Save the Dogs
Save the Dogs (STD) is an Italian association, officially founded in 2005 by Sara Turetta. At that point, Sara had already been living in Romania for three years working on the sterilization project. Having moved back to Italy she founded Save the Dogs in order to continue her work in Romania on a larger scale.
Save the Dogs is a principal association that aims to enhance the situation of stray dogs by applying a neuter-return-campaign, which is the approach recommended by the World Health Organization WHO since 1990. Another important goal of STD is to awaken the awareness of people to responsible ownership and treatment of animals, by urging for a new animal protection law and trying to change the people’s attitudes toward animals, organizing school visits and campaign days.
Save the Dogs spays or neuters the pets of nearby inhabitants free of charge and also offers free veterinary service. Nowadays many people travel long distances by bus in order to get medical care and attention for their dogs and cats. This sort of phenomenon was unheard of only a few years back.
You can read the statute of Save the Dogs here.
Today Save the Dogs runs two dog shelters in two separate towns in southern Romania; Cernavoda and Medgidia. They employ 35 people, five of which are veterinarians. The remaining staff consists of vet’s assistants, animal keepers, drivers, catchers and administrative personnel. Save the Dogs pays a full time vet 250 – 400 euro/month, depending on their experience. The salary of an animal keeper varies from 100 to 150 euro.
Save the Dogs also has a mobile clinic that reaches to the neighbouring towns and villages and offers medical care and sterilization of the animals for free.
The expenses in Romania reached 536 000 € in the year 2010.
Bulletin about Save the Dogs