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1246 leva from Street Salseros & The Dance

Posted on 09 November 2013

It was an incredible dance evening with a lesson by Mony of Street Salseros at The Dance. Over 60 generous, smiling guests raised 1246 leva whilst dancing and having a good time with the tasty treats provided by Los Pachangeros.

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We thank Zory of The Dance for organizing this awesome event and to all the lovely people of the evening who opened up their hearts to the saddest inhabitants of our city – the dogs we care for. Being up to our ears in our work we rarely ever go out and it was something we had never seen in Bulgaria – the evening felt like it was on a little island where the elegant and smiling people live.

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If you are wandering how to brake-up your schematic everyday life – try bringing life to your body and smile at The Dance, we promised ourselves to do it one day  – it turns out that there really is a lot of happiness in dancing, especially when there are so many kind and friendly people around.

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Monthly donations – October 2013

Posted on 09 November 2013

Animal Rescue Sofia thanks the generous people who make our work possible!

We are a non-profit organization and our budget is based entirely on the trust and support we get from the public.

We wouldn’t be able to help the suffering animals if it wasn’t for your donations. It is through your generosity that lives are saved on a daily basis. You are our dogs’ and cats’ guardian angels!

We want to specially thank the people who have donated through our collection boxes; everyone who has bought our stuff; everyone who has brought food and goods to the shelter – your help is greatly appreciated! (Please, have in mind that we have no way of keeping a record of your names, so you will not be able to find your name on the above list. Bless you for supporting our doggies and kitties!)

October 2013 donors:

A. Donchev
A. Koers
A. Medzhedeliev
Abigail Tamsi
Ad Wolst
Adelina Pandeva
Adriana Dermendzhieva
Aglika Savtchenko
Albena Deyanova
Albena Haralampieva
Albena Levakova
Alek Andreev
Aleksander Goranov
Aleksander Spasov
Aleksander Yankov
Aleksander Birtsoev
Aleksander Mitev
Aleksander Popov
Aleksander Postalkov
Aleksander Tachev
Aleksander Toromanov
Aleksander Trayanov
Aleksander Vlahov
Aleksandra Dimitrova
Aleksandra Gouzhgoulova
Aleksandra Mincheva
Aleksandra Popova
Aleksandra Staneva
Aleksandеr Vladov
Alena Ivanova
Alexandar Maliuk
Alexander Schleich
Amy Agzarian
Ana Pavlova and her friends
Ana Stoikova
Anastasiya Macheva
Anders Hallgren
Andrea Hinse – Prunkhund
Andrew Perlin
Andrey Atanasov
Andrey Chakalov
Andrey Grozdanov
Andrey Kotlarski
Andrey Marinov
Andriana Georgieva
Anelia Hung
Aneliya Bobeva
Aneliya Chavdarova
Aneliya Doichinova
Aneliya Kamburova
Aneliya Rogelova
Aneliya Savova
Aneliya Stoinovska
Aneta Momchilova
Angel Zafirov
Angela Bradbery
Angelina Dobreva
Angelina Penkova
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Anna Stankova
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Anna Tsocheva
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Wings + 2
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Become a guardian angel, be part of the 60K miracle!

Posted on 08 November 2013

Dear friends of the dogs,
thanks to your incredible support the match-giving fundraiser with 60K International Call Centers has ended with a grand success!!!

ADDITIONAL 39 446 BGN HAVE JOINED THEIR FRIENDS IN THE BANK ACCOUNT!
(Please note that our “money-meter” calculates the funds in Euros, that makes: E 20 228!)

So, this makes our total results up to December 09: 172 935 Euros for the Farm where we can continue to work for the beasts in need, dear friends!!!

You have been absolutely incredible!!! THANK YOU for donating so generously!!! We thank the amazing people behind 60K both for donating and the brilliant idea! You really are guardian-angels!!!

Dear friends of the dogs,

our prayers have been answered. On the day of St. Michael – first among the angels, Animal Rescue Sofia and 60K invite you to take part in an extraordinary event – where there was 1 lev, there will be two.

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The miracle

Have you ever heard of “Matched Giving”? Although it is very popular abroad, here in Bulgaria where Charity id only beginning to evolve, this method of raising donation has not become familiar yet.

The concept of Matched giving is simple: there is a Sponsor Company and many smaller Donors. The Sponsor Company agrees to double every lev donated on a certain account. This way, if you were to donate 10 leva, the Sponsor Company donates 10 more and the supported cause receives a total amount of 20 BGN.

