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Dushan, hit by a car

Posted on 05 August 2016

Edit 05/08/2016

A week after his surgery, Dushan is starting to use his leg a little!

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Sounds impossible, but the boy is growing sweeter and kinder every day…

EDIT 27/07/2016

Dear donors, dear angels, dear friends,
the funds needed for Dushan’s surgery have been RAISED!

We will schedule a date with d-r Zlatinov ASAP, and hopefully, in a few days, we will be able to give you good news for Dushan.

There are no words to thanks you for your immediate response. You are amazing!
From Dushan, and all of us here – a million smiles.

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Original post: Dushan, hit by a car 26/07/2016

Dushan (means “Soul”, because he is so kind) was hit by a car many days ago. When he reached us, he was already on the brink of death, powerless, dehydrated and unable to fight the pain any longer. Both his back legs were gone, but there was almost nothing we could do at the time.

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Because he was in such a bad condition – at first we couldn’t do anything for him, except manually rearrange his hip joint, which had fallen out on the leg with fewer injuries. It wasn’t sure if that would work, but the second examination showed that d-r Zlatinov’s idea worked and no surgery would be needed for that leg. More so, Dushko can now sit, is much stronger and most importantly – he is conscious.

On the other leg though, Dushan has a torn ligament and a broken bone, and only a few days remain when the ligament can be sown back together, before it goes hard. For the broken bone d-r Zlatinov suggests an outside fixator, as this is the least aggressive method. Having in mind Dushko’s general condition – it is the only option for him right now.

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But what does this mean:

Price to sew up the ligament: 150E
Anesthetic package: 100E (we cannot use our discount for this)
Fixator: second hand from our previous patients, 50E

This is a total of 300E for poor Dushan, and there is simply no way that the shelter can provide him that – we are barely functioning normally and have so many animals in need.

In another situation, we would ask for an amputation which is cheaper. But in Dushan’s case – both his legs were badly injured and his remaining leg will never be completely healthy – to be able to carry the weight of two.

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Can you help, even by little? We know you need the money for other things – for smiles, for your family. But Dushan needs it to live. And we ask you to help us help him, so he gets the life he deserves – pain free and on all fours.

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The dumped pets at our Franziska clinic

Posted on 27 July 2016

We know it is summer. A time for smiles and sunshine, holidays and friends, long days outdoors and reminding yourself – life is good…

But for us – summer is a very difficult time. We sit here with the dogs, lonelier than usual, there are few adopters and even fewer donors. And the dogs don’t care – if it’s Friday or Sunday, if it’s January or July… They are just as hungry, just as injured, no matter that the city is empty – there will always be someone to make them suffer.

Despite, or more accurately, due to the fact we are overwhelmed with work and animals in need, the Franzisca clinic is full of patients, who wouldn’t have received help anywhere else. Here are some of them that you would maybe like to know:

RIP Blago, a dumped old Rottweiler

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Blago was brought to us with a very severe spinal exostosis. When he came, he could barely stand. We took him for x-rays and stated a Nivaline treatment. A week later, the kind granddad could stand a little and was in a much better mood.

His name meant “Kind”, guess why – because he was the kindest. But however kind you are, however handsome, however loving and loyal you were through the years, you are still not insured against human cruelty. Once you are on the down side – that’s it, you are garbage.

Today Blago passed away most unexpectedly, despite the improvement. His heart couldn’t cope any longer… He drank some water, laid down and in an hour – he was gone.

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Goodbye, dear boy. We are so sorry we couldn’t give you some happy days at the end of the road…

Lacho, a dumped old dachshund

Granddad Lacho seems to not know he is ill. Or he is so glad to be living in the shelter that he doesn’t notice it. He has probably always lived a difficult life – after a few days at the shelter, he became one of the happiest dogs at the Farm.

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When we admitted him, Lucho had a horrible dermatosis. His back was almost naked, everything was itchy and stingy to him, and even the parasites were leaving the mother ship, sensing an approaching season finale. No way!

Dachshunds are great people, and that is a proven fact. But we still don’t know what exactly is wrong with him. The doctors suspected diabetes, but the tests ruled it out. We tested for this, we tested for that – nothing. Now the doctors are considering all sorts of exotic diagnosis, it is likely that he has Cushing’s desease.

