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

Rescue dogs from Public shelters

Whenever we manage to make room in our shelters for new dogs, we go visit the public shelter and save some dogs from that Hell. We know we can’t save them all and yes, every visit to the public shelter is painful and emotional but also an escape plan for the lucky selected dogs. For them, in that day, the

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Donkeys rescue

Donkeys are 1st category of working animals exploited, abused, and abandoned to die or end up as meat for the 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 communities.

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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

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International adoption

Home is the most special thing someone can offer to a dog. And the dog has 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

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Behavior assessment

The behavioral and psychological assessments of our dogs enable us to make successful rehoming in Romania and across Europe. ROLDA’s shelter and medical staff are highly experienced in interpreting canine body language and patterns of behavior. We understand dogs change over their lives just as humans do and we guarantee potential adopters receive updated information to help them making their

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Dog shelter1

There is no place like home. But what if you are a homeless, abused dog? ROLDA small 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, but it is also not only our pride. It is a haven for abused, neglected animals (dogs,

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Dog shelter2

This massive project started as a unique alternative to save the strays from 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

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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.