Târgovişte – the true story

Târgovişte is a place not far from the capital, in southern Romania, filled with history and meaning. It holds a very beautiful park which is a tribute to the old royal residence and capital of Ţara Românească (a part of Romania before the unification). For over three centuries, Târgovişte was the most important landmark in terms of economy, politics and culture in that part of Romania.


This beautiful tower, called “Chindia Tower” was built by Vlad the Impaler, the famous Dracula, who lived and ruled in Târgovişte and not in Transilvania, as the Irish novelist Bram Stooker has everyone to believe. He had a very troubled life and he was known for his unforgiving nature and unorthodox methods of punishment.

Since then, the local authorities have embraced a different legal framework, but have yet to work on resolving the stray dogs’ issue, as everywhere else in Romania. This is where the local community, represented by Asociaţia Sufleţel Târgovişte, stepped in and asked for Romania Animal Rescue’s help. Thanks to the generosity of RAR’s donors, the veterinary team was able to spay or neuter 41 animals last week; for those animals, the world is a better place and we hope we can help more and more animals to feel that way. It was not the first campaign in Târgovişte, RAR has actually managed to help 360 animals so far.  
It was a nice day, in the middle of nature with nice people and lovely dogs. 

Two cuties waiting for their turn

Bobo, fully recovered after a few hours from surgery

Luckily for him, this cute male dog with a severe case of Sticker tumor was neutered by the RAR veterinary team. They also helped the local NGO to get a hold of the cytostatic he desperately needs. 

Over the years, we have seen a lot of dogs suffering from Sticker tumors, this being another downside to such a large mass of fertile dogs roaming and breeding uncontrollably on the streets. People who refuse to neuter their own male dogs and allows them to breed with stray female dogs should take into consideration that they are putting their lives at risk.

Big or small, white or brown, we are all trying to find our place into this world. If you love animals and want to help make a difference for the helpless ones, join our cause! Help make something durable and efficient, prevent a life from being wasted in vain!


  1. Would you please explain what a Sticker tumour is. Thank you.

    Kind regards,

    Deborah Reilly

  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canine_transmissible_venereal_tumor
    Hi. Since I am no vet, I can't give you any more details about it, I only know it is a transmissible venereal tumor.
    Thank you for your interest!
    Anda Popescu

  3. Thank you for your reply. I'm pleased the dear dog above was helped.