CCR Romania 2007
Next destinations: Voluntari and Orastie
In Voluntari the CCR team will start a castration project on 2nd of July for one month. Voluntari is a town in Ilfov county, Romania. It is located at a distance of 1 km from the northern border of Bucharest and is thus frequently viewed as a suburb of Bucharest. The population is 30,016 inhabitants and it received its city status in 2004. Voluntari literally means "Volunteers", in Romanian, being founded by the volunteer soldiers who fought for Romania in World War I.
On 2nd of August the next project will start in Orastie. Orastie is a small city in Transylvania, Romania with a population size of 24.358 inhabitants. It was already mentioned in the year 1224 in a document of the Hungarian King Andreasn and it is one of the seven important “castle towns” in Transylvania. The VIER PFOTEN team will stay here for one month till 2nd of September to castrate the stray dogs there.
Galati – Facts: 7th largest city in Romania
seaport with a lot of industries
VIER PFOTEN has been in Galati several times since 2004 to keep the population of stray animals under control. The number of stray dogs in Galati is very high but VIER PFOTEN already castrated and vaccinated about 19.000 dogs in the last years. In fact by now it is difficult to catch a non- castrated dog in Galati because VIER PFOTEN already treated so many dogs. So it is not necessary anymore to stay in Galati permanently, but it is important to come again for some weeks every year to catch the few non- castrated dogs that still exist to bring this project to an end and to manage the population there.
The city of Galati provides our team with accommodation and VIER PFOTEN provides the medical equipment and the know how. Our dogcatchers drive out into the city in the morning, catch dogs and bring them to the mobile clinics. There the animals are checked, vaccinated, treated against parasites and castrated. After that the animals are brought to a room where they awake from the anaesthetics. When they are ready for transportation again, the dogs are being brought to the same territory where they were caught by our dogcatchers.
Hunedoara - Hunedoara is a city in the West of Romania with about 71.400 inhabitants. The number of stray dogs in the city is estimated about 300 to 400 animals, more of them are near a factory nearby the city. Here the number is estimated about 600 dogs. So in sum in Hunedoara and the surrounding areas are about 1000 stray dogs.
Facts about the Hunedoara project
The castration project in Hunedoara, Romania is going to be continued till the 19th of September. Till now the team castrated and vaccinated 2110 dogs in Hunedoara which is a very good intermediate-result.
Every day life within the CCR project in Hunedoara
Most of the stray dogs live near the factory in Hunedoara. This is the place where the dog catcher are catching as many as the operation team can castrate on one day.The team operates in a room provided by the city which is nearby the zoo of Hunedoara.
There are also kennels for keeping dogs for the post operation time for 24 hours or more if is necessary. 24 hours after the operation the vet is checking the condition of the dogs and if they are well they are released at the same place where they where caught. This is very important because only then it is guaranteed that no other, non- castrated dog, occupies this territory. So the castrated dog returns to its place and can live there without harming the people and without having unwanted puppies: the first step to control the stray dog population.
Sighisoara is a city located in the center of Romania in the province Transylvania with about 32.000 inhabitants. It is famous for its architecture dated from 14th century and the notorious Vlad Tepes, popularly called Dracul, was born in this town. So Sighisoara is one of the most attractive Romanian cities for tourists.
From 23th of April till 3th of May 2007 one CCR team worked in the city Sighisoara in Romania. The team had to cope with some challenges in Sighisoara:
One morning there was no support with electricity and both cars, the catcher car and the mobile clinic, had a breakdown for one day. Nevertheless the CCR team did great work. During the project period they castrated 117 (99 dogs: 80♀ and 19♂; 18 cats: 15♀ and 3♂), vaccinated 100 and treated 38 animals that were injured.