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An update from World Animal Day Grant winners 2020 - Animed Arad, Romania

Animed Arad’s project: ‘Spay! Spay! Spay!’

For almost 20 years, Animed Arad has been spaying stray cats and dogs, and pets with very poor human companions.

Romania’s World Animal Day Ambassador: Dr Claudiu Iosim and his poster showcasing Animed Arad’s partnership with World Animal Day

Their mission is to work for a future when there are no more strays, as unwanted litters account for thousands of abandoned animals every year.

Dr Claudiu and his dedicated team set out to spay      100 dogs and cats.

Part of the problem is that many companion animals roam outside. Their families are extremely poor, with some only living on less than 100 Euros a month. This means that although they love their pets, they cannot afford a vet.

The life of a stray is even harder, with cold winters, sparse food, and no veterinary care. 

They set off to Santana, a town in north-western Romania. Here, they collaborated with the local Fire Department and City Hall, to use their fire station as a base for the spaying programme.

In position: The specialised Animed Animal Ambulance, proudly displaying the Romanian and World Animal Day flags, awaits patients in the Santana Fire Station

They worked tirelessly over several weekends, spaying both beloved pets and strays alike!

Before long, the team had spayed 100 cats and dogs! Any strays were also put up for adoption.

The project was a big success in the community, with lots of positive feedback:

“They were super happy they had the chance to spay their      pets and rescued strays they offer for adoption.”


“On the one hand, we showed people what can be done, and on the other hand the operated dogs and cats will live longer and healthier lives and hundreds and hundreds of pups and kittens won't be born by mistake in Santana city.”

Dr Claudiu Iosim

No more unwanted kittens for this lucky cat...


Our other World Animal Day grant winner for 2020 was HART Nepal. Read about their project.

Why not join us by organising an event for October 4 this year?

Simply visit the World Animal Day website for ideas on how to get involved, or check out the events page for inspiration - there are lots to choose from!

Sign up and register your event now!