First municipality in Romania to have all of its dogs neutered and registered
FOUR PAWS has achieved a great success: All dogs with owners from the municipality Jichisu de Jos in northern Romania, have been neutered and registered! This success comes just six months before the implementation of the new Dogs Management Law, which is scheduled to officially commence on January 1, 2015. The new Dog Management Law, which is designed as a means to stop uncontrolled breeding and puppy abandonments, will require all common breed dogs to be neutered, microchipped, and registered, in the Romanian national owned dogs registry (RECS).
Great success with the help of local authorities
The new Dog Management Law project was created between May – July 2014, in collaboration with the local NGO Anima Pro Terra. During that time, FOUR PAWS veterinarians neutered and microchipped 450 dogs from the backyards of the five villages of Jichisu de Jos municipality, which is near the city of Dej. The success of this project was due to the support of city hall, the local police and the local veterinarians. Without the support of these officials, these efforts would not have even been possible. First, project officials informed Romanian dog owners about the new law to be implemented and tried to persuade each to neuter their dogs through the services provided by the FOUR PAWS team. A FOUR PAWS mobile clinic was used too so that procedures could be performed on site in the most remote areas of the municipality.
Neutering as sustainable solution
”We have received great results from this project. We want to show the central administration and all of the Mayors in Romania, that with the help of local authorities, the problems of dog overpopulation and abandonment, can be addressed in a humane and efficient manner. We will continue our work in the area with another project, in Mica, a village very close to the city of Dej”, says Anca Tomescu, Head of Stray Animal Care at FOUR PAWS.
High fees for non-neutered dogs
Beginning in January 2015, all owners of non-pedigreed dogs in Romania will risk big penalties, if they don’t neuter, vaccinate, microchip and register their dogs. The high costs of veterinary services, the lack of information about assistance programs, combined with an irresponsibility by dog owners, especially in the rural areas of Romania, are the main reasons why most dog owners have previously evaded these practices. FOUR PAWS hopes that by launching these large-scale services and campaigns for dog owners, it will limit the number of owners who simply abandon their dogs as a means to avoid high service and penalty frees.