Adopt online one dog to save two lives!

When you adopt online/virtually a ROLDA dog, you are saving two lives, not just one. Every successful adoption, every new sponsor, means another animal is rescued from the streets. Some people say that “street dogs” are mongrels, unmanageable, and not to be trusted. So why adopt a former stray and not a pure breed dog…click here to learn?

In our many years of experience, we can say with absolute conviction, that generalizations like the one above are wholly unfounded. Each dog, like each of us, is unique, and the product of our life experiences, and our individual character. ROLDA carefully assesses every one of our dogs to understand their behavior before we promote them for adoption. Regardless of breeding or background, no dog (or any other animal) can come with a “guarantee”.


That said, we have had many hundreds of successful adoptions, in many countries internationally. Rescued dogs often prove to be even more loyal and more loving than any puppy bought from a breeder. Perhaps they understand better than we know that they are one of a very few street dogs that ever get a second chance. So many of their pack are left to suffer and perish on in the dumps and alleys.

Please visit our Testimonials page to read for yourself the hundreds of lifelong, loving relationships have been made possible with your support. You may very well be convinced that you need a ROLDA dog yourself (we knew that already!) And we have hundreds of healthy, well-socialized, deserving dogs waiting so patiently for you to find them. Have a look:

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Are street dogs dangerous or friendly with cats and other small pets?

Our staff assess in the best possible way a dog behavior before being promoted for adoption. We use our knowledge, experience and available resources to do this. Because we respect each living creature, we can’t be asked to make experiments and see if a dog attacks a cat or not. This will be a very stressful situation for everyone, especially for the cat. We can only observe if the dog has killing instincts, or hunting instincts more intense than “normal”. Please remember that many strays remain alive on the streets because they were hunting their meals. Most of the dogs chase smaller animals – it is important to distinguish if they chase to kill or chase for fun. It is the adopter responsibility to supervise how the dog will interact with the cat (or any other smaller pet from inside the house).

How do you know that adopted animals end up in good hands?

ROLDA promote only sociable, healthy dogs via this website We assess the best possible each dog’ behavior and we make sure the adopters are experienced with former street dogs. After completing a pre-adoption application, all adopters accept a mandatory home check. They all sign an adoption contract. After receiving the dog, adopters remain in good communication with our trustworthy representatives from ROLDA international branches. These representatives often meet our dogs and their new families during various events that we organize.

How are animals transported?

By special equipped van (authorized by the national veterinary authority in Romania) from Galati to Bucharest airport (3-4 hours driving). By airplane to the adopter’ destination (except UK). Why airplane? To reduce the length of travel and therefore, the animal’ stress during travelling. Dogs adopted in UK travel from Bucharest meeting point to England with a special equipped van, used by an authorized British pet transport company.

I want to adopt a dog from ROLDA. What is the procedure?

The adoption procedure is slightly different, from country to country.
Please complete the pre-adoption form and send it by email to the closest ROLDA branch along with your questions about the adoption procedure. You can also contact ROLDA office in Romania at or 004 0748 903 612

Why does ROLDA promote dog adoptions abroad?

Stray dog adoptions in Romania are rare, and often provide an unreliable, uncertain future for the animal involved. Dogs roam everywhere in Romania. They wander the streets, and gather at trash collection points desperate for a few scraps of food. They are unwanted guests in residential and industrial areas. They even form packs inside some hospitals’ courtyards. Romanian shelters (both private and public) are filled with unwanted dogs living in often filthy conditions. Very, very few dogs ever leave these “shelters” alive.

The number of street dogs is huge, estimated at well over 2.5 million. ROLDA shelters do not only accommodate dogs collected from the streets, but also dogs abandoned by their owners. Since 2013, the trap/neuter/release approach to population control sadly remains outside our current laws. An international adoption is the only real chance that a dog from a Romanian street has. It’s the only opportunity we can give to guarantee a stray a new life where s/he will be safe and loved.

As soon as one dog has been successfully adopted abroad, a little shelter space is freed up, and we are able save another life, and bring in a dog suffering on the streets. So, when you adopt or sponsor a ROLDA dog, you are saving two lives, not just one.

But we cannot save them all. Our financial and other resources are already extremely limited. Our shelters would quickly become overpopulated with dogs, forcing them to live in cramped and dirty conditions. This is not only against ROLDA policy, but it is done to keep our dogs healthy, both physically and psychologically. These animals have been through so much trauma, and we do everything in our power to avoid causing them additional stress, which only delays their recovery and rehabilitation.

Are street dogs dangerous or friendly with kids?

Our staff members carefully assess each dog that comes into our care to the best of our abilities. We have over a decade of experience working with abused and stray animals, and have successfully rehabilitated and rehomed many hundreds of dogs. We believe that giving an honest and professional evaluation of a dog’s behavior before promoting them for adoption greatly increases their chances of finding a suitable home.
We don’t use children in “experiments” to see how a dog behaves in the company of kids. The parent/adopter must keep children and their new furry friend under strict observation to avoid unpleasant incidents. These can sadly occur with any dog, or other pet, regardless of the animal's background or breeding.
Rescued dogs often make the most loyal and loving pets. So many former street dogs are forever grateful for receiving simply a cozy bed, healthy meals, and a safe place to call home. You alone can give hope to these deserving souls.

Why is there an age limit (23 years) to adopt from ROLDA?

ROLDA is unfortunately short on foster options, despite the fact that our ROLDA team works tirelessly to make sure that all adoptions are 100% successful. Common reasons some adoptions may not go through are a lack of money, and/or personal income, and occupying a rented property where animals are not allowed. Young people (under 23 years old) are exposed to these circumstances the most. This policy is just one of ROLDA’s precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of our animals, and to ensure that both the adopted animal and the adoptive individual have a 100% positive experience. We do encourage young people (under 23 years old) to adopt, but this important decision must be supported and sustained, (including financially) by a parent. They act as a guarantor to ensure the animal in question is provided for.

How much is the adoption fee?

100 EUR plus 20 EUR for a mandatory snap test to eliminate the risk of devastating diseases and parasites (for example, Heartworms). Click here to visit the Contact page to get you in touch with the closest ROLDA branch for more info about the adoption costs and procedure. Or feel free to contact us directly at ROLDA’s Head Office in Romania at or by phone 004 0748 903 612.

Why should I adopt from Romania when our country shelters are full?

Statistics show that people, who adopt dogs from abroad, actively help the local organizations and have adopted at least once from their local shelter.