roma), and in cooperation with Casa Internazionale delle Donne (International Women’s House).

In addition to the prize received by Sara Turetta for her commitment in Romania, the president of the board Ms. Monica Cirinnà has also awarded three Italian activists respectively involved in the defense of the right to water, in the territory protection and in the battle against Eco Mafia.

Sara dedicated the award to all the Romanian women bearing positive changes thanks to their commitment. In particular, she mentioned those working hard and passionately in Save the Dogs centers, and those who are fighting for their own country’s rebirth with strong civic engagement.

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On March 14th the brand new product born from the cooperation between Save the Dogs and the company known for its hand made cosmetics, has been presented in Bucharest in the course of a pleasant evening.
Since its first appearance, Lush has become a messenger of cruelty-free politics, by siding against animal testing and choosing to purchase ingredients exclusively from companies ensuring the same approach.
The result of this cooperation is a limited edition cute soap marked with the popular footprint, whose sale is going to finance Save the Dogs’ sterilizations in Romania.

The relevant advertising campaign conceived by Lush is perfectly in line with the company’s usual communication strategy, consisting in an ironic and occasionally audacious way of promoting products; the guests enjoyed both the images and the slogan. We are glad our supporters have got the spirit which the campaign is design on: we are convinced, just like Lush, that a smile at times helps in facing with lightness serious topics as the battle against straying.
Italian Ambassador in Romania Mr Mario Cospito with his wife, Great Britain Ambassador Ms Linda McLachlan, and Romanian actress Monica Davidescu were among the guests.
The product is intended to Romania market, however Italian supporters can request limited edition soaps by mailing to shop@savethedogs.eu, subject to availability.

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