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#GiveHope to animals that have no one else

#GiveHope to animals that have no one else

#GiveHope to animals that have no one else

Ways to Volunteer

Volunteer on site

Be part of the solution! Come and volunteer with us on one of our locations!

Become an Ambassador

Join our ambassador program if you have a large audience and you are willing to promote animal care.

Virtual Volunteering

With online volunteering you can help us with our online activities.

Discover the new pack for Ambassadors 2023

Take action & start creating a chain reaction

Join our mailing list to receive the latest ROLDA Ambassador pack to promote our charity

Do Ambassadors make a difference? Yes! Absolutely!

When you spend just 3 minutes reaching out to people, even if it’s just one person, you are starting a chain reaction of new ROLDA supporters that can save hundreds, or even thousands, of dogs.

Volunteer on site

Travel to the world you want to save

If you have the chance, combine your passion for travel and volunteering, and join us at our ROLDA shelters in Galati, Romania where thousands of stray dogs need saving.
Dogs you can help save!

Our rescue dogs need your embrace

Once a stray dog has been rescued and offered sanctuary at ROLDA, it doesn’t mean he or she has forgotten the trauma they suffered while living on the streets. For many, it takes weeks and months to recover, but their healing process is better with the embrace of human companionship.

Release the activist inside you

Here at ROLDA, there are many ways you can help our charity and our community. Our staff and our dogs will always keep you occupied and make you feel needed, and more importantly, they’ll make you feel like you belong.

Educate yourself about the animals you chose to help

Whether it’s your first volunteering experience at an animal charity, or if you’ve helped animals in other parts of the world, there is always room to educate yourself about the stray crisis in Romania and the obstacles our organization faces in order to help them.

Enjoy an abundance of wagging tails and smiles

Trauma is an extremely difficult experience to overcome, and we work very hard to help every dog we rescue recover from these painful moments in their past. Some take longer than others, but eventually every dog begins to wag their tail and smile, so we encourage you to enjoy the view during your stay. It’s a beautiful and unforgettable sight!

Become part of a new culture

ROLDA recognizes that there are many animal charities worldwide fighting for the same solution as we are, but we believe that we are unique in our own special way and that’s what separates us from the rest. We have a culture of family, friendship, and community between animals and humans that we protect and preserve because it’s what drives us to continue fighting for the voiceless animals we swore to help. Join us and become part of a new and unique culture of activism!

Other useful info

Useful info

To do in Romania

For UK Volunteers

Currently, accommodation in our own cottage is not possible, because it needs capital repairs. Hostel Alexia is located 10 minutes drive from the shelters and it costs 20EUR/night/room. Only a minute walking there is a clean and nice small fast-food (cooked, good hot meals) from where you can take away lunch or dinner.

Nearest airport: Bucharest Otopeni.

Time to drive from Bucharest-Galati: 4 hours.

Time to go by train from Bucharest-Galati: approx 5 hours (you need to take a taxi from Bucharest airport to Bucharest Gara Nord train station)

Law 78/2014 in Romania refers to volunteering activities.

TO DO while in Romania
-Boat trip in Danube’ s Delta Reservation – birdwatching
-Mountain trip by train with “mocanita”
-Wine tasting
-Dracula’s Castle
-Painted monasteries
-Wood monasteries
-Bears reservation in Zarnesti
-Danube’s Gorge (Cheile Dunarii)

Please check the NCVO website’s article about Volunteering and Benefits

What do #ROLDAdogs mean to people?

Unconditional love.

“Jeg har kjent Dana (grunnleggeren av ROLDA);i flere år nå, og hjelper henne bla. med å oversette tekster til norsk. Hun er en fantastisk dame med det største hjertet som fines. Jeg stoler uforbeholdent på hennes dømmekraft og vet at hun har gjort det umulige mulig gang på gang. Verden trenger flere mennesker som henne! Jeg hjelper ROLDA med oversettelse av tekst fra engelsk til norsk fordi de gjør et utrolig viktig arbeid for hjemløse dyr i Romania. Det er ikke alltid man har mulighet til å støtte alle organisasjoner man gjerne skulle hjulpet økonomisk, så det er godt å kunne bidra på andre måter!”

Heidi from Norway
November 2015

“My name is Anja, I live close to Hamburg. How did I come to join this project? First of all I met Sabine last year via Twitter. We got along great from minute 1…when I met Tofu (the sweetest rascal I’ve ever seen) I fell in love the second I saw him. Sabine and I talked a lot about Romanian stray dogs and I got to know a lot about how terrible the situation in Romania is for these animals. When Sabine told me she is going to be the head of the German operation I warmed up to the idea to help too. Muffin (Sabine’s second adopted dog) helped in making the decision to join this awesome project, because...”

