The sterilization programme by Save the Dogs

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In 2002–2014 Save the Dogs has sterilized approximately 29 000 dogs and cats. In Cernavoda where the programme was initially started, the number of stray dogs has reduced from 2000 to 300.

In practice, the sterilization program begins with the drivers and dog catchers of Save the Dogs searching for dogs in different areas, a few at a time. Usually the dogs are fairly easy to catch with treats, but the scared ones have to be shot with a anesthetic gun or blow pipe. Shortly the dog will fall asleep and then be brought to the clinic. STD’s dog catchers treat the dogs with care and respect and always try to win the trust of the dogs first. Our avid traveller Pia has assisted the dog catchers and knows the methods they use.

In the clinic, the vets examine the dogs thoroughly and the dogs are anesthetised before the sterilization and ear marking. After the operation the dogs are medicated and the wounds carefully monitored. The dogs are vaccinated against rabies and treated for worm and ectoparasite eviction. If all is well, after three to four days the dogs will be returned to the same area where they were initially found. The stitches will dissolve in a fortnight.

If the dog isn’t considered completely fit to leave the shelter, if it has an infection or other symptoms requiring medical attention, it will not be released until the problem is solved. All puppies and the dogs that aren’t fit to survive in the streets, will stay at the shelter. This may be due to a high age, injury or a disability or the fact that the dog is clearly undernourished and possibly starving.

These dogs undergo the following procedures:

- neutering (the womb and ovaries in a bitch are removed)
- ear marking
- routine veterinary examination
- temperature check
- worming
- ectoparasite eviction
- cleaning of ears and other basic treatments 
- dogs receive the following vaccinations:
1. rabies
2. canine distemper
3. parvo
4. hepathisis
5. leptospirosis
6. parainfluenza

The puppies under the age of three months are secluded for six weeks before introducing them to other dogs in the shelter. The adult dogs are secluded for two to three weeks to guarantee that the vaccinations are working.

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