� Lisa Spector
� April 6, 2012
The stray dogs of Romania
have been a problem since the 1980's. Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu
banned Romanian citizens from having pets. It didn�t take long for
unneutered homeless dogs to create an epidemic that has turned into 50,000
dogs living on the streets of Romania. Some starve to death, others freeze,
and all would benefit from human companionship, a warm bed, and dog food.
In November of 2011, the Romanian government passed a law that made
it legal for any homeless animal to be euthanized. Care2 members, known for
their passion for animals, started a petition asking the government to
educate the public on the benefits of spaying and neutering instead of
killing innocent dogs.
On January 31, 2012 the Romanian court
declared the euthanizing of stray dogs as unconstitutional. While animal
rights activists were pleased with that turn of events, they have still be
wanting to help all of the stray animals.
As luck would have it,
Mickey Rourke, a huge dog lover with a pension for helping dogs in need ,
was in the country filming �Dead in Tombstone� when a stray dog walked onto
the set. He decided to adopt the dog and donate $250,000 of his own money to
build a shelter the size of a football field for the strays. When accepting
his Golden Globe award in 2009, Rourke thanked his current and deceased
dogs. He has also been quoted as saying, �I truly believe God created dogs
for a cause. They are the greatest companions a man could ever have.� It�s
so heartwarming to remember that one person can truly make a difference .
Although I don�t have Rourke�s pocketbook to fund a shelter, I do
what I can to help homeless dogs by donating music that is clinically
demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system to shelters and rescue
organizations. Dogs in 1,500 shelters in the U.S. and abroad are being
calmed to my piano playing on the Through a Dog�s Ear recordings. It�s
helping create a quieter shelter environment, which encourages visitors to
stay longer, and consequently adoption rates increase. While the music won�t
solve the homeless canine problem in Romania, it will hopefully help the
dogs move quickly from the shelter environment into their forever homes.
Watch how the dogs in the Santa Fe Animal Shelter respond to the music.
Even though I don�t know how to say sit or stay in Romanian, music is a
universal language, and I hope music can be a part of Mickey Rourke�s new
shelter in Romania.
What do you think of his plan to build a shelter
for the stray dogs of Romania? Thanks for adding your comments.