FOUR PAWS became active in Romania as culling was used to reduce the population of stray dogs, often using very inhumane methods. To date, legislation in Romania continues to permit euthanasia as a management tool for stray dog control. To help reduce the suffering of stray animals in this challenging environment, FOUR PAWS is committed to supporting local efforts to neuter, vaccinate, microchip and provide parasite control to stray animals in municipalities who commit to using humane management methods. FOUR PAWS also works with local vets and communities to provide education on responsible pet ownership. We continue to work towards facilitating sustainable and humane care and management for stray animals in Romania.
FOUR PAWS support for Romanian strays
FOUR PAWS has been providing neutering and veterinary support for stray animals in Romania for over 20 years. In the past decade alone, the local vet team has been active in over 35 cities and municipalities across Romania. A new mobile veterinary clinic allows the local team to travel widely throughout the country and to help stray dogs and cats even in the most remote and rural municipalities. In accordance with the recently introduced veterinary legislation, the new mobile clinic was the first fully ambulatory veterinary clinic registered in Romania in 2019. This clinic complements stray animal care work being done in a stationary veterinary clinic in Bucharest. In Romania, FOUR PAWS cooperate with an independent animal welfare organisation, Animal Society, who deliver humane stray animal care programs locally.
Community Engagement in Romania
FOUR PAWS has also supported the first Community Engagement project in the Romanian city of Galati, in the north east of the country. Community engagement is an integral part of our Stray Animal Care program and provides an opportunity for local residents and stakeholders to address the underlying issue of pet abandonment, which is a significant driver of stray animal overpopulation.
Supporting the Human-Animal bond
In addition to our nationwide projects to neuter stray animals, we strive to provide a new life to these animals. In 2004 we started the 'Dogs for People' project where we train former stray dogs to become therapy animals. Today, five dogs work in our project in Romania to support children with disabilities, students in universities, and elderly people in retirement homes. This project brings benefits to the stray animals involved as well as local people.