Association ROLDA Suisse was set up by a group of Swiss animal lovers, led by the celebrity animal activist  Lolita Morena. The association’s goal is to  generate awareness and support for the Romanian animals and for the poor communities struggling to look after their pets responsibly.

How Association ROLDA Suisse helps in Romania

Cover medical aid for dogs injured

Pay sterilizations costs

Help general costs of the shelters

Pay renovations

Association ROLDA Suisse raise money from private donors to cover emergency needs (e.g. replacing the rescue van crashed in accident), medical costs (rescue injured dogs, sterilization and microchipping campaigns for pets from poor communities), food costs. Since 2015, ROLDA Suisse helped 800 dogs and cats to be sterilized and identified with a microchip, preventing the born of thousands of unwanted puppies.

Sponsor education campaigns in village schools

Help during flood – emergency aid like blankets and food

Funded natural wind barrier – paid for trees planting

Sponsor food delivered to dogs from poor communities in villages

ROLDA Suisse sponsored the costs necessary to create a natural wind barrier (formed by 5000 acacia trees) to protect the shelter for harsh winters and snow storms. The animal lovers with low income from villages receive food supplement for their pets covered from Swiss donations.

Organize transport of supplies for shelters

Regular visits in Romania

ROLDA Suisse volunteers regularly visit Romanian shelters to verify how their contributions are put to work for the animals and for the community they work hard to help.


Lolita first visit in Romania November 2013

Cara adopted by Alain Morisod in Switzerland March 2014

Yelena Swiss volunteer visit September 2014

First stamp dedicated to Romanian animals in Switzerland 2014

Painting exposition artist Muriel Oct 2014

Manifestation Geneva against killing Romanian dogs

Adopters Day June 2015

Making of Calendar 2017


Lolita visit Swiss Ambassador in Bucharest

Making of Calendar 2015

ROLDA Board meeting April 2015

Public event November 2014

Adopters Day Switzerland June 2015

Visit Swiss team February 2015

Swiss team visit October 2014

Gala AtoutCoeur with Swiss celebrities and supporters November 2015


Le Matin article

Adopted Switzerland

Mirko Rochat at ROLDA Suisse Gala

Lolita and Mirko at ROLDA Soiree de soutien November 2017

ROLDA Soiree de soutien May 2019

How Swiss supporters help Romanian animals from their own country





Attend events

Celebrities gala

Organize street protests

ROLDA Suisse Fundraising Gala‘s reunite celebrities like Alain Morisod, Mirko Rochat, Maurizio Gardini. The Swiss Ambassador family attend our sterilization event held in October 2015. In May 2014, Lolita organized a demonstration in Geneva in support of Romanian street dogs, where over 200 people participated. ROLDA Suisse created a post stamp with a Romanian dog’s portrait approved by Post Suisse. Lolita met twice the steel plant’ representatives to militate for the dogs rights.


IBAN: CH47 8080 8001 2548 90198
CCP: 17-237-8
Bank: Raiffeisen Moleson
Address: 1628 Vuadens

ROLDA Suisse

Contact details

Contact person: Lolita





99500 EUR


sterilizations, dogs transport, general donations

95730 EUR


new rescue van, sterilizations, senior event, dogs transport, general donations

73581 EUR


cottage repair, sterilizations, senior event, adoptions fees, general donations

53000 EUR


cottage repair, sterilizations, adoptions fees, general donations

32400 EUR


sterilizations, adoptions fees, general donations

26220 EUR


sterilizations, adoptions fees, general donations

ROLDA Suisse Magazines

All ROLDA Suisse members receive our association’s printed magazines, twice per year. For an annual membership fee of 30.- Swiss Francs you’ll receive in your post beautiful quality magazines, two times each year, describing most recent events and projects of ROLDA in Romania. We remind you that our association functions 100% thanks to Swiss volunteers, who raise funds and logistics to sustain a  number of long-term projects, focusing on the most disadvantaged regions of Romania, aiming to improve the welfare of animals as well as the lives of the people living near them.

