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Street Dogs Saving Mission Bacau

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  • To build a sheltering facility in a location accessible to the people taking care of the animals, but far away from populated areas so that neighbors will not complain about dog barking and other perceived nuisances. The new animal facility must be a place of security and comfort for the animals sheltered there and it should provide a safe and healthy environment for both animals and the people who care for them.
  • To help animals by providing spay/neuter and other necessary veterinary assistance, emergency aid, and find permanent homes for as many as possible. The goal is to work towards a day when we no longer need to euthanize companion animals.


Street Dogs Saving Mission Bacau is a registered non-profit corporation established in 2013 in Bacau, Romania. Our goal is to provide a refuge to abandoned, abused and homeless animals. The main focus is to bring in special needs animals from the local public shelter and from the streets and find new permanent homes for them. In the past three years we facilitated the veterinary care and found homes for more than 500 animals.

We will continue our current program of finding homes and caring for animals at the new shelter, but have made the decision to move from a rented land to a facility built on owned land to avoid the risk of eviction and neighbors’ noise complains. Additionally having our own property will allow us to expand into more proactive spay and neuter programs. It has become very obvious over the past three years that we will never adopt our way out of the over population problem. What is needed is an aggressive sterilization approach to get ahead of the current problem.

Kaya is one of the many abused dogs in Bacau

Kaya rescued by Street Dogs Saving Mission Bacau


Hope For Romanian Dogs association and Occupy For Animals movement published a study regarding the current situation in Romania regarding domestic animals. The situation at national level is grim and Bacau makes no exception.

There is general ignorance on the benefits of neutering; some vets still tell owners that it is healthy for their bitches to have at least one litter during her life time – puppies that most often end up on street.

The stray dogs have divided the Romanian society, igniting a real conflict between those who want a humane management of stray dogs, and those in support of the mass killing of dogs, without any distinction. This conflict has been exploited in the media, unscrupulously by all major TV stations, instead of being silenced, and only for ratings.


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.

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Ellen Van Bommel Donated €10

For the dogs. Good luck

Betty Curtin Donated €55.55

I have Lucy from Alina . She has settled in well

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P Maskell Donated €33.25

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    October 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2017

    Our goal is to raise the funds for the new shelter until March 31st, 2017. During this time Alina will research the real estate market in search for a piece of land that corresponds to the shelter requirements. Check page 5 of our plan.


    March 31st, 2017 - April 30th, 2017

    Once we secured the funds, Alina will buy the land and sign the paperwork so we can start building the shelter. On average the process of land acquisition can last up to 30 days.


    June 1st, 2017 - June 30th, 2017

    Alina will hire workers to build the fence, the kennels, pour the concrete floor, bring the dog houses, and prepare the shelter for our first canine guests.


    July 1st, 2017

    The dogs will be moved in.