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Romanian League in Defense of Animals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: ROLDA is an international charity operating in Romania to solve humanely, efficiently and responsibly the strays’ population, estimated to 2.5 millions. ROLDA has a no kill policy. Our keys focuses are rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, spay/neuter, social programs, education.

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, over 14 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; - over 15,000 dogs sterilized - over 20,000 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: 1554 animals and funded 802 social projects

Geographic areas served: Galati, Romania

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

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voila mon bébé, mon amour, ma vie ! Un amour de Rolda , le jour ou on a vu Léo en photo on savait que c'était lui ! Un coup de foudre incroyable pour cet amour de chien ! Il est tellement drôle , intelligent, beau, il nous mène par le bout du nez ce petit coquin mais pas grave ! Il nous donne tellement d'amour, de joie et de bonheur et de gros câlins !!!
Rolda fait un travail incroyable pour ces chiens en Roumanie ! Ils méritent tellement une chance d'avoir un foyer aimant ! Un grand merci Rolda , c'est grâce a vous qu'on a pu adopter notre Léo ;) !!! MERCIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII !!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you ROLDA for letting us adopt beautiful Darie. He is the most placid and friendly, funny and intelligent dog. Our perfect dog!! These photos were taken today, less than 24 hours after we collected Darie and after a 2000km journey from Dana's shelter in Romania. Thanks to Gemma and Sarah in the UK who have been amazing helping me with the many queries I had with my first experience as an adoptee. Darie is already well loved and one of our family.
I cannot recommend Rolda highly enough and will not hesitate to adopt from them again if we decide to adopt a second dog.....!!
Altogether, a very positive and fulfilling experience even during 2020!! Darie arrived on time and as you can see is settling into his forever home beautifully.❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yoshi (former Didier) came in our lives in May 2019. He is the sunshine in our family, we are so happy with him and he is very grateful and loving. Thank you ROLDA, Dana and all the team, for the great job you do saving dogs, giving them a better life and making adopters very happy!
Katja & Manuel with Ruben, Switzerland

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting from Rolda:
Dana was very easy to work with and knows her dogs very well.
She was honest and is one of the most caring people for pets and their new families that I have ever met.
It may be a bit expensive, but it is worth it for the care and love she instills in her rescues. My experience was a very good one and I would adopt from ROLDA and Dana again, no reservation.

Adopting Dream (now Jaxton):
He was a bit energetic when my other dogs first met him, but he is a very loving, happy boy who seems to really enjoy being around his new furry siblings and his new family. Always happy, Dream is always ready to play!
Smart boy, learns easily and loves his treats! :)) He is a loved and cherished part of my family.

1 Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been supporting ROLDA since 7 years. I heard about ROLDA when I read a post on Facebook, requesting some help for the trip of the first dogs to Switzerland. I decided to help this honest asdociation. Then I adopted Arno. And I became member of Rolda.ch. Then I joined the committee, and finally became the president of Rolda.ch. I am actually very proud to be the president of this association.
I have adopted Ruby in 2016.
And, one week ago, visiting the shelters in Smardan, I saw Piciu, who had been severely wounded. His front left leg had to be amputated. I needed only 5 minutes to decide that I could find some place at home to welcome Piciu!

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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 !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I offered to translate for ROLDA, it was on impulse. I saw a request for help, and offered to translate a little. But after only a couple of translations, I discovered an organization that was not only thankful for its help, but also super-clever to SHOW you that they are! And that made the difference for me! Few others make me feel as kind and helpful as ROLDA does. Few others are equally good at thanking you for your help, or to show that they appreciate you! Therefore, Today I am active in both translating texts, managing the Norwegian facebook page, holding auctions, as well as selling homemade products in income for ROLDA!

Klas H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What would my life be without Scruffy and Happy? A whole lot emptier.
And what would their life be without Rolda? Nothing....

Donor

Rating: 5

Je suis Ronye et ma maîtresse est tombée sous mon charme en voyant une vidéo de Rolda car je saute comme un kangourou. Elle voulait une présence pour Junior mon frère labrador. Ma maîtresse voulait plutôt adopter et Rolda est un super endroit de confiance mais temporaire en attendant une famille d’accueil. Oui ! Cette équipe Rolda est extraordinaire, elle s’occupe merveilleusement de nous avec plein d’amour et de soin. Je suis partie en laissant de belles personnes à qui je souhaite le meilleur. Maintenant je m’éclate avec mon frère et suis très câline avec ma maîtresse. Que du bonheur ❣️MERCI Rolda

Donor

Rating: 5

ROLDA has given us the most amazing, loving and intelligent family member we could've ever asked for! The organisation is highly professional and we have always felt that we can contact them if needed.

