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Pet Remedy helps Animal Rescue Sofia

Posted on 04 June 2019

Once again Pet Remedy has decided to help the animals in “The Farm”.
But this time, by donating 10% of the price of every product!

The best part, though, is that you also receive 10% discount of the price.

It means you help your pet at a better price and you help the animals in “The Farm”!

Pet Remedy is a natural product, based entirely on the natural way to relax and de-stress pets. No artificial hormones, no chemistry – only essential oils and herbs!


We would never recommend something we didn’t try. But if in our stressful shelter environment, Pet Remedy makes miracles, it means it will work everywhere.

So, if your pet is nervous or there is stress in its life – change of home, new pet, loss of family member, travel or fireworks, do not hesitate to ask for Pet Remedy – 10 % of the price will come in our shelter for food and medicines!

The products of Pet Remedy can be found at the following places:

Petshops D-r Stefanov

Studentski grad, 76, “Akad.Stefan Mladenov”str

Lulin, bl.386

Ovcha Kupel, 37, Lublyana str

Sky City Mall, Geo Milev, 52 Kosta Lulchev str

Sveta Troica, 15, Zografski manastir str, City Park Residence

Iztok,  28 B, Samokov str, Este Home & Spa

Geo Milev, 27, Nikolai Kopernik str /Fantastiko

Varna, 185 Slivnitza, Delta Planet

 

ZOOLAND

Strelbishte, 6, Major Parvan Toshev str

 

ZOOMENU

Mladost, 51 Jerusalim Blvd

and online:

Dr.Stefanov
Zoobg

Zooland

Zoomenu

Thank you!

A cry for help: Nelly

Posted on 25 May 2019

A quiet day in Berkovitza. Near the road a lonely, nameless and homeless dog gathers some sunshine. In late pregnancy, she is preparing for birth and motherhood.

Witnesses said, she was ran over on purpose. That the “human” who did it, bragged on facebook about it. If it is true – let the police finds out.

A few days later, the dog finally was brought to us. She is in extremely bad condition – broken hips, broken legs. She cannot walk. Or pee. Or give birth.

We urgently made a C-section – two of the puppies inside her womb were still alive.

We are confused. We don’t know what to do, from where to start. Nelly’s blood is like water. Not only because the blood loss, but because on the top of all, she has anaplasmosis. The orthopedic operations are urgent, but the fractures are so many and so severe – here we talk about a 5-6 hours operation. Which, our brave girl will most probably not survive.
           
At the same time, someone delivers some newborn puppies, found in a trash bin. They are crying out of hunger and cold. Nelly hears them and also starts to cry. Broken, in horrible pain, she cries for the puppies. We gave them to her, without any hope – neither for her, nor for them…

Yet, Nelly is a mother of 6 now – 2 own and 4 adopted. She faces a long war – for her life, and for theirs.

The orthopedic operations must be made as soon as d-r Vladislav Zlatinov decides it is safe for her. We don’t even know how much it will cost, we don’t dare to ask.

But we will stay by her. And we hope you will join us in this battle – the battle for Nelly’s life!
Please, donate!

FIBank; 37 Dragan Tzankov blvd, Sofia, BG; SWIFT: FINV BG SF

IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

BENEFICIARY: A R Sofia Foundation; 23 James Bourchier blvd, Sofia, BG

SMS DMS DOG НА 17 777

1 лев дарение за абонати на vivacom, telenor и m-tel (няма ДДС)

The incredible world of Pet Remedy

Posted on 24 April 2019

Just take a look at the amazing collection of goods we received as a gift from the British company Pet Remedy!

We are so happy, that we just couldn’t stop but show off!

The patients in our clinic are happy to have heated pet pads – indispensable during surgeries and newborn puppies, as they have protection for full safety of the animal and can easily be disinfected.

We were skeptical at the beginning about the calming sprays and diffusers, but we have been using them a while now, and they proved their effectiveness.  Thanks to them, our animal transports are much more relaxed for the animals (and quitter for us!) and the cattery – peaceful as never!

 

We have also got cosmetic products – shampoos and conditioners – which turn bathing into a pleasure!

On behalf of our animals – Thank you,  Pet Remedy!

P.S. We will tell you a secret – the products of Pet Remedy will soon be found in Bulgaria, too!

Sharing is caring!

Posted on 04 April 2019

Many are the animals who get a second chance in our shelter. Even more are the ones who get their lives back in our clinic.