October 2017

“This is the first time when I volunteer at a foundation for animals. For me, the ROLDA Foundation is a place full of love where you can find yourself when you are sad, because the happiness on the puppies’ eyes drives away any feeling of sadness. It is not only a shelter for puppies but also the home of many lives that are carefully cared for everything they need. It shows how much love there is between the members of the foundation and their puppies. I would repeat the experience as a volunteer with the most wonderful people and the cutest puppies!”

Bianca from Romania
July 2020

Level: Professional

Use your skiills


Content covers a variety of subjects like animal rescue, before/after stories, veterinary and behaviour advices and other animal related texts.

Grant Writer

Provide a consistent stream of income for the organization generated by successfully applying for grants.

Public Affairs Manager

Provide communications and community support in an effort to proactively enhance and protect the reputation and business needs.

Donor Relations Assistant

Deliver an exceptional experience to all donors and supporters.

Ambassadors Manager

Building relationships existing and new Ambassadors.

Digital marketing analyst

Analyze statistics and look for ways that ROLDA can improve its online marketing efforts.

Newsletter designer

Design and creation of innovative pdfs for product branding, advertising whilst supporting marketing and websites.

Planned Giving Officer

Recognize the importance of donor generosity, and you work hard to build, cultivate and nurture a donor base.

Dog Photographer Artist

Photograph and video animals in our care so we can advertise them on rehoming pages on our website and on Facebook.

Adoptions coordinator

Coordinate the adoption program beginning with pre-adoption routine, communicate with adopters during and after adoption process, build a network of foster homes.

Administrative online assistant

Provides basic secretarial, administrative and other programmatic support to managers, employees and office visitors by handling a variety of administrative and clerical tasks.

Sponsors of ROLDA dogs manager

Responsible for coordinating the sponsorship and for investigating other funding opportunities.

Donor Relations Assistant

Deliver an exceptional experience to all donors and supporters.

Level: Beginner

Less than 5min to save the animals and the environment. By giving your free time, you give hope.


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Help the forgotten, nobody’s dogs that you care about from behind of your computer, from the comfort of your home. Help dogs by giving your time, not your money, remember you are their hope.

Every time ROLDA Rescue Team saves a dog in need, we wish you were here with us to caress their frail bodies, to feel their faint hearts beating, to look deep into their confused eyes, their scared souls, and so you can understand the pain they’ve so unfairly had to endure.

Remember, these dogs have never been held, snuggled, or protected before. For them to feel the warm touch of a caring person is life-changing.

We wish you were here with us when we saved Tarot (the dog rescued from burning tar), or Aika and her puppies, or when we fought for Bela’s life.

We know you wish to be here, too. In a way, you are because, without your support, we couldn’t save these dogs.


We also know that some people are afraid to use airplanes, some are simply too far away (like our US or Australian supporters) and it’s too expensive to come and rescue; some people have extremely busy lives, or small kids or busy jobs, some have medical conditions that prevent them to go on long distances.For these people who can’t travel in nearest future to help ROLDA Rescue Team in Romania, we’d like to present some examples of people who still make a great difference, helping #roldadogs from their homes.


Lorna lives in the USA and can’t travel to Romania but uses Matching gift at the company where she works and convinces her colleagues to donate via Benevity where ROLDA USA is registered.


David from UK became aware of ROLDA work 7 years ago. He is retired and suffers a heart disease, he can’t travel (he also wouldn’t have lots of money for travelling) but he promised to help us. When David decided to sell his old car , he used and donated his car to ROLDA UK.

MATILDE From Norway

Matilde from Norway can’t travel to Romania but decided to help our charity by translating articles and texts for social media from English to Norwegian, enabling us to better communicate with our Norwegian supporters.


Maria from UK has access to a professional printer and helps us to print leaflets and posters for free.

ANNE From Australia

Anne from Australia is 83 years old and Romania is too far away for her now.
This didn’t discourage her because all her life, she wanted to help the voiceless, the animals that needed her the most. Anne mentioned ROLDA in her will as an investment in her own values and our dogs’ future.

SABINE From Germany

Sabine from Germany decided to use her limited free time to collect in her garage useful items donated by compassionate German supporters (blankets, large towels, dogs accessories and bags with food).

ANDY From Australia

Andy from Australia heard of ROLDA 3 years ago. He was silent for 2 years, observing what we do, reading our reports. Impressed by Bela story, he decided it’s time to make his community aware of Romanian dogs plight and started to distribute our leaflets received from ROLDA Australia branch.