Violeta Sava

Violeta is a private rescuer living in the town of Mangalia, Constanta County in the south east part of the country right by the Black Sea. She does not know English, so it is difficult for her to communicate with prospective foreign adopters or donors.

She works with the local vet in her town and rescues a lot of dogs.

I got to know her toward the end of 2016 when I was asked by a Swedish adopter to translate between her and Violeta. The Swedish adopter wanted to adopt a white Bichon dog rescued by Violeta.

I got to know Violeta through my online conversations with her and I realized she is a rather simple person who wants to help dogs find their forever homes. At the time she was not knowledgeable about the intricacies of sending a dog outside of the country (not to mention that Sweden has stricter laws than the rest of Europe).

She tends to not trust when a foreigner asks to adopt and promises to send the money for transportation, vet and what not after the dog arrives to their new home.

I do not blame Violeta for that since it took a long time (almost 2 months) for the Swedish adopter to pay the bills for that dog. Having outstanding vet debt is very stressful for rescuers, especially since they don’t have high paid jobs. To do rescue 24/7 one needs to have a job that does not involve a lot of work hours and these kind of jobs are usually paid a median salary. Therefore a vet debt can break a rescuer like Violeta.

She patiently waited for payment from the foreign adopter. I sensed that in a way she was resigned that she will be left with debt for the dog she just sent to Sweden. I ended up persuading the adopter to pay and I even organized a small fundraising for the remaining money.

Victoria Vik

Victoria Vik (most likely not her real name) is the administrator of several animal rights groups along with a few other people. One of her groups is Admin for Justice for Animals – Nu abandona, Sterilizeaza! Through this group she advocates for humane treatment of homeless animals and spay/neuter as a means to manage the . She is outspoken against abandoning and shares a lot of cases in her groups.

Some of the admins to her page are very vehement at accusing all private rescuers of trafficking dogs. It is ok to call out specific rescuers if they prove to be fake, but to accuse everyone indiscriminately proves maliciousness, therefore she is rated as controversial.

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.

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

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.

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.


Monica Mitreanu

Monica Mitreanu rescues from Breasta, one of the worst public shelters in Romania.

I don’t know a lot about her, but other people report that she is a very good rescuer.

Oana Andreea Popa (Klmt)

Oana saves a lot of dogs and cats in Vaslui  (east part of the country usually regarded as behind with the times to say it nicely).

She operates in a silo. She’s got her own group of supporters, mostly from Germany, Netherlands and other western european countries. Because she operates in a silo she has been spared the envy that a lot of Romanians rescuers endure from other people.

She has her own private Facebook group where she communicates the needs of the animals rescued by her, posts receipts, and looks for responsible adopters. I donated to her once way back when and I would gladly do it again. I consider her a bona fide rescuer who deserves to be supported by people.