But none of this would be possible without the people who support our work, our heroes.

People like

Girgina Kalaydzieva and Rumen Papazov:

Mark & Eleonora Markovi

The students from 11th and 12th class of 21nd school in Sofia and theirteachers Mr Hristov and Mrs Kalaydzhieva

The students  from private school Veda and their teacher Mrs Savina Slavcheva

Petya Atanasova, Iglika Slavcheva and Radostina Abadjimarinova

 

These are the faces of the people, who helped us keep the tummies full!

But it is not all!
All these wonderful people came to see the animals they help and to spend some time with them!

We specially thank to We help paws” which collected and donated a whole  van of  goods – blankets, pillows, toys, bowls and medical supplies!

Thank you!

2018: the summary

Posted on 02 January 2019

And once again we are facing the New Year, hoping that it will be easier, better and more successful than the old one.

But what was the old one like for us?

In a way – 2018 was the hardest year we have ever had. For a first time we had to consider the option of closing the clinic and the shelter – due to financial problems.

On the other hand – through this year, our team has helped more animals than ever (probably the two things just go together)!

Whatever we say in the summary, we will surely skip many things, but in a short, here is our 2018:

Number of dogs and cats, healed in “Franziska”: 

2416!

2416 animals came into our clinic and received help!
Some of them were treated, healed and then returned to their habitats.


Others stayed at the shelter and we promised them a new home.
Unfortunately, there is also a third group – animals for who there was nothing we could do, except being side by side at their last moments on this world.

Most common diagnosis: Coronavirosis
Most common reason for acceptance in the clinic: Animal hit by a car

Every day through this year, our vets have helped 6 new patients!

Number of dogs, accepted in the “Farm”:

1112!

Even though our shelter is with a capacity of 200 dogs, this only means how many dogs we have at any given moment. But at the second a dog is adopted, another one takes its place. That way we took in 1112 dogs from the streets of Sofia (mainly, but not only).

Each one of them has been dewormed, vaccinated 3 times, microchipped and spayed (except the ones (not that many, though) that came already spayed)!

Number of adopted animals:
1078!

Because of our “Farm”, 1078 dogs and cats are nowadays in their new homes!

It is an enormous amount even for us! The only thing that darkens our joy is the fact, that only 70 of them were adopted in Bulgaria…

In 2019 we will do our best to fix this, but without any compromises  with the quality of life!

We lost old friends
IN MEMORIAM 

Farewell, dear friends! We will meet at the rainbow bridge one day!

        

     

 

We found some new friends

There are many friends that supported us in this year and we are grateful to them all!
Here we only want to mention the chain of shopsDr Stefanov.
If suddenly they haven’t appear in our lives, our year would have been much shorter and unhappier!
Thanks to their support and patience, however bad the money problem was, our animals have never stayed hungry!

Special regards and gratitude to Mario and Dr Stefanov! Thank you for your patience and generosity!

In the world

This year our Nadia and Svetlo were speakers in the annual conference for animal welfare ICAWC, this time in Polland!
It is a huge recognition for our work – this is only the second time when speakers from Bulgaria were invited! And the first time? It was in 2016, when again Nadia and Svetlo spoke, in Portugal!

At home

Our biggest disappointment and failure for the year is our unsuccussful attempt to convince the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, that there is such thing as stray cats in Bulgaria.
Our work with stray cats (neuter & rehome) is still illegal in the eyes of the authorities and the international rehomings are still banned!

 

2019

Dear friends,

Thank you, for being next to us in 2018!

Only because of you, we found homes for 1078 dogs and cats!

We healed in our clinic 2416 sick and injured patients!

And most important – only because of you, we continue in 2019!

 

Happy New Year! 
And don’t forget – together we make miracles happen every day!

 

Gods must be crazy

Posted on 29 November 2018

Winter is here! Beautiful snowflakes float around the heads, full of thoughts of Christmas and gifts!

The first snow though, wasn’t a happy moment for us. 4 (yes – four!) dogs and 2 cats were brought in our clinic for just a few days, after they were hit by cars. Speed plus snow equals suffering, isn’t it?

“Franziska” clinic is full and working over capacity, we’ve told you that before. But, please, take a look at our new patients. How to say “No”, how to reject helping them?

 

Claudia

Claudia is a gentle girl. Her paw was so swollen at arrival, broken at two places… but her tail was wagging and her tongue was kissing the helping hands of our vets.

She had to be operated urgently – the pain must have been horrible.

