Contact: rolda@rolda.org | 410-353-5505
Find us on

Give the greatest gift

Her eye had been damaged beyond repair. Her family had no money for a vet. There was no medicine, no way for her to escape the searing pain. But she did not complain, nor did she cry out when touched. Buffy came to us terrified, bloody, and alone.

Give the greatest gift

This Year, Give the Greatest Gift of All! Give Hope!

Her eye had been damaged beyond repair. Her family had no money for a vet. There was no medicine, no way for her to escape the searing pain. But she did not complain, nor did she cry out when touched. Buffy came to us terrified, bloody, and alone.

Abandoned. Even if we could save this tiny life, her family had no room for a “freak” in their home. Better no dog, than a one-eyed dog, they said. And they left. Because of the generosity of people like you, Buffy got a second chance. Some people, and some shelters, might question our decision. Why spend money; why “waste” scarce resources on an injured dog that no one wants?

Why? Because at ROLDA we refuse to turn our backs on a friend in need. We stand up for our friends on four legs, as we do for those who walk on two. We pick them up from the dumps and the alleys where they have been discarded like trash. Dogs and puppies are tossed aside by individuals incapable of compassion. Humans have lost their humanity.

In 2015, we have saved 918 dogs (and even a donkey) from terrible suffering. Saved them from an inevitable slow and lonely death on the streets. Buffy is just one tiny, injured, soul out of many. Yet she has touched our hearts in a special way.

If you meet her, you will be moved by Buffy’s ability to forgive, and her eagerness to love again. Her desire to belong. We’ll find her a forever home. A family is deserving of her unwavering devotion.

I shudder to think of what would have happened to this sweet girl if ROLDA had not been here to help.It sickens and saddens me to think of her in a stinking, filthy, Public “Shelter” (while you visit this link you can meet the realities in Romania and sign our petition to end illegal pounds in Romania). Death chambers where dogs are deserted, and forced to feed on each other in a desperate struggle for survival. Which is never won. Tiny, bloodied Buffy would not have lasted long.

It’s a nightmare I have too often. Imagining, that we might be unable to keep our dogs safe. The dreaded doubts that we will not have the resources to continue the critical community and animal rescue programs we have in place. The possibility that all the accomplishments of years of blood, sweat, and tears will have been for nothing.

And so much progress has been made. We have built two shelters, sterilized thousands of animals, and provided food and medical care to thousands more. ROLDA has educational campaigns, and we provide support to seniors who cannot afford proper care for their companion animals. While much has been done, there is so very much more we must do…

We need to work towards a permanent solution to the issues of animal abuse and abandonment. We need to change the minds of the men in women in our community, to teach our children that dogs are not disposable; every soul, animal or human, feels pain, fear, and joy. That our own spirits and our community spirit suffer when we turn a blind eye to the cruel crimes against animals that continue.

While you read these lines, please take a moment to reflect. To remember how fortunate we people truly are. To recognize the power that you have to give a voice to those who cannot speakAnd to act.

Buffy is one of the thousands of dogs at risk. Please donate today. Give hope, where so little exists today. You might wish that Buffy met all the international volunteers who visited us in October, from Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. They all loved the tiny, brave little girl.

Donate your Time

Volunteering your time saves precious lives!

Make a gift

Send Free Ecards to Friends and Family

Give Voice

Speak out! Be a voice for the voiceless!

Do you want to hear more news about our stories?

Related content

APRIL 2024 Ukraine Crisis update
May 15, 2024

APRIL 2024 Ukraine Crisis update

Fundraising with one eye smiling and one eye crying An honest, raw and emotional update from ROLDA Founder Dana Costin The war’s horror bled across borders, and as ROLDA stood witness to this unfathomable suffering, like many shocked others, we dashed to offer hope amidst the chaos. We share our soil with Ukraine – they ... Give the greatest gift

Read more 6 minutes read
ROLDA Founder trip to Ukraine August 2023
September 11, 2023

ROLDA Founder trip to Ukraine August 2023

I got two NP’s during my trip to Ukraine. Can you guess which one I took back with me home? There are a few reasons why I decided to visit Ukraine: I got the feeling that our international supporters were getting bored with this subject, sometimes get skeptical, and many living in West Europe are ... Give the greatest gift

Read more 10 minutes read
ROLDA President’s Message May 2023
June 21, 2023

ROLDA President’s Message May 2023

ROLDA Sverige was founded in 2014 by Lisa, and a group of volunteers dedicated to helping homeless animals live better. The main goals of this association are to help ROLDA Romania: fundraise to keep our shelters functional and rehome dogs from our shelters in Sweden.

Read more 5 minutes read
The history of ROLDA large shelter read details
June 15, 2023

The history of ROLDA large shelter read details

In 2004, ROLDA became aware of a horror scenario unfolding on our doorstep. A local steel mill, owned by one of Britain’s and the world’s richest men, Lakshmi Mittal, had become an involuntary home to countless stray dogs desperately seeking shelter and food.

Read more 6 minutes read
I survived these mighty mites!
May 5, 2023

I survived these mighty mites!

Alien survived a horrible infestation of fleas and ticks. Today, he is living at our ROLDA sanctuary happily waiting to be adopted. Alien was found by ROLDA rescuers in early spring, already completely covered with fleas and ticks.

Read more 3 minutes read