Thank you so much to everyone who works hard to rescue all these amazing dogs and provide them with new loving homes! You're great!

Donor

Rating: 5

Leia is ours now and i am so happy !! She is the sweetest ! Rolda is amazing !!

cormai

Client Served

Rating: 1

It’s been nearly ten years since I found Honey through Rolda. Honey came by flight after quarantine and the necessary vaccines. She has been a delight from the first day, a healthy, positive, friendly, loving, beautiful and careful dog, an important part of the family. At about 12 years age, she is still going strong, going on long walks, having fun with friends and even jogging with us - without any health issues whatsoever. We love her so much and don’t dare thinking of a life without her.

Angelika E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Paxton through Rolda. I love their love and compassion for the dogs. They truly want every dog to Feel Loved. I’m so grateful that Rolda rescued my Paxton.

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Monica L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My beloved Dexter came from Galati 6 / 3-2019, he has adapted so well. And is the world's quietest and best dog

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2 Nettan S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is Simson (the oildog) who Rolda found and helpt back to life and to us. He came to us in december 2018 and he is the most wonderful dog ever. We are so thankful to Rolda for this lovely little boy

2 Marte A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Zinga was found in the streets of Galati in early 2016. Her rescuers found out she was blind and named her White Angel. Dana started to search for a home for the angel and I was tagged in Rolda facebook by a friend. I just knew that Zinga belonged with me. I already had a blind dog and opened my home and heart to one more. Zinga came to me in november 2016 and I loved her from the day I met her. She is my soulmate, my comfort, my everything. We travel on the mountain together. We are training together and at night she sleeps next to my bed in her own bed. I lost my other blind dog at the age of 13,5 in august 2018. I would never live over the grief without Zinga. She needed me in 2016 and I was one to save her life. In august 2019 she saved me and I hope we have many more years together.
Thank you Rolda

3 Laurence C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

J ai adopté ma chienne Harley en 2015. Chaque jour je decouvre de nouveaux bonheurs elle. Je ne sais pas si elle parfaite mais elle l est a mes yeux. J ai pas vraiment de mot car c est simplement un amour qui est juste devenu mon complément et fait bien plus que remplir ma vie mais est devenue une partie de moi des le premier jour de son arrivée. C etait une evidence.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dario adopted November 2016 and Tilly and Nora adopted December 2017. Thank you Rolda for three wonderful dogs ❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

Not needed to write a book, only a huge thank you to have saved me ! I am so happy in my new family

2 Tina B.3

Donor

Rating: 5

We are grateful every day since The adoption to have Thillie (Joy) as a part of our family here in Sweden. She really has a loving soul and we adore her

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My lovely Elsa came last september to Sweden. Rolda save her and her brothers life when found them as puppies last spring. I am so grateful and lucky to have this wonderful girl in my life. She is so beautiful, happy and harmonic. Love her so much.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Rolda, for saving this little guy when he was hit by a car. He is a happy crazy dog, full of life

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted Alba a little bit more than one year ago. She was 6 month old a little shy but so cute. She adapted very fast to her new environnement and also to the other animals of the house cat and dogs.

1 Marianne H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tango is an old dog, he had living in The shelter in many yers and almost give up. One year ago he landed in Arlanda sweden. He is so kind and gentel and loves his now life. Rolda is the best every Day!

2 Matilda L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found The organisation Rolda on a Facebook page when our old dog had left us.
After contact with the swedish persons who work with them, we found our dog Coleen.
In the end of this mount it is 1 year ago she arrived to our home.
The sweetest dog in the world and we are so, so greatful for the organisation Rolda. For all the hard work they do and for all the persons who work with them and give so much of their hearts for the poor dogs.

We found our star in life. Our best friend and companion and we bless them
For that.

Thank you so much!
Lidman family in Sweden.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Rolda we got a new family membrer last year. Pippi is a lovely dog and we love her so mutch! She plays with the kids everyday and they have so mutch fun. We are so grateful for everything Rolda did for our Pippi! ❤️

1 Lizette R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ronja (previous name Hilda) has been an amazing companion. Never met a dog with such karisma, bravery, heart and humour to say the least. We have a flock of rescues and she has taken on a roll to be a MOTHER to our youngest and a playful mate to the others, helping them get out of their Shell. She has been easy from the start! Only ”bad” thing is that she likes to chase cars!

2 Muriel Volluz P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fée est arrivée chez nous en Suisse via l’association Rolda il y a un an et demi. On est très heureux de l’avoir accueille.

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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.

2 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 ❤️

3 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!!!!

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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?

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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!

3 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!

2

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.

2

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.

3

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.

3

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.

3 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.

2 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.

3

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.

2 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.

2 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!

1 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!

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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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