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The history of ROLDA large shelter read details
June 15, 2023

The history of ROLDA large shelter read details

In 2004, ROLDA became aware of a horror scenario unfolding on our doorstep. A local steel mill, owned by one of Britain’s and the world’s richest men, Lakshmi Mittal, had become an involuntary home to countless stray dogs desperately seeking shelter and food.

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I survived these mighty mites!
May 5, 2023

I survived these mighty mites!

Alien survived a horrible infestation of fleas and ticks. Today, he is living at our ROLDA sanctuary happily waiting to be adopted. Alien was found by ROLDA rescuers in early spring, already completely covered with fleas and ticks.

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Help for Chick
April 13, 2023

Help for Chick

Chick was found not far from our shelter. She was extremely dehydrated and full of parasites. Flies were feeding on her bloody, cracked skin caused by repeated biting and scratching. She had chewed through most of her fur, leaving her damaged skin exposed to horrible infections which, sadly, had already begun to consume her from the outside in.

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Help for Hera
April 13, 2023

Help for Hera

Hera was found on the streets. Her entire body was covered in tar that had matted her fur and even oozed deep to her skin. We can’t imagine the pain she had suffered…well, to be honest, we don’t want to imagine.

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Help for Buck
April 13, 2023

Help for Buck

BUCK was rescued from the street after being hit by speeding a car. We were contacted by an individual who had witnessed the horrible collision. Moments later, our Rescue Team arrived at the scene to transport Buck to our clinic.

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Help for Bar
April 13, 2023

Help for Bar

BAR was discovered behind a bush whimpering softly and breathing erratically as if he no longer had the strength or the will to communicate his agony to the world…as if he literally chose this spot to spend his dying days…alone, as if not to disturb the world around him.

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ROLDA in Caracal
March 22, 2023

ROLDA in Caracal

My name is Dana and I live in Caracal, Olt county. For many years, I save cats and I consider that the first step to stop the abandons is to spay/neuter cats. I contacted ROLDA who helped me already cover a large number of sterilizations for cats from Caracal town.

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ROLDA in Tulcea
March 21, 2023

ROLDA in Tulcea

Starting in September 2021, ROLDA expanded its support to the nearby county, Tulcea. Danube river separates Galati and Tulcea counties (10 minutes by boat, which was the only connection between these two counties before the bridge was built).

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ROLDA helps poor communities pets to live with dignity
March 21, 2023

ROLDA helps poor communities pets to live with dignity

The law says: Pet Dogs in Romania must be sterilized and microchipped. Dogs that belong to people must be sterilized, microchipped and registered in a National Registry (database) of dogs owners called RECS. This is a general rule that became effective in 2016.

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President message 2021
February 3, 2023

President message 2021

You may guess I would begin with a story about a dog. However, this time I want to write about you because no matter how desperate I am to save dogs in need in Romania, no matter how this consumes me every day, this is not everything that makes me who I am. I want to improve and avoid mistakes. Sometimes I struggle to communicate and may not rise to your expectations.

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The last letter from a stray to his human companion
February 3, 2023

The last letter from a stray to his human companion

I write this letter because it’s important that this dog story be told. I don’t intend to make you sad, but if you read the letter until the end, you will agree with me that we still can save the dog's World and reshape the future of many who still have a chance and for whom it’s not yet too later.

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1 minute, time of a whole life
February 3, 2023

1 minute, time of a whole life

If I will take only 1 minute from your time, I would quickly tell you that ROLDA continues to need you to transform the lives of abused and neglected dogs in a country with 2.5 million strays. Because every minute in Romania a dog is hit by a car and suffer until he passes away, alone. When you will finish reading the whole message, 1 more will be gone in dogs Heaven, either from under a truck wheel or from a horrible dog pound.

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Speak Toto language!
February 3, 2023

Speak Toto language!

