Out 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).
Out 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. We don’t use kids in experiments to see how dogs behave around the kids. The parent/adopter must keep under strict observation the kid/s and the animal/s to avoid unpleasant incidents, which can sadly can occur no matter if the animals used to be homeless or not. We noticed that most of the former street dogs are more loyal and grateful for receiving a cozy bed, a good meal and a safe place called home.
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.
With little foster options, our team works hard to make sure that all adoptions are 100% successful. Common reasons for adoption to fail are the lack of money, lack of personal income, rented property where animals are not allowed. The young people (under 23 years old) are exposed to these circumstances the most. It is only a precaution method for the wellbeing of animals. We encourage young people (under 23 years old) to adopt, but this important decision should be sustained, including financially, by a parent.
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.
100 EUR plus 20 EUR a mandatory snap test to eliminate the risk of diseases like Heartworms. Click here to visit the Contact page to get in touch with the closest ROLDA branch for more info about the adoption costs and procedure. Or you can contact ROLDA office in Romania at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 004 0748 903 612
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 branchalong with your questions about the adoption procedure. You can also contact ROLDA office in Romania at email@example.com or 004 0748 903 612
30% of the total number of Romanians is living at the limit of poverty. The average monthly income of a family in rural Romanian areas is less than 200 EUR per month and usually, the family consists of more than 3 members. People living at countryside/villages are 3 times poorer than people living in towns. 1 of 3 children is living in poverty in Romania. The poorest regions in Romania are the north-east of the country and the south-east, where ROLDA is operating.
Statistics show that people, who adopt dogs from abroad, actively help the local organizations and have adopted at least once from their local shelter.
The adoptions in Romania are rare, often unreliable. Dogs are everywhere in Romania: on the streets, near trash collection points, roaming in residential areas, around industrial sites, even inside some hospitals’ courtyards. Romania shelters (both private and public) are filled with dogs. The number of street dogs is huge. Our shelters do not only accommodate the dogs collected from the streets, but also the dogs abandoned by their owners. Starting 2013, the trap/neuter/release is outside the current law. The international adoption is the only chance that a dog from street has. It’s the only opportunity we can give to a stray for a new life.
When a dog is adopted safely abroad, we have an extra space in our shelters to save another dog. Otherwise, our shelters will be quickly overpopulated with dogs and this is not only against our policy, but it is also wrong for the dogs’ health, causing them extra stress.
Since 2001, little has changed. The public shelters administrated by the local authorities continue to be filthy, overpopulated and most don’t respect the minimal standards clearly specified by the European applicable laws. Dogs from public shelters “disappear” mysteriously, are killed with methods which the animal activists can’t verify. Legally, in public shelters, a dog can be euthanized after 14 days. Often, the dogs die of starvation, or eat each other, or die because untreated diseases, wounds, poor hygiene before the 14th day.
The only positive change is the law approved in 2013, which declared mandatory, for dogs with human companion, the followings: sterilization, identification by microchip, registration of the microchip in the national database called RECS.
The number of street dogs in Romania is extreme high, estimated to 2.5 millions. The poorest areas (north, south-east of the country) have the highest number of strays.
After ROLDA created the first modern private shelter in Romania, it is encouraging to see that others, mostly foreign citizens helping Romanian animals, followed us and built, in different communities across the country, a few quality facilities for rescued animals.
While the poverty, lack of education and corruption exist, it is difficult to control efficiently, humanely and responsibly the strays’ overpopulation at national level.
Due to poverty, the homeless animals’ number is not efficiently controlled in some countries from Asia, South America, South and East Europe. Due to lack of education, the homeless animals’ number is not humanely controlled. Romania has by far the worst strays’ overpopulation from all East and South East countries from Europe, but the situation is less known publicly because, compared with countries like Greece, Turkey, Spain; Romania is not a tourist country.
