Thousands of Romanian street dogs have found a friend in Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank.
Swank, who won for her portrayal of a waitress-turned-boxer in "Million Dollar Baby," visited Bucharest last week.
Bucharest has 35,000 strays and their fate has sparked a fierce debate.
Swank, who says travel has been her best education, rarely leaves home without Kai, a devoted Jack Russell stray she rescued in Los Angeles.
Swank said she is starting a US charity called Hilaroo to bring needy children and animals together.