About This Cause
I, Dana Costin, am the founder of the Romanian League In Defense of Animals (ROLDA), a
charity that provides vital help for homeless and abused animals in Romania, specifically in the Galati region where our sanctuary is located. ROLDA's sanctuary comprises 2 private shelters that can house 700 dogs. There is also a veterinary clinic, running spaces, and a cottage for volunteers.
ROLDA also provides a social program that assists impoverished dog owners cover the cost of food, vaccination, and identification of their pets.
In February 2018, our biggest sponsor abruptly cut our funding by 40%.
We are in dire need of reliable new partners to:
1.Find homes for some of our dogs (therefore, we need reliable partners across Europe)
2. Donate to enable us to continue saving animals (therefore, we need to find new partners who can apply for grants to help us with the cost of food, shelter repairs, and rescue activities.
3. Make donations in kind to help dogs, cats, donkeys and horses
4. Provide or fund for unexpired medical supplies to be delivered to our sanctuary in Romania.
Volunteers are always welcome at our sanctuary.
I am honored to welcome you or the representatives of your charity to our sanctuary in Galati, Romania to witness our work. I am also happy to answer any question you might have.
In case you would like to consider a partnership with us, I propose to sign a collaboration
contract for the purpose of full transparency in which we engage to provide receipts and
documents supporting how your aid is managed/spent by our organization, and provide full reports on the impact your collaboration.
Click here https://rolda.org/financial-info-rolda/ to view our financial reports.
I founded ROLDA in 2006 after I rescued my first dog, Printz, from the streets of my hometown.
Printz was a victim of illegal dog fighting who had been abandoned after suffering severe
injuries. My family and I nursed Printz back to health and gave him a loving home. He lived with us for four years until he passed away.
Printz changed my life. After his passing, I resolved to start a charity dedicated to helping
abandoned and abused dogs like Printz. Ever since, I have dedicated my life—with the help of others—to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming as many animals as possible.
Romania has an estimated stray dog population of 2.5 million, one of the largest in the world. Unfortunately, only 16% of our donations come from locals, so we rely heavily on international donors to fund our operation. ROLDA has also been fundraising in the USA for a decade, and we are now registered in Australia, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Our sanctuary has been visited by various animal welfare organizations, as well as
representatives of the Dutch government, and it is regularly inspected by local animal welfare officers. And, of course, our charity is regulated in all the countries where we fundraise. With the generosity of our supporters we have saved more than 20,000 dogs to date. There are still thousands more lives we want to transform. I hope you can find it in your heart to help. I can assure you that any gift you send will be put to the best possible use to benefit the rescued animals. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
I thank you again for your interest in ROLDA's work.
With respect and hope,
Founder and CEO