ROLDA’s founder invites you to find out how we started and why

Dana Costin

Founder and CEO


Firstly, thank you for visiting the ROLDA website. Your interest and support is what enables us to save lives every day. Below is a brief overview of the journey I have been on and which has led to ROLDA. The road has been long and difficult. Yet whenever I am near the kennels and can see the difference we have made to the lives of hundreds of dogs, I realize it was all worth it. And that there is still plenty of work to do!

I hope you enjoy reading it.

My best wishes to you,



"Difficult to express in only some words the emotion felt coming to visit ROLDA shelters. I was expecting to see dirty dogs lying in bad conditions ….this is what we, Swiss people, hear about Romanian “shelters”. But in fact, when I arrived I saw all these adorable dogs, healthy, clean, well fed, in large well-appointed cages or released. No chains around their necks. And all these cages have little importance. The only thing is the love that emanates from everywhere ... The love that dogs have spontaneously given me, the love that they were given to Dana and to the employees… which are not just “working” in the shelter, but they are these dogs’ only family they have. That’s what touched me, the love that emanates from this place. Even if it’s hard to see all these dogs that are waiting for a family, I know they are getting the best in this shelter. The dogs are there, full of affection, waiting a little attention from human side … And that’s why I need to continue to help them."


Muriel (Switzerland) - Feb 2015
"2013 November 21 is a date we will never forget : It’s the day where our little “Pantera” passed away; she reached almost 16 years and had suffered from Diabetes. But November 21 is also a positive date, where Greta and Panduta arrived in Switzerland, thanks to the efforts of Lolita Morena and her friends.You, the staff, the volunteer’s and supporters of ROLDA are doing a great job. Hopefully we can contribute a little bit by spreading the word."

Claudia and Alessandro

Claudia and Alessandro (Switzerland) - Nov 2018

I enjoyed it very much, to see the dogs, cuddle most of them, it was a little hard to see the big shelter for me, but then I realised how lucky they were to have you and to be there with you! Being with you, means that they will find their forever home very soon, and in the meantime they are safe and taken care of! I’m amazed of all the things you’ve done for the dogs! They are all so happy, sweet and full of love, like they forgot all the pain they went through in the street! And I don’t have enough words to describe how it makes me feel. You give hope and love to these dogs, it’s just amazing…


Yelena (Switzerland) - Sept 2014

Dana: I want to tell you such a big thank you for your kindness. You do such an inspiring job for all those dogs. I’m feeling so blessed to have experienced that in Galati Romania and I’m completely for your cause. Sending your best greetings and take care of you and all those sweet dogs.


Laure (Switzerland) - March 2018


Gala Event

Some of the great volunteers, supporters and friends who made possible the charitable event, in favor of Romanian street dogs, to take place in Switzerland: Gala Atout Coeur!


What is a ROLDA Global Parent?

Like most charities, ROLDA is lucky to have monthly donors – amazing people who’ve decided to donate every month. This type of gift is extremely gratefully received by ROLDA as it enables us to calculate next month’s budget more accurately and anticipate the funds we can rely on. This provides us with the security of the knowledge that our dogs will not go hungry and we have money available for emergency expenses, such as a complex surgical procedure or specialized medicine.

I am a Global Parent. Is my gift helping the dog I choose?

Absolutely. We fully respect each donor’s wishes regarding the purpose of informing their donation. However, should you choose to ‘Sponsor Them All’, your donation will go directly into the upkeep costs of all the dogs in our care, both present, and future.

How I can help a particular dog?

In order to help one of our dogs:
⇨ Visit our sponsor and adoption page
⇨ Click on a dog’ profile
⇨ Select your gift
⇨ That’s all. You are part of the ROLDA Global Parents group.

Do I get updates regarding the dog(s) I choose to sponsor?

ROLDA cannot afford many paid staff members and those in our employ are engaged in active work both in the field – rescuing injured dogs and providing food and medicine for homeless animals – and directly caring for the dogs in our shelters. We know as an animal lover, you wouldn’t want this any other way. However, it is our pleasure to show our gratitude in a modest, symbolic way to thank the unique people who become godparents to our cherished canine companions.

