We all know the sad situation of Romanian children, especially children living in orphanages (we invite you all to visit to sites www.bambiniinromania.it and www.parada.it ).
In our work we have had the chance to meet many people, especially in Rom areas, which are the most desolate and poor. Unfortunately, here violence on animals never sees an end, and only rarely can we treat animals hurt by these poor youths. As shown by many sociology studies, violent behaviour against animals gives way to antisocial and criminal behaviour in adult age.
Children showing interest for the mobile clinic
We believe that, by taking care of stray animals and providing free care to the dogs and cats that these children take to our clinic, we’re showing these children that they can have a different attitude towards animals. Among the children coming from the least disadvantaged areas we have already seen some signs of encouragement. They are taking us injured animals, and these stray animals often become their best friends, they insist their parents and teachers call us when a dog is run over. These are small, yet encouraging, signs.
We are always much criticised for our involvement in favour of animals in Romania, in exactly the same way as are associations protecting animals in third world countries. However we strongly believe that any message of compassion and respect for animals is a value for the whole society. Countries such as Romania have a strong need for values, health care, foster families for children and dresses. When we help and treat animals, we are contributing to changing an attitude which does not consider living creatures — including human beings — as having rights.
We welcome among our friends anybody who can grasp what lies at the heart of our project. For those who cannot, we hope they will be able to help — not only in words — humanitarian associations.