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But Why Adopt
In the 1980s, Communist dictator Ceausescu forced thousands into crowded city tenements in an effort to industrialise Romania. As people were forced out of the countryside and their traditional cottages in the city were demolished, they had to leave their pets behind. Animals were abandoned in vast numbers. Dogs bred unchecked, leading to thousands of strays in the streets.
The Dog Catchers
Bucharest led the state sanctioned solution of mass slaughter. For more than 20 years, dogs in Romania have been chased, beaten, captured, abused and killed.They are routinely shot, hanged, poisoned and bludgeoned to death.They are crowded into public shelters, run by the cities, to die of disease, hunger and thirst. Many are not fed at all while waiting their turn to be killed.
Dogs killed by lethal injection
The most common way dogs are killed in the public shelters in Romania is by lethal injection straight into their veins. They have no pain relief, no anaesthesia and, due to the sheer number of dogs that are killed at any one time, care isn’t even taken to make sure they’re injected correctly. More often than not, the dogs do not die a quick, painless death.
The 2008 Animal Protection Law
This law was meant to protect animals from being killed. The law specifically supports neutering and spaying dogs to help control the problem. Sadly, this just led to thousands of animals being left to rot in public shelters, where they die from injuries, disease, starvation and thirst.Despite the law, dogs are still being killed illegally and unofficially. And sometimes dogs just disappear from the public shelters with no warning and no repercussions.The police are disinterested and most officials are unaware or unwilling to help.
The 2013 Killing Law
After stray dogs were accused of attacking a small boy in Bucharest, the Romanian president pushed through a law allowing the killing of all dogs in public shelters after 14 days.Local officials can alter these rules if they wish, but essentially a dog has 14 days in a public shelter before being killed. In addition, there is an incredibly high rate of pet abandonment. Many of the dogs rescued today are abandoned – young, old, pregnant, ill or just not wanted.As the shelters are paid to kill these dogs, it has also encouraged mass catching and slaughter of dogs from the streets. This is statutory but corruption is endemic. Some people have grown rich on the back of the killing of dogs.
Volunteers and Rescues save dogs every single day
We know, as do many in Romania, that killing is not the answer to the abandoned and stray dog problem in Romania. The killing continues, as does the corruption.But we, as well as many others, are working every day on the ground in Romania to save as many souls as possible.
So, why adopt a Romanian dog?
Yes, you can choose to save a dog in the UK. We know that there are many dogs and puppies in need on UK shores but the dogs in Romania do not stand a chance. They are routinely tortured when caught or live a life of begging, fear and slow starvation on the streets.We won’t stop saving dogs in Romania. One by one. Until they are no longer persecuted and attitudes have changed.
Article from Barking Mad Rescue with Thanks
Rehoming Rescued Dogs
Should we be adopting imported rescue dogs?More and more it seems rescues in the UK are importing street dogs from places such as Spain and Bulgaria, but within the dog world there is some debate as to whether this is the really the right thing to do. Here are some of the pros and cons of importing and adopting stray dogs to the UK.There seems to be more of a trend lately of people rescuing dogs from abroad and this is seemingly fuelled by social media and the upsurge in charities in the UK, Europe and America that deal specifically with rescuing street dogs from all over the world. Since 2012, all dogs entering the UK have not needed to enter 6 month quarantine so importing dogs has been easier.Many argue that there are already enough dogs in rescue centres in the UK searching for homes and indeed, the RSPCA state in an updated leaflet (2014) that they will not re-home dogs imported from other countries since this takes up space for dogs needing homes from the UK. However, since then, the RSPCA branch in Brighton advertised several dogs that originated from Portugal as well as Ireland.Before making snap judgments about what is right or wrong when it comes to adopting dogs from oversees, it is important to consider both sides of the story.If nothing else, highlighting the plight that some dogs suffer in other countries can be no bad thing. It is important to be informed about the welfare issues of animals outside the UK and to have empathy and compassion about what goes on outside your own back yard.By being aware of welfare issues in other countries it is possible that aid could be provided, not just in terms of rescue and re-homing but with educational projects and fundraising which helps to address the root causes and perhaps provide money for neutering programmes.Not all rescues importing foreign dogs are reputable; for some it can be a money making exercise by providing unusual looking dogs without providing any home checks or back up after the ‘adoption’ has taken place.It is certainly not enough to hand over a dog and walk away; on-going support and commitment