Why to adopt a ROLDA mutt vs buy a pure breed dog?

Many people pay a lot of money to buy a pure breed dog. If you want an additional member in your family but in the same time to save a life, you can adopt from your local shelter a mutt dog also known as mongrel or common breed or mixed-breed.

Economically speaking,  adopting a dog is cheaper then buying a pure breed dog. But there are more arguments for this choice besides money.

As an alternative, our charity offers a number of carefully selected dogs (sociable, healthy, sometimes basic trained) for international adoptions. We have different sizes and colors dogs of all ages and shapes.


Every year, our charity rescue 500-700 new dogs from streets,  from an imminent danger (or death). In order to rescue more, we need to have free spaces. Our shelters have a no-kill policy, therefore sociable dogs must be adopted as soon as they are ready to give us the opportunity to rescue others.

1. When you adopt a dog from ROLDA, you save two lives!

To recap: adopting for shelter is cheaper and adopting from us makes you feel good for being able to help not only one but actually two dogs that have nobody else but us to rely on.

2. Rescue dogs have predictable behavior

Because of their mixed background, common breed dogs (mutts) have moderate, submissive personalities.

Although our charity rescue many semi-wild dogs, our staff is experienced to select sociable, easy going dogs to be advertised for adoption. The rest of the dogs are rehabilitated for one day, hopefully soon, to become safe pets.

The gratitude of a street dog is unique. Immediately after being placed in his new adoptive family, he understand that there is no place on Earth where he will be more protected, loved and spoiled.

3. Former street dogs are extremely smart

Don’t forget that they have to survive day after day in a harsh, often dangerous environment. They had to accept or be accepted by other dogs, to form packs, to hunt alone or share food, to find a source of water, to avoid dangers.

These dogs are not “stuffed” toys. They have personality and they are extremely clever. They might take advantage of your distracted attention, to steal a nice smelling piece of steak – like cats do. They might challenge you – finding ways to dig holes in your garden,  showing their “free animals” side in various ways. As soon as they learn that you are the chief of the pack – they will obey and follow you to the Moon.

4. Rescue dogs are resistant to illnesses

It happens often that a pure breed dog to have health problems like respiratory troubles, bad hips, heart conditions.

Some  media sources often speak about the street dogs as being a major health issue. It is partially true. As soon as the dogs come in our shelters, they get regular treatments (for flea and ticks control, against internal worms) and vaccinations like any other pet.

Because of their background (natural selection) the strongest puppies survived and their body got stronger every time they overcome an obstacle (injury, cold, etc)

Looked after with care, mutts tend to live longer then the pure breed dogs.

5. When you adopt a mutt, you also help the Romanian community.

The average salary of a Romanian worker is 200 EUR/month and this includes the taxes and bills that he has to pay, the food and house rent, as well as the family related expenses.

Especially in the rural areas,  many Romanians struggles to offer the proper care to their pets and farm animals (chickens, cows, pigs etc)

The street dogs in the villages are fewer and in very bad shape. Closer to important cities, the number of street dogs grow. At the outskirts of towns, there are numerous semi wild dogs that are not easy to be catch but they need the most rescuers’ attention and help.

Inside the cities area, a street dog is integrated in a pack or if alone, tolerated by packs of dogs occupying the territory . A female dog in heat cause dogs fights and a lot of noise.  Many dogs are searching the trash bins for food and make dirt just in front of people houses.  The smell, the fleas are also reasons of complain from disturbed citizens. Sadly, people reactions sometimes transform into abuses against these homeless animals.

There are cases when pack of dogs show violence against unsupervised pet, children or a senior person. The urban war between street dogs and unsatisfied citizens makes victims every year.

With the knowledge, economic power and the education of your Western, civilized society, you can help the Romanian community to solve humanely the strays’ problem, a social problem recently declared a national, public health matter.

6. Reduce animal cruelty

Shelters are overwhelmed by the number of dogs abandoned or born and rescued from the streets. When you adopt one from our shelters, you give us the opportunity to have a spare place so we can help another dog in need or in danger.

 Adopt an adult dog vs adopt a puppy

Many people worry to adopt an adult dog because a pure breed puppy would be easier to be trained.

Because of their mixed background, most of the street dogs are more submissive, calm and grateful for having the opportunity to live in a safe home, away from dangers or from starving .

Our team can help you choose the perfect dog that matches the best with your needs and expectations: we have a variety of dogs, different ages, various sizes and colors. We have shy, dominant, calm, lazy, obedient or dogs that might challenge your knowledge to be transformed into the perfect companion that you dream for.

There are aspects of adopting a former stray’ process more rewarding then paying for a pure breed dog. Following a successful adoption, the bond created is unique.

Adopt a puppy from our shelters

No dog should live imprisoned for the rest of his life.  Shelters like ours have the role of preparing a rescue dog for his journey to a new forever home.

Although most of our dogs are adults, we also rescue puppies and juniors.

After the vaccinations and when the quarantine time expires,  the puppies are ready to be adopted. Our puppies and juniors need the basic training, like any other puppy brought from a pet shop.

Please contact us at roldaromania@gmail.com if you have questions related to adoption process, if you previously adopted from us and wish to share your experience with others or if you are in search and need guidance to select your best friend.

Meet the newest rescue dogs from our shelters!


Read also Before adopting – a document with helpful advises if you adopt a rescue dog for the first time.