Sancho, junior administrator at the Farm office

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Our lovely Sancho already received that rare diagnosis – Cushing’s. He will be on meds till his last days, and the medication he needs is not imported to Bulgaria. We are hoping our colleagues abroad will be able to help. In the meantime – Sancho waits for you at the shelter office.

Rosie, with heartworm

Or, to be more exact – WITHOUT heartworm! Rosie is at the end of her treatment for the mean parasites. The most gentle of hearts went through such difficulties.

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She may look big and strong, but is actually like a little child. She looks like one of those toddlers with glasses that would look up to you and immediately melt your defenses. We are really happy for this kind girl, getting rid of heartworm takes months, the medication is very hard on the animal, thank goodness she made it.

Hercules, a tiny angel with seizures

You can bet Hercules wasn’t born, neither lived in the street. Which (no apology) moron decided to get rid of him on a closed highway – we don’t know. We know him from the moment he nearly crashed a truck, trying not to run him over. Well, he did run over him, Hercules is too tiny to even be crushed as a normal dog would.

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Hercules is a young guy, but he has some unexplained seizures. Only two so far, so he is under observation at the moment until the doctors manage to figure out an adequate therapy. He needs all sorts of tests, but there is no way we could afford them right now.

Yoda, a homeless granddad with testicular cancer

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This sweet guy is “the village dog”. He suffers from a tumor on his balls and needed urgent surgery. He was operated on by d-r Marincheva and is now recovering. Keep your figers crossed for him, he is old and the tumor is not small.

Hanya and Maria, puppies with skin disease

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It was stupid of us not to make a photo of Maria when she arrived, now you cannot see all the progress she made. Maria was almost completely fur-less, even worse than Marcus whom she is named after. Despite that – she is and will remain the happiest dog in the world, it is too little to say she adores people, they don’t make dogs like her anymore.

And cute Hanya has acquired our “favorite” fungal infection and will have to fight it separated from her funny mother and sister.

Mighty Ragnar, ill with pneumonia

Ragnar Lothbrok, the smallest puppy in a litter of 8 dumped half-huskies. We used his photo to invite people to the shelter on Facebook, because he is so incredibly cute. And now we blame ourselves for it, because he as probably jinxed a little.

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The day after we posted his pics, he got ill with pneumonia and we were afraid we’d lose him – puppies so small get dehydrated and develop horrible infections in a matter of minutes. Ragnar may be tiny, but is still a Viking, so – he’s staying alive.

Flicka and Noushka

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Two amazing ladies, only a few inches off the ground. Someone’s pets, dumped at the first signs of trouble. Flicka is now at the end of her recovery after a complicated surgery (she is the tiny foxy on the photo), and Noushka still has some antibiotics to take in and she is still figuring out how things work here (carefully monitoring life from her tiny bed).

These, and many other animals are getting treatment at the shelter this very moment. If you are able to spare something for the animals, please, DONATE for the clinic – your help saves lives here.

Oscar, shot in the shoulder

Posted on 25 July 2016

Oscar is a lovely young cat, shot in the shoulder by an unknown monster. His shoulder is completely shattered, but thanks to the donors of ARSofia, he received the best medical help possible and is now adopted.

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It was the end of May when people brought Oscar to the shelter – quiet, calm and… shot in the leg. The trauma was severe, Oscar had lost almost all of the sensitivity in his paw and we had to make a choice: to amputate the leg with what we can spare; or ask for your help for a surgery to try to save the leg.

To the joy of Oscar and everyone that came to love him, the surgery was successful. Two weeks later, he started to use his leg a little and it became clear – you had given him the option of being a proud owner of four ginger legs.

In the days of his recovery we have spoken to Oskar many times – about his plans for the future. Besides health, he also wished for a family – and why not, with luck on his side, why stop dreaming?

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The boy switched his charm-emitter to full power and managed to get a message all the way to Germany – where his real person was waiting for him. It took us some time to get Oskar ready and send him on the long journey, but we can now say:

In this moment, Oscar is purring happily in the arms of his new owner – Nevena Karadimova. And he loves it there!
After a night of careful surveillance from under the couch, Oskar conquered the heart and home of Nevena once and forever. Like so:

“Oscar is definitely very happy and adapted to us in only 6 hours. He now knows every inch of the apartment and rules it all. He still has a definite limp, but probably only needs more time to heal completely. He is so kind!”

