Romania has by far the worst stray overpopulation issue when compared to all the Eastern and South Eastern countries in Europe. Tragically, the situation receives far less attention and media coverage when compared to countries like Greece, Turkey, and Spain. Primarily because Romania is not a major tourist destination. There are no outsiders to see the pain endured by our abandoned and abused animals. They sadly remain out of sight, out of mind, and of little interest to the international media.
They are born in the worst place possible to be a dog…
But they keep hope, they cling to it. As do we.
And hope is a priceless gift that we alone can give to the millions of abused and abandoned strays on the street. What creature does not fight to keep their life? Struggle against impossible odds to protect and provide for their young? We have far more in common with our four legged companions than perhaps we realize. But we have the power to give them a bright future. Without us? They have nothing, and no one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The health and well-being of people in developing countries like Romania are directly linked to animal health and disease control. That’s where we step in.
We run long-term projects, focusing one of the poorest regions of Romania, aiming to improve the welfare of animals as well as the lives of people connected with them.
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