Here is our little miracle:
The amazing team of 60K – one of the leading contact centers in Bulgaria – will support our joint effort by donating through a Match Giving campaign!

60K will DOUBLE every lev donated for a new Animal Rescue Sofia shelter at the campaign bank-account.

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What does this mean? It’s simple: each lev you donate on this bank account will get a buddy lev donated by the people of 60K! We will raise X amount of money and 60K will change the equation to X.2 for the homeless animals in our city!

The initiative starts today and will be active for up to a month, depending on it’s success.

Become an angel

You too can be a guardian angel! You can donate and let your donation be doubled by 60K using the following account:

ProCredit Bank, 26 Todor Alexandrov blvd, Sofia, Bulgaria
SWIFT: PRCBBGSF
IBAN: BG16PRCB92301033111022
BENEFITIARY: A R Sofia

Each lev that you donate on this account will be doubled by 60K!

Please note that only donations received at this bank account will be doubled!

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60K is one of the leading contact centers in Bulgaria, working with clients on 27 languages from all over the world: e-commerce, telecommunications, IT and software developers, entertainment, leisure and travel, finance and insurance, research and etc.

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The company has over 600 young, talented employees who enjoy they work. They are the people who decided to support us in the effort of building a new home and future for hundreds of dogs.

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Dear friends, even if you are unable to donate a modest sum to the bank account that 60K will double, we ask you:
please, share this idea with your friends and online, help this wonderful initiative reach a maximum number of people!!!

Grattitude

Our HUGE appreciation to 60K for their generosity! We can only hope that more companies would follow their example and be socially responsible and engaged with the most pressing issues of our huge city.
From the thousands of dogs we have not yet been able to help to all of you that will join this campaign – a bow and countless tails wagging!

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*MIRACLE – noun: 1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause; 2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God; 3. a wonder; marvel.

**ANGEL – noun: a person who performs a mission of God or acts as if sent by God.

***ARCHANGEL – noun: chief or principal angel.

An INSANITY session for our dogs

Posted on 03 November 2013

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260BGN for the making of an ARSofia shelter were raised by the guests of coach Ivan Germanov at the Charity Insanity workout held at Arena Vitosha! A few words from Ivan to all the lovely participants who didn’t spare any energy and enthusiasm in this intensive effort:

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“I am very happy to tell you that the charity training at Vitosha Dance&Sport Arena has been more than successful! Over 20 daring sports-people came to our event, raising twice than what I was expecting – 260 BGN. Nice! This comes to tell us that the hearts of the participants are twice bigger than I dared to hope. I thank everyone for coming!

A donation box will be present at Vitosha dance hall, so that everyone may chip in at a better time. I thank you all again for making me believe. Regards!”

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And we thank Ivan for being such an awesome person!

A Halloween Party + Concert at BACK STAGE

Posted on 02 November 2013

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7414 BGN were raised by 460 guests at the amazing Charity Halloween Concert for the purchase of a place to turn into a shelter for the ARS dogs and cats!!!

Huge thanks to hosts Radio Café and Back Stage for the organization and hospitality; to the amazing musicians for the fabulous concert; to all of you who came, supported our work and made a huge donation altogether!

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In a time when everything is divided in Bulgaria and people have nothing but hate for each other, it is a huge joy for us to see the friends of animals united in the common cause. Love WILL save the world, we know it and are happy to have met you!

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Friends, your generosity is absolutely amazing, there are no words to express our gratitude…
We wish you great happiness!

Special regards to the volunteers who worked whilst we were all having fun: Jasmina, Sofia, Martha, Anelia, Victoria and Alexandra.

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WHO:

RADIO CAFÉ and CLUB BACKSTAGE proudly present: P.I.F, JEREMY?, VANYA SHTEREVA, LOCO, MILA ROBERT, SHAKERMAKER and a charitable concert for the sake of ANIMAL RESCUE SOFIA.

WHAT:

It will be a Halloween charity party with great Bulgarian musicians in help of the ARSofia animals.

As you know, we must leave the Bogrov shelter along with our dogs by the end of this year. For that purpose we must raise the money to buy a new place to continue saving lives. Come, bring your friends, your help is of the upmost importance!

The party has a charity ticket of 10BGN that will go to the ARSofia.

We will have t-shirts, mugs, calendars and plenty of beautiful stuff for sale – all for the dogs, of course!

DRESS CODE:

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With COSTUMES, of course!

The three most original costumes will get special rewards, please think carefully – it will be a severe competition!

