Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
neuter or spay--no more strays
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Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000 (5%) meet or exceed these standards, and of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal. Read more...
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October 2013

  Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. Newsletter October 2013
Facebook Auction »  

Sandra Venema held an auction on Facebook to benefit Romania Animal Rescue's mission for animal spay/neuter, veterinary care, veterinary training, and education program! The auction was held for two weeks, begin Saturday 19 October, 11:00AM (EST). Items included jewelry, crafts, and other fabulous items. Thank you to our anonymous donor who matched the funds raised by the auction and to all the participants who not only bid on auction items but donated an extra something for the animals! By the end of the two weeks, the auction raised US$2051.75 (€1525,50).

Thank you to Sandra for organizing this fundraiser. Thank you, everyone who bid at the auction.

Buhusi Spayathon Buhusi Spayathon
Photos from the Buhusi spayathon.

Best in America
Independent Charities of America

Best in America--Independent Charities of America


The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, and program and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5%, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

Dedication to Valery Guy.
No words can describe how much we will miss you. Gone too soon.

Valery Guy

Valery Guy, 52 years of age, wife of Anne Piper, mother of Charlotte and Jennifer. Val was a member of the Action Aid for Animals team (Romania Animal Aid, UK).

Val was very much the mother hen of the team, volunteering her time both day and night. She would drive all hours, up and down the UK, ensuring the rescued dogs and cats arrived safely to begin their incredible new lives.

She was there to support fosters and adopters in both the happy times and difficult times. Valery helped organise transport of aid and adoptions and in general like us all in AAFA rolled up her sleeves and just got on with the job at hand.

Val was very much an integral and crucial team member and the most wonderful of friends.

--Kendra Pinder, Action Aid for Animals

Dear Romania Animal Supporters »  

Dear Romania Animal Rescue Friends and Supporters,

It is with great happiness that I can report to you yet another month of successful work to help the animals in Romania. We have alleviated the birth of thousands of potential puppies and kittens--animals that are often abandoned onto the streets and forests when there is no spay/neuter option provided to their caretakers. Thank you for this gift of fewer suffering animals.

With the new law in effect, it is more important than ever to spay spay spay so that eventually there will be no animals to be caught and killed. No animal should have to face a life of misery, starvation, disease, with no hope for help. No animal lover should have to face the dilemma of whether to kill newborn offspring or dump them. This is why our work is so vital and the demand so great. Not only are we there for decreasing the population and thereby the suffering of unwanted animals, RAR also provides free treatments of animals that would otherwise go untreated, thanks to your support and donations.

Our education programs in the schools and communities reach both young and elderly folks. Our sponsorship for veterinary training via the Veterinary Training Camp provides current vets with a higher skill level than ever before, and the ability to do "keyhole surgical techniques".

I would like to thank you with all my heart for your continued support for the animals. You are the greatest donors in the world, and it is an honor to have your help.

With love and the highest respect,
Nancy Janes



Dear Friends,

In Romania, the warm summer days are long gone. Now people and animals prepare for what the meteorologists say will be harshest winter in 80 years. We know we cannot give every dog a warm winter jacket to wear and we can not feed them warm nice meals. Instead we can prevent new pups ending up on the streets and fighting for the little amount of food they find with street veterans that are not willing to share. We stand for spaying and neutering as many dogs as possible. We count on your wonderful help to enable us to sterilize as many pets as possible. You help us spare the female dogs the burden of being a mother on the cold wet streets or in an overcrowded shelter. Thank you very much for supporting our work, for joining us in creating a better worryless future for the Romanian animals in so much need.

Dr. Aurelian Stefan, DVM
Veterinary Director,
Romania Animal Rescue/
Animal Spay Neuter Int'l


The RAR Map of Romania


Your support has brought us to each of these towns for one or more of our animal welfare services: Spay/neuter, school education, veterinarian training, veterinary care, adoption, and shelter support.

Thank You!


Spay/neuter procedures funded

RAR funded spayathons in:


575 for October


22,370 OVERALL!

Newsflash »  

Protest in Barcelona, Spain

ICACW Protest

Romania Animal Rescue participated in a protest in Barcelona, Spain. Attendees of the Dogs Trust International Companion Animal Welfare Conference joined together on October 16 to stand against the inhumane treatment of Romanian animals.

Bicoastal Protest in the US

LA Protest

Romania Animal Rescue participated in a protest against the violent treatment of animals in Romania, organized by Guardians of Rescue. Protests were held on October 25 in New York and Los Angeles.

LA Protest

Protest from the Comfort of Your Computer

WSPA is asking for us all to sign their petition against the culling of the street dogs. Please join us in signing this petition, and thank you!

