The educational program that was initiated by Save the Dogs in all schools in Medgidia in 2012, and then introduced in Cernavoda also the year next, has been launched again a few days ago. With the help of our program we will reach about 2500 pupils between 6 and 10 years of age by the end of the school year in 2014.

Through our everyday presence in classrooms throughout the area we would like to encourage children to become responsible pet owners and at the same time to become supporters of Save The Dogs activities in the area. (more…)

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Every year the public schools in Romania have included into their programs a week of “special” activities organised by pupils, who leave the benches of their schools to discover the town they live in.

This year for the first time some of the pupils of the schools in Cernavoda were given the chance to visit our centre Footprints of Joy, in order to get to know the donkeys, the horses and the 350 dogs that live in our custody. The children were enthusiastic about the donkeys: our staff could barely stop hundreds of curious little hands that were eager to touch these friendly animals.
The older boys helped our employees to carry the hundreds of bales of hay, which were transported in the shortest time possible to the barn. The girls on the other hand couldn’t resist to enter the dogs’ pens, as they were happy to spoil the animals with their kind caresses.

STD would like to give their thanks to the City Hall of Cernavoda and also to all the teachers who included Footprints of Joy into the special activities of the schools. We hope that these visits will form the future volunteers that Romania (and Save the Dogs) is very much in need of.

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When on one morning last July our staff working at Medgidia shelter found in front of the gate 6 children waiting for them, then we realized that we succeeded.

These children, indeed, were amongst the 1.500 pupils from all the primary schools in town who attended our educational program “Become a responsible owner” and they came to the shelter to get to know some of our dogs, which Alexandra, our teacher, was talking about during the classes. (more…)

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They got involved, excited and learned to love animals.
Starting from last January, 1500 children attending elementary schools in Medgidia followed the educational programme led by Alexandra.

4 hours of lessons to learn respect for all animals in an original way: didactic materials were the prints provided by the Organization WSPA but especially the stuffed animals donated by our supporters, which enabled the children to learn as if they were playing.

And, of course, this experience couldn’t end without a small but important event: a contest to choose the best poetry and the best drawing dedicated to a dog.
The prize-giving ceremony took place on Friday 22nd June in the presence of the teachers, some parents and the children, enthusiastic and amused. The children placed first in the two categories were Andreea and Stefania for the drawing and Costel Alexandru and Claudia for the poetry, but all received a prize. For their engagement, for their niceness, for having involved their families and having brought home the values learnt during our lessons. We are indeed convinced that those who learn to love and respect the weakest are all winners.

And what prizes did our little artists receive? School bags, drawing pen, pencils and stickers, but the most appreciated were the colourful and often giant stuffed animals offered by our Italian supporters! To check all the event’s pictures please visit our gallery.

We firmly believe in this project and think that a positive and lasting change could be carried out only by new generations.
For this reason, if sufficient funds will be available, next year we would repeat this experience extending it to the city of Cernavoda as well.

Please help us to carry forward this important project: to be present in the country. Education in schools is an extremely important project for the Romanian context as well as a due action to complete and to make more effective our work with animals. If you want to give a contribution, please make a donation stating as reason for payment “Educational project”.

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