Prieteni dragi - pet hotel established as a social enterprise by two friends passionate about animals and experiences in working with disadvantaged youth

16.02.2023 / Moldova

Prieteni dragi - the place where beloved pets can enjoy care and attention when their owners go on vacation or renovate the house.


Dogs, cats and even parrots - they all have dedicated spaces and a wide range of specialized services here. For just a few hours or even for several months. Moreover, animal lovers can learn here how to behave with their pets.


Prieteni dragi is a social business, founded by two friends - Olga and Ecaterina, who dream to bring change for the better in the community of people with disabilities and in the community of animal lovers.



Prieteni Dragi is more than a pet hotel! It is a place where young people with Down syndrome and Autism get help for social integration, either as employees within the enterprise or as beneficiaries of Animal Assisted Therapy Services.


The pet hotel is located in the capital city of Moldova - Chisinau and has received support from  the European Union, within the EU4Youth Social Innovation project - a strategic partnership! project, which offered young people from Moldova and Ukraine opportunities for training, financing and mentoring in social entrepreneurship. The value of the grant to establish the social enterprise was €7.500.


Because Prieteni Dragi is a social enterprise, 90% of the profit is reinvested in the social mission of the enterprise, to create even more jobs for socially vulnerable people and to offer free sterilization services for stray animals and animals of .owners do not have access to these services due to low income.


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