1. The Foundation and its mission

The purpose of the Romanian League in Defense of Animals is to assist, encourage, support, and promote animal protection. We rescue animals that are abused, abandoned or injured. Our goal is to find permanent, loving homes for as many of our rescued dogs as possible.

Humane education activities, sterilization programs and finding long term solutions to the problem of animal overpopulation are another important component of what we do. We are working on programs to provide companion and therapy dogs for senior citizens.

We are proud that our shelters have consistently been recognized as some of the best in the country. We seek to increase public awareness, in Romania and around the world, as to the plight of animal suffering in our communities. We actively encourage anyone from anywhere, to join us as a volunteer at our center in Galati.

ROLDA is officially registered as a Romanian charitable organization #18416340, file #1/08.02.2006 at the Galati Court of Justice. We are also officially recognized by Australia, UK, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Sweden and the U.S.  as a charitable organization.

2. 2016 Mission Report in short

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst: 1200 animals including 1 donkey, 32 cats
  • Freedom from discomfort: 1200 animals including 1 donkey, 32 cats
  • Freedom from pain: 1200 animals including 1 donkey, 32 cats
  • Freedom to express normal behavior: 690 dogs, 1 donkey, 3 cats
  • Freedom from fear and distress: 690 dogs, 1 donkey, 3 cats
  • Rehomed (adoptions and relocation):
    • 2016 – 160 dogs
    • 2015 – 274 dogs
    • 2014 – 135 dogs
  • Animals rehabilitated: 114 dogs
  • Animals euthanized:
    • 2016:
    • 2015: 0*
    • 2014: 6
      Note*: 61 dogs died of natural causes, no dog have been put to sleep in our veterinary clinic.
  • Average donation amount: 18 US$
  • Number of jobs created and maintained: 14
  • Acres of land managed (in property of foundation): 11
    (Source: Guidestar.org website where ROLDA USA has Platinum level, the highest level possible)

3. ROLDA Activity in Romania

We just finished the 10 Years Old Anniversary! During this time, we reached numerous important targets, but above all, we successfully managed to form a team of local and international activists, to save each dog in need of our assistance, to change homeless dogs’ future and to give hope to one of the poorest communities from Romania which could, thanks to our efforts, access professional veterinary care and emergency food for their pets.

Targets reached:

  • Two modern dogs sanctuaries built from ground;
  • Social veterinary clinic built (still needs equipment);
  • 7000 dogs and cats sterilized;
  • 8000 dogs helped (with emergency treatments, food, sheltering, rehabilitation);
  • Poor community’s farm animals e.g. horses helped with emergency vet costs;
  • Social sterilization programs for poor community’s pets;
  • Education campaigns in village’ schools;
  • Campaign addressed to seniors animal lovers;
  • Start- up private organic garden (medicinal plants, trees, vegetables, grass for donkey rescued);
  • Created natural wind barrier (planted over 8000 acacias)
  • Awareness international campaigns
Announcement 10.01.2017
Today, a small victory for ROLDA against the corporate giant AMG. Once a ROLDA partner and valued sponsor, AMG chose to abandon their contractual obligations to the hundreds of dogs they promised to support. So many of these creatures’ souls now hang in the balance…life or death? This is just the first step in ROLDA’s legal fight to seek justice for our dogs. Thanks to you, we can continue to do right for these abandoned and abused animals. Together, we can give a voice to the dogs that would otherwise have nobody. AMG continues to block our efforts to raise awareness regarding the terrible future which awaits the dogs AMG has dumped. AMG does not want the truth to be known. ROLDA will ensure the truth IS known, and we know that the law is on our side. The dogs, volunteers, and staff at ROLDA send our sincere thanks.

The chart shows the funds received in Romania, distributed by countries

4. ROLDA Activity Internationally

 Logo-AustraliaROLDA AUSTRALIA became incorporated charity on 1st December 2014, registration number ABN 38420396060. The team consists of the founder and a public officer. Additionally, we hired a bookkeeper (external service) and a direct mail company. Donors database have been increased from 11 donors (December 2015) to 900 donors (December 2016).

