ARSofia RELOAD Party!

Posted on 24 June 2013

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E 895 were raised for the dogs and cats of the Bogrov shelter by the 111 guests on Saturday’s ARS- reload party! Thank you for joining us – it was a real treat seeing you and speaking to you in this fun and relaxed environment, after so many months of work-only meetings with so many poor creatures to help out.

The fabulous amount you raised was enough for us to make this Monday’s medication order for 2 weeks ahead; also cover the bill we already had for Spay&Neuter materials and order a new batch that should last the first 10 days of July! We wish for your health and happiness, may you be as lucky and blessed as the animals you are helping find care, shelter, a family and love.

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The little cat on the last photo was dumped at the venue a while ago, he is looking for a home and is a ve-e-ery sweet character

We thank all the kind people who brought stuff for a charity sale. A big hug for the volunteers and staff-members who “sacrificed” for the organizational duties whilst all the rest of us had fun in the spitting contest or just blabbering on with friends with a beer in hand.

See you soon! We will be organizing a meeting again when everyone is back in the city – in the autumn, meanwhile – see you in the shelter!!!

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Kremmy Ivanova made all the colleagues fun t-shirts for our 3-rd annivercary!

We all have our orange outfit with our shelter nickname on the back! 

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5000 neutered.
2000 rehomed.
3 years of ARS.
1270 days of work at Bogrov.

Long enough time to get tired and dull. Yes… If it weren’t for Danny Vassileva and USMIVKA children’s center, it would have been half a year without a party in 2013.


We haven’t seen you for such a long time, friends! And so many exciting things have happened – we have achieved so much together! Yes, there is loads to talk about. Also, the shelters’ contract runs out at the end of this year – changes are ahead of us that will require all our energy and wits… Definitely a lot to talk about!

  • We will be meeting at our traditional venue – the diner with a garden on James Bourchier blvd 23.
  • The date is June 22, the longest day of the year – 15h and 19 min.
  • The party starts at 17. As usual there is a “ticket” of BGN 10.
  • Our t-shirts will be there as well!

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Dear friends, you are invited to a charity party!



The party starts at 5 p.m.

Sofia 1164, James Bourchier 23 blvd

See photos from a previous event at the same venue HERE.
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Shocking animal cruelty: A dog dragged by a car for kilometers (16+)

Posted on 10 June 2013



The police found the dog’s body burried just outside the village. Raycho, the owner, has been detained for 24 hours. The Procecution is said to be working on the case.

The Bulgarian public was once again shocked by a case of animal cruelty in a village near Plovdiv. Tied to the draw-bar of a car and dragged on for many kilometers, a helpless dog suffered horrible injuries as it left a long bloody trail to the margins of the village, before it was dumped to die there.


A witness to the crime – Nikoleta Angelova, a student, saw the horrible scene on her way to Greece last Friday and tried to stop the torture. She was dismissed by Mr. Ivanov who told her:  “the dog has to suffer”. She photographed the crime and posted it on Facebook. After it sturred great anger online, a report was filed with the local police.

The police report to have found the person whose car and dog this is. The man is 55 year old Raycho Ivanov from the village Topalovo (near Asenovgrad), a plumber. He was taken into custody briefly and dismissed.

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The media have broadcasted a photo of the alleged perpetrator 

The reports on the dog’s condition and whereabouts are conflicting – it is said to be taken to a veterinary assistance the next day – Saturday. We do not have information whether the dog is still in veterinary care, or returned to the owner.

Raycho Ivanov’s neighbours comment that he is a man of bad temper and quickly becomes agressive when he is upset. According to the Police this was supposed to be a punishment for the dog who had somehow misbehaved.

Bulgaria was the last EU country to list animal cruelty as a crime – in 2011. The Procecution Beauro in Assenovgrad has begun an investigation on the case of animal cruelty. If Raycho Ivanov is found guilty he will be facing a fine up to 5 000 Bulgarian leva (2 500E) and up to 3 years in prison.

ALSO READ: The story of Borko, the puppy who was paralyzed after a beating in his own home – a petition

Kalcho’s new clothes

Posted on 06 June 2013


Our lovely transport bus got a new branding in correspondence with the new EU regulations thanks to the wonderful team of Sphere Design!

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We also got a huge discount for his new tires from our friends at Kristo-2! Our friends there already helped us once before, we thank them for not seeking profit from the doggies.

To everyone who is helping – a bow and great admiration from all people and animals at ARS.

Kids’ party – June 02!!!

Posted on 02 June 2013

The recupperation


We had a lovely, fun-filled party for Chidren’s day this year at USMIVKA Children’s Center! The grumpy clouds and cold weather stopped many of our friends from coming, so it was a bunch of the craziest and most steadfast of dog friends showed up! It was a super comfortable and easy-going afternoon in Boyana, we felt at home!

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518 BGN were raised for the ARS animals this time!

