The only corporation in the World that decided to invest to humanely approach and solve the homeless dogs' problem from its premises.
Dear ROLDA friends and supporters,
As we begin this New Year and prepare to meet the daunting challenges of the coming months please accept our deep appreciation for your ongoing support. Your kindness means so much as our staff continues to fight to save each dog from the streets in need of our assistance.
Thanks to your past generosity, ROLDA had the privileged to get the job done.
For 2012, it means 435 sterilizations done in Galati area, over 200 new dogs catch, treated, some in course of rehabilitation and some adopted in safe homes; 550-600 dogs were provided with daily quality care, sheltering and veterinary assistance.
One of the ways we get the job done is by keeping our fundraising and administrative costs rock-bottom low. That’s an important part of our commitment to you: our pledge has always been and always will be to keep costs to a minimum so that the maximum amount of your hard earned donations can achieve the maximum amount of good for our saved animals.
Continue to stand with us!
Help us start the New Year strong!
The coming months promise to be especially challenging. Here is exactly how we will be putting your donations to work for the animals:
• As you read these words, improvements are already underway to help keep our dogs healthy and safe through the cold Romanian winter, and for years to come. 600 dogs to look after every day is a huge challenge itself. We cannot allow our shelter to become like a pound, a canine concentration camp, which could happen quickly if we ever lost our focus on providing the quality care and veterinary service. Our way to go is saving each dog at a time. This is not easy when responding to massive overpopulation and desperate cries for help on behalf of abandoned and injured dogs who need to be rescued every day.
• Tom will be the first volunteer travelling at ROLDA in January month....
We hope to welcome more international volunteers to help with our daily shelter routines. But the the shelter cottage where our international volunteers stay needs a lot of repairs.
The plumbing needs to be replaced, and the small bedrooms upstairs need to be rewired. We also need to install a sprinkler and smoke alarms. These safety improvements, common in the west, were almost unknown in Romania when our cottage was built. Now we will not have peace of mind until our facilities are up to standard. We also plan to expand the cottage kitchen and split the first floor into two sections, with separate refrigerators and storage space for animal supplies and human guest use, and intend to add a small area where animals can be bathed and groomed. We also need to add a heating system for the entire new cottage, which will be much safer than heating with wood.
We already have hot water for dogs who need grooming in winter, but after the bath, they must be kept in a dry and warm place until their fur is completely dry. Even washing dogs outside in the garden during the summer is presently more difficult and stressful for workers and for the dogs than it will be with our planned improvements.
In addition, we are planning to use one of the rooms for a start-up project: Museum of Dog, Romania. Celebrating the dog that changes every day of our lives.
We estimate that the cottage renovation will cost 20,000 to 30,000 euros. Of course we hope to obtain as much donated equipment and building supplies as possible to minimize our costs .
• This spring we would like to resume our free sterilization campaigns in Galati and Smardan. Every day we get many calls from people desperately seeking our help to prevent unwanted puppies or kittens from being born. The positive public response to our sterilization program is encouraging -- and overwhelming. It has to be responsibly sustained. If we turn down these people, after working hard to convince them to sterilize their pets, they will stop trusting in us and years of hard work will be wasted.
At ROLDA, a discounted medium size female spay costs 20$ when the veterinary supplies are donated. During 2012 we sterilized all together for the Galati and Smardan communities 435 dogs, of whom 80% were females.
Imagine how many lives we saved together!
• One of our projects for the next year will be modification of our feeding routine. We plan to purchase new individual feeding bowls which will replace the ones currently in use, damaged after the freezing or deformed in time, after numerous cleaning and disinfection session. The new bowls will be made by stainless steel, a material made to last for longer period of time. Quality often means a higher price.
But our dogs’ wellbeing is priceless.This modification is meant to improve the hygiene and the dogs’ safety.
We need about 600 new feeding stations.
I never throw food to any dog, as I consider this gesture humiliating. I either put the food down gently or give it from my hand. I never treat a dog with superiority. Treating animals with respect and gentleness is the first rule of ROLDA, and will continue.
• We expect to report more improvements to both of our shelters soon. Connecting the large shelter to the electric network will be a major accomplishment, and very costly, taking years of getting official permissions and doing work on the ground, because -- even though high-voltage transmission lines run overhead -- there was never any electricity in this neighborhood before. Thanks to Arcelor Mittal, the budget for this project is covered.
Do you remember about our veterinary clinic project? The clinic construction was finished in 2011,fall. The next steps will be connecting it to water and electricity, and equipping it, so we can move ahead with our dreams and start helping, sterilizing and providing low cost treatment to thousands of strays every year.
It is going to be a very busy year, but saving more lives won’t come easily. And there are SO many animals in desperate need.
Will you continue to dream with us for a better World for them? Will you help us save more dogs in desperate need of assistance?
With deep respect and hope,
JIP & JONES Nederland