Financial Report 2015-2016 AU$
Total Revenues: $34035.13
Total Expenses: $31721.01
Nett: $2314.12
Assets: $15364.12
Total Liabilities: $29314.57

Logo UKROLDA UK is incorporated charity since July 2015, registration number 1162690. We are making progresses to find the perfect start-up team and Gemma, our representative in UK is working hard to achieve this primary goal.

Latest Financial Report

Total Incomes: £1,917.52
Total Expenses: £1,623.60
Nett: £293.92

Logo NorwayROLDA Gatehunder fra Romania was established in 2012 in Norway and registered on Brønnøysundregistrene (Norwegian Register Center), registration no. 998398495. Funds transferred from Norwegian branch in Romania, in 2016: 229 700 NOK representing adoption fees, shelter costs (e.g. food, winter costs related), building 10 running spaces. Compared with 2015, the donations tripled.

Our charity is a member of Grasrotandelen where we had 42 active supporters in 2012 and increased to 68 members in 2016 (see graphics below). Total donations received from Grasrotandelen in 2016: 11 076 NOK, money used by Oslo branch as required by Norwegian law for Norwegian activities.

Grasrotandelen chart Gatehunder fra Romania

NRK TV (national TV in Norway) visited ROLDA shelters in 2012. TV Norge offered free advertising to our charity in 2014 and 2015 during Easter’ holidays.

This printscreen shows you an interesting approach we used repeatedly to generate much needed funds on Norwegian Facebook page

Logo USAROLDA USA became a 501-c-3 charity 10 years ago, on 4th of July, the US National Day. Initially incorporated in WA State, the charity moved in CA State and it is run entirely by volunteers: Shannon, Californian volunteer who attend several conferences on ROLDA behalf and Mary, an expert in PR, who lives in MA State. The team is helped by Heather and Danny both living in Canada.

We currently rely on approx 1000 US supporters. Thanks to Heather’ commitment, our program addressed to seniors is two years old and put a smile on many seniors’ faces! If you are a US donor, your donation is fully deductible!

You might be also interested to:

  • Donate Stocks
  • Donate Car: Call 1-866-628-2277 for assistance to donate your car to ROLDA USA
  • Visit legacy.rolda.org to learn more about giving plan e.g. estate planning, legacies, wills, life insurance.

You can also join the Corporate Matching Gift via Double Your Donation website.

You can find us on (please search for ROLDA or Romanian League in Defense of Animals, EIN 32-0176929): Network for Good,AMEX JustGive, Causes, GoodWorld, Great NonProfitsGoodShop, GoodSearch, eBay for Charity,Gift Card Tank, Benevity platforms, Guidestar, PointWorthy.

Logo GermanyROLDA became a registered charity in Germany in July 2015 under the name “Save Romanian Strays – ROLDA Germany e.V.”, registration number VR 3910 HL.

The team is formed by a group volunteers including: Sabine and Anja.

The Facebook page in German language with approx 8500 members, as well as the website are updated regularly by our great volunteers.  In 2016, thanks to Tierschutz Shop, 11 tons of food were delivered to our Romanian shelters. Also 5.727 EUR were collected from donations, including grants from Tierschutz Shop, adoption fees, sponsored dogs, winter costs and general gifts for shelters.

Logo HollandROLDA Holland successfully rehomed approx 200 dogs in the past years but since 2013, our activity in Holland stopped, lack of trustworthy volunteers. Stephane, an experienced animal lover from Belgium, former co-editor of Wildlife Rescue Magazine in Australia visited ROLDA in spring of 2016 and as a result, we are again hopeful for reliable support from Benelux countries.

ROLDA is part of ANBI system in Holland, which makes donations and legacies deductible.

Logo SverigeROLDA Sverige was founded in September 2014, registration number 802490-7050. Our Swedish team is formed by Lisa, Goral, Ellinor as well as a group of active volunteers including Pernilla, Carina, Catarina, Jennifer, and Ulrika plus wonderful donors and thankfully, a growing number of adopters. Swedish team travels to Romania every 2-3 months.

