Sara Turetta with Swiss volunteers from the animal protecion organisation of Bellinzona (Switzerland).
Thanks to the very moderate cost of labor in Romania, STD has managed to hire 30 people divided between Cernavoda and Medgidia, who work full-time to catch, assist and spay/neuter thousands of stray cats and dogs. For this reason, volunteers in Romania are not needed as badly as some years ago, when there was a shortage of veterinarians and workers to take care of the animals on a daily basis.
Nonetheless, STD is open to the presence of individual veterinarians (maximum, two at a time) who partner up with one of the Romanian medical teams and to those “generic” volunteers that want to take on a permanent responsibility within the project and therefore, must have a deep understanding of it.
The real priority remains, however, the recruitment of volunteers in Western Europe for the the pick-up of animals arriving from Romania at Italian, Swedish, Finnish and Dutch airports.