Although part of the EU since the 1st of January 2007, Romania is the country with the highest strays overpopulation in entire Europe, and of the highest in the entire World. Presently, the laws are not in dogs’ favor either, Romania being one of the countries where the law clearly permits the killing of healthy dogs and where there is a deadline for keeping dogs in municipal shelters.
ROLDA International Adoption Program
Imagine a garden with people, pets and wild dogs. That’s Romania.
Although part of the EU since the 1st of January 2007, Romania is the country with the highest strays overpopulation in entire Europe, and of the highest in the entire World. Presently, the laws are not in dogs’ favor either, Romania being one of the countries where the law clearly permits the killing of healthy dogs and where there is a deadline for keeping dogs in municipal shelters. Romania is less tourist country compared with Turkey, Greece or Spain, this is why their number and the dramatic conditions in which dogs subsist on the streets, or are crowded in filthy municipal pounds, and all these are less known by the public.
The sole salvation for the Romanian strays is international adoption because:
● Lack of local adoption culture
● The extremely high number of street dogs
● The overcrowded private shelters
● The inhumane, illegal, filthy municipal shelters
Sending dogs abroad is not a business, but a humane alternative that requires funding and important logistics.
ROLDA clearly defines the conditions and principles for international adoption and these refer to the adopted dog but also to the adopter because our aim is to provide a safe and healthy future to the dog in his new home, no matter where this place will be!
● ROLDA Dogs are healthy and sterilized (Click here to meet our Best Dogs ready for adoption);
● Pets have all the documents required by the EU laws to travel legally*;
● ROLDA provides full transparency of the adoption process from its beginning to destination;
● Pets promoted on sponsoradog.org website were selected after a careful examination of their social behavior and all are sociable and ready for family life;
● The adoptions are made in countries where ROLDA has established coordinators, and volunteers and where a home check is possible**see below.
*Being part of the EU, Romanian dogs travel legally to another EU destination only by following the EU Regulation 577/2013
ROLDA strongly opposites the illegal transport of dogs but these sadly exist across Europe. Public opinion is used to hear about the smuggling of breed puppies from “puppy mills” but unfortunately, many rescued dogs from south-east Europe are smuggled with illegal papers in the West.
**ROLDA International Adoptions programs exist in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the UK (on some exceptional occasions, we send dogs to the USA and other EU destinations)
We are in process of creating a team to coordinate adoptions in Benelux countries.
ROLDA Founder trip to Ukraine August 2023
I got two NP’s during my trip to Ukraine. Can you guess which one I took back with me home? There are a few reasons why I decided to visit Ukraine: I got the feeling that our international supporters were getting bored with this subject, sometimes get skeptical, and many living in West Europe are ... International adoptions
ROLDA President’s Message May 2023
ROLDA Sverige was founded in 2014 by Lisa, and a group of volunteers dedicated to helping homeless animals live better. The main goals of this association are to help ROLDA Romania: fundraise to keep our shelters functional and rehome dogs from our shelters in Sweden.
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.