Funds collected in 2016:

1 800 RON
1 650 EUR
82 272 SEK
Purpose: winter costs (straws, rent snow removal machines etc), shelter related costs, Christmas Food Raiser, adoption fees, sponsor dogs fees, funds for one kennel’ running space ,emergency medical costs.

Logo SuisseROLDA Suisse was created in 2014 by the famous animal activist Lolita Morena who leads a group of volunteers as well as other important donors, adopters and a growing number of members. In 2016, 24400 HF  and 8000 EUR from SPA grants, bank transfers, membership fees, private donations (including cash donations) were sent for sterilizations, general costs for the shelters.  One major supporter is Swiss Animal Protection, the oldest animal charity from Switzerland who offers regular grants for our shelters in Romania. Gala Atout Coeur, organized in fall 2015, reunited celebrities and supporters who collected funds for both animals and children in need. Swiss team comes to Romania every 3-4 months.

5. Financial report 2016

S1014_A1.0.0/10.02.2017 – Checksum: 33000

Financial statement type: OL


Address: Galaţi, Smârdan, tel. 0748903612

Tax identification number: 18416340

Duration of actual operation (months) in the reporting year: 12

Non profit activities (NACE code and class)

0162 – Support activities for animal production

Economic or financial activities (NACE code and class)

0162 – Support activities for animal production

AFSP staff: 0 AEF staff: 10

NO□ CAR military units

The annual financial statements concluded on December 31, 2016 by the non-profit legal entities:

F10/1 – Balance Sheet

F20/1 – Account of the Tax Year Result


Equities: 301795

Total Income: 1359918

Total Expenses: 1350215

Profit / loss: 9703


Digitally signed by SC ECOMAN CONT SRL

DN: c= RO, I = Galaţi City, o = SC Ecoman Cont SRL, title = Administrator, cn = Carmen N. Gheorghe, = 0723284488, serial number = 2006051670GNC9, name = Carmen N. Gheorghe, given name = Carmen, sn = Gheorghe

Date: 2017.04.29


Surname and name: COSTIN ELENA DANIELA

Signature: illegible signature

Stamp of the unit: round stamp: Rolda Foundation * Romania


Drawn up by,

Surname and name: SC ECOMAN CONT SRL

Capacity: 22 Authorised Legal Person, members of CECCAR1

Professional authority registration number 6883

Signature: illegible signature

Round stamp: SC Ecoman Cont SRL J17/54/2010 TIN 26423802 Galaţi * Romania *

1 Translator’s note: CECCAR = The Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania

6. Governance and management

ROLDA Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental entity incorporated under the current Romanian laws, registered in the Registry of Foundations and Associations from Court of Justice in Galati, Romania. (No. 5/PJ/2005, 30-1/1679)
The Unique Registration Number CUI: 18416340
The Board is formed by the founder, 2 board members from international branches (one from Switzerland and one from Norway), one board member from Romania and a treasurer.
For offering a complete transparency, the bookkeeping and legal services and maximize results, the PR are external paid services since 2006.
All members of the Board do not receive a compensation for their work.

