About us

On the 4th of July 2021, ROLDA USA celebrates 15 years anniversary. Contributions to ROLDA are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by the law. The ROLDA’s Tax Identification Number (EIN) is 32-0176929.

Full legal name:
Romanian League in Defense of Animals, Inc

Contact person:
tax receipt invoices, general questions

Audry phone number:

Incorporation year:

Other names:

Contact person:
Mary Duffy
corporate partnership, major donors and legacies

Marry Duffy phone number:

Mailing address:
PO Box 4674; Crofton MD 21114

Principal activities in the US

Enable rescued dogs to receive medical assistance, sheltering and to be adopted abroad

Support fundraising efforts in the US to benefit street dogs and cats in Romania as well as to campaign against illegal public shelter, against animal cruelty and abuses

ROLDA signed a protocol agreement with YGRR and the effective partnership started in January 2022, when first lot of 7 dogs were shipped by air cargo via KLM.

Fund a database of US supporters to more effectively raise help for Romanian animals

ROLDA and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue (YGRR)

ROLDA and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue (YGRR) became partners to give a chance to rescued labradors (and mixed-labradors) to be rehomed in the US.

A protocol was signed and parties agreed that ROLDA will deliver healthy dogs, respecting the long list of MDAR/USDA requirements and once arrived in the US, YGRR will not put to sleep ROLDA dogs and make efforts to find each dog the perfect home.

YGRR are 30 years old, has a rich, succesful experience with over 500 dogs from their international rescue program placed safely.
The first ROLDA dogs arriving in the US are Barkley, Candor, Herbie, Jet, John.

Dogs adopted via YGRR

What we do for US supporters

  • Provide expert support group to anyone wishing to adopt a rescue dog. Please check regularly ROLDA YouTube channel for advices provided by Paul Daly, canine coaching experienced to work with rescued dogs
  • Provide supportive literature about various animal topics (Simple rules to keep your pet safe from the hot pavement; Mini guide about responsible dog ownership; How to create a disaster plan for your dog; Tips to travel with your pet; Pet Fire Safety; etc) which can be found here
  • Offer free materials to download from ROLDA Online Shop (e.g. window sticker (pet window decal) useful for the rescue team to know how many pets you have inside, in case of disaster)
  • Opportunity to adopt a healthy, beautiful, sociable dog rescued from streets or saved from a local public shelter. See conditions here & Read also testimonials from other adopters.
  • Opportunity to be part of our team as a volunteer (in case you’d like to put your best skills at use for animals in need and for a charity that use resources to save them) or as an ambassador (to share news about ROLDA on social media or to wear items that we send you for free)

Some of #roldadogs adopted in the US

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Donations trends comparison from previous years


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ROLDA USA (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)

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How US supporters can make a gift to ROLDA?

Send a check

Please make the check payable to ROLDA USA and send it to this postal address in the USA

PO Box 4674
Crofton MD 21114

Legacy for animals

Your love for animals can last forever when you make a gift to ROLDA in your will

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

“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. Founded by Merritt on 04th of July 2006, ROLDA USA was the first external branch ROLDA Romania had. Back in 2006, we were determined to publicly raise awareness and support for Romanian dogs’ plight. It seemed like an impossible mission but we were helped by a master in putting words together. Thanks to his perseverance and loyalty, ROLDA USA survived over the years, until it was handed to Shannon and Audry who runs it today. In the US, ROLDA is raising funds for dogs housed in our private shelters and for the campaigns we run in Romania; we make small steps into establish solid partnerships with a few like minded organizations. 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,


Meet ROLDA USA great team

In loving memory



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Some of the US events where ROLDA was present

Shannon at Doggy Dash, Sacramento SPCA – June, 2014

Shannon at ACES Conference – 2013

Shannon at Animal Care Conference,Sacramento – 2015

Shannon at CAPE Film Festival – 2014

Shannon at Rock for Awareness, California -2014

Shannon and Lesley at HSUS Animal Care Expo, Florida – May 2014

Shannon at Doggy Dash, Sacramento SPCA – June, 2014

Shannon represented ROLDA at Best Friends No More Homeless Pets – 2013

Shannon and Lesley at HSUS Animal Care Expo, Florida – May 2014

Party for Pups charitable concert organized by Shannon on 13 December 2014.

Shannon at Animal Care Conference - Long Beach, CA 2018


“In a village on the outskirts of Galati, beyond the steel mill, beyond the end of the paved roads, Dana Costin had constructed the first Romanian League in Defense of Animals dog shelter as a monument to optimism. At a time when almost every other “animal shelter” in Romania was a grim canine concentration camp, where depressed dogs deprived of the opportunity to live by their wits starved, fought, and sometimes even lost hope, the ROLDA shelter was a safe, happy place”

Merritt – ROLDA USA Founder

Matching Gifts

Employees Giving Programs

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift! Please use the Benevity platform & challenge your employer to show compassion for the animal cause you care about!

PO Box 4674
Crofton MD 21114

What is a Donor Advised Fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. If you have a donor-advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to the Romanian League in Defense of Animals (ROLDA USA), directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF’s sponsoring organization is participating).

How does it work?

1. Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program.
2. Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free).
3. Recommend grants to the charities you support, with the option of being recognized or remaining anonymous.