Walter

Only a few hours after Claudia, a second bearded friend arrived, after his meeting on an icy road with a car – Walter. His operation was also urgent – with so young animals the bones heal fast and when it is not fixed and heal badly, the orthopedist must brake it again.

In order to avoid this, Walter was also urgently operated on credit.

Botev

Found on the road, this elderly boy wasn’t as lucky as the youngsters above. He was accepted in shock, with many internal traumas and blood in the stomach. For him the broken leg was the smallest problem – first we had to save his life!

Thank God, Botev survived the first danger! He is now waiting on a queue for an orthopedic examinations and most probably – operation as well.

Claus

This sweet puppy was rescued by a good woman, who saw how large dogs attack and bite him. Once he came to us, we noticed a big wound on his hip, but it couldn’t be caused by the dogs – it was something old. X-rays showed he was injured some time ago, the bone was broken, but got infected.

We are now fighting the infection with antibiotics, but once his condition improves, his leg will have to be operated – the bone broken again and fixed.

Plamen

Plamen is fully paralized, but wasn’t hit by a car or sick. He is just old…

We know there is no place for more dogs here…but how to return a paralized sweetheart like him on the street? Now Plamen lives in our dressing room. It isn’t exactly a home, but it is warm and he is loved….

Boyana

Just like Plamen, Boyana isn’t here, because we can save her. Unfortunately, we did everything possible, but it just isn’t enough.
This sweet old lady came with horrible tumors.

The main tumor was more than 3 kilos and we decided to operate her. Unfortunately, almost all organs are also affected by the cancer and the only thing we can do from now on is to love her and keep her without pain.

 

Dear friends,

Funds are desperately needed. We have even been thinking of closing the clinic, as the debts are enormous. But…how to let them down? How to leave them to die outside?

If you also want our work to continue, if you want to help us help them, please, donate:

FIBank; 37 Dragan Tzankov blvd, Sofia, BG; SWIFT: FINV BG SF

IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

BENEFICIARY: A R Sofia Foundation; 23 James Bourchier blvd, Sofia, BG

SMS DMS DOG НА 17 777

1 лев дарение за абонати на vivacom, telenor и m-tel (няма ДДС)

Or help us, by getting one of our beautiful calendar.

Only together we can help them!
Thank you!

Stubborn enough to work

Posted on 19 September 2018

Dear friends,
Did you know that there are no homeless cats in Bulgaria?

You may see and hear them all the time, but they don’t exist. Or at least this is how Bulgarian food safety agency says.

These cats don’t exist

And, because they don’t exist, they don’t need treatments, castrations or homes. These were the motives we were denied permission to rehome 5 cats in Holland.

If anyone didn’t get it. Our rehoming program for cats was banned by Bulgarian food safety agency – Sofia, because THERE ARE NO STRAY CATS IN BULGARIA!

Dear friends,
You know us. We don’t expect the institutions to help us in our work, although our work is for the good of the society as well. But we are so tired of working despite the efforts of the authorities to stop us!

“Franziska” clinic needs you! Part I

Posted on 10 August 2018

Summer in the city. There is a vet clinic nearby. This is “Franziska” clinic – a place, where the only chance of many stands.

Even in the hottest weather, when people think of seaside and sand, there is no stop for “Franziska” – so many animals are in need of help!

                                                                Gergana

This adorable little girl is sick. She has parvovirosis. Probably that was the reason she was thrown away. Literally thrown. In a way, that she broke her paw.



Now the poor baby not only fights with the deadly virus, but with the pain of her broken leg, too.
We have waited, until her life is not endangered by the parvovirus but the bones of the puppies heal so fast, that we must make the surgery as soon as possible.

Gergana’s operation will cost about 250 BGN and the puppy will deeply appreciate your help!

                                                               Sparrow

Actually, Sparrow has no idea he is in a need of help. Take a look at his photos – he wants to run and play and sometimes, just sometimes, when his paws does not listen to him, he falls down and wonders what is happening.


His condition is inherited and, unfortunately, will get worse and worse while he is growing. If we don’t do anything for his legs, he will end up like Emma (see below).

Sparrow must go for corrective osteotomy in the Central Vet Clinic and it will cost not less than 500 BGN. Or may be more. 

And the worst part is – it is not going to be his only operation.

Sparrow’s paws are getting more and more curved…

…and if we don’t do something, soon he won’t be able to run – something he loves!