WHEN:

On Halloween eve – 31.10.2013, after 19:30 (the live music starts after 10)

WHERE:

At the BACK STAGE club
Just next to the musical theatre
100 Levski blvd, 1527 Sofia

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YOU ARE VERY WELCOME, FRIENDS!!!

1000 leva from the kids at the Anglo-American School!

Posted on 29 October 2013

Huge thanks to the teachers and students at the Anglo-American School in Sofia for their help. 1000 BGN more for our dogs were collected these past few months by the kids at the school!

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Stella went to meet the kids along with two of our most prominent good-will ambassadors – Grado & Penny – the poodles. They are often helping out the poor souls at the Bogrov shelter, making it possible to talk both to people who like and dislike dogs.

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One of the many fabulous fund-raising ideas that the AAS teachers put to work is the so-called “Stotinki Wars”. A few big jars are divided between the classes – each one is labeled. Then, each class is encouraged to put stotinki into the jars of the other classes, the goal being that your class should have the least possible amount of donations. The emptiest jar wins – a brilliant idea!

We are grateful to the wonderful staff at the AAS-Sofia for making sure their pupils grow up to be reasonable, compassionate and responsible people.

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Regarding the cases of rabies in the Netherlands

Posted on 24 October 2013

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In relation to the cases of dogs with rabies in Holland we state the following:

ALL our dogs travel in good health, carefully and fully vaccinated in according to all EU requirements, along with the requirements of the sending and receiving country. Accordingly – the dogs that leave the Bogrov shelter are vaccinated for rabies minimum 21 days before the date of departure.

We are in touch with ALL the organizations that accept and re-home animals for us in Holland, we have the following information: none of our animals have been affected or anything of the sort; the colleagues are calling EVERY single adopter who has taken in any of our dogs in the last 12 months for information and support.

Monthly donations – July, August, September 2013

Posted on 13 October 2013

Animal Rescue Sofia thanks the generous people who make our work possible!

We are a non-profit organization and our budget is based entirely on the trust and support we get from the public.

We wouldn’t be able to help the suffering animals if it wasn’t for your donations. It is through your generosity that lives are saved on a daily basis. You are our dogs’ and cats’ guardian angels!

See full list of sponsors for 2013

See Sponsors in 2012, Sponsors in 2011, Sponsors in 2010

BECOME A SPONSOR OF ANIMAL RESCUE SOFIA

We want to specially thank the people who have donated through our collection boxes; everyone who has bought our stuff; everyone who has brought food and goods to the shelter – your help is greatly appreciated!
Please, have in mind that we have no way of keeping a record of your names, so you will not be able to find your name on the above list. Bless you for supporting our doggies (and kitties)!

July 2013 donors:

