Romania has a massive problem with stray dogs. The problems started in the 1980's when Nicolae Ceausescu aimed to industrialise Romania; people were forced to leave the countryside and move into cities. Houses were demolished to make way for apartment blocks and people had nowhere to keep their dogs, so many were abandoned on the streets. The dogs were left to breed and the population increased rapidly. It is estimated that in Bucharest alone there are 65,000 stray dogs on the streets. This is a problem that clearly needs addressing but it is how Romania is addressing this issue that is currently causing increasing international outcry.
What Is Happening Now
Currently in Romania stray dogs are targeted on the streets. Whilst many residents feed them, others attack them - they are deliberately run over, shot, poisoned, set on fire and beaten to death, or worse still mutilated and left to die a slow and agonising death. If they avoid this fate then they are likely caught by dog catchers who take them to Public Shelters. The dog catchers do not use humane methods and many dogs die or are severely injured in the process of capture or transport. They are then thrown into the "shelter" without medical treatment. Here they are often kept in awful conditions, sometimes without food or water, often injured and left to die slowly of their injuries, starvation or disease. Euthanasia, if conducted, is not conducted in a civilised way but by the cheapest means possible. It is clearly not acceptable for this type of barbaric behaviour to go on in a supposedly civilised country and a member of the EU.
How Can We Help?
The aim of Romanian Rescue Appeal is to help rescuers in Romania get dogs to a safe place in urgent circumstances. We will help to fund private shelter spaces in Romania as well as facilitate the transport of animals out of the country to safety and ultimately to happy forever homes.