As many of you are aware, our shelter in Cernavoda, Footprints of Joy, has a vast area dedicated to horses and donkeys. Most of these animals, still used in Romania as animals of burden in agriculture, have their sad stories of abuse and abandonment in their past. Luckily this does not apply in the case of Punk, the newest family member from Save the Dogs. (more…)

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Last Friday a group of employees of ASPA, the Veterinary Authority managing the stray dogs phenomenon in Bucharest, broke into two facilities belonging to the associations Vier Pfoten and Paws2Rescue. With a great cruelty documented by some videos (Attention: video containing shocking images) that are circulating on the internet, the municipality operators dragged 90 dogs out of the kennels,  killing four of them,  according to the statements of some witnesses. Fifteen of the animals taken away have recently been neutered and were therefore under medical assistance. (more…)

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Another year has passed and the time has come for us to look back on our work and activities in Romania.
The year 2013 has brought us great joy but great challange as well.

The “dog-killing” law has been approved by the Senate in 2013 which shocked us, but didn’t put us down. Now, more than ever we need to find sustainable solutions for the control of the canine population. (more…)

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Just before Christmas the implementing rules and regulations of Law 258, (the guidelines for the proper application of the new law on stray dog population control) were published.

There is no major difference between the reality and the speculations from a few months back: too much darkness, with too little light.

It has been confirmed that the dogs are subjected to euthanasia after 14 working days, unless the funds which would permit the keeping of the animals for a longer period would become available (either through long distance adoptions or being included in the municipal budget). (more…)

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