LOCAL SITUATION IN BACAU
Locally in Bacau, the majority of the population has an aversion toward dogs induced by propagandist and sensationalistic media. Authorities exploit the situation in order to maintain a public shelter where animals are kept in horrid conditions with virtually no veterinary care, food, nor have their social needs met. This public shelter is managed with money coming from city hall’s budget and it is located on the outskirts of the city with only a dirt road leading to it. There is no transparency around how the public shelter budget is spent and there is no clear policy regarding the access of the people who want to volunteer or adopt animals. There is no known spay/neuter program run by the public shelter. This public shelter is organized in such a way that the regular citizen will not be enticed to go there and adopt a pet, therefore it defeats the purpose of animal welfare laws.
The good news is that there are local and foreign volunteers who pick up the slack of the paid employees and useless authorities. Unfortunately this is done at a very high psychological cost and cooperating/working with said authorities proved to be very difficult.
Having our own shelter that provides enough space will allow us to pull out as many dogs as possible from the public shelter or at the very least the dogs with precarious health who have the lowest survival chance in the conditions offered by the local authorities.
Given the stressful nature of rescue work in Romania, a shelter built on owned land will provide peace of mind and opens the doors to the ability to run spay/neuter campaigns which will reduce the number of animals in the public shelter significantly.