!!!THE FARM IS OURS!!!

18 December 2013 | News

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Dear friends,
dearest most wonderful people,
it is an honor, a happiness, a huge pride for us to announce that from today on and for ever – the Farm belongs to the homeless dogs and cats of Sofia!!!

It’s not going to happen” – were the words of the PR and fund-raising specialists we asked for ideas to help us make it through to the goal.

The goal is impossible to achieve” – was the qualification this dream got from the rich foreign foundations we contacted for help.

This is absolutely impossible in Bulgaria” – were the words we got when we were sent away from the most successful companies in this country.

We will make it, whatever it takes!” – was your reply exactly 78 days ago when we began the collossal battle to keep ARSofia working for the homeless animals in this city!
AND YOU DID IT, FRIENDS!!!

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With the huge effort of hundreds of volunteers. With the generosity and faith of thousands of donors in and outside of Bulgaria. With the huge help of hundreds journalists and media. With the assistance of our colleagues abroad. With thousands upon thousands of letters, notes, invitations, calls, talks, meetings, events, arrangements, pleas, disappointments and successes…
WE DID IT TOGETHER!!!

Sofia will have it’s first non-govermnental shelter:

  • independent from the institutions, humane and European;
  • ran by the people who truly care about the animals;
  • open to everyone – volunteers, visitors and adopters 365 days a year;
  • with a clinic that will work 24/7 for the saddest animals in the city;
  • and a team that knows what to do and puts the animals’ interest first!

To everyone who donated,
To the amazing people that fought alongside us in this battle – organizing events, engaging friends, working hard in the logistics and the propagation of our cause,
To all that became part in fulfilling this dream,
We say:

YOU ARE MIRACLE-WORKERS, DEAR FRIENDS! You are the living proof that this country has the strenght and resource to go forward! You are the ones who managed to unite whilst everyone else looks for ways to discriminate and divide! You offered a hand of salvation to the most miserable, helpless, poor creatures in a time when everything around is going down with a yell “let’s shut this country down”! You are the reason the Bulgarian parliament has the motto “United, we stand strong”! You are the Humans that will make Bulgaria a better place!

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Friends, it’s either that the calendar has got it wrong (only showing the 18-th as the date for today), or the Dog Christmas comes early this year. Because you made the homeless animals the biggest gift you could ever give them. You gave them a Home, you gave them shelter, you officially handed them the chance to be healthy, fed, loved and reach their families. You took care of them!

There aren’t words enough to describe our appreciation. No pint to say that we are touched, bedazzled, inspired, grateful, astonished… words cannot translate even 1/10 of the euphoria that has gotten hold of all of us today – humans and animals. We can only feel  humbled and take strength from you – the mighty people who said “we will do all we can to make our Miracle work”.

Bless you all, guardian angels! And may the Good you do come back to you ten times in a hard moment, because that is just how it goes in this world – as we say in Bulgarian “a giving hand never goes broke”. Today we are all richer than the richest man on this planet, because our hearts are filled with Faith, Hope and Love – they are worth more than all the treasures in this world!

With respect and grattitude,
The ARSofia team

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P.S. We will be publishing all the information about the “siege” of our new castle in the following days! Today we take our hats off for the Man who gave us the opportunity to buy the Farm in time by lending us a no-interest loan to fill-in what is missing, begin the reconstruction and move over.

P.P.S. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We love you!!! HURRAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

18 December 2013 | News

Facebook comments:

  1. Susan Shepard, in New hampshire, USA

    What a GREAT Christmas gift indeed! All of you connected to the shelter deserve this because you dedicate yourselves to so many beautiful animals.

  2. LINDA BERKA

    CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE ALL AMAZING!

  3. Caroline walcot

    That final gap on 15 December was so tantalisingly close yet so far from the finishing line, my heart sank … and then, suddenly on 18 December, goal reached! Heartfelt gratitude to that kind person who closed that crucial gap and made the whole dream spring into reality! Hip hip hooray!

  4. Pez Soir

    As I have two dogs from you and really apprechiate your work, I am very very happy to hear this. Now you can continue your great work, thank you so much and – Merry X-Mas

  5. Vesi

    What an amazing outcome! Thank you a million times for doing what you’re doing for those innocent souls on the steets,you are their angels of mercy! Good luck in everything that lies ahead!

  6. rosemary mehmet

    This is the most fantastic news!!! Thank God the animals have a home and thank God for the people who work so hard to make it happen

  7. Marlis + Cucci

    Ich habe jeden Tag daran gedacht das Ihr es schafft. Super ich habe einen Freudensprung gemacht als ich das gesehen habe. Das finde ich super was Ihr alles für die armen Tiere macht. Wenn nur alle Menschen so ein grosses Herz hätten. Auch mein Hund kommt von Euch ( Gergana die Schwester von Tierärztin Marieta)habe sie nun schon 6 Jahre sie ist einen Goldschatz und der Liebling bei uns im Block, also sehr dankbar.
    Ich wünsche Euch allen noch viel Glück und Erfolg. Ich werde auch weiterhin für meine Bulgarihunde sammeln.Und es dann am Beat+ Gergana Senn geben.

    Marlis aus der Schweiz

  8. Jason

    From the land down under I say well done, congratulations and may the good work continue. Animals suffer to much in this world and if I may quote Ghandi.
    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated…I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by [people] from the cruelty of [human kind]”

  9. Trudy

    Wish animal rescue Sofia, cats and dogs all the luck in the world!!!

  10. Petra Ott

    Ihr seid SPITZE!
    Bitte setzt euch auch weiterhin so toll für die notleidenden Tiere ein…. sie brauchen euch!
    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland 🙂

  11. Nicole

    Super yeah!!! Frohe Weihnachten und alles alles liebe für Euch und die Tiere!
    Ihr seid suuuuuuuuuper!!!

  12. Keith

    I have been checking the fundraising process through the website, and like many people just could not see any way the target could be reached. I am so glad I was wrong. To Nadia and the excellent team: what a fantastic Christmas present! I wish I could have seen your faces! This is a fantastic new beginning and I am sure you all feel that the emotion and hard work is now worth it. If you want me to be wrong about any other fundraising please let me know!!
    Brilliant. Happy New Year!

  13. Helena

    I have been looking for a house to live all-year-round in Bulgaria for the simple reason that in my home country i could never afford a house – everything is so depressingly expensive not to speak about living on rental basis. So if i get my retirement dream come true, ill be living somewhere in Bulgaria and will come to give you my helping hand in the work for these helpless abondoned creatures. Just something meaningful to do. I have had my eye on Soidogs for an adoption, but now it seems that need not to go so far.
    Looking forward to seeing you in near future !

  14. margaret

    What absolutely wonderful news! You are THE inspiration to all us helping animals across Bulgaria and what keep us going, knowing there are people like you in Bulgaria. Thank you so much for your courage. Hugs Steve & Margaret xx

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