What is ROLDAs position regarding euthanasia?

ROLDA has a strict no kill policy.

Absolutely everything we do is guided by our ethos of universal compassion and a respect for life. ROLDA only ever euthanises an animal under the expert advice of our vet, and only where prolonging life would be cruel. Where a chance exists to save their life and create an acceptable quality of life, no matter how slim, ROLDA will always provide the treatments necessary to give them the best possible chance. We never put cost or convenience before the life and wellbeing of any animal. See ROLDA Mission and Policies here.

What is ROLDAs relationship with the authorities?

Periodically, ROLDA shelters fall under the supervision of the Romanian National Veterinary Authority’ inspectors. Unbelievably, but in this moment, Romanian laws are currently directed against the humane methods of homeless animal control advocated and implemented by ROLDA. We hope that some Government authority will decide to start a serious, constructive, and open dialogue regarding the management of the monumental problems of strays. And of rampant animal abandonment and abuse in Romania. ROLDA is always open to sharing our vision, our humane policies (and the reasons why they work, where mass slaughters never have) and our extensive experience managing local stray populations.

ROLDA actively encourages input from local communities, and those individuals concerned with animal welfare here and around the world. Sustainable, meaningful change to create a more compassionate and peaceful future depends on the involvement of people from all walks of life, and any interested or affected organizations.

Does ROLDA work in other countries except Romania?

Yes, we have a dedicated group of volunteers working in several European countries, the UK, and Australia. They act as ambassadors for ROLDA, fundraise, and help to raise awareness of the horrific conditions Romanian stray animals face. Here in Galati, we are actively involved with young people to help them understand animal abandonment and cruelty issues, and to inform them of the compassionate, humane ways we have of dealing with overpopulation.

Why not helping people instead?

Helping people in need is a noble cause. There are plenty people in Romania and across the World that need help. Our charity focus is animals in need while many other worthy charities focus exclusively to help the people. However, our charity also helps people. We have an educational program addressed to seniors in USA and Canada, we provide free spay/neuter, free microchiping and emergency food aid for the pets owned by people with low income. We also provide emergency relief during disasters (e.g. floods) for pets and donate clothing and food supplies for people from the affected areas or for seniors from the retirement homes. People who adopt dogs from our shelters have also a positive experience that reflects on the wellbeing of their whole family.

Does ROLDA offer any volunteer opportunities?

Yes. Volunteers are the heart of our charity and we just don’t have enough words to explain how important a volunteer work in our rescue mission is. Join us!

1. On-site Volunteers: Visit our shelters and you will have the proof that dogs do smile. Please contact us at to discuss what opportunities suit your interests the best. We don’t cover (yet) health insurance.

2.  Virtual Volunteers: If you can’t travel to Romania, if you don’t know if you have special skills to help a charity, but you have a big heart, a clever mind and the motivation to contribute to the homeless animals’ cause, if you have some spare time to share with us, don’t waste a moment – contact us!

There are so many ways in which you can help us e.g. photographer, graphic designer, fundraiser, marketing advisor for online and offline market.

Why is there an age limit (23 years) to adopt from ROLDA?

ROLDA is unfortunately short on foster options, despite the fact that our ROLDA team works tirelessly to make sure that all adoptions are 100% successful. Common reasons some adoptions may not go through are a lack of money, and/or personal income, and occupying a rented property where animals are not allowed. Young people (under 23 years old) are exposed to these circumstances the most. This policy is just one of ROLDA’s precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of our animals, and to ensure that both the adopted animal and the adoptive individual have a 100% positive experience. We do encourage young people (under 23 years old) to adopt, but this important decision must be supported and sustained, (including financially) by a parent. They act as a guarantor to ensure the animal in question is provided for.

How are animals transported?

By special equipped van (authorized by the national veterinary authority in Romania) from Galati to Bucharest airport (3-4 hours driving). By airplane to the adopter’ destination .

