The situation in Romania is heartbreaking. Thousands of dogs and cats struggle for survival with temperatures reaching as low as -25 in winter. Many freeze to death or become victims of neglect and cruelty. In the largest shelter, there are approximately 6,000 dogs, all desperately craving attention and a forever home. But this is just one of many shelters, both private and public, with many never leaving the confines of their cages due to the number of animals needing help far outweighing the homes available.

In 2016, IAPWA began supporting dogs in Romania through co-funding a neutering campaign managed by Paws2Rescue and alongside Wild at Heart Foundation.  In order to be as effective as possible, we committed to supporting existing groups with the challenges they face, as opposed to duplicating resources by setting up our own project. This resulted in our first ‘Partnership Project’ following our work within Borneo and Penang. By working together in areas where a lifeline already exists for animals but where the challenges are vast and additional support is required, we believe we can collectively make a bigger difference.   

Our support within Romania, is focused on:

  • Funding for ongoing neutering campaigns to reduce the number of dogs and cats born to suffer.
  • Launching a Mobile Veterinary Clinic in 2019 to expand the reach of companion animals who can received help.
  • A new wing to an existing clinic where companion animals from low income communities can receive the treatment they need.  
  • Education and Awareness campaigns to promote responsible pet ownership and create more compassionate communities.
  • Assisting sanctuaries to help the animals they have rescued.
  • Supporting equine welfare through community outreach programmes.
  • Campaigns focused on creating long term change within the country.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this programme and our partners. With your continued help we can and will make a difference.

Centre of Hope (COH) 

Centre of Hope are one of our partners through which we fund ongoing neutering campaigns.  This inspirational team have now neutered over 60,000 dogs in Romania!

The Homeless Animal Project 

We are currently raising funds to complete a new wing to the existing COH hospital to provide veterinary care and support to animals that would otherwise have no access to this help.

Save The Dogs 

In 2019, in partnership with Save the Dogs, we will be launching a mobile veterinary unit in Romania to work alongside their existing clinic to provide neutering and veterinary treatment to dogs and cats in remote communities.

A True Survivor 

We met Spirit in 2017 during a visit to Dog Rescue Romania. She had been found brutally tortured and left for dead in the snow. Her tail and leg had been cut off, her teeth had been extracted, her jaw broken and she had knife wounds around her genitals. Through your support you helped us to raise £1500 to support the clinic with her treatment. She now lives in her forever home in Germany.  

Horse Welfare 

Poverty and lack of education result in many horses leading short and difficult lives. When they cannot be exploited anymore, they are often slaughtered. In 2018 we aim to start a support programme for horses in Romania, focusing on the communities of Cernavoda and Medgidia to do all we can to make a difference to their lives.

Faith and her family 

Faith was rescued in 2017 after finding her foraging for food in the snow. Seeing that she clearly had young puppies, the team searched for hours to find her family before discovering them in an old shed, surrounded by the skulls of other dogs. Faith and all of her puppies were taken to a clinic where they received all of the care they needed and they have now all been adopted. 

Little Olive 

Olive was only a few months old when a local group found her struggling on the streets. Through seeing her story on social media, our Romania Ambassador, Dan, and his partner Susie, in our team, decided to adopt her. After a 3000 mile round trip, Dan brought her home and shortly after she became one of our amazing Ambassadogs.  

Rob Groves 

In September 2018, Rob Groves will be undertaking an epic challenge to hand cycle throughout the UK over a period of 2 weeks to raise funds and collect supplies to support IAPWA and Paws2Rescue to help animals in Romania. We’ll keep you updated with this challenge via so please ‘like’ our page and stay tuned.


If you are a Vet or a Nurse and would be interested in joining one of our partners in Romania to make a difference to the lives of animals in need, please email as we have a number of opportunities available.