                                                                    Emma

We heard of Emma for a first time on Facebook – she was dragging herself on the streets of Petrich.

Normally, we all have decided she was hit by a car or something. After her arrival at “Franziska” and the scanner, we found out she wasn’t – she was born with her condition and through the years it came worse and worse, until the moment she couldn’t walk any more.

She can get much better, if the golden hands of Dr. Zlatinov do their job right. But it will cost a lot.
Emma needs your financial support, dear friends! Her surgery will cost about 500 BGN…
Malina

We don’t always take cats in our dog shelter, but when we do, they are in a desperate need of help and no other chances.

No surgeries will help Malina. Her spine is broken and she will never walk again.


We have some wheel chairs here, but none of them is cat size. If you want to help Malina to live better, please donate for her wheelchair, which costs 300 BGN!

Dear friends,

Summer is anyway difficult for us, but with so many patients in our clinic – keep on working looks impossible!

Gergana, Sparrow, Emma and Malina are only a small part of the animals in need – we will soon introduce the others as well.

Please, donate  and help us help them!

FIBank; 37 Dragan Tzankov blvd, Sofia, BG; SWIFT: FINV BG SF

IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

BENEFICIARY: A R Sofia Foundation; 23 James Bourchier blvd, Sofia, BG

SMS DMS DOG НА 17 777

1 лев дарение за абонати на vivacom, telenor и m-tel (няма ДДС)

Two weddings and a supermarket

Posted on 08 August 2018

We don’t hide it – without your help, our “Farm” wouldn’t exist. Every rescued animal in our clinic, every new home found – this is only, because of people like you!

People, like Diana Nedkova-Butanska, Victor Butanski and the guests on their wedding!
Helped by their furred best man, they donated 600 BGN to the Farm!

Victoria and Ivan also thought of our dogs on the happiest day in their lives! Instead of flowers, they raised 300 BGN for the doggies!

One more “Thank you”we want to say, but this time to a… supermarket.
Our dogs deeply appreciate the canned and dry food and the treats they got from “Billa”!

Thank you, dear friends! Only together we can help!

Our wonderful wonder making T-shirts are here!

Posted on 11 July 2018

New summer, new edition of our charity T-shirts, new option for you to support “The Farm” and the clinic!


All sizes and colors can be find at Zooland!

The address there is Sofia, 6, Parvan Toshev str.

For now there is no option for online order, but we thank you for the effort to support us, by buying our T-shirt!

Hospital at the end of the city

Posted on 18 June 2018

When your job is your mission, there is no day off. Summer holidays are something for the other people – the vets and the dog carers in “Franziska” clinic are needed here.
At the moment we only accept patients in life-threatening conditions, but even though there are 36 dog and 12 cat patients.
You know part of them. We will introduce another part. And a third part will not even mentioned, before they are fully recovered (or pass away) and their places are taken by the new ones…

                                                   Beba+babies



Whose heart didn’t tremble and abandoned this sweet girl and her puppies on the street – we don’t know.

What we know is that Beba is a young and sweet pekingese, abandoned after she gave birth to her non-Pekingese puppies. Small size pet with puppies wasn’t going to last long on the street…


She has one eye that may be is blind forever. But yet, we prefer to consult the ophtalmologist d-r Maria Savova, before we say more.

Foxy

Foxy is an amazing girl. Beautiful like a doll, she came to us with a broken paw.

X-rays proved she was shot. There was no time to wait – the bone has already started to heal and we wanted to avoid the need of breaking it again. So, today she was operated. We still need to pay 250 BGN for her operation.

Bonny

Bonny and Clyde recently came in our neighborhood after castration, although we have never seen them before that.


Soon after that we received a call for an injured dog. The story is long, and we don’t know for sure any part of it – the police though promised to give us details later.
For now we know someone shot Bonnie and started beating her with a metal pipe. Thank God, people saw it and called the police. We will keep you updated on any information about the case.


Meanwhile, we must take care of Bonnie – her shoulder was broken into pieces and nothing would be worse than waiting more…Which means 250 unpaid levs more…

Emma

Emma is unusually nice, small size girl. We saw a video of her on FB few days ago – a small paralized doggie, crawling on the streets of Petrich on her front paws. We knew we have no money or place for a dog like her, so we waited, hoping someone else will help her. On the third day she was still on the streets and our hearts were broken, so she came to us. The X-ray didn’t give us answers – we must invest 200 levs into a scanner to know if there is something that can be done for her.

