Statement of principles and beliefs
We are a nonprofit organization building humane and sustainable habitats for abused animals and creating safer, cleaner habitats to benefit the people in Romania.
We do not engage in or support actions that are illegal or violent, or that run counter to the basic principles of compassion and respect for other creatures’ life.
The key difference between animal conservation and animal welfare is that conservation focuses on species, populations and habitats, whereas welfare focuses on the individual animal.The welfare of an animal can be described as good if the individual is fit, healthy and free from suffering.
Rescue. Responsibly shelter. Rehabilitate. Rehome.
ROLDA mission is to save and treat with respect and responsibility every animal in need of immediate assistance.
ROLDA believes that the quality of life provided to each animal in its care must remain a priority vs. the quantity of animals saved.
ROLDA assesses the welfare of animals using the Five Freedoms (Farm Animal Welfare Council, 2003)
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease
- Freedom from fear and distress
- Freedom to express normal behavior.
ROLDA disapprove the existence of public or private concentration camp that do not meet the Five Freedoms and in the limit of its possibilities, campaign to close these places down until being properly and legally renovated.
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ROLDA team is trained to understand and respect each dog’s different personality. ROLDA initiated the concept of shelters built based on different groups of dogs’ personalities.
The shelter must be a temporarily home for a rescued dog where he/she is prepared to become a safe pet. Scared or shy dogs need additional time, understanding and moral support to recover from various dramas they suffered as semi –wild animals.
It is ROLDA belief that a dog ‘place should be near a responsible human being. The street dogs are semi-wild (or wild) animals that should be helped by specialists to be transformed into great companions.
It is ROLDA policy not to destroy healthy dogs; therefore each saved dog remains in our care for months or years, until becoming a member of a responsible adoptive family.
Earliest age for sterilization
It is ROLDA decision that pet dogs may be neutered as early as 7-8 weeks with no adverse effects on their physical and social development because they are not exposed to the same stresses and hazards as a free ranging street pup.
It is also ROLDA decision not to neuter street pups until they are at least 3-4 months old because the street pups are not independent of (and maybe should not be separated from) adult care until they are 3-4 months old.
Statement against violence
ROLDA main work is to protect animals from suffering and cruelty caused by human actions. We reject and advocate against any tactics or strategies involving violence against all animals.
Research has now established that there are strong links between violent behaviors toward humans and violent behaviors toward animals. We actively encourage law enforcement agencies to take violence toward animals seriously and to set appropriately severe penalties for people who are responsible for causing animals to suffer.
Statement on animals in research, cloning, testing
ROLDA advocates an end to the use of animals in research and testing that is harmful to the animals.
ROLDA opposes the use of animals in elementary or high school lessons, experiments, science fair competitions, or other projects that directly or indirectly cause death, pain, or distress to animals.
ROLDA opposes any cloning of animals for commercial purposes, whether for use as pets or in research or agriculture.
Cloning experiments reflect a spirit common to all systematic forms of cruelty to animals.
The commercial cloning of animals is an abuse of humanity’s power over the animal world. And, like all abuses of power, it should be prohibited by law.
Statement of euthanasia
The euthanasia of animals has been acknowledged by most animal protection organizations, including ROLDA, as an appropriate and humane means of ending the suffering of an animal in physical distress. It is also used widely to end the lives of animals that have severe behavioral problems, including aggression, and they pose a threat to the health and safety of people or other animals.
We recommend for use only those methods that cause a rapid loss of consciousness and that cause minimal pain, distress, and suffering in the animal. We oppose any euthanasia methods or techniques that do not meet these humane principles.
*Note: ROLDA Mission Statement is an expression of our goals and beliefs, accurately adapted to Romanian realities in which we undertake our day by day activity.