All the best to you, Oskar and Nevena! You found each other after great adventures, and from miles away, but we know this is the end of the sad story. And now a new, happy one begins.

Edit 30.05.2016

Oscar has started a whole new life thanks to you!
D-r Zlatinov fixed him, the surgery was successful and now all we need to do is hope that he has a perfect recovery and be able to walk on all fours.

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The boy is already back with us, in the shelter – he still has some antibiotics to take and his brace must be re-made periodically. Unfortunately, being that the Farm is for dogs, he has to spend his days in quite a small cage, in a room without sunshine.

Not that he complained – Oscar is lovely and doesn’t mind anything – dogs, cats, kids, doctors, scalpels… He is really a good guy at heart, cats like him are very rare to find – we suspect he might be a dog in a cats body.

He is young, he is well, he keeps himself clean… So, if you have ever wandered what it would be like to have a lovely cat – why don’t you take him home with you for a month or two?
And he will tell you – it’s just great!

I case you do decide to offer foster care for Oscar – contact us, you will not regret it!

Edit 27.05.2016

OSCAR TODAY

Thank you so much for your help, dear friends, and especially you, dear Tom, for helping Oscar! He will be operated today – not amputated, his shoulder will be fixed and hopefully in a few months’ time – we will see him smiling on the knees of his adopters!

We wish you all the happiness in the world! Bless you!

ORIGINAL POST: A cry for help: Oskar, shot in the shoulder 25/05.2016

Dear friends, we need your help for a lovely cat – Mr. Oscar, shot in the shoulder.

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In the last month we have been unable to take in patients for orthopedic treatment. Our debt at the Central Vet Clinic is huge, and we already have a large number of patients on a long treatment, needing the help of the doctors there.

But when Oscar was brought in – we couldn’t send him away. First – his alternative was to remain like this in the street (the people who brought him didn’t care). Second – he hasn’t been in an accident, he was purposely hurt by a cruel person (and we are people too). And third – he is just wonderful – kind, patient, looks at you and understands everything (it’s so hard to say: “no, we can’t help you” when a friend is looking back at you)…

This is Oscar’s x-ray – he was shot. Most probably by Carabine.

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No comment on the act of cruelty. To see such a lovely creature and feel the need to shoot it… What is important now is that Oskar is with people who can see his golden heart – it shines the light of a thousand suns and it will take more than a bullet to stop it. But – his leg is almost gone, and life on three legs, especially when a front one is missing is not a good alternative for any cat.

D-r Zlatinov from the CVC offers to make him a surgery to fix the shoulder and try to save the leg – as an alternative to the amputation we brought him in for. The moment of hesitation comes from Oscar having lost some of the sensitivity in his leg and it is not 100% sure that he will be able to use it again. It is possible he might need additional bracing and physio, or not be able to use it at all, there is no guarantee. But in any case – his shoulder must be fixed.

We don’t have 460 (236E) of 680BGN to be able to afford a surgery for Oscar.
If we are unable to raise them – we will do the amputation we can afford. But Oscar is a really lovely car and although here, we are mostly dog lovers, we believe help will be found for him too. He deserves it…

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If you would like to help us cover a part of our bill in the Central Veterinary Clinic – piled up by orthopedic cases, visual diagnostics, complicated blood-tests and other things we cannot provide our homeless patients at in our own little hospital, you can do it directly, on the CVC bank account, just make sure you write they are “For the Animal Rescue Sofia bill”: Galb OOD BG45BUIB98881007429901 / CiBank / SWIFT BUIBBGSF

We know it is the end of the month and everyone’s pockets are empty. Don’t be sad if you are unable to help, dear friends. Oscar thanks you for your kind thoughts.

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How do you get rid of parasites in a big shelter?

Posted on 06 July 2016

De-worming is one of the most important aspects of a dog’s health, the health of the people around as well. And when so many animals are at one place, and they all come from different backgrounds like it is here – de-worming becomes a Nr.1 priority.

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Sweet Lucy is ready to swallow 3 liters of bitter Ivermectine, just to have someone around, to be touched with kindness on a lonely day…

De-worming 250 dogs is no easy task, but it’s not impossible. We make it happen every month – everyone gets a treatment, except the new arrivals who have a different schedule. We treat for flat and roundworms, and also for prevention of heartworm. The social dogs are easy, the shy ones – not so much. Everyone gets their pills, and separately a bitter solution – there are no fans of this process, but there’s no way around it as well.