No doubts, Emma is a difficult case and will only stand a chance to stand up, if the best of the bests operates her – Dr Vladislav Zlatinov from the Central Vet clinic. A place, where we are too ashamed to step – with or without Emma – because the amount we must pay for Xrays and examinations is over 3 500 levs…

Brooklyn

Brooklyn is only one of the many skin patients we take care of.

They all will very much appreciate some special food for skin ill dogs.

Puppies

There are too many puppies in need. The blind one from the above doesn’t even have a name – we call it just “one of 8 from a school”… It also needs to visit Dr.Savova…

Dear friends,
We know this post is too long and probably – too heavy to bear.
But, trust us – if it is too heavy for us to write it and too heavy for you to read it – they must live it!

Please, help us help them! We don’t even want to sum the amount we need, but if you think they deserve it, please donate:

FIBank; 37 Dragan Tzankov blvd, Sofia, BG; SWIFT: FINV BG SF

IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

BENEFICIARY: A R Sofia Foundation; 23 James Bourchier blvd, Sofia, BG

SMS DMS DOG НА 17 777

1 лев дарение за абонати на vivacom, telenor и m-tel (няма ДДС)

Thank you!

Oversea Behaviour Workshop – 21.06-24.06.18

Posted on 25 May 2018

Dogs trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, caring for over 15,000 dogs a year across 21 rehoming cenres.

Dogs Trust’s sister charity Dogs Trust Worldwide, focuses on sharing their experience with other animal charities around the world to improve dog welfare.

They will be delivering a free Overseas Behaviour Workshop (OBW) in Sofia, Bulgaria, in partnership with Animal Rescue Sofia.

 

The 4 day workshop taught by qualified Training and Behaviour specialists focuses on understanding dog behaviour through theoretical teaching and practical demonstrations, covering topics ranging from training methods, assessing body language and stereotypical behaviours; to dominance theory, enrichment, socialisation and improving adoptions.’

The speakers:

Steve Goward:

Steve Goward is currently the Behaviour Development Manager at Dogs Trust, in the United Kingdom, where he is responsible for identifying and managing staff development needs specifically in Dog Training and Behaviour across different areas of Dogs Trust activity. Steve started as a volunteer at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, back in 2000, whilst studying animal welfare as a mature student at a local college.  On completion of his diploma he became a full time canine carer where he built up his experience working with dogs in a kennel environment, and in 2004 he took over as the Training and Behaviour Advisor for the Shrewsbury centre. After 6 years in this role, he was promoted to Deputy Head of Canine Behaviour & Training where he supported all of the Dogs Trusts centres across the UK with staff training and advice on behaviour and welfare.

Steve has studied canine behaviour to enable him to help dogs that are struggling to cope, both in the kennel environment and once they go to new homes, as part of the aftercare offered by Dogs Trust.  He has presented case studies and spoken at seminars including the Dogs Trust International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC), the Scottish Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Association of Charity Vets, The National Dog Welfare Conference Chennai India, Cancun University Vet Dept. and the National Dog Technical Support Group.  He has spoken on subjects including stereotypical behaviours, learning sets, dog aggression & learning theory, welfare and quality of life, positive training methods and safe dog handling.  Steve has presented workshops on behaviour at shelters in many countries all over the world.

Jenna Kiddie PhD, Canine Behaviour Manager

Jenna Kiddie is currently the Canine Behaviour Manager at Dogs Trust in the United Kingdom, where she works collaboratively with colleagues across Dogs Trust to create and review dog training and behaviour materials and to advise and implement policy changes.

Jenna’s interest in shelter animal behaviour and welfare developed during her time at Bristol Veterinary School, UK, where she completed a Senior Clinical Training Scholarship in Cat Behaviour and Welfare, funded by Cats Protection. Since then she has developed this interest further by gaining a PhD in the assessment of kennelled dog quality of life at the Royal Veterinary College, funded by Dogs Trust, as well as working as an Education Officer with the Scottish SPCA and as a Scientific Officer for the RSPCA’s Companion Animal Department. While she was a Teaching Fellow at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, and then as a Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Anglia Ruskin University Jenna began to share her knowledge and skills with students, academics, and other animal behaviour and welfare stakeholders internationally, as well as in the UK, through lecturing, presenting at scientific conferences, and running behaviour workshops at local animal shelters.

The course will be entirely in English and the places are limited.
If you are interested in attending the course, please contact us before June 5th at:
office@arsofia.com