September 15, 2021
To raise awareness of love and respect for animals, the Romanian football federation has decided that for the whole year, at every match of the first division championship, the players will enter the field with stray dogs in their arms to promote their adoption. The protocol – signed by the Ilfov district that surrounds Bucharest, the capital of Romania, and the professional football league – also provides that firecrackers and smoke bombs will be prohibited during the 90 minutes of the match in the stands.
The debut of the project “Fill the void in your life” took place before the match between FCSB and Dinamo, even if in the “Romanian Derby” only Dinamo players were accompanied by their four-legged friends. The opponents did not join, not to not support that initiative, but because Dinamo’s opponents have “red dogs” as their nickname.
The animals, which come from the public kennel in Brănești, have a scarf around their neck with their name written on them: if someone in the stadium or on the TV falls in love with one of these dogs, they can get in touch with the structure and start the process for a conscious adoption. A particularly important initiative for a country that for decades has managed stray dogs with drastic solutions that have often triggered international reactions.
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