from both sides is crucial to the success of re-homing dogs from abroad. It is important for would-be adopters of foreign dogs to make sure they are dealing with a rehoming charity that have people based in the UK who will provide support and back-up.In some areas of Europe dogs live terrible lives at the hands of abusers and anyone would be heartless not to be moved and appalled by some of the stories that are circulated via social network sites. However, there are others that argue that not all street dogs live such terrible lives. Many are captured from a rich social life, living naturally with many other dogs, only to be exported to live as pets in relative isolation; completely alien to the life they have known. In short, there is the argument that in some cases, the lives of street dogs really isn’t that bad and some may not need rescuing at all.In some ways perhaps the success of large established dog rescue charities such as Dogs Trust in the UK are victims of their own success, as it were. Their re-homing procedures are strict; some would argue far too stringent which means many dogs are denied a home simply because the prospective adopters don’t meet such strict criteria. For example, many charities won’t re-home dogs to people with children under 5 or people who live in apartments. Of course, these points are important but in many cases, there seems to be little leeway and this may encourage people to apply for rescues from abroad where sometimes criteria is not so robust.That said many Rescues have a comprehensive pre-adoption form for prospectivenew owners to fill in, but they do not have a set criteria or arbitrary rules such asminimum fence height. They judge each application on an individual basis takinginto account each people’s different circumstances.Adopting a dog from abroad is very different because unless the dog is already in a foster home in the UK you will be unable to meet the dog beforehand. Many rescues put up videos of the dogs ready to come to the UK, but even this is a difficult way to judge a dog, despite the fact that reputable charities will do their utmost to assess dogs both before they travel and once they are in a foster home in the UK, if applicable.All the dogs that go through our reputable Rescues are thoroughly health checked and vaccinated for Rabies as well as receiving all DEFRA required treatments. Theyare treated for parasites and worms and any existing conditions are treated beforethe dog travels to the UK. They will also have pet passports and be micro-chipped.If at any point the original adopter is no longer able to care for the dog, our Rescueswill take the dog back and place the dog back into a foster home, or to a newpermanent family.There really is no right or wrong answer about the issue of bringing rescue dogs into the UK for re-homing as it is as much a personal choice of the individual adopters as it is for the charities that choose to import rescue dogs to Britain.But the issues of over population in the dog world, strays, street dogs, lack of education, over breeding are similar the world over and raising the profile of dog rescue and dog welfare in general has to be a positive move, since if nothing else, it stimulates people to talk and consider what measures could be taken to alleviate some of the suffering that we put some dogs through, both here as well as abroad.In the UK we are not accustomed to seeing packs of dogs roaming around our streets, raiding rubbish bins and causing mayhem; but neither do we see the work of dedicated animal lovers abroad who have to watch these dogs being rounded up and killed in enormous numbers. However, the UK still euthanises dogs – it just goes on behind closed doors and is all too often swept under the carpet by councils and dog rescues themselves.Rescuing dogs, however you choose to do it, is taking a stand against cruelty to dogs – all animals in fact. Perhaps there should be stricter regulations with regard to breeding dogs in the UK? There are too many dogs being bred for profit, pedigrees, designer breeds and even mixed breeds are commanding hundreds of pounds, feeding a market for pets that just like so many other commodities in the modern world, are part of a throw away society. Perhaps if fewer dogs were bred here, there would be more room for dogs subjected to cruelty from other countries. Perhaps other countries would follow suit with new legislation on neutering and breeding; after all, in countries such as Spain, neutering of dogs is not common and neither is vaccination. All the reputable charities I have looked at (and there are many) neuter all of their rescue dogs and all have adoptive contracts.There is some appalling abuse that goes on everywhere but seeing the charities, who work so tirelessly on behalf of dogs in other countries, shows that there is compassion in this world, compassion for all dogs, no matter where they are. Whether or not charity should begin at home is a philosophical question, but some would argue that as long as the good achieved outweighs the cost, it makes no difference whether you are helping a dog a mile away, or ten thousand miles away – it then becomes a duty, not charity. More importantly perhaps, the same applies to people too and it is only such discussion that helps people to stop and think; because all lives are equal.With thanks to Silver Paws Rescue for the above article