Why should I adopt from Romania when our country shelters are full?

Statistics show that people, who adopt dogs from abroad, actively help the local organizations and have adopted at least once from their local shelter.

How can I verify ROLDA is a legit organization?

Transparency is one of our top guiding principles. For the activity conducted in Romania, you can find the last Financial Report (as well as previous years reports) on the official website of Ministry of Finances (, searching ROLDA under the registration number: 18416340. Alternatively, you can find the Financial Report at: and the latest Annual Report:

The bookkeeping service in Romania is externalized, meaning that we work with independent institutions or experts that keep accurate financial records each year.

A number of people from around the World (including representatives of corporations, media or diplomatic missions) wrote testimonials after visiting our shelters. ( )

Are street dogs dangerous or friendly with kids?

Our staff members carefully assess each dog that comes into our care to the best of our abilities. We have over a decade of experience working with abused and stray animals, and have successfully rehabilitated and rehomed many hundreds of dogs. We believe that giving an honest and professional evaluation of a dog’s behavior before promoting them for adoption greatly increases their chances of finding a suitable home.
We don’t use children in “experiments” to see how a dog behaves in the company of kids. The parent/adopter must keep children and their new furry friend under strict observation to avoid unpleasant incidents. These can sadly occur with any dog, or other pet, regardless of the animal's background or breeding.
Rescued dogs often make the most loyal and loving pets. So many former street dogs are forever grateful for receiving simply a cozy bed, healthy meals, and a safe place to call home. You alone can give hope to these deserving souls.

Why doesn't the local community offer financial help to the shelters in Romania?

30% of Romanians live on the very edge of extreme poverty. The average monthly income of a family in rural areas is less than 200 EUR per month. Usually, the family consists of at least 3 members, often more. Housing options are very limited, and essential services like electricity, gas etc. can be unreliable. People living in the countryside/villages fare the worst. They are 3 times poorer than people living in towns. 1 of 3 children is living in poverty in Romania. The poorest regions in Romania are the north-east of the country and the south-east; this is where ROLDA is operating and where we believe we can do the most good.

There are, of course, many animal lovers in Romania. However, the costs involved in simply registering a dog with the authorities, providing vaccinations, microchips (as required by law) and sterilization are far beyond the financial means of most people, especially in rural areas. With so many children and families in need, the general public and the government turn a blind eye to the suffering of millions of strays.

Why are there so many strays in Romania?

Primarily due to poverty, the number of homeless animals here has skyrocketed. Population numbers are neither efficiently, nor effectively controlled in many countries in Asia, South America, Southern and Eastern Europe. Due to a lack of education, homeless animal populations are not humanely controlled. No thought, nor consideration, is given to the suffering these creatures have endured on the street.

Romania has by far the worst stray overpopulation issue when compared to all the Eastern and South Eastern countries in Europe. Tragically, the situation receives far less attention and media coverage when compared to countries like Greece, Turkey, and Spain. Primarily because Romania is not a major tourist destination. There are no outsiders to see the pain endured by our abandoned and abused animals. They sadly remain out of sight, out of mind, and of little interest to the international media.

In the Romanian situation, the first large groups of strays appeared in the 80s during the communist regime (under dictator Ceausescu). During the cities’ industrialization, thousands of families were forced to move from their native villages to small apartments. These people left behind their properties, their houses (with a small, but subsistence level garden) and at least one family dog that served as companion and guardian.

During the forced relocation of Romanian rural people, thousands of dogs were abandoned as they were not permitted in the tiny urban apartments. During the 80s, attempts to control the dogs’ population were poorly managed using barbaric, brutal methods. Gas chambers, and primitive electrocution procedures sentenced tens of thousands of dogs to slow, agonizing deaths. Dogs were boiled (sometimes still alive) to be skinned for industrial purposes. Starting in the 90s, after the fall of the communist regime, the increased number of strays represented no priority for a new breed of politicians who predictably were content to turn a blind eye to the dogs’ suffering. Until the election campaign.

