Charity Reps Stand Up For Strays In Europe
The number of stray dogs in Romania is overwhelmingly high, but World Animal Protection (WAP) is working to develop long-term, humane solutions to the problem.
The charity is sponsoring a mobile veterinary clinic managed by its partner, Save the Dogs, in the region of Constanta, where the stray dog population is especially high.
Services provided by the clinic include the neutering of owned dogs, vaccinations and surgery, as well as educational materials and equipment to help promote responsible pet ownership.
The charity is also taking its cause to the next level and is currently in discussions with the Romanian government and partners to advise on how the country can best manage the dog population without going down the route of culling dogs.
The charity has over 30 years of experience in the field of dog population management across the world. WAP representatives recently met with a member of the Romanian Parliament and representatives from the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA). WAP is the only international charity communicating with the Romanian government at this level. As a result, the government has requested that the charity’s support in developing a national plan of action on dog population management.
WAP representatives are actively monitoring the situation in Brussels, where the European Commission has been asked by European Parliament to draw up guidelines on the management of stray animals. While this is not legally binding, it does send a strong message to the Commission about its current “lack of mandate” on stray animals.