Just a few months ago we have brought to daylight the case of Johnny the donkey from Constanța, brutally beaten and finally saved by the intervention of the local Police force.

Many citizens informed us about an officer of the Police Station nr. 4 from Constanța, Vasile Petrescu, who has shown a great zeal in saving and confiscating on the sight the poor, gravely injured animal. (more…)

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(Johnny)

When the Police first saw Johnny the donkey he was being savagely beaten by his owner with a metal pipe. Upon seeing this scene, fit for a horror movie, the policemen from Constanta decided to take action. They gave a fine to the owner and they left the donkey in the care of an animal-loving lady, who immediately contacted us. (more…)

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Two years ago our association – in partnership with Foundation Paideia, Foundation EST and Friends of Homeless Dogs - launched the first riding therapy project for Romanian targetting children with special needs.Almost every day  18 orphans from the Don Orione Center in Bucharest, together with about 40 children suffering from autism, interact with the 4 donkeys, receiving not only physical but also emotional benefits. These benefits were highly considerable amongst the children suffering from autism, as they reacted very well to the contact with the adorable donkeys.

Even though the Foundation Paideia will stop financing the program this May, it will continue by being financially sustained by our Finnish partner and by STD. These funds will cover the medical charges for the animals, while the funds from Don Orione will go to the staff expenses.

Seeing the effective results of the pilot project, STD will try to obtain financial support from private sponsors like companies or bank foundations in order to launch a similar program in Cernavoda. We have already found the necessary space at the Footprints of Joy centre and we have established contact with a group of parents whose children are suffering from autism. We hope to obtain the funds we need for this project, as our goal is to launch it by 2014.

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A couple of weeks ago we received a phone call at the Save the Dogs headquarter from Tulcea County. It came from an owner who could not take care of his donkey any longer, requesting our help in offering shelter to the animal. Winter is a very difficult time of year for the people living in Romanian villages, because they don’t have the means to stock the necessary quantity of hay and they cannot secure even the most necessary supplies for their animals.
We do not know how this man had heard about us, but when we met him we saw that he was a good-hearted and generous person, who decided to donate the donkey to STD instead of selling him to a slaughterhouse (more…)

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