The PawzUp Center contains nine distinct buildings (as well as a number of warehouses), marked with numbers showing the order they will be built on the plan available at the bottom of this page.

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Being a massive project, its entire construction work will take several years to complete. To make sure that these capital costs will not unbalance our fragile budget and that our team can absorb the logistic challenges successfully, we divided the buildings in 4 distinct phases.

Part of the phase I, the dog shelter building is the first cage-free shelter from Romania, inspired by a similar project from the US. The dog shelter design consists of 5 indoor units that interconnect. In the first phase, we will build 3 of these 5 units. Each unit has individual outdoor spaces and access to large playing grounds. The indoor areas are safe, with generous space for groups of dogs to live together like in your living room. The dog shelter will include some purpose-built rehabilitation kennels for less friendly dogs.

The dog shelter will spread over 1400 sq m and accommodate up to 240 dogs. In 2023, local authorities notified ROLDA of their advanced plans to build a road straight through our current shelter! All 12 paddocks must be demolished, so we need to relocate these dogs urgently.

We feel totally disappointed by how the Romanian authorities reacted to our concerted efforts to help animals in our community, but we must stay positive and consider this a perfect opportunity to give these dogs the chance to move into a new home and enjoy improved conditions.

Phases of building PawzUp with estimated costs,

dynamic updates of expenses made and the constructions timeframe

Phase Name of the building Estimated cost USD
(if not specified differently)
Estimated deadline** for finalization or
Date when completed
% work in progress
Buy land Purchase a plot 89500 sq m 200000 € 22 April 2024 / 200000 € Paid
Notary taxes 22 April 2024
10236 RON
15029 RON

Paid, includes OCPI tax
Concept schematic design 12500 € Completed
12500 Paid
Topo measurements 5950 Paid
Drill stem test (DST) TBC
Costs with architect include: 118300 € Total estimated
20% work in progress
Design development phases
66300 €
15500 € Paid first phase
DTAC & PT dog shelter
Construction development
52000 €
10000 € Paid first part
PHASES I-IV 5250000 € 16.05.2024 Estimated total cost to build PawzUp Center
PHASE I includes 1800000 €
Main road Design In progress
Work in progress
Pipes Design In progress
Work in progress
Electricity Design In progress
Work in progress
Water well and pump Search for best offer In progress
Water tanks Work in progress
Pluvial waters management Design
Work in progress
Technical room Design Completed
Check list of building materials here
Work in progress
Warehouse for equipment and tools Design
Work in progress
Recycling zone Design Completed
Work in progress
Waste disposal composting area Work in progress
Platform for wastewater treatment plant Work in progress
Dog shelter (3 modules from 5) Check list of building materials here
Design Completed
Work in progress
Running areas and outdoor spaces for dogs Work in progress
Park Work in progress
PHASE II includes 1480000 €
Sanctuary for horses and donkeys 380000 €
Outdoor spaces for horses
Outdoor area for donkeys
Administration building, adoption & therapy center, volunteers’ hub 600000
Parking area
PHASE III includes 1700000 €
Veterinary building 550000 €
One quarantine area 500000 €
Area for treatment of infectious diseases
Shelter for cats 250000 €
Extension dog shelter 400000 €
PHASE IV includes tbc
The remained 2 modules of dog shelter
Second quarantine area for new animals
Underground organic greenhouse
Other costs 270000 Estimated other costs
Planting trees for wind break, living fence to block noise, reduce pollution 80% work in progress
Power generator
Wind turbines
Solar panels
Fencing the property

1.* The estimations listed above include price of building materials (as per August 2022) and man power costs. It does include technical equipment like water pump, accessories, wastewater plant, thermal power stations. It doesn’t include the costs for specific accessories like partitions, equipment of any kind.
2.** The estimated year of finalization for each phase/building is based on current revenues and financial predictions.