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ROMANIAN LEAGUE IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS

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aka ROLDA USA   |   Crofton, MD   |  https://rolda.org

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Mission

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 animals 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 investing in social programs to support seniors and people with low income who care about their pets. We are proud that our shelters have consistently been recognized as some of the best. 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.

Ruling year info

2006

President

Daniela Elena Costin

Main address

PO Box 4674

Crofton, MD 21114 USA

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EIN

32-0176929

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ROLDA aims to reduce to zero animal abuse, to decrease efficiently and responsibly the homeless animal overpopulation in Romania, presently estimated to some million strays. Through social and education programs, ROLDA wishes to create a powerful community in Romania who will change the future of animals in this country. In addition, ROLDA is determined to continue to support #UkraineAnimals affected by war and people who rescue them.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal welfare

The purpose of the Romanian League in Defense of Animals is to assist, encourage, support, and promote the animal protection and humane education activities of the Romanian nonprofit animal protection society ROLDA, Romanian charitable organization
#18416340, file #1/08.02.2006 at
the Galati Court of Justice.

Population(s) Served

Our final goal is to find loving, forever homes for all of our adoptable rescued dogs. However, we realize that many animal lovers are not in a position to take on the responsibility of adopting right now. So we developed another way that you can help! By sponsoring a dog, you pay for her care monthly for one year. This is a wonderful way to show your support for our work, and it means we can afford to bring in one more dog off Romania's cruel streets.

Sponsors can choose from three different levels of care that they will be providing for their sponsored dog. For just 200 Euros (about $230) we can provide food, fresh water and emergency care for a shelter dog. This is the Basic Annual Pawsitive Gift. The other option is a One-time Pawsitive Gift of 300 EUR (about $350). For sponsors who are undecided which dog to benefit of their help, we offer the Sponsor Them All , a monthly Pawsitive gift for 25 EUR (about $30). Learn more about this: https://sponsoradog.rolda.org/types-of-gifts/

Population(s) Served

48h after war started, ROLDA was busy finding ways to channel food and essential supplies to countless abandoned animals who face death by bomb blasts, airstrikes and enemy fire as well as extracting dogs from war.

Some numbers showing how ROLDA supported #UkraineAnimals during 2022:
- Help 30 different rescuers and shelters
- Grants for food and vet aid for approx 25000 animals
- 40 tons of supplies delivered (food for animals and humans, hay for farm animals)
- Over 300 animals sterilized
- 104 dogs extracted from war transported in our shelter
- 2 shelters repaired after being destroyed by bombs

ROLDA is located just 8km from the Ukraine -Romania border and this proximity helped us be more efficient. Your support will enable us to pay for the transport for rescue missions as well as distribute small grants across Ukraine for the veterinary and shelter care for animals affected by war. Read more about this project: https://rolda.org/breaking-news-ukraine/

Population(s) Served

PawzUp is a concept and a bold dream; a way to bring people and animals together and allow them to help one another and enjoy each other’s company.

To list off our main pursuits, PawzUp will work on:

rescuing animals from the street life, from neglect or abuse;
caring for wounded animals and providing physical and mental rehabilitation to animals in need;
finding forever homes for cats and dogs;
covering the costs of veterinary interventions;
creating a safe space where animals and humans can interact and enjoy the company of one another;
educating the young generation and teaching them how to be responsible pet owners in the future;
encouraging people to experience the positive mental and spiritual benefits of spending time with animals;
offering jobs, training, and volunteering opportunities;
providing permanent shelters for abandoned horses, donkeys, and small farm animals;
providing access and encouraging people to work with animals read more https://pawzup.org/objectives/

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

GreatNonprofits Top rated 2018

GreatNonprofits Top rated 2019

GreatNonprofits Top rated 2020

GreatNonprofits Top rated 2021

World Federation for Animals 2021

Global Giving 2019

UN Global Compact 2021

Global Giving 2020

Global Giving 2021

Global Giving 2022

Global Giving 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of homeless animals helped by ROLDA

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of homeless animals helped by ROLDA.

Number of animals with freedom from pain

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of homeless animals helped by ROLDA in our private shelters and in partnership with local veterinary clinics.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

From the total of new animals arrived in shelter, 180 had abnormal behavior, showing fear or shy attitude toward leash, various noises, sudden moves etc

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

From the total of animals sheltered, 180 had abnormal behavior, showing fear or shy attitude toward leash, various noises, sudden moves etc

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Total number of dogs adopted in Romania and across Europe.