 

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Ivermectine is precious to us – we use it to treat our many mangy dogs, also to prevent heartworm among the many animals we host. As far as the pills –  the brands of de-wormer used need to be changed regularly. This way you make sure there is a better coverage in the many kinds of internal parasites.

 

Do you deworm your pets on time? Please do, it’s important.
Make up a schedule, change the brands, treat your dog on time, make sure you prevent a heartworm infestation. Parasites are everywhere around us, an effort is needed to make sure they do not come INTO us.
Note: whatever the instructions are, always treat your dog on an empty stomach, this way you can be sure of the results.

 

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Lucky getting his pills and solution from Dimie: “Disgusting, but I still love you!”

 

Please, have a look HERE. We’ve tried to make a systematic review of the possibilities you have fighting parasites as a pet owner, it could be useful to you.

People say – better to have worms, than be completely deprived of an internal life 🙂
No thanks! Parasites – GO AWAY!

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Dear friends, the next time you are overwhelmed with tasks and work, and you decide you can skip your pet’s de-worming this time… DON’T! Think of us – if a bunch of girls can de-worm 250 donkeys, it’s 250% sure, you can handle de-worming your loving pet.

Best regards from Lucky and his friends at the Farm!

Bogrov “Farmers” win the Superjackpot!

Posted on 05 July 2016

A great deal of our work is finding homes for our animals abroad. When we were starting, in 2010, we had less than 2 locally adopted animals in a month. Today – people already know shelters exist, they know they are saving the life of their adopted friend and families make that kind choice more often.

We see the change every day and it makes us believers. We no longer fall into the line of “helpless dreamers” when we think to ourselves “a day will come when we no longer have to send animals abroad – there will be a home for each of them here”.
We are happy to introduce you to another group of smiling animals and their adopters:

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Do you remember poor sad Mincho? He is a calm, medium-sized, almost completely naked boy that came to the shelter as a naked bag of bones. He must have spent all his life chained in misery – he looked like a broken old man. We treated him, although we couldn’t give him that fluffy white interface he would have if he had lived in a home.

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Despite his sad look – his golden heart was recognized by Angelina Dobreva. Mincho will never be hungry and dirty again. Good luck, boy!

 

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The smiling kurzhaar we called Anna is now in her new home with Natalia Staneva. She also has a new name – Bagra, and a great many new friends – the world is her oyster!

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We are overjoyed for her – you can see how happy and well behaved she is in her new life with Natalia, what an amazing change for a kind creature!
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Lorry was just a handful of life, injured by a car, when Maria Ovcharova took her as a foster – to recover, to gain strength and prepare to be adopted. We thought that was a temporary arrangement – but what do you know – Lorry was at home all this time! She is now healthy, neutered, vaccinated and very happy – to love and live with Maria forever.

 

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One of our most charismatic babies went through a real X-factor audition and got the first place in the heart of Mario Staykov, with the help of his father Venelin. We respect the adopters who really take their time in choosing the right dog. We are sure no mistake was made here and we wish the blue-eyed princess an amazing life in Edinburgh, walking on green fields, under an iron sky… well, congratulations!

 

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And the lovely kitten Mimi, raised in a foster home with two dogs and another cat, found the perfect family with Konstantin Atanasov, Rossy Marinova and their black friend – Carina! The two girls are best friends already:

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Farewell, Zverski!

Posted on 03 July 2016

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It was July 2011. Something, that should’ve been a yellow fur-ball (but was a white bag of bones), was twisting and growling in our hands, desperately trying to get away from deworming, feeding or any human-related process.

“A tooth for you! Another one for you as well! Leave me alone!” – that’s how the stubborn yellow puppy got his name – Zverski (Beast). And it remained. For all the 5 years we had him. And that is a too much. Almost half of a dog’s life – lived in a cage.

In time, thanks to the great love the volunteers put into him, Zverski stopped acting like a beast and became another one of our unwanted grown-ups. A year or two passed, a family wanted him for adoption, we gladly gave him away. Sadly, the dogs that grew up in a shelter often have trouble adapting in the first weeks and adopters need to be patient and persistent to help them get used to the new life. His people couldn’t – so Zverski came back to us.

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Another year, a second, and the problems began – limping with one leg, then the other, lack of movement… and a diagnosis: two-sided elbow dysplasia. You know everything about Zverski’s pains – because you are the reason he has less of them! With your great help, Zverski got a surgery – an arthrodesis of the leg that is in worse-off condition.

The recovery went well, but despite the successful operation, much of the pain remains. Here, at the Farm we don’t have the environment he needs – to get physiotherapy, to move, to swim… We needed a solution for him, urgently, and lovely people came to his aid.

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We are happy to inform you that Zverski is now in his new home in Holland! With our amazing colleagues who will make sure he has all the love and care he needs to feel better. He is already with them, and everything is all right, getting used to the new surroundings and friends.

Despite the great happiness that there is a place in the sun for Zverski, parting with him was no easy thing. After all, he’s been with us all these years…

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Farewell, buddy, this is a much deserved happiness!
And for you, friends, a photo from Zverski’s new home:

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Our new colleague: Sancho

Posted on 30 June 2016

To whom it may concern:

After a long and detailed search for the perfect application, a candidate for the position of assistant-secretary has been approved. Congratulations to the greatly esteemed Sancho.

As of today, granddad Sancho will be welcoming the shelter visitors with us, alongside to his superior grandma Bushi.

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Here follows a short address from our new employee:

“Kind humans, I solemnly swear to serve the office faithfully and fulfill my duties with care and enthusiasm. I don’t know what I’m supposed to say, you know, but I can feel something beating here, under my left shoulder… I love you so much, I love the life you gave to me, every day off it, every hour. I don’t know what to tell you… I thank you with everything that is Me. I think that’s it… see you at the office!“

And here follow Sancho’s rights and obligations, not as a patient, but as a member of our team:

-to meet and escort, if not by bark and greeting, than at least with an all-seeing eye, each and every person that walks in;
-to display a never-ending need for tenderness, attracting people’s hands to himself like a magnet;
-to spread his unmistakable aroma throughout the whole room, or as a minimum – the desks of everyone working at the moment;
-to always take a strategic spot between the adopters and the desk they are filling the papers on, putting his toothless head in their laps with a sad gaze;
-to be loved, happy and always smiling every working day (and they are 365 in a year).

Congrats, colleague 🙂

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MEETING SANCHO FOR THE FIRST TIME, 2012

Marcho’s new clothes

Posted on 24 June 2016

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Besides the 200 dogs, the Farm is also home to two pigs, 3 goats and a ram – our funny, crooked Marcho.

After a few failed attempts to have him shaved down, Marcho entered the hot days fully dressed. We had to urgently find someone who can really strip down a sheep, so we don’t have to put him through our own unprofessional grooming.

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Simeon is 11 years old. He is a student, he works hard at his family’s farm and he is also a winner at horseback-riding races.

He is a very serious and a very kind boy. Together with his brother and dad they are just finishing grooming their own herd and Simeon didn’t mind coming over to help Marcho as well.

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Today, Simeon came to the shelter at 10 o’clock, with two grooming shears, working pants and a smile. It took him about an hour to release Marcho from his fleece and he didn’t cut him even once!

Marcho was totally relaxed, Drago held him, Simo groomed him – he simply melted away.
We believe Marcho is the only gentle ram on the planet.

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The procedure was much more disturbing for Tsonka the goat. She is a friend of Marcho, they have always lived together, he is – so to speak – the chief in their herd of two.

So she spent the whole hour hanging off the fence, calling him, although he really did have a good time.

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Marcho! He looked so big, but he is actually quite a small ram!

Marcho came to the Farm as a young baby with a neurologic problem – you can see in his photos his head is always hanging to the side, he will stay this way forever. You can also see our keeper Drago handling him with a dog lead – we really doubt there is a kinder ram on our planet.

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Tsonka – finally at ease, checking the quality of Simeon’s work on Marcho (the inspection was successful). Marcho will finally be cool.

And to Simeon, we wish a big life, much happiness and great dreams to be achieved. He really impressed us, this little guy – so young, and yet so good with animals, with such a good approach.

2 Bulgarians in Germany: Mitzy and Dilma

Posted on 16 June 2016

With the help of our kind colleagues, two more lovely dogs from the Farm found their happiness with lovely people in Germany!

