Anca Stamatachi

Anca is a prominent member of Paw Rangers Volunteers group rescuing Bacau’s dogs.

She is the type of strong person who doesn’t let herself intimidated. For instance she is not afraid to go to the public shelter in Bacau and demand to see how the dogs are doing, despite of the personnel who is never helpful.

Most of the rescuers I talk to report that going to a public shelter is a harrowing experience and it results in various degrees of depression and sadness when they see the terrible conditions the dogs live in. Anca is one of the few who has the courage to subject herself to this experience. 

She often pulls out dogs, especially if said dogs are in bad condition. Her English is very good and she writes very compelling messages about these dogs. She works hard to give a chance at happiness to these dogs. I hope that soon I will be able to organize a fundraiser for her and the dogs. She definitely deserves all the help she can get.

She is very collaborative and a great team player. Frequently she combines her efforts with Laura Mardare (Amity Dedieren)‘s and other Bacau rescuers.

It goes without saying that she is an advocate of spay/neuter.

Sorina Radu

Sorina and her boyfriend are working on offering a shelter to the dogs of Odobesti. They also rescue from the entire region of Focsani, Vrancea. They recently pulled out 160 dogs from Golesti public shelter.

Their association is named Asociatia pentru Protectia Animalelor Cruela (Animal Protection Association Cruela). They named the association Cruela in honor of the one of the co-founder’s beloved dog who passed away a few years back.

They set up a fundraiser to build a private shelter

This information is based solely on their words and it wasn’t verified yet.

Their rescue is rated controversial because the sum asked to build the shelter seems a little high and they did not present a properly documented business plan to justify the asking of 60,000 euros.

Roxana Elena

Roxana Elena is Oana Maria‘s sister.

She studies veterinary medicine at Bucharest University to become a vet doctor.

Together with her sister they rescue a lot of cats and find homes for them.

Silvia Mihai

Asociatia Max Dog

Salveaza o viata Corina

Corina works for Centrul Teritorial Veterinar Sector 2, a public shelter that takes very good care of dogs and functions thanks to a Local Council Ordinance allowing long distance adopters.

Centrul Teritorial Veterinar Sector 2 has two locations: Butimanu and Tanganu and she manages both. Corina manages both shelters and is sort of a jack of all trades.

Among her responsibilities at the shelter are:

  • updating the long distance adopters through the Facebook group 10 Lei Pentru Catei (10RON for dogs) 
  • working with Mariana Dane to attract more long distance adopters as well as permanent adopters
  • organizing adoption events at the CTV2 shelters and manage CTV2’s presence at various pet themed fairs

Dr Rudi Hoffman

The reasons he is rated controversial are:

  1. There are reports of having a bad bedside manner (rude to pet owners)
  2. There are reports of providing incorrect treatment for animals
  3. He is one of the four associations/shelters in charge of promoting adoptions in Bucharest (source We were hoping to see him use his connections with the authorities to convince them to offer better conditions in public shelters.


Roxana Chirita

Roxana Chirita is a veterinary assistant at a clinic in Bucharest. She is also an animal rescuer.

She is one of the founders ofVolunteer Hearts & Homes, an association that takes homeless animals, treats them and finds homes for them.

I’ve met her online when I had to translate between a Swedish adopter and Violeta Sava with the purpose to send one of Violeta’s rescue dogs to Sweden. Roxana graciously offered not only her expertise and knowledge about exporting live animals to Sweden, but she also transported the dog to the adopter.

Besides rescuing homeless animals, she also organizes sales of various goods and donates all the proceeds to animals.

On a personal level, Roxana is incredibly nice and well mannered.

Her English is fluent.


Marius Chirca (Kola Kariola)

Marius Chirca is the founder of asociatia Kola Kariola. He is one of the most well known rescuers in Romania thanks to the show Salvam Suflete (Saving Souls). 

Salvam Suflete (Saving Souls) is a reality show produced by Kanal D and is presented by Daniel Nicolaina. I this show Marius Chirca rescues animals and Daniel Nicolaina exposes cases of corruption at public shelters. 

Besides rescuing hundreds of animals, Marius Chirca is doing important educational work through the show, promoting compassion and justice toward homeless animals.

Unfortunately Marius Chirca is not immune to troubles. There are people who accuse him of corruption, misappropriating donations and choosing only the grave cases that elicit the most compassion. As far as I’ve seen, the accusing parties have failed to provide compelling evidence in this direction. As far as choosing some cases over others, this accusation doesn’t hold ground because nobody can expect this man to rescue each and every case. It is not humanely possible.

The only controversial thing I’ve seen was some screenshots of private conversations between Marius and a lady who accused him openly. In this online conversations Marius was rather disrespectful and dismissive of the lady. I believe that a person should hold his behavior in high standards no matter what.

Radu Termure

Radu Termure is an older guy who dedicated all his life and resources to rescuing animals. Unfortunately there is a person named Tita Racovita who keeps denigrating him.

He is going through a rough patch because the landlord where he rents space to host his shelter wants to throw him and the dogs out.

Radu Termure is a rather shy rescuer who does not ask for donations. Unlike other rescuers he is not very good at promoting his work. Luckily he has a lot of supporters both Romanian and foreign and they do their best at donating for his dogs and promoting him.

He is located in Cluj county in the middle of the country and he has over 1000 dogs in his private shelter.

Oana Ungureanu

To my knowledge she does not rescue (definitely not in an organized and constant way), but she does a lot of awareness through her Facebook profile.

She exposes a lot of the dog catchers cruelty and she is one of the people who does not stay indifferent to injustice and cruelty against animals. Check out her Facebook timeline and photos to learn more about the cruelty displayed by dog catchers and public shelters.