How does a ROLDA Global Parent directly help our animals?

The majority of ROLDA expenditure is on the daily upkeep of our two sanctuaries between which house almost seven hundred dogs. Our sanctuaries were built and are maintained to internationally recognized and EU standards, based on pioneering British shelter design. Our shelters are clean, safe and comfortable. Furthermore, they are operated by our wonderful staff and volunteers who work far beyond their pay and hours. ROLDA needs all the help we can possibly get to rescue more injured, neglected and abused animals that desperately need us and have no other hope of safety and love. Regular gifts, no matter how small, provides us to with a reliable stream of income to allow us to stockpile funds for urgent rescue, veterinary bills and other unforeseeable emergency costs.

How I can become a ROLDA Global Parent?

It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s secure. Plus it makes an incredible difference in the life of a dog.
⇨ Click here to start
⇨ Choose the amount you wish to donate every month.
⇨ Enter your details. ⇨ Enjoy the feeling you’ve just changed the life of a dog so much for the better.
We understand everyone’s circumstances are subject to change and please remember that you can cancel your recurrent gift anytime.

I want to help all the #roldadogs, can I sponsor them all?

Of course. For 25 EUR (or its equivalent in your currency) a person can choose to Sponsor Them All which means that all the animals in our care will benefit from your recurrent gift. These vital funds will go towards our general upkeep with every penny spent on direct animal care costs. This money will provide food, heating, security, medicine, clean drinking water, and a place to safely exercise, socialize and play. This is an extremely precious gift and everyone at ROLDA (human and canine!) is eternally grateful for this special act of generosity and compassion.

What happens when my sponsored dog is adopted?

Thank you for being one of our dogs’ sponsors. If you sponsored a dog listed here and during the sponsoring time (one year) the dog was adopted or if, unfortunately, he/she passes away, you can choose another dog to benefit of your generous support. Please click here to find another dog to sponsor.

When ROLDA was set up and why?

ROLDA was legally incorporated as a Foundation in Romania in February 2006 after ROLDA’s founder, Dana Costin, was ‘adopted’ by a street dog living rough in her town, Galati, in the south of Romania. Nursing him back to health and giving him a loving home, changed Dana’s life. She decided instantly to start a charity dedicated to help the dogs scavenging on Galati’s streets and wasteland. Since then, Dana have dedicated her entire life and all her resources to rescue and rehabilitate as many abandoned and uncared for animals as is realistically possible. Luckily, soon enough, volunteers from around the World joined her and made this dream possible.

Does ROLDA work with any other international animal protection organizations?

ROLDA is an independent not-for-profit organization and not aligned financially or structurally with any other international organizations. ROLDA Romania closely works with the other ROLDA branches located in Australia, the US, the UK and several other European countries

Swiss Animal Protection is a constant grantmaker of ROLDA Romania's branch. We also closely work with international charities like Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals and SPCAI.

Is ROLDA an international organization?

Yes. ROLDA became an incorporated charity in Romania in 2006. Same year, Romanian League in Defense of Animals, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. Years that followed, volunteers from around the World set up the following branches:

In addition, ROLDA has ANBI status in Holland. A very active group of supporters is established in Switzerland under the name of Association ROLDA Suisse, leaded by celebrity Lolita Morena, who is also member in ROLDA’s Board of Directors and member of Swiss Animal Protection Board.

I would like to build a shelter for animals. Can you help me?

ROLDA works in Galati area, one of the poorest regions of Romania where the strays’ population is officially estimated to 18000. While we focus exclusively, to maintain the current facilities and start new projects in this area, we applaud others initiatives. For sure, Romania needs more open minded, educated, responsible leader activists to create additional animal facilities. Please be aware that you need an efficient business plan. The beginning enthusiasm must be replaced with a determined attitude. A well designed animal facility costs lot of money, you need to find investors and reliable partners, build up a community that will offer constant support because, after the initial building costs, you need money to sustain the shelter/project. You can find useful tips on RSPCA International website  But remember: the wellbeing of your animals should come first, not your personal emotions. And your first quality should be endurance. Good luck!