 

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Granny Mitzy managed to be on two shelter score-boards at the same time – for the shelter’s oldest and the shelter’s smallest dog. She would sit quietly in her box, going out for walks regularly, but sleeping most of the time, overcome by a large tumor on the mammal glands. With the help of d-r Stankova granny got rid of her disease and started everything anew – a new life, in a new country, with new people, as if the horrors in the past never happened!

 

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The second lucky lady is lovely Dilma – an incredibly kind, calm, clever and friendly hunting dog who never found her people here in Bulgaria. Instead of being sad, she packed her things – packed her passport, because that is the only thing she actually had – and left. Left for a new life, where she will have her own food-bowls, her own toys and leads, her own home and what’s most important – her own family!

8 adults, 15 babies and 3 kitties with a new life in Austria, Germany and Holland!

Posted on 14 June 2016

Dear friends, here is an amazing journey our doggie van managed to push through in its last efforts to serve us.  And here, with great pleasure, we introduce you to the angels who arrived at their new destinations last week!!!

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Valya! A sweet three-legged lady (with a missing paw on her back leg), who lived with us, un-separate from her brother Ochko (who only has one eye). After many unsuccessful attempts to place them together, we had to separate them. The girl is now having the time of her life with our colleagues, and is being a good girl. We can’t wait to hear the news of her adoption. And hopefully – Ochko will get lucky soon too!

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Two wonderful guys left for Germany from the foster home of Denny and Itzo. Jamie the cocker-spaniel and his soul brother Milo half-collie, had to separate from their family in complicated circumstances, but now everything is set for them. When she was parting with them, Denny, who had a birthday that same day, took our funny little Bolt (the puppy with deformed front legs) under her foster care:

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Happy birthday, Denny!

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Another new German – brave sweetheart Tanto! The lovely guy came to the Farm from the municipal shelter in Bogrov. Long months in a cage never damaged his soul and he kept happy and smiling all this time, despite the hardships. We know he will be megahappy in his new life, and grateful for it every day!

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Sweetheart Merry – a tiny lady who came to the farm from the Iskar river bank. She was left in the middle of nowhere, pregnant, and trying to keep an eye and find food for two puppies who weren’t even her own. We really hoped she could find a nice home here – such a gentle and kind creature, clever, friendly with everybody… But the brown-gray color is a huge adoption-blocker, we call it “homeless color” because of that. We wish you great happiness in Germany, Merry, we know your family will be very proud of you.

Have a look here to see Tanto, Valya, Merry, Jamie and Milo enjoying games together with our colleagues in Germany, our hеarts will burst with happiness:

So, who else found a life away from Bulgaria?

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Sweet Sarah is now Austrian!  The little lady came to us in October 2015 – she was a tiny baby when she arrived with a badly broken leg after a car had hit her. With your great help Sarah was operated urgently and recovered completely. Best of luck, you little fool!

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Another lucky Austrian – one of the boys from the house of horrors in Elin Pelin – an older guy with his own idea of how life should be. He had lived in the most terrible environment in the home of a hoarder, so he will have his own apartment now. We are really glad that this guy will get some good, normal, happy years in the dawn of his life.

A whole bunch of lovely babies left for a new life in Austria and Holland. Each of them has his own story, each has nearly left this world, saved by kind foster parents until the vaccines kick in and admittance to the shelter is safe. We are forever in debt to the volunteers and fosters – it is their hard work that allows us to prepare such a large number of dogs for a journey to happiness. Bless you!

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Here are some horrible photos of the little guys, the way the camera saw them when the van was leaving. So many little souls, already safe, because you were there for them!

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Besides all the doggies, three lovely kitties traveled to their new Dutch homes.

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They are – the amazing white Snowy, black-and-white sweetheart Bandy and amazing tiger Tommy – you can’t see it in this photo, but he is a real tiger. All three of them were living in different places in the streets, before they were rescued, treated and brought to e perfect condition by wonderful foster people. We wish them all the luck in the world in their new homes!

We thank the donors of the Farm for letting us work for the saddest creatures of our city, giving them shelter, health, care, love and… a happy life in a good family!!!

Urgent doggy van repairs

Posted on 06 June 2016

THANK YOU!
The funds, needed to fix the dog bus have been raised and the babies will be able to travel to their new homes just as before!
Our fingers are crossed for a reliable service and no more troubles for our Kalcho.

