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We are helping other rescuers in Romania

We are helping other rescuers in Romania

ROLDA was born in Galati, the 5th largest city in Romania which used to have, not long ago, thousands of strays roaming around, living in desperate conditions.

15 years later, we decided to expand our aid for animals to other small charities from Romania in danger of closing down because of financial problems caused by COVID period, followed by energetic and economic crisis.

First city pin pointed on our aid-map was Tulcea where we step in 2021 to help a small charity focused on cats.

How we helped animals in Tulcea?

We take in our small shelter disabled or senior cats.
We cover the vet bills for cats under treatment in private hospitals for recovery.
We buy and send to Tulcea food for cats and on occassion, food for dogs from local PS.
We take in our shelter dogs free from living a life in chain, in rural area of Tulcea county.
We pay blitz sterilization campaign for cats and dogs from poor communities.
We distribute coloring books and other educative materials in schools.
During spring-summer 2022 when many Ukrainians transited refugees in Isaccea and Tulcea, we delivered products like food, hygiene, etc.

Starting with 2022, we continue to support Tulcea and extended our aid to cities: Caracal, Focsani, Solca and Desa.

In Caracal we help with food and free sterilizations.

In Solca, we are helping a charity that owns a shelter and also run sterilization campaigns.

In Dolj county, ROLDA chose a charity considered the largest horse sanctuary from Romania, but they also help dogs, cats, goats and ponies.

Starting 2023, we expanded to Rm Sarat and Slobozia.

Testimonials

“A few months ago, we were desperately looking for partners who could support our work to save homeless animals in Tulcea due to the fact our campaigns for sterilizing, taking in, and putting cats up for adoption are constantly drying out our resources. Out of tens of emails sent to organizations worldwide, very few answered, and of these few, only our neighbors from Galati, ROLDA, offered us any help.”

The Great Catsby from Tulcea
July 2023

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, ROLDA, for the initiatives in our country and other areas! Thank you for the comfort and security offered through your campaigns to many suffering animals, creatures at the very end of the line!”

Mariuta Association from Desa
July 2023

“I had not heard of ROLDA before last year. It’s when they donated many cans of cat food which I shared with my friends, the girls alongside whom I care for over 150 cats. Then the big surprise came when I started getting monthly help for the cases of cats and dogs we took in for operations and treatment. This is the first organization to volunteer its help by coming forward and saying – Hey! We want to help you… It was a breath of fresh air to get help when you least expect it. Even though I am not an organization with great resources and knowledge, my goal is to help animals, even at a lower level. But it...”

Lula’s Paw Association from Focsani
July 2023

Mariuta Association from Desa

A few words about the organization
Established in 2006, the Mariuta Shelter has had and still has the purpose of saving and giving a chance to any animal abused, abandoned, injured, or in dire need. Currently, we are the largest horse sanctuary in Romania, but our salvation mission is not limited to horses. Dogs, cats, donkeys, sheep, goats, ponies, cows, and calves, not to mention wildlife representatives such as storks, rabbits, owls, hedgehogs, and others, are now in our care. In addition, we also host animals brought in with shelter placement orders, and many times, we are the ones the Animal Police call to take in and aid farm animals, especially horses and donkeys.
How many animals are in your care?
We are about to reach 1000 animals, of which over 200 are large animals, over 700 are cats and dogs, 55 are goats, and the rest are poultry or wild birds.
How many volunteers do you currently have?
Five volunteers.
What campaigns have you got undergoing at the moment?
Our first and permanent campaign is that of taking in animals that are injured, abandoned, and in immediate danger. This implies constant costs with treatment and surgical interventions in vet cabinets, disinfestation, and sterilization. We are the ones who take in tens of abandoned animal cubs, and we bottle feed, vaccinate, sterilize, and disinfect them. The horses brought to us areprimarily victims of road or domestic accidents and abuse. Also, we have many cases of dogs on death row from public shelters. Our latest massive salvation campaign happened when we took in 45 dogs saved by Tania from Constanța County, an individual who had taken it upon herself to keep as many dogs as possible. Now, these dogs call the Mariuta shelter their home. Tania is blind and in financial and health-related difficulty, and she, too, was helped with her eye surgery.
As we speak, our volunteers care for old and disabled dogs.

Lula’s Paw Association Focsani

A few words about the association
My name is Iulia Visan. I am 39 years old and see myself as the mother of all the cats and dogs living in my yard and home. Most of these animals will be with me forever while I actively search for homes for the rest of them. One adoption makes room for another saved soul. There were other unique animals in my life, but, little by little, I have found their forever homes.
How many animals are in your care?
9 dogs and 25 cats. I have a soft spot for disabled animals: I have three blind cats, two cats with only three paws, and a dog with leg crutches, operated on with the help of the ROLDA organization.
How many volunteers do you currently have?
I am the only person taking care of them. Every once in a while, we get food donations. I make beds for cats and dogs; withthis money, I support my “madness.” I am body and soul dedicated to sterilization campaigns and have been coordinating some of them for the past seven years to close the tap un unwanted animal births. It’s not enough to take 100 off the streets if 1000 others are born.
What campaigns have you got undergoing at the moment?
I mainly rely on organizations from across the border for sterilization campaigns. They send money to the vet’s office, and I only take the animals in.

Saved by the Vet Association from Solca

A few words about the organization
We aim to provide a haven for abandoned, abused cats and dogs off the streets of Solca and the surrounding areas. In addition, we work to reduce the stray animal population with an ongoing free spay/neuter effort (since September 2021) in partnership with our vet.
How many animals are in your care?
We currently have over 250 dogs and around 20 cats.
How many volunteers do you currently have?
We do not have permanent volunteers but welcome volunteers on an ongoing basis. This month we will includefour volunteers from Ireland and the UK.
What campaigns have you got undergoing at the moment?
Our free spay-neuter work has been ongoing since September 2021, resulting in over 1100 sterilized cats and dogs.