ROLDA Sterilization Campaign in numbers


Dogs and cats sterilized


Locations in Romania


Social cases during 2022

Stray dogs in Romania are multiplying at alarming rates. The country has one of the highest stray populations in the world. The most effective—and humane—solution to control stray dogs overpopulation is sterilization. ROLDA sterilizes approx 1000 animals each year. This is a small number by comparison, but by sterilizing one dog we are saving thousands more from unnecessary suffering and death.

According to PETA, “Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years.” Every day, countless stray dogs die from hunger, disease, abuse, and neglect. We at ROLDA believe that this is a problem that can be controlled, solved, and avoided by sterilization.

Euthanizing a healthy dog is both unethical and inhumane. The World Health Organization (WHO) now recognizes that euthanizing mass populations of dogs to combat stray overpopulation only produces short-term effects. Even maximal catching rates (up to 24% of dog population per year) make no significant impact because other strays will eventually migrate into the “swept” area to fill the ecological niche.

What is sterilization?

A routine surgical procedure that can prevent thousands of unwanted puppies from being born. Neutering is the sterilization of male dogs, and spaying is the sterilization of female dogs.

Are ROLDA Sterilization Campaigns Effective?

Yes! Each ROLDA sterilization
campaign effectively:

Reduces the number of unwanted puppies or kittens born on the streets

Controls animal abandonment

ROLDA’s Policy about earliest age for sterilization

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. Hence, the decision has been made not to neuter street pups until they are at least 3-4 months old because they are not independent of (and maybe should not be separated from) adult care until they are 3-4 months old.

TV Spot – Sterilization campaign

This TV spot was created by our friend Alina to sustain our efforts to raise awareness about the importance of sterilizing dogs (and cats) in countries like Romania.
For Romanian language version, click here.

ROLDA Pet Sterilization Campaign
(dogs and cats with human companions)

This is a social program launched by ROLDA to assist impoverished dog owners with the cost of sterilizing their pets.

How often/where:

Frequently: villages in Galati and Caracal (Romania)

Occassionally: Tulcea (Romania) and Ukraine

Campaign Cost: €5200 to sterilize 100 dogs in Galati

Individual Cost: €52 to sterilize 1 dog

Sterilize dogs rescued by ROLDA from the streets

Since 2016, it is illegal to sterilize stray dogs and release them back to the streets. ROLDA only sterilizes dogs who can remain in its shelter after being rescued.
Thanks to our supporters, we have sterilized close to 20000 dogs and cats in the Galati region, southeast of Romania. Even though 75% of the strays in Galati have been sterilized, the remaining 25% can potentially reproduce thousands more unwanted puppies on the streets.

Will you be part of the solution?

By sterilizing just one dog or cat, we are preventing thousands of unwanted animals from being born on the streets. Think of how much needless suffering you can prevent by donating just €52 to sterilize one dog!

Donate for one or as many animals as you can to be sterilized

Buy a virtual gift and sponsor 50% of a sterilization cost

Buy the cute dachshund from ROLDA Shop to cover 50% of a sterilization

More than 50% of puppies born on the streets die within the first week. Stray dogs suffer unimaginable pain throughout their short lives. Each day, countless die from starvation, disease, abuse, and neglect. Yet, their numbers are always growing—these days, faster than ever! Sterilization is the only humane way to end this unnecessary suffering!

Be part of the solution! Donate to neuter or spay a stray today!

Sterilization Campaigns at glance

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