Karen Scott is a vet nurse who recently contacted us at WVS, wanting to volunteer her skills in a new country and offer her help to support animals who have no one else. Find out how she got on below!
I had heard good things about Save the Dogs and the work they do, so decided I wanted to get some ‘hands on experience’ and help on the ground in Romania.On arriving into Bucharest on a sunny April afternoon WVS had organised my transfer from Bucharest to Cernavodă, where I was met by one of their drivers and taken to the apartment where I would stay. Cernavodă is a town that sits on the Danube River in the South East of Romania and was a beautiful place to be visiting.
No two days at the clinic were the same; veterinary nursing duties involved assisting with surgeries (mainly neutering procedures), assisting in the examination and diagnostic testing of the dogs, and assisting in consultations where owned animals are brought into the clinic for treatment. The clinic and shelter facilities are modern and well-equipped, and the protocols for testing of stray dogs for infectious diseases, vaccination, and the adoption programme are excellent. It felt so wonderful to be helping here and using my skills to help charities who are doing so much for local animals.
The adoption team work tirelessly making proposals to partner shelters in other countries in Europe (mainly Italy, Finland, Germany and Sweden) for dogs to travel to these partner shelters to be rehomed.
All of the staff including the vets, the adoption team, office staff and the kennel workers are all so inspirational and hardworking, with great dedication, enthusiasm and compassion for all of the animals. Being part of the Save the Dogs team in Romania was such an amazing and heart-warming experience that I would love to return one day.
If you'd like to help out at Save the Dogs, learn more about the project here.