The Romanian actress Monica Davidescu has visited in the past few days the Cernavoda and Medgidia refuges, accompanied by the general director of Save the dogs Laurentiu Vasilescu. The splendid actress is a long time defender of animal rights in her country and particularly stray dogs which she looks after personally along with her husband, a singer well-known to the Romanian public. Monica has become a real ambassadress of animal associations in Romania and has participated in some protests in Bucharest after the proposition from the Prefect of the Capital to turn towards a law of mass euthanasia. She didn’t hesitate to go to Brussels to meet some European Romanian parliamentarians to convince them to sign the Declaration 26/2010 which many of you have read on the website.
During the visit, Monica met the Mayor of Medgidia, Marian Lordache, applauding the work alongside Save the dogs in the fight against the stray endemic in the city with bloodless methods like intensive sterilization.
Save the dogs is extremely grateful to Monica Davidescu for her extraordinary work in favor of stray dogs and for her efforts in creating communication in diverse Romanian animal issues.

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The names of the Euro MPs who signed the Declaration 26/2010, launched in late April by three MEPs (two Swedes and a Pole) at the suggestion of PIE, were disclosed by the end of May. As anticipated by STD in the news dated May 17th, the written declaration calls on the Parliament to take account of pets too and to acquire expertise on the subject, in order not to leave it up to the single countries, setting national laws that are often sharply conflicting.
Out of 68 signatures, only four belong to Italian MEPs: Emilia Mazzoni, Cristiana Muscardini, Oreste Rossi and Gianni Vattino. Among Romanian MEPs, the signatories are 11, more than twice the number of the Italians.
STD and ENPA are sending out letters signed by their presidents inviting Italian MEPs to sign the document. From June 15th to 17th, Sara Turetta will be in Strasbourg with a delegation of the PIE (including Jenny Vestlund, vice president of Friends of Homeless Dogs) to try to meet as many Italian MEPs as possible.
If this lobbying effort will prove to be disappointing, then we will launch a massive e-mail campaign to make our voices heard.
As a matter of fact, the deadline for the approval of the Declaration is by the beginning of July and if less than 370 signatures will be collected, yet another opportunity to work on common guidelines in the EU to protect our beloved friends will be lost.

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This puppy was found by STD operators on a rainy day, she had been thrown in the bushes of Cernavoda. Most likely, she was not born in the city but she was brought here from elsewhere. While, every week, the dog-catchers of Constanza remove dozens of animals from the street, abandonments follow one another nonstop, even though the free neutering program that STD has been running in Cernavoda for 8 years now is well known. The frustration of the Italian and especially the Romanian staff is great, as well as the feeling of discouragement in seeing that all our efforts do not bring about the desired results. The puppy’s name is Rachel, she is about two and half months old and we do hope to find a family abroad for her very soon.

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