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#GiveHope to homeless animals that have nobody else

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homeless animals 
that have nobody else

ROLDA is an internationally supported charity working in Romania to solve the appalling problem of the country’s homeless animals – estimated to be in the millions – in a humane, efficient and responsible manner. Our six keys focuses are: rescue, rehabilitation, sheltering, sterilisation, social programmes and education. We have a strict no-kill policy. ROLDA UK works to help ROLDA Romania to achieve these goals, by attracting donations and rehoming rescued stray dogs where possible. With an overwhelming number of stray dogs, ROLDA UK needs as much help as possible to make sure these poor animals are given the home they deserve.

We help people and their pets in Romania

ROLDA UK’s projects

  • Rehoming in the UK
  • Raising awareness and support
  • Creating a network of foster homes
  • The Help a #Lifechanger project

We help homeless and abused animals

What we do for UK supporters

Opportunity to adopt a healthy, beautiful, sociable dog rescued from the streets or saved from a local public shelter. See conditions here & Read testimonials from other adopters.

Opportunity to be part of our team as a volunteer (if you’d like to put your best skills to use for animals in need and for a charity that use resources to save them) or as an ambassador (sharing news about ROLDA on social media or wearing items that we send you for free).

Opportunity to sponsor at distance a dog rescued from the streets or a pet from a poor community who struggles to live decently.

We provide access to information and advice about various animal topics (Simple rules to keep your pet safe from the hot pavements; Mini guide about responsible dog ownership; How to create a disaster plan for your dog; Tips for travelling with your pet; Pet fire safety; etc). This can be found here.

We offer free downloadable materials in our ROLDA Online Shop (e.g. Pet Rescue Decals which let the emergency services know how many pets you have in your home, in case of a disaster).

Help ROLDA Romania to #givehope to homeless animals that have nobody else

What we do for cats

  • Pay veterinary costs for injured cats in different parts of Romania
  • Send funds to cats rescued in Ukraine
  • Cattery for seniors and disabled cats

What we do for dogs

  • Send funds to dogs rescued in Ukraine
  • Rescue and shelter in Galati, Romania
  • Rehome in Sweden, Switzerland and the UK
  • Improve shelter conditions in Romania
  • Help rebuild 5 shelters destroyed by war in Ukraine

Saved by a member of the armed forces who brought her to the clinic more dead than alive, Zhmenka proved to be a warrior hidden in a tiny body. Your gifts are sent to the Romanian branch to enable ROLDA to reach injured and abandoned cats and no matter how difficult the situation is, to fight to transform their future.

When Inessa found Lena near the train station, she thought the dog had been hit by a train, as her front legs were injured. With support provided by ROLDA, little Lena had surgery and recovery treatment, and received foster care from one of the volunteers. Unfortunately, Lena can no longer use her front legs, but a family in Germany offered to adopt her and give her the love of a family.

ROLDA UK supports the following campaigns in Romania


No dog deserves to suffer like they do in Romania

ROLDA UK support their Romanian colleagues to free dogs from chains whenever possible. Injured dogs are easier to free because owners often do not care enough to pay for treatment. Without our intervention, these poor dogs would continue to live imprisoned and in pain.

ROLDA opposes animal abandonment, cruelty and euthanasia.

Testimonials from happy adopters

“I would like to thank you and your staff for blessing us with such a wonderful dog, Cookie is adorable. We got him in September and as the days passed settling in, delightful characteristics unfolded. His excited pant on greeting you, his nose erect then breaking out into a funny bellowing howl. Wriggling on his back contentedly alleviating his itch and his big paws shaking about, he resembled Baloo the hilarious gentle bear in the cartoon Jungle Book! Our Baloo had landed and certainly won a big place in our hearts! A BIG THANK YOU!”

Avril from UK
December 2021

Study case: How British volunteers make a difference

Celia is a round animal-lover having been ‘mum’ to three beautiful cats – Amy, Beasty and Rafa plus two hamsters – Fizzy and Tango – and thanks to her son who studied Zoology at university and smuggled various animals into his bedroom, various bearded dragons, snakes, poison dart frogs, a goliath frog, terrapins, various tortoises and a tarantula!

At the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Celia sat outside her local Tesco for around two weeks asking people to donate cat and dog food urgently. As well as food, people were very generous and gave money, pet carriers and accessories as well. In all around £5,000 worth of food was sent to Ukraine via local British saviours going out to help.

Since February 2022 Celia has also organized several online auctions and every other month holds a quiz night for ROLDA UK.  Celia liked the way ROLDA operates so much that she is now a volunteer bid-writer for the charity and is hoping to raise some large money for our PawzUp rescue project so watch this space!

Would you like to become a ROLDA ambassador?

Yes, you can help us for free.
Yes, even if you live in the UK.
Yes, it is a great, smart way to help animals by promoting our cause for free in your community.

History of ROLDA

It all began with Printz, the German Shepherd Dana Costin found abandoned in her local park. He had been in a dog fight and was terribly wounded. Dana carried him back to her parent’s apartment where, with love and rehabilitation, he made a full recovery. Due to aggressive behavior from his many dog fights, Dana was unable to personally rescue another dog until he passed in 2002, but saving this soul sparked a desire to help more suffering strays and she worked tirelessly to persuade friends and family to lend her their homes and gardens to provide safe shelter for any stray that needed her.

Dana, only speaking Romanian and a stranger to the computer, began building the foundations of ROLDA, quickly identifying international countries as a life-saving source of support. ROLDA started as a small group, with a very modest website but enough to start fundraising. In 2005 Dana attended a Dog’s Trust shelter management course in London and ROLDA builds its first set of kennels while keeping the highly regarded UK model in mind. This model insulated dogs from the bitter Romania winter and gave them comfort where they previously had none.

With sheer determination to help the millions of stay dogs in her country and in collaboration with the largest steel producer in Europe, Dana organized the build of a large, modern shelter, capable of housing up to 700 dogs. ROLDA’s shelters have been an example to other Romanian animal rescue organizations and have attracted visitors from far and wide.
It started with Printz The rest, as they say, is history.

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