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In the late 90s, spaying, and neutering were not standard practices in Galati. Its local pound, where dogs were electrocuted and skinned alive during the communist regime, was still operational.

Though electrocution and skinning have been banned, the pound, and many others across Romania, continue to provide appalling conditions for captured dogs.

Our founder, Dana Costin, horrified by these findings, devised a sterilization plan in Galati to prevent future unwanted births of stray dogs and cats who would eventually end up in these hellish places.

ROLDA’s first sterilization campaign was in 2004 and since then, over 20.000 dogs and cats have been sterilized. Every year, ROLDA has been conducting sterilization campaigns in their community, slowly but significantly diminishing the stray animal population in the area.