In the particular situation of Romania, the first groups of strays appear in the 80s during the communist regime (Ceausescu dictator), during the cities’ industrialization, when people were forced to move from villages to small apartments. These people left behind their properties, houses with a small garden, guarded by at least one dog. Thousands of dogs were abandoned as a result. During the 80s, the dogs’ population was poorly managed with brutal methods: gas chambers, electrocution, dogs boiled to be skinned for industrial purposes. Starting the 90s, after the communism ended, the increased number of strays represented no priority for the politicians, except around the election campaigns.
Yes. We run a successfully education program in Canada and USA addressed to seniors.
In Romania, ROLDA was legally incorporated as a Foundation in February 2006 after ROLDA’s founder, Dana Costin, was ‘adopted’ by a street dog living rough in her town, Galati, in the south of Romania. Nursing him back to health and giving him a loving home, changed Dana’s life. She decided instantly to start a charity dedicated to help the dogs scavenging on Galati’s streets and wasteland. Since then, Dana has dedicated her entire life and all her resources to rescue and rehabilitate as many abandoned and uncared for animals as is realistically possible. Luckily, soon enough, volunteers from around the World joined her and made this dream possible.
The Board is formed by three Romanians members (Elena Daniela Costin, Ciprian Tudor and Gabriela Costin) and two foreign members (Lolita Morena, from Switzerland and Hege Jurs, from Norway)
Yes. ROLDA is registered in Romania at Galati Court of Law (Registry of Foundations and Associations), authorization no. 5/PJ/2005;30-1/1679, CUI (code unique identification) 18416340. ROLDA is also incorporated charity in USA (EIN: 32-0176929), Norway (Reg. No 998398495), Australia (ABN 38420396060), Sweden (802490-7050), Germany (VR 3910 HL) and UK(1162690).
ROLDA exists to control efficiently, humanely and responsibly the homeless animals population in Romania, estimated to 2.5 millions. Our keys focuses are: rescue, rehabilitation, sheltering, spay/neuter, social programs, education. ROLDA has a strict no- kill policy. Since it was officially founded (2006), ROLDA helped over 10,000 pets and homeless animals. Read more ROLDA Mission Statement
Thank you for being one of our dogs’ sponsors. If you sponsored a dog listed on this website and during the sponsoring time (one year) “your” dog was adopted or if, unfortunately, he/she passed away, you can choose another dog to benefit of your generous support. There are plenty of dogs to choose from! Have a look on this website. You can narrow your search based on dog gender, age, color, size. Still unsure what dog to choose? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each project has an estimated goal. In case the goal is reached, the supporters are announced and any further donation is redirected, with donor’s permission, for a similar goal or for “general purpose”.
There is a variety of ways to help our charity. If you can’t support us financially, you can still be an important member of our rescue team. You can become an active volunteer for any of ROLDA branches spread on 3 continents, in the following countries: USA, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and UK please see contact page .Or you can come to Romania to volunteer in our shelters. Or you can be a virtual volunteer and help from behind of your computer, sharing our articles on social networks or on your blog. You can also help our dogs while you shop. Click here to see a list of websites/platforms that offers a percentage to ROLDA when you do your shopping.
Like all other charities, ROLDA survives because of its generous supporters. You can make one-time donation for a specific project, goal or for general purposes. Or you can choose to make a monthly gift. You can sponsor one of our dogs. Or you can Sponsor Them All. You can help us plan ROLDA future carefully and join our Legacy Society. Or you can shop here (Amazon, Good Shop, etc) to donate a percentage to ROLDA. Or you can volunteer your skills to our charity. Or you can visit us and meet all our dogs. And the best gift of all, you can adopt a dog. Click here to visit the Dogs Website where you can sponsor or adopt our best dogs!
Our charity asks funds for specific goals like winter food supplies, repairs, veterinary costs to treat a specific dog, aid supplies for poor community’ s pets. When you donate for a specific goal, your donation is marked accordingly. When you choose to make a donation for general purpose, you give us the freedom to put your donation where it’s most needed. The existent ROLDA donors know that they are often asked where their money wish to be used for the highest possible impact.
