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  • ROLDA private shelters
  • Food sent to others
    Targu Frumos, Poieni, Independenta,
  • Grants sent to others
    Focsani, Tulcea, Solca, Slobozia, Buzau, Caracal, Ramnicu Sarat, Buzau,
  • Activity in 2023
    Rivne, Belaya Rserkov, Kryvyi Rih, Kakhovka,
  • Activity in 2022 and 2023
    Korosten, Irpen, Poltava, Kharkiv, Dnepr, Vilnyansk, Zaporozhye, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Kherson, Henichesk,
  • Activity in 2022
    Chernihiv, Kiev, Oleksandriia, Khmelnytskyi, Mykytyntsi, Kamyanets-Podilsky, Kropyvnytskyi,

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  • ROLDA private shelters
  • Food sent to others
  • Grants sent to others


  • Activity in 2023
  • Activity in 2022 and 2023
  • Activity in 2022

Helping animals in need together since 2006.

Helping animals in need together since 2006.

Helping animals in need together since 2006.

Buy a gift that save lives

Help a #lifechanger continue to transform homeless people lives

Throughout 2024, help ROLDA UK volunteers to distribute emergency packs to homeless people for their pets.
Where your gift will have an impact?
The UK

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The most popular one is “Healthy and fit” which helps us to protect dogs against parasites, but there are plenty of others to choose from.
Where your gift will have an impact?
Romania and Ukraine

Visit our Shop and buy cute handmade gifts to help animals in need.

100% of profits go directly into animal care. Created for people who love to support animals and local artisans.
Where your gift will have an impact?

#givehope to homeless animals that have nobody else

What we do for cats

  • Pay veterinary costs for injured cats in different parts of Romania
  • Send funds to cats rescued in Ukraine
  • Cattery for seniors and disabled cats

What we do for dogs

  • Send funds to dogs rescued in Ukraine
  • Rescue and shelter in Galati, Romania
  • Rehome in Sweden, Switzerland and the UK
  • Improve shelter conditions in Romania
  • Help rebuild 5 shelters destroyed by war in Ukraine

Saved by a member of the armed forces who brought her to the clinic more dead than alive, Zhmenka proved to be a warrior hidden in a tiny body. Your gifts are sent to the Romanian branch to enable ROLDA to reach injured and abandoned cats and no matter how difficult the situation is, to fight to transform their future.

When Inessa found Lena near the train station, she thought the dog had been hit by a train, as her front legs were injured. With support provided by ROLDA, little Lena had surgery and recovery treatment, and received foster care from one of the volunteers. Unfortunately, Lena can no longer use her front legs, but a family in Germany offered to adopt her and give her the love of a family.


Social campaign for seniors with pets

Many seniors in Romania live on the edge of collapse, depressed, in poverty, often being forced to choose between buying medicines or paying utility bills. Having a pet, for many, is the best thing that has happened to them. ROLDA’s FriendsForever campaign will continue in 2024 thanks to your generosity and care.


Sterilization continues for dogs and cats from impoverished communities

During 2023, ROLDA funded sterilization campaigns in Galati county, in the villages of Fantanele and Scanteiesti, as well as in Tulcea county, in the village of Slava Cercheza. This work was carried out in collaboration with volunteers from “The Great Catsby”. Ukrainian partners sent update photos of sterilizations done throughout the year. ROLDA will continue to pay for sterilizations in both countries.

We dream big: Pawzup, a center for animals and people

Help us build PawzUp

PawzUp Center is a state-of-art center for dogs, cats, horses, donkeys… and humans!

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It’s not too late!

Secure your special place in our new dog shelter building! Options start at just 100 USD!

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Help the ROLDA Rescue Team
to save more animals in need

Puppies saved in Kharkiv

Help a puppy get nutritional food, treatment for diarrhea and vaccines to protect them against mass spreading deadly diseases.
$21 is enough to help 7 pups.

Injured and abandoned cat

Richie was found in the Korosten area with a severe wound on his back; after weeks in hospital, he fully recovered.
$50 is enough to pay a visit to the vet.

