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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: ROLDA Romania mission is to save each (abandoned, homeless) dog in dire need of assistance. It is ROLDA belief that each dog belongs in a family, therefore we rescue street (semi wild) dogs , provide them quality sheltering and professional medical care, sterilization, regular vet visits, rehabilitation when needed to transform each dog (even the most shy, wild ones) into safe, loving pets.

Results: From a small local NGO with an annual income of 3,000 EUR to present: ROLDA transformed rapidly into an international charity with supporters, volunteers Worldwide and an income 100 higher. Briefly, 10 years of intense activity in Romania can resume to: - Build from ground, from private donations, 2 modern dogs shelters; - 700 dogs in our daily care; - 6,000 dogs sterilized - 7,000 animals helped - Social programs to help the poor community ‘pets - Education campaign in partnership with local school

Target demographics: the abused, neglected, abandoned animals as well as poor community to look after their pets responsibly

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1200 animals

Geographic areas served: Galati, Romania

Programs: sheltering, sterilization, pet micro-chipping, education

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lilly from Rolda. She found me. I saw a foto from her with another dog which was adoptet from a friend and I knew she was my dog, my soulmate, my sister in crime. Now we have shared our lives i fife month. We are hiking and paddling and climbing.

Monique F.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Gheorg a rejoint Misty, adoptés tous deux chez Rolda. Ce sont des petits chiens exceptionnels et de vrais rayons de soleil ❤️

Lucy L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being let down time and time again by the big name animal charities I was beyond happy to stumble across ROLDA. Immediately had my heart set on adopting Leti, the communication with Gemma throughout made the entire process so easy and exciting rather than feeling like a test you're about to fail. Any time I had a question it was answered with extensive backing and documents etc. Leti is now safely with me and I couldn't be happier; she's such a beautiful, soft natured pup. What an amazing charity with such tireless employees who make the process as easy as possible for the adopting person. Would 1000% recommend ROLDA to anyone looking to adopt. Thank you so much ROLDA!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with ROLDA since 2008 and they never disappointed me. We #givehope to animals forgotten, abandoned, abused, neglected, in pain - struggling to survive in harsh condition and surrounded by indifference. What better charity I could find to fulfill my dream of helping animals in need on a daily basis?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted 3 dogs from ROLDA and I am one of the board members of ROLDA in Germany. One of my dogs, Buck was hit by a car, semi paralyzed and helped to recover by an amazing team!Together we are a stronger voice for animals in need in Romania. You can join us! Today!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted Spike in a shelter where he stayed more than 6 months when I saw him. My husband fell in love with Spike !!! We decided to adopt him after 3 seconds...only !

1 Laure O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m volunteering for this association for months now and I am so grateful for the work done by Dana and the workers as well the work done by Rolda Switzerland. I went there to visit them and it had been such a rich and strong experience. I adopted Stela through Rolda.ch and that doggy is just adorable and learning so fast!

Donor

Rating: 5

The ROLDA sanctuaries are run by the devoted Dana Costin together with her co-workers. Today there are more than six hundred dogs, and the donkey Ben, for them to care for.
A visit at the large sanctuary is an emotional experience : Glad to see all these dogs saved from their former life, victims of hunger, violence and danger of accidents and diseases - sad to see how much more care they need, and how many of them crave intensively for contact with humans.
Rolda's goal is to adopt as many of these dogs as possible to homes in Europe, where they can get love and care and a life worthy a living soul. A lot of work is also done to cure dogs who suffer from injuries and diseases. To save lives is Rolda's aim, but also to take the responsibility to put an end to a life that consists of suffering and pain.
Fundraising is not easy. Although there are many dog lovers around Europe who contribute , the need is still urgent. Costs for veterinary, vaccinations, maintenance, food for the dogs and material of all kinds is in constant need. Rolda also engage in feeding stray dogs and campaigns for sterilization of dogs in the neighborhood .
Being a volunteer is for me, personally, rewarding: I can see that my money does go straight to what they are meant for, and that our work give many animals a home and a better life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to ROLDA for many years and have watched them grow from helping a few street dogs to hundreds. I shall continue to support their work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a blind dog from ROLDA. They professionally handle the rehabilitation and adoption process and I am lucky to have the most adorable pet I ever dream for.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited this charity in early spring and I am truly impressed about the clean sheltering area, the improvements made compared with past year, the staff' care and compassion for the dogs wellbeing. All the 700 dogs are healthy, in good shape. They all receive medical assistance, regular checks. All dogs are sociable. The social programs and rehoming are helping the community to solve the existent strays problem. The sterilization campaign is preventing new puppies to born to suffer. Outstanding and efficient charity.

