Why ROLDA has to help the abused animals in Galati region?

  • 2nd largest urgan agglomeration after the capital Bucharest.

  • One of Romania's poorest regions.

  • 1 in 3 families live under the poverty limit.

  • 75% of pet owners don't know about the mandatory vet checks.

  • 80% of total pet owners can't afford to cover regular veterinary costs.

  • 18,000 street dogs.

  • 3 Public Shelters(PS) for homeless and abandoned dogs in the Galati-Braila area.

  • 5 Private Shelters:2 ROLDA shelters, the other 3 shelters belong to other private rescuers.

  • There are no shelters for abused horses and donkeys.

“It is not about what a dog feels with you around. That you probably already know. It is about how you feel in your dog’s presence: loved, appreciated, natural.”

Dana Costin Founder ROLDA

Our work

Sanctuary 2

This massive project started as unique alternative to save the strays from an imminent death. After negotiations with the local steel plant’ managers, for ROLDA became clear that building a large sanctuary where dogs will be sheltered until being adopted was the only way we could save them from being brutally mass killed, as it happened in the past, when dogs from steel plant were executed and disposed over the Danube river.

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Sanctuary 1

There is no place like home. But what if you are a homeless, abused dog? Printz Memorial Shelter was started in 2003 and within few months, already nominated one of the best dog shelters from Romania. This place not only represents ROLDA beginnings, it is not only our pride. It is a heaven for abused, neglected animals (dogs, but also a few cats) that have no other place to call home.

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Donkeys Rescue

Donkeys are 1st category of working animals exploited, abused and abandoned to die or ending up as meat for illegal trade industry. In order to accommodate donkeys in need of shelter and/or medical care, ROLDA opened a small sanctuary and in addition, started a project of free home care for donkeys that belong to poor rural community.

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ROLDA finances spay/neuter campaigns, the only humane alternative to control the massive number of dogs reproducing their sufferance on Romanian streets. Besides preventing the birth of thousands of new puppies, spay/neuter is an efficient method of reducing the risk of some types of cancer.

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Home is the most special thing someone can offer to a dog. And dog have a few things to give you in return: gratitude, loyalty, commitment, friendship and true love. It’s a win-win situation. We successfully adopted our dogs across Europe and only a few, in the United States. An adoption fee and transportation costs must be covered by adopter.

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International Volunteers

The heart and soul of our charity: the volunteers. They put their time, skills and energy at work for the voiceless in Romania. Over the years, we welcomed volunteers from the US, Australia and many countries from Europe. If you have special skills, if you can travel and visit our facilities in Romania, if you can help us from behind of your computer, from the comfort of your home, we’d love to hear from you.

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Senior Program

Addressed to senior animal lovers from across North America, we are bringing American and Canadian elders together to support seniors in our local Romanian villages. Our newsletters inform and help to educate people around the world about the dire situation for our poor communities, and their beloved companion animals, that risk seizure and certain death at the hands of local officials.

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There are no projects for Tomorrow if the young generation is not prepared and enough educated to continue, following the same mission and values. ROLDA organizes different creative (design, literature) contests for the youngest locals in order to help them become responsible pet owners.

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Rex Clinic

The first charitable clinic ever built to serve homeless and abused animals in a region of Romania where anyone else will. REX Clinic provides emergency care to critically ill dogs, cats, horses, and even donkeys. Equipment is desperately needed! Donations of microscopes, ECG machines always welcome.

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Social Program

ROLDA provides the vaccinations, sterilization, microchipping, and other services that ensure that low income people can comply with restrictive and costly legislation. We keep people together with the pets they love. Off the streets, and safe in the comfort of a loving home; rich or poor.

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Disaster Response

For both people and their pets who survived the terrible recent floods that created such hardship in our rural Romanian communities, your support of ROLDA work was crucial. Emergencies and disasters require dollars, Euros, and English pence. Even the smallest donation goes directly to poor people and their pets in distress.

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Organic Garden

We started planting trees (mostly acacia) to form a natural wind barrier, than we added some Paulownia trees to keep shadow during hot sunny days, than we decided to grow some medical plants, different other trees and aromatic herbs. And this is only the beginning.

Save Forest

One of Europe's most beautiful forest areas is disappearing piece by piece in Romania's Carpathian Mountains. Most of the logging is illegal. The wood is then sold to make flooring or heating pellets that are sold in Germany, Italy, France and other countries. We can ignore, sit and watch how our Planet‘s future is being destroyed and how wild life species suffer as a result, or we can take action.

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Ways to Earn Your Trust

Love Comes First

Our team rescue, provide sheltering, rehabilitate and rehome dogs all year round


Keeping our costs down means your gift make the biggest waves possible

Targeting Root Causes

Going after the strays overpopulation' symptoms is temporary. Going after its causes is permanent.


You have every right to know exactly where, and how, every Dollar, Euro, or Pound is being spent. ROLDA prides itself on our financial and operational transparency.

Your Donation Multiplies

It’s simple math, really…. Your gift + marketing + grants + donated goods + matching gifts= GREATER IMPACT

International Leadership

Think Global but Act Local. Also, Think Local but Act Global to help the homeless animals in need in the poorest area of Romania.