Romania is going through tough times when it comes to homeless animals. The lack of a national strategy that would correct the actual situation on a long term is to be seen across the whole country, all over the streets. Stray cats and dogs will be abused or will find their miserable ends in some shelter that cannot offer the minimum life conditions. In Sibiu we have a municipality shelter but it was planned as a spay/neuter-release center and today it is working as an euthanasia after 14 days shelter.
The Animal Life spay/neuter and adoption center
Animal Life has started saving and helping both wild animals or strays from Sibiu and surroundings in 2006, be it medical care, spay/ neuter or adoption of homeless pets. The main focus is on the stray dog population and in the past 9 years we have spayed/neutered about 1100 dogs and cats and have found homes for 900 animals both in Romania and abroad. Another important activity that can’t be measured but has helped a lot the entire community is the support we offered to pet owners who couldn’t afford the spay/neuter surgery, their pets treatments or who couldn’t afford keeping their pets anymore. And last but not least, the education campaigns in schools for which we worked together with the Municipality of Sibiu. Our daily presence amongst people is, slowly but steadily, introducing the so much needed change in mentality in Sibiu.
All these activities need to take place somewhere and this place will be the Animal Life spay/neuter and adoption center, the place where the animals in need will be taken care of by dedicated volunteers and veterinarians.