The 3-month-old girl puppy was dragging her little body on the streets of Eastern European country Romania in search of food and shelter. She was most likely hit by a bus and left to die on the side of the street. Judging by her raggedy state, she was hit at least one month before American visitor Nancy Janes found her. Even though most of the places in Romania don’t allow dogs, Nancy sneaked the pup in her hotel room and extended her trip in order to take the dog to the vet.
Sadly the local vet gave grim news: the dog will never walk again. Nancy didn’t want to give up on her and decided to bring the little girl to United States for a second opinion at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital. With the help of a local rescuer named Ana Maria, Nancy was able to take the pup to her home in California. Nancy named the dog Anna Marie after the local rescuer. At home the American vets recommended humane euthanasia or the use of a cart and life time care. Nancy chose to order the cart and this is how Anna Marie’s adventures begun.
Anna Marie’s story is one of the many who inspired Nancy Janes to help more Romanian pets. Back in 2003 she founded Romania Animal Rescue an organization that offers free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to homeless pets in Eastern Europe.
Like Anna Marie there are hundreds of thousands of homeless dogs that nobody cares about. They are left to fend for themselves and often they are victims of cruelty and neglect. The local shelters are hell holes worthy of horror movies and there are very few local rescuers. The adverse economic environment combined with a culture rich in misconceptions made it so that dogs are seen as vermin by the vast majority of population. The few people who rescue dogs are doing this work against terrible odds and thanks to Romania Animal Rescue there is hope that things will change for the better in Romania and the neighbouring countries.
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