We are very, very grateful to Danny Vassileva and USMIVKA Children’s Center for their hospitality and support! Here is their FACEBOOK PAGE – Smiling Party, they are a great team of professionals, remember them next time you need a place for a kid’s special occasion.

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The invite

JUNE 02, 4 pm
Childrens centre USMIVKA

Sofia, Boyana
Kumata № 47 str

We welcome you to a re-run of our fabulous kids party at child centre Usmivka! There will be a lovely dog representative from the Bogrov shelter and many exciting games for the kids!

As the space is limited, please make sure you sign up in advance with organizer Danny Vassileva – via her phone 0888 191 001 or Facebook profile.

TICKETS: 5 BGN per child, 10 BGN per adult, 25 BGN for a family ticket (2 kids, 2 adults)



See some photos from last year’s fun:

ARSofia at the 13-th BMW national gathering

Posted on 31 May 2013


ARSofia took part in the 13-th annual BMW gathering, organized by the Bulgarian BMW Club enthusiasts! The club members raised 206 BGN for the cats and dogs of Animal Rescue Sofia, handed out leaflets to the show visitors and made sure our cause reached loads of new people.

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We are very grateful to the Bulgarian BMW Club for the hospitality they extended on their holiday. Our kind regards to the Governing board and the CEO Rossen Kolarov for their support! And a big hug for Valeria Dimova who organized everything on the spot!

ARSofia at the Career With A Cause forum

Posted on 17 May 2013

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Over 30 organizations from the NGO sector will be attending the first ever “Career With A Cause” forum that will take place in the yard of the Sofia University on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.

The representatives of the non-governmental organizations will be introducing the visitors to the opportunities they could have in terms of internship, volunteer work and a career in the sector.


Animal Rescue Sofia is also among the organizations at the forum!

Volunteer Marietta will be there, together with a furry representative of the Bogrov shelter!

Besides the brochures and information about the work they can do as volunteers, people will also find our new t-shirts at Marietta’s table!

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We thank the wonderful people who organized the event – the “Re-Act” society. You can download a press-release in Bulgarian HERE.

Volunteers fundraising: Online charity bazaar

Posted on 15 May 2013

Dear friends,
as you well know – the work of our organization is funded through donations solely. This means that: first – there is a group of wonderful people who are generously giving for the animals in need, even though they don’t have much themselves; second – the shelter is constantly penniless, working in constant financial uncertainty.


Although she cannot afford a donation towards our 500 doggies herself, Irena Nedyalkova from Blagoevgrad has found another way of helping them financially! She has organized an online charity bazaar in benefit of the shelter on Facebook.

Everything that the bazaar manages to accumulate will go to the Bogrov shelter. So far the bazaar has raised over 160BGN, which have been transferred to us by Irena and used to pay a part of an urgent medication bill. Here is an excerpt:


You can contact Irena and get involved in the charity bazaar here:

We thank all the donors who make the existence of this shelter possible!
And thank you, dear Irena, for your effort, enthusiasm and support!

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We can stop vivisection in Europe

Posted on 10 April 2013

Dear friends,
as citizens of the EU, we have the mechanism to change legislation. 1 000 000 signatures of adult EU citizens from minimum 6 countries are enough to provoke a hearing in the European Parliament.

Vivisection is cruel and unnecessary. It costs the life-long agony of over 12 000 000 of animals every year only in the EU. There are new alternatives to it that multimillion companies ignore. Act now!


Visit the web-page of the initiative:
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What is “Stop vivisection”?

It is an official European Citizens Initiative, registered under the number ECI(2012)000007. You will find the complete information about the aims, committee and sponsors of the Initiative AT THIS LINK. It is the first European Initiative for animal rights.

This Initiative is official, legitimate and multinational. It aims to the collecting of 1 000 000 signatures of legal aged EU citizens, in order for the EP to have a public hearing, followed by a change of legislation.

The object is to prove to the EP that the European community is not in favor of animal testing and wants vivisection banned, and the companies producing chemical house supplies and medication move to more advanced, cruelty-free methods of testing that will cost them a little more, but will spare the lives and agony of hundreds of thousands of lab animals.

From Bulgaria, we need to raise at least 16 500 signatures. Although the initiative has been active for many months, there are only 355 people who signed from our country, as a whole – 200 000 signatures have been raised so far. The deadline for the initiative is 2013.


Биглите са най-популярни като лабораторни животни заради едрото си тяло, ниския си ръст и добрия си характер.
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What is vivisection?

Wikipedia: Vivisection (from Latin vivus, meaning “alive”, and sectio, meaning “cutting”) is defined as surgery conducted for experimental purposes on a living organism, typically animals with a central nervous system, to view living internal structure. The term is sometimes more broadly defined as any experimentation on live animals.

We use the term to describe all forms of testing on live animals.

For more information visit the webpage of the International Association against Painful Experiments on Animals.


