Countless strays live in Romania, in the capital Bucharest alone there are said to be over 60,000. Instead of finding an animal-friendly solution, the problem was solved in the most radical way: According to the decision, the four-legged friends were only allowed to stay in the animal shelter for 14 days after they were delivered there. If no one is interested in the animals during this time, they may be put to sleep without further explanation. In June and July 2014 there were important legal successes against the cruel law. Unfortunately, the killing and torturing of street dogs in Romania continues in practice, also because so far too little has been legally implemented.
Animal rights activists have launched numerous campaigns to help the dogs in Romania. We would like to present some of the ways in which you can become active here.
1. Online protest about signature campaigns
Many large animal welfare organizations have launched signature and protest campaigns against the mass killing, which everyone can sign.
a) TASSO, for example, is committed to the stray dogs in Romania and tries to get the problem under control by long-term solution strategies such as the widespread castration of strays and the improvement of the conditions in the animal shelters.
b) Four paws appeals to animal lovers to support their action by sending protest emails directly to various Romanian mayors. You can find ready-made forms here.
c) And PETA Germany has also launched a protest campaign. More information and the corresponding petition can be found here.
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2. Active help: Donate, care for, adopt animals
Animal shelters, animal protection organizations and dog lovers coordinate mediation animals, foster dogs and fundraisers for Romanian dogs. If you would like to make donations in kind or money or can offer a four-legged friend a nice new home, you will find contacts in most urban animal shelters as well as on the Internet, such as at the organizations Pfotenfreunde-Romania e.V. or Freundeskreis Bruno-Pet.
3. Exchange via Facebook
There is also the possibility to find out about various actions via social networks such as Facebook. Where and how can you help, what other people are doing and what's new?
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