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In September 2012, with the generous help of 9 people and 5 organizations, we managed to buy our van “Kalcho” – to bring the shelter dogs to their new homes in Austria, Germany and Holland.

During this period, the bus has made over 70 journeys, loaded with over 2000 passengers – homeless Bulgarian dogs who have found loving families abroad. Each journey goes full in both directions – on the way there (with dogs) and back (with donations from our colleagues – food, bedding, crates, medications…)

Today, 3,5 years later, Kalcho already has 600 000km on his mileage, and needs a general repair to be able to bring more dogs to their destination Happiness.

We haven’t left Kalcho without mechanical care all this time. We had to replace the doors, we bought a new brake apparatus, we changed the ABS pump, the radiator of the cooling system…

Also, ever since we’ve had the bus – we never had to buy tires, or pay anything to change them – we’ve always been able to rely on the help of amazing Snejana Georgieva of KRISTO 2. We never paid a penny for tires, despite the regular changes.

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Only now, we expect the bus to return from the last journey it could make in its current condition. If we don’t repair it – that’s it, it will remain on guard in the shelter yard. No more journeys until we’re able to make the following repairs:

  • A new servo for the steering wheel (it doesn’t work, needs many new parts);
  • New hand brakes (the whole apparatus has to be replaced);
  • A new front bumper (the old one has been glued too many times);
  • A new front light (we will buy it second hand).

We need BGN1300 (E667) to be able to repair the doggy bus. That’s a lot of money we don’t have.
But, if we raise them or not will decide if we will be able to continue sending our babies to colleagues abroad, where they are loved and cherished pets, not homeless mutts.

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Could you help us? It may not seem urgent and important, but that bus is the only way out for so many animals, it brings them to love, to care, it is an only chance for thousands…

Starting in 2010 and until today, united, we’ve been able to provide good homes abroad for 3 503 dogs. We thank the People, who will decide to chip-in, so we can double this number!

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Sandy

Posted on 04 June 2016

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Name: Sandy
Date of admittance: 05.05.2010
Date of birth: 02.2010
Reason for admittance: From “Seslavci” municipal pound
Number in the shelter Dog Registry: 01
Notes:
12.05.2010: Friendly puppy, lively and active
28.09.2015: Adopted
28.09.2015: Adopters signal that Sandy has been lost during a walk
16.11.2015: A signal for a dog that looks like Sandy
17.11.2015: Volunteers help catch Sandy. His condition: many bite wounds, loss of weight, stress
19.11.2015: The adopter doesn’t want him back

 

They say one dog year equals seven dog years. If that is so, Sandy has lived the dog equivalent of 42 human years. And all these 42 years are summed up in the few lines above…

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We hope he has forgotten his first three months – the street, being kicked around, the hunger. Then – the Seslavci pound. Perhaps his first memories are with us – playing with the other puppies, all of which adopted as the time passed, and only Sandy remained behind. Day after day, someone goes into the cage, Sandy jumps about happily, but another dog gets chosen, and the people leave…

The shelter routine – cleaning, feeding, boredom and then again. The fun with the volunteers in the weekend! And then boredom again…

Of all our dogs – Sandy has been with us for the longest time. Of all our dogs, Sandy has looked at the world through bars the longest. To be able to imagine what “Entry Number: 01” means, we can simply tell you that the dogs that come in now bare numbers over 6000…

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Don’t get us wrong – Sandy loves us and is happy to be here. He has no idea there is more to life than waiting for the volunteers to come back. That most dogs don’t share their favorite people with 199 other dogs. That some get to walk every day, and a few times too…

Well, we are very pleased to tell you, Sandy will learn all of that soon! Because, Sandy, ladies and gentlemen, got a real chance and is now wagging his tail not at us, but at our colleague Betty in Holland! There is something even better – he has an adopter, a real one, his own! This time, we decided to play it safe and the transition period will be left to Betty who has a great experience with animals and will help him get used to the new environment, meet his new family gradually, whilst under her care and away from crazy ideas…

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Ahhh, Sandy, dear child!

You waited so long, but the future will compensate you, we are sure of it! And you have great love and affection ahead of you! Regarding us… we’ve sent thousands of dogs to their new homes… but still, we were unable to hold our tears when you left…
Be happy, Sandy!