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of dogs saved from streets showing behavior problems when captured but fully rehabilitated. With patience and dedication, most of the fears shown initially have been corrected or reduced.

Number of wildlife care situations resolved without animal intake

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During 2022, 2 foxes, 1 hedgehog, 1 northern goshawk were treated and returned in the wild.

Number of animals monitored post release

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The total of animals sterilized and released (and monitored after being released in their homes.) Most of these animals belong to poor communities; ROLDA campaigns are held in Galati, Tulcea, Caracal

Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

17 dogs died of natural causes and no dog has been put to sleep in our private clinic.

Numbered of staff who are satisfied to be an employee of the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

ROLDA's paid staff in Romania is formed by caretakers, dogs handling team (catchers), drivers. We also pay international staff.

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Created from zero the sanctuary for senior and disabled cats in Romania.

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the average donation received and expressed in US$.

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the average number of dogs we house in two private shelters. We also have one donkey and several cats.

Number of jobs created and maintained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Romanian team is formed by a constant number of caretaker since the second shelter of ROLDA became fully functional in 2008. We also hired and offer steady online jobs spread internationally.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

ROLDA established international branches in the US (501-c-3 charity), Romania, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the UK (GiftAid can be claimed), Australia and the Netherlands.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ROLDA serves a community of approx. 200000 people and thousands of homeless dogs and cats, in one of the poorest regions of Romania. We also help communities of pets owners in Ukraine.

Number of vaccines administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total of vaccines administrated.

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total includes the number of boxes of soap, disinfectant, hygiene for dogs and staff, items from the clinic and shelter.

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal welfare

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

21. 62 acres is the total land managed by ROLDA for its two private shelters: 21 acres the large shelter and 0.62 acres the small shelter.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ROLDA goals by 2030:

• Affect a substantial and sustainable change in the numbers of dogs born in the wild
• Tackle the root causes of pet abandonment
• Educate the local community to be responsible pet owners
• End animal cruelty in both public shelters and the community
• Support animal welfare initiatives
• Continue to rehome responsibly
• Improve current sheltering facilities
• Begin construction of the PawzUp state-of-art care facility and community hub

Build public awareness in Romania and abroad about the issues surrounding abandoned animals, overpopulation and abuse. Work with our international ambassadors and volunteers to raise funds that support our campaigns in Romania.

We will work hard to identify new local and international sources of funding.
We understand that it is critical for ROLDA to raise awareness and support both here in Romania and from abroad as to the plight of abused and abandoned animals in our country. There are public health and safety issues related to millions of stray dogs wandering our streets starving and unsterilized. There are issues regarding low income families and villages that want to keep their dogs, but cannot afford food, vaccinations or government licensing fees to keep them.

The Romanian authorities must also be approached, and we strive to make them see that mass executions of strays is neither a humane, nor a sustainable solution to the problems of overpopulation in our country. United, with the help of our local and international supporters, and the backing of the local community, we can overcome the serious problem of abandoned and abused animals on our streets.

We also must make our government and bureaucrats open their minds to new, humane ways of dealing with our strays.

Built from ground two modern private dog shelters;
Built one shelter for senior and disabled cats;
Ongoing sterilization campaigns;
Social campaigns to support people with low income, including seniors, to look after their pets and not be forced to abandon them;
Education program;
From rescue semi wild dogs to providing decent sheltering, medical care, rehabilitation - our ultimate goal is to find for each rescued dog a perfect human companion.

Approx 20 years ago, ROLDA was a small group of dedicated animal lovers with a budget of 3000 EUR/year. We rapidly grow and now, we are incorporated in the US, the UK, Australia, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland (and of course, Romania) and our budget is 100 times bigger in average. From 2007 until 2016 , ROLDA worked with a corporate partner, ArcelorMittal and successfully decreased their strays overpopulation from 10000 to 200 unsterilized dogs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ROMANIAN LEAGUE IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elena Daniela Costin

ROLDA USA

Term: 2006 -

Elena Daniela Costin

ROLDA USA

Shannon McCabe

ROLDA USA

Audry Paska

ROLDA USA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes