Education in Romania: Changing attitudes one child at a time

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

Sava’s Safe Haven, a long-standing SPCA International partner organization, is working with local schools to bring animal welfare education to children in Romania.

This volunteer-run organization cares for hundreds of animals and typically rehomes about 100 animals each year throughout Europe. However, they know that education will change the next generation’s attitudes about animals and improve conditions for animals in Romania.

SPCA International is proud to support Sava’s Safe Haven’s new education initiative. In partnership with local schools, Sava’s Safe Haven is educating youngsters through interactive presentations. Children learn about animals, create posters with anti-cruelty messages and receive a small “diploma” recognizing their commitment to animal kindness.

Sava’s Safe Haven volunteers tell us that the children are incredibly kind-hearted. Many have brought food to donate for rescued animals, and one little girl even donated her pocket money, saying “This is for you, to look after animals. I hope one day I can adopt one dog from you!”

Now, Sava’s Safe Haven is working with teachers to plan a field trip to their shelter for the children! This exciting initiative seems so simple, yet it has the potential to change the future for animals in Romania.

SPCA International is honoring Sava’s Safe Haven education initiative with a grant for their education program. To encourage other education programs, we plan to honor one partner’s outstanding education program with a designated education grant each month.