WAN Exclusive; 100 Dogs Fixed In Romania During 2-Day Spayathon; Donations Needed To Help!
As reported by WAN in June, UK-based International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals (IAPWA) had launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help secure the necessary funds to return this month to Romania to help more of the country’s starving, neglected and homeless dogs in need.
Yesterday, we received an exclusive update from the team which is currently in Romania fulfilling its pledge as it continues to raise more money so that it can help more dogs via spayathons such as the one taking place now.
IAPWA, which has estimated that a pair of dogs could produce up to 67,000 puppies in a seven-year period, has already spayed and neutered 40 animals that came from shelters, fosters, and people unable to afford the surgery.
The kind-hearted non-profit has another 60 dogs scheduled for today!
“Dogs need and deserve all the friends they can get. That’s why we need to work together, charities, companies, the people and the government to help thousands of dogs in Romania that need urgent care,” Dr. Aurelian Stefan, who has neutered more than 60.000 dogs in Romania over the last decade, told WAN in a statement on Tuesday.
Horrifically, 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.
Believing that neutering and adopting is the solution to Romania’s dog crisis, the organization emphasized that more funds are desperately needed so that it can continue to help the strays and more than 100,000 dogs currently in Romanian shelters.
This is the first step towards much larger campaigns alongside the purchase of a Spay-Shuttle to support the clinic which will make a big difference to the lives of dogs in Romania.
Dogs such 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.
Kristin Bauer, Ricky Gervais, and Alicia Silverstone are among the high-profile people supporting IAPWA’s ambitious work.
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.
Please consider donating to IAPWA’s crowdfunding campaign Here!
The more IAPWA raises, the more spayathons it can sponsor!