Why Spay & Neuter?
It is estimated that in 7 years’ time, 1 dog and her offspring can produce 508 puppies!
Sustainable, humane neutering programmes are vital for the community around Adjud where the dog populations are bigger than the capacity to care for them.
Our goal is to Spay or Neuter every dog around Adjud - to put an end to this cycle of suffering.
Neutering is the only way to ensure that numbers stay safe – so that cats and dogs are given the attention they need in poor communities where disease is rife. There is little support from government bodies in these areas, which is why we need to step in and help.
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SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM
Before we became involved with the public shelter, there were no spays carried out within the shelter and dogs were breeding freely, there were many dogs suffering from mammary , ovarian and sticker tumours, all left to suffer a painful death. Most of the puppies born, died of disease from the poor conditions.
Since 2018 we have have funded almost 900 sterilisations within the shelter and surrounding areas. We operate a year-round campaign, offering free spays to those owners of dogs and cats on low income, educating that neuter and spay is the only way to reduce the suffering of dogs and cats in Romania, we also catch and release strays after sterilising.
Last year we funded 420 sterilisations and would hope to improve on that figure this year.
Fleas, ticks and worms are always a problem within the public shelters, causing a great deal of suffering especially in the Summer months. Ticks and Mosquitos carry life threatening disease and Babesia, Heartworm , Anaplasma, Ehrlichia often kill or are very expensive for us to treat in clinic; Demodex or dry mange is also rife in the shelter and for the street dogs.
For the last 3 years we have managed to provide regular treatments for the shelter dogs through the Summer months , avoiding disease, bacterial infections, easing suffering.
There is virtually no medical care given by the authorities within the shelter, despite many dogs being abandoned there, old or sick. Street dogs are left to suffer with tumours, skin infections or injuries from road traffic accidents. We endeavour to offer support to these dogs, who are in need of urgent medical help - last year we treated 50 dogs in clinic.
This year following a severe distemper outbreak in the area we vaccinated all 300 dogs within the shelter with a polyvalent vaccine Dhppi to stop the disease spreading, as this would have been a catastrophe. Distemper is a a very cruel disease, which even if it doesn’t kill the infected dogs they can be left with terrible afflictions for life.
Going forwards, we hope to continue to vaccinate all new dogs going into the shelter.