Attendance at ICAWC

A number of Romania Animal Rescue/Animal Spay Neuter International vets and managers attended the International Companion and Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC) from October 14-17. It is the Number 1 conference that addresses issues specific to stray animals in Eastern Europe. Over 300 delegates from 38 countries gathered for three days to learn, share, discuss and build relationships with their international contemporaries and industry specialists. During the three days, participants were invited to attend workshops and listen to a number of international speakers on subjects ranging from lobbying the EU, dog and cat population management, fundraising, and moving pets across borders. The conference focused on improving the welfare of animals. Dr. Aurelian Stefan and Dr. Petrisor Stefan also volunteered their time on day 2 to work at a spay campaign in Barcelona led by Dr. Jeffrey Young. ASNI was able to network with our friend from Portugal and we are now able to provide help in that country as well.

Please see these photos of us at the ICAWC:

ICACW Protest
Caroline Yates (Mayhew International), Nancy Janes (RAR/ASNI),
Clarissa Baldwin (Dogs Trust)

ICACW Protest
Nancy Janes, Dr. Petrisor Stefan, Dr. Aurelian Stefan, Sara Turetta

Spay/Neuter Update »  

October Spayathons


Bistrita Spayathon Bistrita Spayathon Bistrita Spayathon
RAR clock says "time to spay/neuter the animals!"

Help us return to Bistrita

Buhusi Spayathon--A Notable Success!

Buhusi Spayathon

206 spays in October! Who would have thought it? The total number of pets and strays spayed/neutered during the June and October R.A.R. campaigns in Buhusi amounted to 362! Not bad for a small provincial town with a small-town outlook on the purpose of animals' existence in humans' lives!

Buhusi Spayathon

Following the June spayathon and impressed by the local students' flash mob aimed at raising people's awareness of the stray and unwanted cat/dog issue, Romania Animal Rescue, through Nancy and Dr. Aurelian Stefan, started a donation campaign for the Buhusi dogs' cause. That was the cue for a Dutch animal rights organization (Walk4Dogs) to take the pledge to sponsor the spaying of 100 dogs. Jane, Toni, and RAR donors joined in instantly. In the meantime our schoolchildren got free educational books donated by R.A.R. sponsors and their teachers used them in educational classes.

Buhusi Spayathon

Step by step, with the invaluable help of R.A.R., our small community is changing its attitude towards stray and owned animals: they are beginning to be aware of spaying/neutering as the only humane solution to stop unwanted breeding and they adopted strays when they realized these were in danger of being mercilessly killed – not "euthanized" (mind you, "euthanasia" is a commonly misused term when applied to putting an end to a stray's life in Romania). Even during the spayathon 3 dogs found in the neighborhood were adopted by people who had brought their own pets to be spayed. Heartfelt gestures just as noble as those of the donors and of the gorgeous team (doctors Irina Corbu and Lucia Udrescu, Ioana Preda - veterinary nurse and Anda Popescu - teacher, volunteer)!

Hats off to Nancy, the R.A.R. team, Toni, Jane and all R.A.R. donors! And a big THANKS!

--Babi Sava
Teacher of English
"Ion Borcea" Technical College

Buhusi Spayathon

Help us return to Buhusi


Where Do We Go from Here?

We have visited a number of cities and towns in Romania over the past seven years, and we will continue to do so. ONLY spay/neuter will prevent animals from being born to face abandonment, suffering and killing. The following is a list of where your donations will take us.


Romania Animal Rescue is hoping to continue our great spay/neuter work in Craiova as long as there are animals in need. We also provide free veterinary care as our funding allows for treatments of countless animals.

To date we have spayed/neutered over 4000 animals in Craiova free of charge for the community. Please help us in Craiova to provide more more more spays if you can, and thank you!

Support Craiova


RAR is also hoping to continue our monthly spay/neuter program in Tecuci for free spays/neuters. This program was initially launched in 2010 with a Spayathon for 632 animals, and has now surpassed 2300 free sterilizations for the community. Imagine that! But we need more help to be able to continue this program, if you would be so kind. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Support Tecuci


RAR has been asked to sponsor up to 100 free sterilizations each month in Moreni. We have already done numerous spay campaigns in this town, and hope to continue to do so as to keep the population of unwanted strays from being born and abandoned, where they face starvation, disease and extermination.

Support Moreni

Ramnicu Sarat:

We are returning to do another campaign in Ramnicu Sarat in November. We fortunately have a sponsor already for this campaign.

Next Spring

We will return to Buhusi and Vatra Dornei as well to provide more help for these charming communities. Thank you for your ongoing help and support!