2 Stephan D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Belgium I was lucky to work as inspector volunteer for the Flemish Animal Welfare organisation. I am doing what I think to be right for our local animals. Once I got contact with Dana from ROlda. She badly needed support and network to survive the critical situation of the Romanian dogs. Firstly I was curious and a bit excited to visit the shelter of Galati but once on the spot my joy changed deeply in sadness. In fact I had left my West European confort zone to visualize another world. Dog dying on the streets, puppies crossing the few highways of the country. Not enough time to describe what I saw.
ROlda did an amazing job on the East coast of Romania. They gave a second chance to more than 600 souls. They are not only watching on dogs but they respect them what you won't find often in other shelters, simply check the social media. ROlda built a clinic but needs material, surgery tools etc... NO definitely ROlda does not look for the Hall of Fame but ROlda is only looking to what you can do to show your love for these dogs. So if you never experienced the love and the gratitude that a Romanian dog unconditionally will offer you just take action right now.

1 Anja L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What can I say about ROLDA? It's an awesome non profit organization that really is dedicated to save all the dogs in the surrounding of Galati and some.

I work together with Dana (founder of ROLDA) since last year (I'm based in Germany and help by promoting the organization and the dogs) and I can only say one thing: To save the romanian strays is her life task and she is doing one hell of a job. And it totally got to me. Dana is pure inspiration and to see that she and her team cares so much for these tiny creatues warms my heart.

I will definitely continue to work for ROLDA as a volunteer and to support the task because it's the right thing to do. And I know that ROLDA can make the world a better place...even if it's a tough task.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a shelter with more than 600 dogs. The workers treat the dogs and the visitors great and the dogs are in really great shape, beautiful and happy. Every time I visit I can see some improvements. There is always something happening for the better at Rolda. This is a charity that helps saving dogs from the street, from starvation and death. This is a charity you can trust that the dogs are in really good hands! Now I have 2 happy adopted dogs from Rolda and I am greatful for these lovely dogs!
Lisa from Sweden.

1 Sandra109

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rolda is a wonderful team of animallovers who runs a nice shelter With beautiful dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited the shelter many times and I am always greeted by happy dogs and a nice staff. The shelter have done improvements every single visit I make and it's clear that they want to make the best environment for the dogs there until they get adopted. Sandra keim from sweden

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ROLDA 07/11/2016

Thank you Sandra for your commitment and support!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm glad and feel honoured to support ROLDA from Germany by having founded the German division last year. The best thing I can imagine is to tell interested people about ROLDAs great and necessary work and finding loving homes for at least some fortunate dogs.

1 Laura287

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rolda does an outstanding work to stop the increase of the stray dogs population in the area of Galati , to take care of it and protect it . With respect to animals and humans . At both Rolda's shelters old , young , injured or handicapped dogs as well as puppies are treated with love by the employees . The are kept under very good conditions . Roda is an exemplary charity . Lolita Morena , member of the board of the Swiss Animal Protection .

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ROLDA 07/11/2016

Thank you Lolita for your outstanding support!

Bine G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted one of ROLDAs dogs and I'm very glad that the association does exist. They are the only hope for the poor dogs living there in the Romanian streets. My dog Muffin was injured very bad when he was found by ROLDA employees. They gave him the best medical care and cared for him the best way in general. When it came to adoption they provided me the best service to get my pup in Germany. I'm so thankful for ROLDAs work that I support their work from Germany now. I hope we can keep on moving so much during the next years and save as much poor souls as possible from their miserable lifes.

Sabine Grahn
Luebeck, Germany

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ROLDA 07/11/2016

Thank you Sabine for making things moving in Germany for Romanian animals in need!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ROLDA is one of the few charities from Romania that really makes a difference for the street, abandoned, suffering animals. ROLDA saves injured, sick - old dogs or very young puppies, mother with puppies, disabled dogs. 600 dogs are helped by ROLDA every day.
Please visit www.sponsoradog.ro if you want to help a ROLDA dog from distance!

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