A quick overview about the history of the situation and past attempts to tackle it.
How the streets of Bucharest became home of over 50’000 street dogs…
In the 1980s communist Romanian Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu called for the demolition of traditional housing across the country and built large numbers of high rise apartment blocks. Romanian citizens had only three days notice to move and were forced to leave their dogs on the street but continued to feed them. The dogs quickly adapted to the new urban setting and, neutering being relatively rare at that time, their numbers multiplied.
Today around 80,000 street dogs live in the capital of Romania alone, and the problem is deep-rooted.
What has been tried so far…
Past municipalities failed by trying to shoot or poison the dogs. Just recently a new law passed to capture all street dogs and put them to sleep if they were not rehomed after 14 days.
Meanwhile an astounding 9 out of 10 urban residents in Romania want ofﬁcials to adopt humane action to tackle the country’s major street dog problem.
Two major issues of the capital…
Problem No. 1: Thousands of starving, sad dogs ﬁll the streets in Romanian cities. They create an uncanny atmosphere of poverty and dispair for any visitor, impacting every day life of the people.
Problem No. 2: While many Romanian cities have a large number of landmark buildings and monuments, they are mostly missing major, positive tourist attractions: the Palace of the Parliament, built in the 1980s by communist Dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu is currently the largest building in Europe and the second-largest in the world, but still stands for a terrible regime – hated by most Romanians. The proud Romanian people are missing a positive, modern and fun landmark that stands for a new future.
Creating win-win situations for everyone…
There are a number of organisations trying to help. But most of them stop short at simply trying to neuter the streetdogs. An effective, but very cost-intensive approach, which in the end still leaves the dogs alone and without care on the streets.
We at Citydogs4Streetdogs want to go a more sustainable way. We strongly believe for a problem this big, the support of all major parties is needed: the people, the activists and last but not least the politicians. Ten thousands of dogs can only be rescued, if everyone proﬁts from the solution – even people who don’t like dogs.
So we came up with a captivating win-win solution for everybody.