Senior dog welcomed

Bill is a senior dog brought to the shelter by his owner in tears. His wife passed and he had undergone heart surgery, he couldn’t keep Bill any longer. We welcomed Bill in our shelter and soon, he was rehomed in Switzerland.
$5 is enough to pay for an annual vaccine for a dog.

ROLDA supports the following campaigns in Romania


No dog deserves to suffer like they do in Romania

ROLDA support their Romanian colleagues to free dogs from chains whenever possible. Injured dogs are easier to free because owners often do not care enough to pay for treatment. Without our intervention, these poor dogs would continue to live imprisoned and in pain.

ROLDA opposes animal abandonment, cruelty and euthanasia.

Help needed for these campaigns

Doghouses for poor pets

We paused the delivery of doghouses to allow us to focus on helping Ukrainian animals affected by the war. In 2024, we hope to deliver a minimum of 50 dog houses to pets living exposed to extreme weather conditions.

Donate a doghouse

Coloring book is a huge success

We are proud to announce that thousands of coloring books have already been distributed for free in schools in different parts of Romania during 2022 and 2023 and we will not stop here. We hope to print the translated version of the coloring book and distribute it abroad.


Discover ROLDA

Who is ROLDA?

We work 24/7 to rescue your new best friend. On the grounds of an old and deserted factory plot in Galati, Romania, a wounded stray dog struggled to survive. The dog could only watch and whimper as the larvae moved around inside his rotting wound. We rescued him and gave him his name, Rambo. We provided shelter, treated his wounds, and helped him trust people again. After some months, he was adopted in Sweden. Read Rambo’s story

What does ROLDA do for animals?

We save animals in need! ROLDA is an international animal welfare organization operating in Romania to primarily help the homeless dog and cat population, estimated to be millions. ROLDA has a strict no-kill policy. Our key focuses are rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, spay/neuter, social programs, and education.

What does ROLDA do for the community and abandoned animals?

● We run 2 dog shelters and 1 cat shelter which comply with EU regulation
● We pay for spay/neuter campaigns for cats and dogs from poor communities
● We run social programs for poor pets
● We rehome dogs in Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, where ROLDA has branches
● We educate community members to be responsible pet owners
● We campaign against animal abuse

Still have questions?

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Please chat to our friendly team.

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#ROLDAdogs give unconditional love, no matter what

Dog of month June

Dog of month June

Meet Kono, a handsome male dog, resident in our shelter for 2 years.

What do #ROLDAdogs mean to people?

Unconditional love.

“I would like to thank you and your staff for blessing us with such a wonderful dog, Cookie is adorable. We got him in September and as the days passed settling in, delightful characteristics unfolded. His excited pant on greeting you, his nose erect then breaking out into a funny bellowing howl. Wriggling on his back contentedly alleviating his itch and his big paws shaking about, he resembled Baloo the hilarious gentle bear in the cartoon Jungle Book! Our Baloo had landed and certainly won a big place in our hearts! A BIG THANK YOU!”

Avril from UK
December 2021

“The food you have sent is excellent! Also many thanks for the veterinary medicines! And the human food was very very helpful. We have many puppies now, and soldiers keep bringing injured animals. Also, animals from fields with many ticks. The lines to wait to get human food are very long, people have to start waiting from the night time and all day. There are very few helpers left in the shelter (12 people) so we cannot stand in lines for a whole day. We have many debts in the vet clinic for injured animals.”

Irina from Zaporizhe, Ukraine May 2022
May 2022

“A few months ago, we were desperately reaching out for support to animal aid organizations around the world, as we are focusing on animal rescue in Romania. Very few have replied, and the only ones that actually offered support were our neighbors based in Galati, ROLDA. We are also very appreciative of the fact they decided to support fellow rescuers in Romania, and thus, animals outside their immediate reach, as this kind of cooperation is unfortunately not so common although so necessary.”

Madalina from Tulcea, RO
January 2022

But there’s still more to be done

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