Transparency is important for us because this is, in our view, the minimal form of respect that a charity should show to its supporters. Please visit this page to get instant access to ROLDA financial report.
Our financial statements are public on the Romanian Ministry of Finances website: mfinante.ro
Yes, for US donors, gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations. If you live outside USA, please check the applicable laws or contact us at email@example.com for more details.
ROLDA goal is to provide aid to each animal in need: homeless, abused, malnourished, and abandoned. Using our extremely limited resources responsibly, efficiently and transparently, we transform each year, expand and put our gained experience at work for animals’ best interest. We built, improved and maintained two private dog shelters. We provide assistance to poor community offering free sterilization, identification with microchip and emergency food aid for their pets. We rehabilitate scared and shy dogs and give them the chance to be adopted. We want to build an adoption center for cats and dogs to increase the number of adoptions done locally and in the same time, educate the community to treat the animals responsibly and with respect. As we grow, our attention goes to farm animals, especially donkeys and horses abused in Romania. We also wish to create organic garden, transform our shelters in “green” facilities and launch a program against illegal forest cut and to protect the wildlife species affected by these illegal trees cut. We are just 10 years old …and this is just a small part of the ideas and plans which we have for the coming years.
No. It is ROLDA belief that non-profit organizations remain independent in the real sense of the word when they do not create or accept political affiliations.
Yes. ROLDA became an incorporated charity in Romania in 2006. Same year, Romanian League in Defense of Animals, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. Years that followed, volunteers from around the World who believe in our values, mission and share our dreams, set up the following branches:
|Year of Incorporation||Legal Name of Charity||Type of Incorporation||Country of Incorporation||Charity Number|
|2006||Romanian League in Defense of Animals, Inc||501-c-3 tax exempt||USA||32-0176929|
|2012||Gatehunder fra Romania||Brønnøysundregistrene||Norway||998398495|
|2014||ROLDA Sverige Association||Registered charity||Sweden||802490-7050|
|2014||ROLDA, Inc||Not-for-Profit Charity||Australia||38420396060|
|2015||Save Romanian Strays – ROLDA Germany e.V.||Registered organization||Germany||VR 3910 HL|
|2015||ROLDA UK||CIO||England and Wales||1162690|
In addition, ROLDA has ANBI status in Holland and representatives volunteers in Belgium and Canada. A very active group of supporters is established in Switzerland under the name of Association ROLDA Suisse, leaded by celebrity activist Lolita Morena, who is also a member in ROLDA’s Board in Romania and a member of Swiss Animal Protection Board.
Transparency is one of our top guiding principles. For the activity conducted in Romania, you can find the last Financial Report (as well as previous years reports) on the official website of Ministry of Finances searching ROLDA under the registration number: 18416340. Alternatively, click here for Financial Report where we posted also the latest Annual Report.
The bookkeeping service in Romania is externalized, meaning that we work with independent institutions or experts that keep accurate financial records, each year.
A number of people from around the World (including representatives of corporations, media or diplomatic missions) wrote testimonials after visiting our shelters.
Yes. Volunteers are the heart of our charity and we just don’t have enough words to explain how important a volunteer work in our rescue mission is. Join us!
- On-site Volunteers: Visit our shelters and you will have the proof that dogs do smile. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what opportunities suit your interests the best.
- Skilled Volunteers: There are so many ways in which you can help us (these are just a few examples: photographer, graphic designer, fundraiser, marketing advisor for online and offline market).
- Virtual Volunteers: If you can’t travel to Romania, if you don’t know if you have special skills to help a charity, but you have a big heart, a clever mind and the motivation to contribute to the homeless animals’ cause, if you have some spare time to share with us, don’t waste a moment – contact us at email@example.com
Romania has one of the most dramatic situations regarding the strays and the animal abuse.