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Neutering Update December 2023


28 November 2023 – The final neuter campaign of 2023 at our new Medical Centre.

We want to share with you a few stories, the impact that we are having in the community, the county and surrounding counties is incredible. Attitudes to neutering are changing, thanks to our education and work within communities.

The medical team (Green Vetcare and Paumi Vet) aided by our Paws2Rescue Vets scholars (Alina and Mada) were able to help 78 animals, of which there were 22 dogs (16 females and 6 males) and 56 were cats (of which 38 female cats). 

Whilst the majority of female cats were about to go into heat, having given birth already, very few were actually pregnant, but the sad reality was that all the female dogs were already pregnant, meaning that they would have brought a conservative 50 new puppies into the world, in the middle of freezing winter. 

Some of the dogs were brought in from people in the community, while others were captured by hand by an animal lover from the fields. 

The campaign was of huge impact amongst locals, we didn’t even have to post the campaign online or offline. The moment it was announced, the phones started ringing and we received over 200 calls asking for an appointment. 

While we initially planned to do only 40 spays, we tried to accomodate all emergencies and as such ended up doing close to double our initial estimate. 

We didn’t have any huge medical cases, but we did have a few poorly young females, with one female with a spleen injury suggesting a recent major hit. The doctors were able to remedy all incidental finds, and all patients recovered well, with no incidents. 

A few stories stood out that we would like to share:

The orphaned childrens’ cat: A lady called all the way in Singureni, Giurgiu, making an appointment for a cat rescued and adopted by the children living in their center, and the lovely caretaker drove an hour and a half over to help their beloved companion. We were deeply touched by their story and the kind, caring, dedicated caretaker who did the long drive in between her shifts to help their cat, going so far as to take her home to recover for the night (the orange cat in the photos) – and we gave the kids Paws2Rescue activity books! 

The school teacher’s cat: Another interesting story, a cat rescued by a school teacher, who drove all the way over from Giurgiu county as well, becoming our first patient of the day. The lady then went to school, teaching all day, returning for her beloved companion in the evening. The kids brought the cat into to class one day and the lady adopted her. 

The cat from the hospital in Bucharest: A lady called and made an appointment for a “suspected pregnant cat” from a hospital in sector 2, Bucharest, who couldn’t get an appointment at any of the other free programs in Bucharest (funding ran out).The hospital worker took a day of leave, she came by bus all the way over to us in Jilava, waiting until the cat was done, and then made her way back in the pouring rain back to her home, where the cat would recover.

The cats from the postmaster – while the postmaster was at work, she contacted us begging for help with some cats that had found a home around her yard. We agreed to help, and she mobilized her husband and her neighbourhood to get transport crates and then bring the cats in to get help. 

We did have several kids dropping off their animals to get spayed, which made us extremely happy too.

This is the impact that we are having in the communities, and surrounding counties.