Despite the existent law that enforces minimal conditions for a shelter to function legally in Romania, the reality is horrific.
Publicly funded animal shelters in Romania do not make the necessary investments to improve their facilities because they lack funding. Thus, they continue to operate unsupervised and unpenalized, resulting in the neglect, abuse, and death of the thousands of stray dogs they incarcerate, and those fortunate dogs who somehow manage to survive days in the inhumane environment of a public shelter are questionably euthanized if they are not claimed or adopted.
Moreover, some independent charities who claim to provide a humane alternative to public shelters prefer to keep dogs in horrific conditions to gain pity and donations and in some cases, even “put to sleep” hundreds of dogs annually and refuse to explain to the public the reason for taking these dogs’ lives.
The consequence of people’s inaction is always the same: Thousands of dogs living in misery day after day, eating each other to survive and dying of infectious diseases.
Sadly, thousands of illegal shelters exist across Romania, and the sole authority enforced to control them, the National Veterinary Authority, ANSVSA, allows them to continue operating.
Together we can demand ANSVSA to:
1. control all the shelters (funded publicly and privately)
2. ensure each shelter meets all the conditions for a minimal EU standard, as required by law
3. shut down immediately all the shelters who previously have been fined and who presently don’t have a legal shelter, as requested by the law
4. demand all the shelters to have a contract with a veterinarian who can publicly provide proof of the reasons why dogs have been euthanized
If you turn away now or close this webpage, these problems will not be gone. Contrarily, you can do something to change this desperate situation!
Please, speak up today for your voiceless friends!
To the President
(National Veterinary Authority in Romania)
I joined the group of concerned animal lovers of this Planet to ask:
ANSVSA to consider that animal welfare standards should not be respected solely on papers;
ANSVSA Inspectors to start working for the salary they are paid
and control the public shelters (but also “fosters” and other filthy private places that appeared all over Romania) where dogs are cramped to suffer, in money-making schemes.
These places should be given a deadline, as per the current laws, to complete renovations/ or be closed down if they don’t meet the EU laws.
Dogs suffered enough in Romania and it’s hard to believe dogs can leave healthy the filthy, illegal places to be safely rehomed in families across Europe.
Due to ANSVSA inspectors neglect, all European citizens and their pets are exposed to the risk of infections. More, dogs imprisoned in those places, continue to suffer.
I will continue to observe the situation and constantly address your institution as well as the European Commission until things will dramatically improve.
Will you take the next step?