Spay/neuter is the new pink
Of course, we each have our own idea of what high fashion is nowadays, so you can turn “pink” into anything you want. The idea is that SPAY/NEUTER is the way to go and there is no doubt about it. Only with spay/neuter can we solve the issue of unwanted animals born to suffer. The benefits of spay/neuter are enormous, aggressive behavior is deterred with neutering, mammary and testicular cancers are prevented, roaming to find a mate is eliminated. Unwanted animals are no longer born into a world of suffering, and our beloved animals live a healthier, longer life.
But why is spay/neuter so important for Romania?
It is known that Romania is faced with a severe problem, the increasing number of stray dogs on the streets, caused by the Communist Regime who wanted to transform all the villages into cities and all the peasants into workers. People were forced to leave their homes behind and their animals became stray animals. Their chaotic breeding was no longer controlled by their owners (they used to drawn the puppies immediately after being born), so it soon turned into a major problem which was handled poorly for more than two decades.
Over the years, the local authorities came up with a lot of methods to exterminate the unwanted dogs, one more inventive than the other, but few of them are willing to try the only solution that works: the TNR programme, which means “trap, neuter, release”. People find it hard to believe that a problem which was ignored for over 20 years, can’t be solved in six months; they have had enough and they are not willing to give TNR a chance, simply because it is not a “quick fix”. But this is starting to change, more and more pet owners choose to have their animals spayed or neutered.
As an NGO, I and my colleagues never grow tired of explaining to people that the stray dogs on the streets are not the cause, but the effect. We try to plea to their practical sense and make them see that when a water pipe gets broken and the house is flooded, one never tries to get the water out before they fix the pipe. For more than 20 years, the Romanian Gouvernment has been working on getting the water out of the house, but the pipe is still broken. Sterilizing all the animals, strays and pets (along with other additional actions which would prevent the abandon of pets on the street) means fixing the pipe, putting a stop to the cause, before dealing with the effect.
By talking to people over and over, we hope to make them understand that SPAY/NEUTER is the solution for the problems they face on the streets. They complain there are too many dogs, we tell them it can be solved by sterilizing as many stray and owned dogs as we can; they say they are afraid to walk on the streets and we show them that issues such as hunger, over population, breeding or nursing can cause them to be more irritable, but we can also fix those problems by spaying or neutering them. More sterilized dogs means less dogs, less reasons to fight each other, less accidents on the street. Sometimes it feels like talking to the walls, but we are resilient people and we don’t mind talking all day long about our favorite subject: the importance of spay and neuter in Romania.
So, spread the word: Romania has only one solution, SPAY/NEUTER! You can be part of the problem, but I hope this virtual journey throughout Romania will convince you to be part of the solution. Join me and the RAR Dream Team of veterinarians in an attempt of preventing more unwanted animals to be born in an undeserving world!