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ROLDA focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming stray dogs in Galati, Romania. Our first dog shelter opened in 2003 and the second, 4 years later. In 2023, we extended our commitment for animals in need by opening the first sanctuary for senior and disabled cats. Most of the animals rescued have suffered illness and injury due to starvation, neglect, and abuse. We provide our rescues with the best nutrition and medical care to ensure proper healing and growth.

Our staff and volunteers are continually working with our rescues to help them overcome the physical and emotional trauma they have suffered while living on the streets.

Once we believe our rescues are ready for domestic life, we find them forever homes. Because ROLDA runs no-kill sanctuaries, our rescues remain for the rest of their lives with us unless they are adopted. Euthanasia is only an option when a veterinarian determines that the animal has no chance of living a pain-free life.

ROLDA is a humane alternative to the inhumane Galati Public Pound that is notorious for abuse. ROLDA always had and continues to protest against the Galati Public Pound and all the illegal public pounds in Romania. We continue to fight for their closure or reformation to adhere to the humane laws and treatment these dogs deserve.

The effects of the pandemic and economic crisis determined ROLDA to offer small grants regularly to a number of small charities spread across Romania, in danger of closing down because donations dropped. When the war from Ukraine started, ROLDA expanded its efforts across borders, to reach animals in need in the neighboring country.

First shelter in 2005

Playing area at first shelter

Isolation treatments area at first shelter

Solar panel system installed at small shelter in 2023

Second shelter in 2012

12 paddocks with 10 kennels each are the only home these strays have

Outdoor spaces for dogs in 2018

Cats shelter exterior

Shelter for cats inside area

Cats scratching tree inside cats shelter