With the collective eye of animal advocates understandably focused on the horrific Yulin Dog Meat Festival which begins later this month in China, one group is again turning its sights toward helping the thousands of stray, neglected and tortured dogs in Romania.
Dogs facing a similar plight as Spirit, a German Shepherd the organization recently saved from certain death in Romania after she was found abandoned in the snow with her leg and tail cut off, her teeth cruelly extracted and stab wounds from a knife. Spirit was reportedly the latest victim of “the Bucharest Butcher,” an animal attacker who remains at large according to a Metro UK article published in February.
As per the article, it has been estimated that there are more than 60,000 abandoned feral dogs currently in Romania’s Capital and largest city.
“The plight of these dogs breaks my heart,” Bauer shared in a video on the fundraising page and again on Facebook. “The good news is that IAPWA can make a difference in the lives of thousands of dogs in Romania.”
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Ricky Gervais also tweeted his support yesterday while Alicia Silverstone posted on Facebook and twitter on Wednesday.
Horrifically, even the government of Romania has been known to capture and kill countless numbers of stray dogs using inhumane methods such as shooting, stabbing, poisoning or beating.
Donations made to IAPWA will be used to provide much needed veterinary care and support through a mobile clinic among other initiatives. Its ambitious plans also include a two day spayathon in which they plan to spay and neuter 100 stray dogs.
Nicky Stevens The CEO of IAPWA said in a statement to WAN, “IAPWA is committed to making a difference to the lives of dogs in Romania who are struggling for survival on a daily basis. Their suffering is heartbreaking, and with your support, we can offer a lifeline for thousands of dogs who desperately need help.” “Through our Romania project, we aim to develop strong partnerships with local groups so as together we can create a better future for dogs who urgently need our support.”
Named Charity of the Year 2015 at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards in the UK, this small but powerful non-profit has already implemented a similar successful program in Borneo where it offers care and support to the region’s 10,000 strays.
In 2014, IAPWA replaced the previous inhumane methods of population control with its neutering, veterinary care, adoption and education programs which they followed by working alongside local groups to change legislation, increasing penalties for animal cruelty, banning animal fighting and prohibiting the human consumption of dog and cat meat among other issues.