The atrocities surrounding the management of Romania’s overwhelming stray dog population are being tackled through a unique partnership between Guardians of Rescue and NERO – Association for Saving Animals in Romania. According to the city government, a staggering 64,000 stray dogs live on Bucharest’s streets alone. There is a monumental lack of humane education, spay/neuter campaigns and humane shelter policies. The Romanian government has continually managed this stray dog population through a combination of poisoning and brutal bludgeoning. Guardians of Rescue, an animal rescue organization whose mission is to protect the wellbeing of all animals, has joined forces with national and international advocates to begin managing this global brutality toward companion animals.
“It is a tragedy that these faultless animals, whose only crime is being alive, must suffer the consequences of inadequate policies and indifferent and careless humans,” said Robert Misseri, President of Guardians of Rescue International. “For over a year we have protested and worked stateside on the stray dog issue in Romania. With a proper spaying, neutering, and adoption program in place, this situation would not be as dire as it has become. We are proud to partner with NERO, which will be our boots on the ground in Romania. With our mutual compassion and commitment it will be a big step toward the humane treatment for the dogs and cats of Romania,” he says.
Together, Guardians of Rescue and NERO hope to accomplish the following goals:
- Develop a stronger stance on spay/neuter and educate the communities on the importance of sterilization.
- Build a local shelter in Romania to house stray dogs and assist with medical care and management.
- Work with government shelters to implement humane euthanasia practices.
- Promote public adoptions, outreach programs and humane education and public awareness.
For more information visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/guardiansofrescue.