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Save the Dogs and other Animals was born to give an answer to the plight of stray dogs in Romania, where since 2001 thousands of animals are being brutally destroyed each year by the authorities. For historical and cultural reasons, in fact, in this country member of the EU the phenomenon of stray dogs is totally out of control and represents a huge problem, causing both animal and human suffering.

From the legal point of view, the association – founded by the former adwoman Sara Turetta – consists of two branches: the operating arm in Romania founded in 2002, and the parent Italian association (founded in 2005 to finance the activities ). The two bodies, albeit formally separate, as a matter of fact constitute a single organization, sharing both strategy and values.

Save the Dogs and other Animals’ main purpose is to fight the stray dogs phenomenon through an integrated approach that includes:

  • the sterilization of stray and owned dogs
  • the identification and registration of owned animals
  • the national and international adoption of abandoned animals
  • education projects in primary schools
  • awareness campaigns that promote both a correct relationship between man and animals and responsible pet ownership
  • lobbying at national and international level, pushing for a legislation that protects pets at best and that controls by efficient and ethical means the canine/feline overpopulation.

In addition, through its centers and its mobile units, the association provides free medical care and veterinarian first aid, as well as guarantees a constant presence of its operators in the rural areas of Constanta province, improving the living conditions of both pets and working animals.

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Values

Save the Dogs aims to promote in Romania a culture that recognizes to animals (especially dogs, cats and equines), a number of inalienable rights. These rights are summed up well in the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals signed in Strasbourg in 1987, ratified by Romania in 2004 but actually never entered into force.

Our association believes that the society has the responsibility of protection towards animals, both connected to the objective value of the single individual, as being able to suffer and to have feelings, and to the positive and irreplaceable role of animals within the human society.

For this reason Save the Dogs aims to promote in Romania and, in general, across Europe a legislation that:

  • excludes the elimination of stray animals as a method to control the canine/feline population and that implements bloodless methods to fight the endemic phenomenon of strays. These methods have to safeguard the public health while respecting animal rights.
  • severely punishes all those individual or collective behaviors that cause suffering to animals of any category or species.