How do you know that adopted animals end up in good hands?

ROLDA promote only sociable, healthy dogs via

We assess the best possible each dog’ behavior and we make sure the adopters are experienced with former street dogs. After completing a pre-adoption application, all adopters accept a mandatory home check. They all sign an adoption contract. After receiving the dog, adopters remain in good communication with our trustworthy representatives from ROLDA international branches. These representatives often meet our dogs and their new families during various events that we organize.

How much is the adoption fee?

200 EUR. Click here to visit the Contact page to get you in touch with the closest ROLDA branch for more info about the adoption costs and procedure. Or feel free to contact us directly at ROLDA’s Head Office in Romania at or by phone/WhatsApp: 004 0748 903 612.

I want to adopt a dog from ROLDA. What is the procedure?

The adoption procedure is slightly different, from country to country. Please read carefully this article: before applying.
Please complete the pre-adoption form and send it by email to the closest ROLDA branch along with your questions about the adoption procedure. You can also contact ROLDA office in Romania by email: or WhatsApp: 004 0748 903 612

How do I know my donation is used for its purpose?

Our charity asks for donations for specific goals like winter food supplies, repairs, veterinary costs to treat a specific dog, aid supplies for the pets of poor communities. When you donate to a specific goal, your donation is marked accordingly. When you choose to make a donation for general purpose, you give us the freedom to put your donation where it’s most needed. The existing ROLDA donors know we use their donation for the highest possible impact.

What if donations received are above the goal’ limit?

Each project has an estimated goal. In case the goal is reached, the supporters are announced and any further donation is redirected, with donor’s permission, for a similar goal or for “general purpose”.

Are street dogs dangerous or friendly with cats and other small pets?

Our staff assess in the best possible way a dog behavior before being promoted for adoption. We use our knowledge, experience and available resources to do this. Because we respect each living creature, we can’t be asked to make experiments and see if a dog attacks a cat or not. This will be a very stressful situation for everyone, especially for the cat. We can only observe if the dog has killing instincts, or hunting instincts more intense than “normal”. Please remember that many strays remain alive on the streets because they were hunting their meals. Most of the dogs chase smaller animals – it is important to distinguish if they chase to kill or chase for fun. It is the adopter responsibility to supervise how the dog will interact with the cat (or any other smaller pet from inside the house).

What is the current strays' situation in Romania?

Since 2001, little has changed. The public shelters administrated by the local authorities continue to be filthy, overpopulated and most don’t respect the minimal standards clearly specified by the European applicable laws. Dogs from public shelters “disappear” mysteriously, are killed with methods which the animal activists can’t verify. Legally, in public shelters, a dog can be euthanized after 14 days. Often, the dogs die of starvation, or eat each other, or die because untreated diseases, wounds, poor hygiene before the 14th day.

The only positive change is the law approved in 2013, which declared mandatory, for dogs with human companion, the followings: sterilization, identification by microchip, registration of the microchip in the national database called RECS.

The number of street dogs in Romania is extreme high, estimated to 2.5 millions. The poorest areas (north, south-east of the country) have the highest number of strays.

After ROLDA created the first modern private shelter in Romania, it is encouraging to see that others, mostly foreign citizens helping Romanian animals, followed us and built, in different communities across the country, a few quality facilities for rescued animals.

While the poverty, lack of education and corruption exist, it is difficult to control efficiently, humanely and responsibly the strays’ overpopulation at national level.


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Starting in September 2021, ROLDA expanded its support to the nearby county, Tulcea. Danube river separates Galati and Tulcea counties (10 minutes by boat, which was the only connection between these two counties before the bridge was built). Tulcea is beautiful and has huge potential because of Delta of Danube, a popular tourist attraction. However, the locals who mostly live from the fishery are largely impoverished.


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Cookie Story

Cookie spent years in ROLDA shelter and nobody wanted to adopt him. He got used to sheltering routine and survived, exactly like he did on the streets before we rescue him.