BUCHAREST, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Before they kick a ball to start out matches this season, soccer gamers in Romania’s prime tier are carrying stray canines onto the pitch as a part of an initiative to seek out properties for deserted animals.
The marketing campaign — dubbed “Fill The Gap in Your Life” — additionally goals to spotlight the issue of undesirable canines within the southeastern European nation, the place shelters are stuffed to capability and strays have lengthy roamed the streets.
“We are hoping to motivate the people that might see the dogs brought by the players in their arms and so they would adopt them,” stated Anca Floarea, a counsellor at a neighborhood animal safety workplace.
“Until now, from the 18 dogs presented at the matches three were adopted and three more were inquired about, we are hoping the adoption will go through with those too.”
International adoptions are doable however the nation’s soccer federation — in partnership with native kennels — is principally targeted on Romania for the marketing campaign that can function six canines at each match till the season ends.
At Academica Clinceni’s current sport towards FC Botosani, gamers walked on to the pitch holding the pups adorned with a nametag and scarf which makes it simpler for individuals to establish them on shelter web sites.
Aside from the off-pitch success, the marketing campaign has spurred gamers like Academica defender Marcel Holzmann to contemplate adopting.
“I have two cats, that is the problem I think, if I take one dog, but I want to,” he stated. “It’s very good, unbelievable that people like them they help the animals.”