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8847 – Sterilize a dog by SMS!

This SMS Number can be accessed only through Romanian mobile networks

Your participation in solving the stray-dog problem is now so easy! Starting from April 1, you can help sterilize the stray dogs in Braşov, simply by sending an SMS to 8847 and make a €2 donation.
The “Milioane de Prieteni” animal protection association will launch on April 1, 2014 the first SMS number to support the sterilization of stray dogs. Starting from Tuesday, whoever sends an SMS to 8847 will automatically donate €2 for the sterilization of stray-dogs in the municipality of Braşov. This service works on Cosmote, Orange and Vodafone networks, and is being made available by ARC România (the Association for Community Relations).

This service is part of the campaign, “A neutered dog is a rescued dog”, launched by “Milioane de Prieteni” at the end of October 2013. With each SMS, the donors are offering the possibility of neutering a dog, rescued from the streets of Braşov, by the AMP team. The amount of 2 euros will cover a small part of the expenses for the neutering surgery, more precisely the syringes and needles, surgical gloves, the Betadine and the compress. The anaesthetic, the sutures, pain killers, sterile fields and plaster bandages, antibiotics, antibiotic-sprays, microchips and vaccines will be provided by the partners of this campaign – the Brigitte Bardot Foundation France, Love Underdogs UK and BMT Germany.

“SMS is the easiest way of involving the people of Braşov and other Romanians in this campaign. If we no longer want to have dogs on the streets, nor agree with euthanasia in the public shelters, then we all must get involved. A minimum donation via SMS can help us sterilize as many dogs as possible, and this is the only solution to diminish the stray-dog epidemic. Everyone has a phone and sending an SMS is very simple. Anyone who loves dogs and doesn’t want to see them suffering has now the chance to help”, said Cristina Lapis, president of AMP.

The SMS number 8847 will begin on Tuesday, April 1. Those who love animals will have two and a half months available to support the neutering campaign, as it will end on 14 June 2014.

The campaign “A neutered dog is a rescued dog” is in partnership with the Municipality of Braşov and the County School Inspectorate. Within this campaign, every week, AMP is running “Animal Protection and Welfare” awareness sessions in secondary schools in Braşov, and on Saturdays starting 10 AM, is conducting voluntary activities with children from the fifth and sixth grade.

AMP was founded in 1997 by Cristina and Roger Lapis, the then French Honorary Consul to Romania.There were so many stray dogs in the streets of Brasov, many of them ill and hungry, injured bycars. Cristina wanted to help them and began building a shelter … that was the beginning of the DogShelter Triaj.

In 1998 AMP began investigating tourists’ complaints about bears kept in horrible conditions in cages outside restaurants and petrol stations all over Romania. This eventually led to a collaboration in 2005with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to construct the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti.

Today, AMP runs the Dog Shelter Triaj and Libearty Bear Sanctuary. In addition, the Association alsoworks to protect all animals in Romania through local projects, campaigns and education programmes.Please explore our website, meet our animal friends, and come and visit us in Brasov!

Please help all the Bears to be happy!  Adopt a Bear or make a donation in order to support the future rescuing missions of other captive bears around Romania. Support our Association in helping the 72 Bears living at the “Libearty” Sanctuary and the over 400 dogs from the Dog Shelter in Triaj , by offering them the best living conditions and a better future.
Thank you for your support!