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Do you remember the puppy rescued in the car park of a supermarket in Constance, last November?
Urged by a girl who noticed the infected wound around the neck of the puppy, we rushed and, with some difficulties, we captured him and brought in Cernavoda, where our veterinaries operated liberating him from the noose, that in the meantime penetrated deeply, and suturing the cut. After two weeks, we showed you the photos of his convalescence in the clinic. Here below you can see Dario today, one month after his arrival: the wound has healed and our collaborator, Lili, can even hold Dario in her arms (at the beginning, this was not possible). Dario will be included soon in an international adoption program and we hope he can leave at the beginning of 2009. Thanks to all the people who permitted us to guarantee the necessary treatments for this puppy!

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30 dogs (over 20 pups among them) at Cernavoda; 21 puppies at Medgidia; this is the number of abandoned dogs during November, which confirms the inexorable tendency of Romanian citizens to treat our shelters as rubbish dumps, rather than centres of free veterinary care. Our association wages a daily battle against overcrowding its facilities and Cernavoda (due to the recent intake) is again risking the occurrence of dog fights. As a matter of fact the thousands of sterilizations carried out each year, are not sufficient to change the habits of that irresponsible part of the citizenry unable to foresee the consequences of its actions; also insufficient are the about 30 monthly adoptions by citizens of other countries. Furthermore, taking in abandoned puppies prevents us from admitting into our clinic stray animals found in poor health conditions, because of limited space. Meanwhile, pet shops in Italy are jam-packed with puppies imported, among other nations, also from Romania.

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This kind of images is the norm in Romania. Poverty and ignorance, unfortunately, condemn hundreds of thousands animals to a painful life, (often) very similar to that of their owners.
In its own little way, STD changes the destiny of dozens of chained dogs every year, in Cernavoda and its vicinity. Click here to see the photos of this year campaign; Go to the HELP US section in order to donate a warm doggie-house to the owners of a Romanian dog: with just an extra 5 Euro (the cost of a longer chain) you’ll also give the dog the chance of running around its home courtyard.

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They have thrown him in a well, with his neck tight to prevent him from escaping. The little dog of the pictures was rescued today by STD team in Calarasi. The poor dog would have starved to death if he had not been noticed by a citizen. To see all the pictures press here.

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