A few years ago, a child was killed by dogs in Romania. Media presented this subject but solutions were searched only during the time this subject was hot. We, at ROLDA, consider that animals and people can live in harmony, but rules must be respected, on both sides. Romania, and especially the rural part of the country, lack education and this affect both animals and people.

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President message 2020
February 3, 2023

President message 2020

The modern human prefers to speak alone on a phone that has a mechanic job to convert accurately sounds into words, when not very many years ago, people were hand-writing letters to each other as a sign of appreciation.

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ROLDA’S 15-year anniversary
February 3, 2023

ROLDA’S 15-year anniversary

When ROLDA started, I never imagined how we would be 15 years later, or how fast the years would pass. Together with my team, we were always busy with what happened TODAY, with rescuing and other struggles. We got used to authorities not helping us (sometimes contrarily), and we also got used to our community’s indifference to our work.

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Ben – ROLDAs First Rescue Donkey
February 3, 2023

Ben – ROLDAs First Rescue Donkey

For 12 long years, Ben the Donkey was passed from abusive owner to abusive owner. Not one of them cared for Ben. They couldn’t even bother to stroke his ears or pet his nose. To these ignorant owners, Ben was just a working animal to be exploited for profit.

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Aging horse asks for a peaceful end
February 3, 2023

Aging horse asks for a peaceful end

My name is Big Bang. I believe people mean well. As difficult as my life is, theirs is just as difficult. I was born on a farm in Romania, and I was expected, as everyone in a low-income community is, to work hard. And the work I have. Now, however, I am old.

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Horses in Romania exploited, then slaughtered
February 3, 2023

Horses in Romania exploited, then slaughtered

Most horses in Romania are used for intense labor and transport, especially in rural communities. There are an estimated one million “working horses” in Romania. Years ago, the European Union clearly demanded that all horses must be identified and registered, but thousands of horses are never registered so they can be sold for their meat—which is illegal in Romania.

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Yelp you can’t ignore. Double donation (fall period)
January 20, 2023

Yelp you can’t ignore. Double donation (fall period)

It is the very early morning of the first sterilization day in Smardan, the veterinary clinic and its garden are full of people and their pets waiting – when Paula, our volunteer, rushed in yelping. That day, the ROLDA family grew with 2 more members: Two dirty fur balls; two pairs of innocent eyes that couldn’t open completely because of the abundance of ticks, trying to observe curiously or with precaution all our moves.

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100 dogs and cats sterilized in september
January 20, 2023

100 dogs and cats sterilized in september

Sep. 23, 2018—Staff and volunteers from ROLDA Sverige were in Romania this weekend to carry out a sterilization campaign for pets of impoverished families who cannot afford the procedure. With the help of our local team, 100 dogs and cats were successfully sterilized and registered in Smardan and Piscu.

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Coollectible art objects puurffect for animals in need
January 20, 2023

Coollectible art objects puurffect for animals in need

Collectible art donations also entitle you to a Fair Market Tax Deduction! There are far more benefits that may be yours once you decide to make a collectible art donation. These advantages include earning a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of your donated items and freeing up wall space to display yet more artwork.

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Give a dog a Bitcoin
January 20, 2023

Give a dog a Bitcoin

ROLDA now accepts Bitcoins! Donate Bitcoins to save stray dogs in Romania. Since you’ve landed here, it’s safe to assume that you’re thinking about donating one or more of your shiny, virtual Bitcoins to a good cause such as saving stray dogs in Romania. That’s awesome! 

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Help save more strays dogs
January 20, 2023

Help save more strays dogs

Discover an easy and effective way to help ROLDA save more dogs from your work. If you’re a current ROLDA supporter or someone who wants to help save stray dogs in Romania, and who believes our charity would make a bigger impact with more contributors, then you can make that change!

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Donate your car to save dogs
January 20, 2023

Donate your car to save dogs

If you’re reading this, then chances are that you have a car you no longer need or want. Perhaps donating your car wasn’t your first option … and that’s totally okay! Maybe you didn’t even know it was a “thing” you could do. You’d be surprised how many people don’t.

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