Animal Care »  


During the May Spayathon in Craiova, a puppy was brought in from the streets, covered with tar. Bonnie, Lelia and Nancy removed the tar using a combination of dish detergent, mayonnaise, and oil. Tara is now in foster care. The great news is she may be heading to a new forever home in the USA soon. Just look at her now!

SandyRAR was contacted a while back with a plea to try to adopt out the puppy Sandy. She was rescued by Cristina in Timisoara. Cristina could not afford to provide a home for Sandy, and asked if we would post her on our pages in Facebook. Thankfully our wonderful friend, Nina in New York, fell in love with Sandy and has now adopted her. She is enroute from Bucharest to NYC as this newsletter is being written.


Education Booklets »  

Vatra Dornei

Vatra Dornei Educational Booklets

Romania Animal Rescue and Mayhew International sent 100 educational booklets to the Vatra Dornei education program. These booklets explain how to take care of animals, and how spay/neuter prevents overpopulation.

Vatra Dornei Educational Booklets

Education books in Vatra Dornei from Romania Animal Rescue! Thank you for helping in Vatra Dornei! Thank you Nancy Janes! Educational booklets about animal welfare and spay/neuter distributed by RAR throughout Romania. Yes! We need to do more and more spays/neuters, 20 page full color books. It's an investment in the future! 100 educational booklets for children in Vatra Dornei. Thank you, RAR donors!

--Roxana in Vatra Dornei

Vatra Dornei Educational Booklets


Buhusi Educational Booklets

In Buhusi, 100 books kicked off the education program there. Thank you to Mayhew Animal Home UK and Mayhew International as well as our donors for sponsorship of this education booklet campaign! We will be sending booklets to our friends in Ramnicu Sarat as well.

Buhusi Educational Booklets

$1.79 will fund the cost of printing one book--and the benefits are priceless!

Print More Books

Vatra Dornei Sends a Message »  

Play Video

The mayor of Vatra Dornei, a priest and a local volunteer sent a video message to the Vatra Dornei community and especially to the local authorities. They ask people not to abandon their dogs. They pledge to continue their spay/neuter projects and participate in the spayathons that are provided for free to local residents. Moreover, the priest believes people should not turn to being torturers, but should solve this problem together. Please watch the video.

Our campaign in Vatra Dornei spayed an additional 102 animals for them in September. Thank you donors! We hope to return to Vatra Dornei in the spring.

Message from Toby »  

Thank you, Ruth Osborne, for putting this ad together. Toby had a broken front leg at about 14 weeks old. Although the bone healed, the ligaments in the other front leg are stretched and not as tight as they should be. He is now under the care of Speranta Pentru Animale Craiova.
Hi, I'm Toby from Romania
To get me into a nice new home and off the street can cost around US$800 (€500, £500), which doesn't even include the vet fees for repairing my broken leg!
For this amount, Romania Animal Rescue can spay 37 females, which means after 1 year, 576 puppies can be saved from suffering like I have.


Our Thanks »  

Thank you to our fabulous donors! As you can read in this newsletter and from the many others throughout the years, the work of Romania Animal Rescue has been able to provide help and an end to suffering for thousands and thousands of animals. Bless you, wonderful people, and thank you for your support!

Thank you to the Dream Team of RAR: Dr. Aurelian Stefan, Dr. Petrisor Stefan, Dr. Irina Corbu, Dr. Lucia Udrescu, Dr. Roxana Stan, Dr. Livioara, Ruth Osborne, Cosmina, Ioana Preda, Luminita Negrila, Laura Vaetisi, Lelia Creanga, Anda Popescu, Mihaela Raducanu, and Suzy Morris.

Thank you to Walk 4 Dogs for sponsoring 100 spays/neuters in Buhusi.

Thank you to Sandra Venema for the outstanding auction she held to raise funds for RAR spay/neuter, and special thanks to our matching donor for funds raised at this auction!

Thank you to our anonymous donor who donated over 1200 doses of HeartGard and loads of Previcox!

Thank you to Zoline Foundation for your grant for spays.

Thank you to Olive Walker for sponsoring the Ramnicu Sarat campaign in the coming month.

Thank you to Mayhew Animal Home UK and Mayhew International as well as our donors for sponsorship of the Buhusi education booklet campaign!

Thank you to Sterilize Dogs NL for your continued support of our spay/neuter programs.

Thank you to Alice Morgan Wright/ Edith Goode Trust and Humane Society of the United States for your grant for spays in Romania

With Love,
Nancy Janes
President, CEO and Founder
Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
(United States, Tax ID: 72-1546354)


Cold Noses Foundation
Eickemeyer Veterinary Equipment
Now, when you donate $50 or more to Romania Animal Rescue, Camp Four Paws will give your dog a free day's stay at their day care, a $45 value.