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7.  Short Term Projects

The activity in Romania is divided in the following distinct programs:
A. The Large Shelter: 650 dogs need daily care, clean and safe sheltering, food, veterinary care, rehabilitation. Most of the costs go to: food (which includes dry food (protein min 24), diet food for puppies and seniors), veterinary costs (vaccination, sterilization or other one time surgeries and post surgery treatments, therapy care, long term treatments as well as monthly anti-flea and worm treatments), but also for disinfection of shelter, crates, vans and also fuel for rescue vans and their maintenance, salaries for paid staff and for external services like bookkeeping, lawyer, other paid services, taxes to Government.
A major cost represents the monthly payment for Security Company which guards the shelter premises 24h/day for safety of dogs and guarding the assets. Since November 2015, the local major sponsor reduced the payments with 20% and after February 2016, with another 20%. This means that ROLDA needs approx. 15000 EUR/month to fundraise from outside sources.
The legal actions against the steel company which abandoned 200 dogs, breaking the collaboration contract and leaving ROLDA to handle all the incurred costs represents also important additional costs for us. (lawyer fees, taxes for Court)
For the Large shelter, the short term objectives are postponed and depend on the outcome of the two trials started against the former partner, the local steel company.
Short term objectives and estimative costs for Large Shelter:
  • Building the remained 4 running spaces (40,000 EUR)
  • Repair the paddocks (3 of them are an emergency) (25,000 EUR)
  • Repairs at the veterinary clinic (15,000 EUR)
  • Add solar panels for electricity and hot water to reduce the electric bill  (to be estimated)
  • Add solar surveillance system, totally independent from conventional electricity as an alternative to cut the costs which currently go to the security company. (initial costs 10,000 EUR)
  • Build a warehouse (30,000 EUR)
  • Buy the additional 1ha of land in vicinity of the shelter
  • Continue the organic garden project, initiated in spring 2016 (tools, etc) (5,000 EUR)
  • Buy veterinary equipment for the clinic (65,000 EUR)
  • New outdoor items for dogs’ exercise (5,000 EUR)
  • Finding a permanent solution to replace the sewage machine, abusively cut by the steel company. We need 3-4 sewage machines/week and this is an important cost for our current budget (to be estimated)
B. The small Shelter: Nominated three times consecutively the best shelter in Romania and one of the best from East Europe, it is located in the village of Smardan and house max 70 dogs. The costs include food for dogs, veterinary related (sterilization, monthly anti-flea and parasites control, vaccination, other surgeries and long treatments) and staff salaries as well as bills like electricity, phone and consumables.
Short term goals for Small Shelter:
  • Creating a sanctuary for senior cats (20,000 EUR)
  • Repair the cottage: Divide the cottage in working area (grooming, isolation, small kitchen) and volunteers cottage (50,000 EUR)
  • Buy additional land in vicinity of the small shelter (30,000 EUR)
  • Add solar surveillance system (5,000 EUR)
  • Add solar panels for hot water and electricity (to be estimated)

8. Long Term Projects

C. Sterilization Program for poor community’s pets (5,000 EUR/program)
D. Education Program (to be estimated)
E. Wild Habitat Project: welcomes supporters who wish to become co-owners of land (various sizes) donated to conserve wildlife species, forest or be used for dogs’ rehabilitation. (1ha of land price varies between 2,000-5,000 EUR/ha)
F. PawzUp Center Project: includes a fully equipped Veterinary clinic for small and large animals, to which we add a brand new, glass front Adoption Area for cats and dogs, Rehabilitation Center for dogs, a Sanctuary for horses and donkeys and a Memorial park) (1,500,000 EUR)

9. Ways to Help

Donate Online

If you have a PayPal account, you can login and donate to ROLDA by sending your gift to this email address: roldadogs@gmail.com (Romanian branch) or roldaro@gmail.com (US branch)

PayPal.me/ROLDA – for US donors

PayPal.me/SaveStrays – for the rest of the World

Bitcoins are also welcomed via BitPay

Our Charity’s Bank Accounts Worldwide

Account name: Fundatia ROLDA
IBAN EUR: RO26BPOS18006199553EUR01
Bank name: Bancpost SA
Bank address: Movilei 2-8 Street, Galati, Romania

IBAN CHF: RO59BPOS18006199553CHF02

Bank account: 23689565
Sort code 20-09-72
Bank name: Barclays Bank

Banque Raiffeisen Moléson
1628 Vuadens-Sales-St-Martin
en faveur de l’Association ROLDA Suisse
1716 Oberschrot
IBAN CH19 8010 7000 0014 4189 4
CCP 17-3451-2

Name: Association ROLDA Sverige
Bank account 573-0502

Name: ROLDA Gatehunder fra Romania
Bank account  6219.13.48082

IBAN DE95230400220019277300
Bank name: Commerzbank Luebeck
Bank account 468666123
BSB 112-879
Bank name: St George Bank
US donors: Romanian League in Defense of Animals, Inc (ROLDA USA) is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to ROLDA are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. ROLDA USA tax identification number is 32-0176929.
UK donors: Contact our representative Gemma at phone: 0747 054 9402 to receive the Gift Aid application.
Dutch donors: ROLDA is part of ANBI system which makes your donation or legacy tax deductible.