The fourth edition of “Footprints of Joy” has just come to an end. It’s about the journey that every year in June offers Save the Dogs’ members the opportunity to visit our projects in Romania. This event has become a customary tradition and at the same time an important moment of sharing for us all.
January 2014: Filippo Agostino, the Director of Save the Dogs Romania, enters our clinic in Medgidia with a puppy in his arms that he had just picked up from the roadside. Hit by a car, the puppy would not have survived if our director would not have rescued him. Assisted by our veterinarians little Paul, who would have become the mascot of the center, started a long and difficult rehabilitation. (more…)
The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis
Dear Mr. President Iohannis,
The person who is writing you is an Italian woman who 13 years ago decided to move to Romania and help some communities to solve the dramatic problem of stray dogs, while seeking to alleviate the suffering of many abandoned animals.
I know that these words may seem naive if compared to the very serious national and international issues that you are facing. Yet the recent events involving the shelter in Năvodari convinced me to write to you, assuming the risk of being considered naive.
I am deeply convinced that the civil struggles aimed at uplifting the ethics of a nation are always worth fighting, even when they involve beings – like animals – which are considered “a minor issue”. Moreover your election filled with hope all those people who have appreciated the wise and pragmatic way in which you handled the phenomenon of stray dogs in your city and I think that through this letter I may become the spokesperson for them all.
You, dear President, are giving important cues for the fight against corruption and against an old approach of doing politics. I invite you to fight against corruption also by initiating a revision process of an unfair law tackling stray dogs, which only enforces influence paddling and produces barbarity.
Thousands of dogs leave Romania each year to find salvation in other Member States, becoming the silent ambassadors of the less fortunate animals that remain to suffer and die. Through these animals your country entered into the hearts of many citizens in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, all watching with concern and deep suffering what is continuously happening since 2001 in your country.
My plea – as a European and Italian citizen adopted by your country – is to send a message of hope for all those people for good in Romania and abroad, strongly asking for a change of direction of the government on the rights of stray dogs.
Please do not disappoint, dear Mr. President Iohannis, all those people who see in you the hope for a real change in Romania, not ignoring the animal rights, closely related to people rights.
“A few days after the tragedy of Navodari I confess that the temptation not to celebrate with you my birthday was strong.
Yet, together with my collaborators in Milan, we thought it would be like giving in to those who allow such atrocities to happen every day in the Romanian shelters, while proudly reporting the figures of the dogs killed in 2014, as it recently happened in Bucharest and Constanta.
We won’t allow this news to lessen our optimism and desire to build a country that respects its animals. On the contrary, we are even more motivated to continue our battle for civilization in Romania. Which better opportunity then, but my 42nd birthday, to renew with even more determination my and your commitment to the cause of the Romanian abandoned animals?
Celebrate together with me to say out loud that the work of Save the Dogs will continue until things will change throughout Romania.
Last year you have been extremely generous and many of you showed your affection towards me donating for my birthday.
Thanks to those donations we managed to raise the amount of money necessary to start the construction of the veterinary clinic. Today we expect to start the building in a few months, hoping to overcome all the bureaucratic issues.
This year I ask you to offer to the dogs and cats assisted in our center in Medgidia medicines, worming and anti-flea products for a value of 10,000 Euros, half of the annual cost of the supply (in 2014 we spent 19,129 Euros). What do you think, are we going to make it? …
Share this campaign with your friends through the crowd-funding platform Rete del Dono that promotes this initiative and you will make me the most beautiful present ever!
I send you all warm greeting and I thank you in advance for your donations!”