Въпреки, че е незаконно, Медицинският университет в Пловдив използва живи зайци, за да демонстрира шокови показатели чрез изтезание, вместо запис.
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What has been done so far?

Citizens of the EU, such as ourselves have long been fighting the horrible and mass practice of animal testing. Thanks to their efforts many new rules have been applied to the animal testing in cosmetics.

Step by step, test by test, friends of animals defeated the cosmetic giants, leading to a great victory – March 11, 2013 was the day that totally banned the selling of cosmetic products tested on animals.

You see a timeline in details about everything that has been achieved so far AT THIS LINK.

How to sign?

It will only take you 2 minutes to sign the petition. The requirements are your names and a number (ID, social security, or personal – it depends on your country of origin).


Thank you! Please share with friends and relatives!

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Шимпанзета виждат слънчевата светлина за първи път след 30 години живот в лаборатория.
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Militza of “Your Face Sounds Familiar” donated to the Bogrov shelter!

Posted on 04 April 2013

Our most sincere appreciation to the wonderful Militsa Gladnishka – last night’s winner of the “Your Face Sounds Familiar” TV show!

Militsa won this round of the competition by doing a most spectacular Adelle impersonation and said her 1000BGN reward should go to the 500 dogs of the Bogrov shelter!


Thank you, Militsa!!! You are amazing!

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Maya from Bogrov won the first place at an international Agility contest!

Posted on 12 March 2013


Maya, who was adopted from the Bogrov shelter, led by her fabulous owner – Atanas Yanev, has won the first place in class A0 at Serbia’s biggest Agility event – the Singidunum Winter Cup!

The wonderful mix-breed lady has scored the highest points at level A0! What is more – Agility Club Bulgaria, where Maya trains, brought back 2 golden and 2 bronze medals! And both of the gold medals have been won by adopted ladies without a breed!

Congratulations to Atanas, Yana, Michaela and all of their dogs!

Read more about Nasko’s achievements with Maya.

A charity evening at McCarthy’s Irish Pub in Sofia!

Posted on 01 February 2013


1650 BGN were raised for the dogs and cats of Animal Rescue Sofia at the charity evening, organized by the team of McCarthy’s Irish Pub! ! !

We thank all the dog-people that came by – the bar was full and we all must have had quite the drink to be able to raise such a sum with no entrance fee, hahaha… We couldn’t make any photos, since we were too busy holding our glasses.

The evening was loud and fun, the seats were all taken after 7 p.m. and all the way till midnight – our dogs are lucky to have so many drinking friends, hahaha!

★ We thank the wonderful Jamie McDonald for the music and the spirit, it was a real pleasure.

★ We thank Jim & Sibeal Reynolds; Gus Worth and Paul & Sinead Quinn for the treats they surrendered to the charity raffle. We also thank the generous people who entered the raffle.

★ We thank our host Jonny O’Leary and his wonderful bar for the hospitality.

★ And huge hugs to the wonderful lady behind the bar – Teddy Nojarova who organized the whole evening at McCarthy’s!

The funds we raised on 30.01 will be used to cover the most urgent medical needs of our 500 dogs. We are happy to have seen the ARSofia people for the first time this year. See you again soon, friends!


Dear friends,
the fabulous people working at McCarthy’s Irish Pub have organized a loud, jolly fundraiser for the dogs and cats at Animal Rescue Sofia!

It will be a fun evening with superb live music, provided by Jamie McDonald and a wild raffle organized by our kind host John O’Leary!

John will donate EVERYTHING that the bar makes that evening!
Brace yourselves, some heavy drinking lies ahead of us this Wednesday!

Jan 30, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
McCarthy’s Irish Pub
Alabin 50 A – Second floor

SEE MAP HERE. The bar is right next to the vegetarian restaurant, you have to pass through the shopping center below, enter the first door on the left-hand-side and go up a few stairs.


Take a peek inside the pub
See photos from past events

We have made working calendars!

Posted on 11 January 2013

Dear friends, our working calendar (with 3 zones for the past, current and coming month and a “header” of our sweet Mr.June from the full, 12-page calendar) is now available!

The working calendar can be found in ZOOZONA and ZOOLEND (online and and on the spot) and at the shelter.
Each working calendar costs 6 BGN and is a full donation to the work of Animal Rescue Sofia.

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Our full, 12-page calendar (with a dog from our shelter on each page) can be found still in VIRTU, ZOOZONA, ZOOLAND and our shelter.

You can find both our calendars ONLINE at:



ZooZona I
Geo Milev, 29 Lidice str, MAP

ZooZona II
84 Slivnitza blvd, block 173 (just before Lidl), MAP

ZooZona III
Gorubliane, 42 Samokovsko shose, MAP


Zooland Reduta
Reduta, 2-4 Bratovan str, MAP

Zooland Strelbishte
Strelbishte, 26 Mayor Parvan Toshev str, MAP