Thursday, 13 June 2013


How many times have you said to yourself that you would like to give more hands on help to the strays our charity helps? To the shelters our charity helps?

Well now you can with Action Aid for Animals new initiative. 

The AAFA Taskforce will be organised by us for groups of volunteers to travel to Romania, Croatia and elsewhere and really be at the grass roots of helping the rescued strays.

You would be volunteering for a whole range of duties ( See list below) and we all will be sharing equally these jobs and working as a team. There are only a few exceptions to whom we would allow as part of the task force but in general if you can pick up a painting brush, bang a hammer onto a nail, sweep floors, and of course care and tend to the strays then you will be more than welcome.

DATE 21ST - 27TH JULY 2013

As a charity we are always looking out for ways to keep costs low. On average will work out to be no more than £200 per person this will pay for the return flight, accommodation and breakfast, transport to and from the shelter. The rest, will be covered by yourself.

Unless you  have an aversion to sharing a room with another, you will be sharing a hotel room with a same sex taskforce member. and the entire group whenever possible will be staying in the same hotel.
The room itself will always consist where possible of having air con and an ensuite bathroom, also will include breakfast. Please be aware that if you decide to go crazy with the mini bar in your room, you will be paying for this not us.

Always a cheap as chips airline will be chosen, so don't expect massive legroom and couch style seating. We will book all tickets for you in advance once you confirm your place etc.

You will be expected to make your own way to the airport, obviously where possible if others are traveling your way we will encourage car sharing. Parking at the airport is extra again we can organise this when booking your tickets. if you go for this option this is your choice to pay the extra amount required. 
Once you have landed at destination be it Romania, Croatia etc we will be hiring a transporter/minibus to collect you all and be taken to your hotel.

Travel and Medical Insurance:
Though you are our volunteer you will be travelling and helping at the shelter etc as an individual. So you will be expected to organise and pay for your own insurance

If you choose to wear designer top range clothing that is totally up to you, we will not be held liable for your choice of clothing nor if it gets damaged, stained etc. We will be adding a list shortly of sensible old clothes and footwear to bring with you.

If you have any questions please do contact us 

ALL Taskforce volunteers MUST be over the age of 18, ALL taskforce members must work as a team applying themselves to ALL duties and taking there fair share in everything that is needed to be done. The only exceptions to this rule are those with special needs or disability. 

Remember guys we are a grass roots charity, we roll up our sleeves and get stuck in alongside everyone else, we expect the same from anyone who travels with us or under our charity umbrella. This really will not be a sightseeing holiday...This is full on animal rescue/welfare which means do expect to be get filthy and to work hard but at the end of it, you really would have been saving lives and making life better for the animals already in the care of the shelters etc we visit. 

Monday, 3 June 2013

The fight begins - Action Aid for Animals taking on the Mayor and the Vet of Craiova in the conference room and through the courts

Blind dog, labeled aggressive in order to kill him
This weekend dogs that were wrongfully labeled aggressive simply to allow the Butcher Vet of Craiova (This man operates on and kills dogs without any anesthetic) to kill the dogs under the order of the local mayor and her minions.  The full story can be read here on our Action Alert Click here for Full details

Old and without teeth, labeled aggressive to allow him to be killed
The local NGO met with the mayor today and the situation is far from over, infact it is clearly obvious that the Mayor and her minions intend more illegal actions to carry out in there efforts to wipe the strays from existence in Craiova even if this means breaking Romanian welfare laws.
(See today outcome of meeting below)

Old and terrified, labeled aggressive to allow him to be killed
Intervention is clearly needed, legal action is clearly required. Our charity is now stepping up to join in the fight, to stand by the side of the local NGO and together we will take on the Mayor and the Butcher Vet every step of the way until the strays in Craiova are safe. Until the Animal welfare laws in Romania that also govern the Craiovan Mayor and her minions are enforced.


However, we just like the local NGO we will be helping can not do this alone. This will take lawyers, assistance to collate the evidence and money for court applications to bring the Mayor and all involved in the brutality to these animals to justice. We need your financial help to enable us to not just begin these actions but to continue them to the end when once and for all the strays in Craiova are safe from the Mayors and the Butcher Vets claws.

Please donate as much as you are able, and with your help we do our very best to finally stop these killings and force the Mayor and The Vet to answer for there horrific crimes

How to donate: Please see our donation page on our charities website referencing Legal fund when you send your donation.


Report from NGO in ref to todays meeting
The meeting with the personal from city hall did not work good. The personal from there argued with the associations' members ( From Speranta pentru animale, Suflete nevinovate & Viata animalelor ), talked with ugly words with them and when the members of the NGOs tried to defend our cause , the city hall's members decided to leave and left them talking alone.
The press was there , but they were not allowed to assist the meeting and hear what is discussed.
Basically, the city hall had a plan: talk ugly and insult the members from NGOs and when the NGOs started to fight back to leave them alone. Now, the city hall can say that the NGOs were asked to come and discussed , but this could not happen because of the NGOs attitude.... So....from this you can figure it out ..... Nothing was discussed. This means we still have no access there.
And Nedelescu, the town's manager appeared on TV this morning and said :
- only 2 hours will be allowed for us as "visiting " at the public shelter ( but he did not specific at TV how many days per week )
- we are not allowed to bring food for the dogs ( the question is why ? Why I am not allowed to bring dry food to them, for example ? )
- the dogs will still be caught from streets and none of them will get out. - So, we think that the Mayor wants to stick to her plan : bring in total 500 dogs in the public shelter ( this is it's capacity at the moment ) and after to bring dogs in it but kill them so the number never grow more than 500 ).
Meanwhile I think we should keep on putting pressure through media.
- we can not bring food to the dogs

Recording of the Butcher Vet at work in Craiova Public Dog shelter - Here he operates on dogs without anesthetic, warning please do not listen if you are easily offended by the screams of animals in horrific agony
The Butcher Vet of Craiova operating without surgery