Aglika Gerova
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Albena Haralampieva
Aleksandra Mincheva
Aleksander Vladov
Aleksander Popov
Aleksander Postalkov
Ana Pavlova
Angelina Dobreva
Angelina Milusheva
Aneliya Kamburova
Aneta Savova
Anna Yankova
Antoaneta Aleksandrova
Anton Tachev
Antoniya Natova
Armina Yanyan
Achavni Basmadzhiyan
Bilyana Georgieva
Boiko Nistorov
Borislav Borissov
Borislav Gostev
Boyan Ivanov
Branimir Topchiev
Bryan Dalten
Valentina Petkova
Valentina Petrova
Vasil Vasilev
Venera Aleksandrova
Venera Stoicheva
Venecia Vasileva
Veselka Dimitrova
Veselka Kirilova
Viktoriya Avramova
Vita Herb Int Ltd.
Vladimir Vladimirov
Vladimir Gavrilov
G. Gancheva
Gabriela Bozhkova
Gabriela Lazarova
Galina Borlakova
Galina Kehayova
Genko Genov
Georgi Tunev
Gergana Bakalova
Gergana Dodeva
Grigori Karanikolov
Darina Bangieva
Darina Christova
Delyana Antonova
Denica Daskalova
Dennica Svinarova
Desimira Velkova
Desislava Boyadzhieva
Desislava Dicheva
Desislava Krasteva
Desislava Stoeva
Desislava Cholakova
Deyan Tsvetanov
Diana Bankova
Diana Kirova
Dilyana Dilkova
Dimityr Malchev
Dimka Stoeva
Diyana Genkova
Doichin Tolev
Dominique Pierre Jean
Evgeniya Petrova
Elvira Mihailova
Elena Ivanova
Elena Kostova
Elena Pundzheva
Elena Shikinova
Elisaveta Dimitrieva
Elica Koeva
Elka Ganeva
Emiliya Tsvetanova
DC Profit Ltd.
Ivailo Hristov
Ivan Terziev
Ivan Chakarov
Ivanina Stoyanova
Ilarion Panov
Ilina Ilinova
Iliyana Bozhova
Ilka Burdin
Ioana Ivanova
Iordan Ostrev
Irina Koeva
Kalin Stoyanov
Kalina Milcheva
Katya Doicheva
Kiril Kostov
Klaus-Werner Kleinevoss
Konstantin Dzhengozov
Krambambulli Jagdhundhilfe E.V.
Kristina Grigorova
Kristina Nikolova
Levent Hyuseinova
Lilia Karaivanova
Liliya Mitinska
Liliya Pencheva
Liliya Chakarova
Lina Gerova
Linda Bagerova
Lora Deligeorgieva
Lora Nencheva
Lachezar Chizmarov
Lyudmila Doncheva-Kokalanova
Magdalena Yaprakova
Margreta Panovska
Marina Yordanova
Mariya Doicheva
Mariyana Bakalova
Mariyana Georgieva
Marta Nikolova
Martin Berov
Martin Marinov
Martin Hristov
Maya Nikolova
Maya Tsaneva
Meglena Zhelyazkova
Milen Kuzmanov
Milena Pavlova
Milena Kanurkova
Mihaela Lulcheva
Mihaela Pochman
Mihail Nikolov
Mona Georgieva
Nadezhda Germanova
Nadezhda Zacharieva
Nadya Staneva
Nadya Cheshmedzhieva
Nalyan Mehmed
Natali Farah
Nataliya Aleksova
Natasha Stoyanova
Nevena Dimitrova
Nedyalko Stefanov
Nikola Tasev
Nikoleta Argirova
Nina Zayakova
Nora Radeva
Olga Antonova
P.D.B. Wisman
Petya Malakova
Petya Mincheva
Preslava Dimanova
Radostina Aleksandrova
Ralitsa Ivanova
Raya Georgieva
Raya Stoilova
Robert Helgesson
Rosica Nikolaeva
Ruslan Kostashki
Ruth Koleva
Sasho Tsirkalov
Svetla Daskalova
Svetlana Leneva
Svetlana Tsaneva
Svetoslav Georgiev
Silviya Staneva
Simeon Manolov
Slava Marangozova
Snezhana Sapunkova
Snezhana Yancheva
Sonya Bogoeva
Stanislava Yaneva
Stefan Kiryakov
Stefan Staev
Stefan Tihchev
Stefana Pulova
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Stoyan Kolev
Stoyan Lazarov
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Tatyana Benova-Markova
Tatyana Byrch
Teodora Davidkova
Teodora Koleva
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Teodora Fileva
Teodora Shalamanova
Teodorina Minkova
Tina Stancheva
Tihomir Ivanov
Todor Paskalev
Tonya Koleva
Totyu Totev
Trayana Damyanova
Horen Kirazyan
Tsanko Georgiev
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Yuliana Georgieva
Yana Angelova
Yana Deyanova
Yana Ilieva
Yana Obretenova
Yana Petrova
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August 2013 donors:

Albena Haralampieva
Alexandra Goujgoulova
Aleksander Vladov
Alexander Stanev
Angelina Dobreva
Andrey Chakalov
Anelija Dojchinova
Ani Manova
Ani Todorova
Anna Svetogroska
Anrieta Georgieva
Antonia Mareva
Armina Yanyan
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DSK Bank – L. Nikolova
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Boyko Iaramov
Borislav Arnaudov
Borislav Germanov
Boyan Ivanov
Boyana Ivanova
Bradbery Mabel Jane
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Bryan Dalten & AWANDAROOPA
Valentina Petrova
Valeri Boytchev
Vanya Ivanova
Vanya Kaludova
Vanya Stoyanova
Vanya Yankova
Vasil Vasilev
Vassil Vodenski
Vasil Pavlov
Vasil Shopov
Vasilena Sirakova
Velina Pamukchieva
Velislava Georgieva
Venera Stoicheva
Veneta Petrova
Veneta Todorova
Vera Antonova
Vesselin Belchev
Veselina Staab
Viktor Stanev
Viktoriya Avramova
Virginia Smirnoff
Vladimir Vladimirov
Vladimir Spassov
Vyara Zlatanova
Galena Dineva
Georgi Bogdanov
George Pochekanski
Gergana Aneva
Ginka Zahova
Dana Nestorova
Daniela Kolarova
Deliana Antonova
Desislava
Desislava Dicheva
Desislava Kazankalova
Desislava Kirilova
Deyan Tsvetanov
James Jarvis
Diana Bejanova
Diana Ivanova
Diana Kirilova
Diana Mincheva
Diana Radenkova
Dima Betova
DoggyDay Pet Services
Donika Dimovska
Eva Dimitrova
Evgeni Staichev
Evelina Krumova
Evelina Mulhearn
Elvira Mihailova
Elena and Yordan Mihailovi
Elena Papazova
Elena Petkova
Elena Sabeva
Elena Tserovska
Elitsa Boyukova
Elitsa Dincheva
Emanueal Lenoci
Emil Petkov
Emiliya Tsvetanova
Eve Nikolova
Ivan Krushevski
Ivan Petrov
Iveta Ilieva
Ilina Ilinova
Iliyana Peikova
Ilka Burdin
Iliana Voynova
Yoana Ormanova
Iordan Ostrev
Irena Gapova
Irena Todorova
Irina Zaharieva
Irina Manusheva
Kalina Radovska
Kaloyan Iordanov
Kapka Bashliyska
Kiril Kostov
Klaus-Werner Kleinevoss
Konstantina Stoyanovska
Lydia Malamova
Lina Davitt
Lora Deligeorgieva
Lucy Beasley
Lyubov Gencheva
Lyubomir Harizanov
Lyudmila Papazova
M. L. Stoychev
Maya Sirakova
Margreta Panovska
Marinela Motzinova
Maria Dulgerova
Maria Jotova
Mariya Kovtun
Mariyana Bakalova
Martiana Petkova
Martin Ivanov
Martin Marinov
Martin Hristov
Martina Parvanova
Maya Tsaneva
Meglena Zhelyazkova
Milen Kuzmanov
Milena Ivanova
Milena Kanurkova
Milena Nikolaeva
Michael Hermann
Mihaela Edreva
Momchil Minchev
Monika Rangelova
Monika Romenska
Nadejda Danailova
Nadezhda Zaharieva
Nadezhda Ilieva
Nadezhda Stoikova
Nadya Cheshmedzhieva
Nataliya Aleksova
Natasha Stoyanova
Neven Popov
Nevena Karadimova
Neville Upton
Nevyana Sokolova
Neli Velichkova
Neli Ivanova
Nikolay Balov
Nikolinka Hristova
Nina Heins
Niya Valkova
STICHTING OVIDEFARM
Pavlina Avramova
Pepa Yakova
Petra Ott
Petar Mitrov
Petya Raykovska
Plamen Randzhev
Plamena Bozhinova
Preslava Dimanova
Prolet Beltcheva
Radina Ralcheva
Radostina Hristova
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Raya Georgieva
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Rumyana Georgieva
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Svetla Fox
Svetlana Yorgova
Svetlin Chobanov
Svetlozar Tokmakchiev
Sibila Ivanova
Silviya Doytchinovа
Simeon Manolov
Slav Ivanov
Snezhanka Georgieva
Sonya Bogoeva
Srebrina Mileva-Mitchell
Stanislav Trifonov
Stanislava Shiakova
Steliyan Sabev
Stephan Lidanski
Stefan Pulov
Stefan Tihchev
Stefan Hollje
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Stoyko Mihalkov
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Tatyana Mladenova
Teodora Davidkova
Teodora Fileva
Filip Anchev
Philip Kozarski
Tsvetan Vazharov
Tsvetelina Kostova
Tsvetelina Tsikova
Tsvetina Ivanova
Cvetomira Popova
Tsvetomira Stoyanova
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Yulian Stoev
Yuliana Georgieva
Ulia Likova
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Ian Glover
Yana Angelova
Yana Deyanova
Yana Nikolaeva
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September 2013 donors:

Adelina Pandeva
Albena Georgieva
Albena Slavova-Ilieva
Albena Haralampieva
Aleksandra Tsankova
Aleksandar Vladov
Aleksander Popov
Angelina Dobreva
Andrey Chakalov
Anelia Hung
Anelija Doichinova
Aneta Savova
Anetga Georgieva
Anna Salabashew
Anna Yankova
Antonia Mikova
Antoniya Arsova
Antoniya Stefanova
Antoniya Halacheva
Assia Ivanova
Asya Rangelova
Atanas Yordanov
DSK Bank – L. Nikolova
Bistra Voynikova
Bistra Hristova
Blagovest Moskov
Blazej Marulewski
Blind Dog Rescue UK
Bozhidar Ruzhenov
Boyko Iaramov
Borislav Arnaudov
Borislav Borisov
Boyan Ivanov
Boyana Ivanova
Branislava Zdravkovic
Valentina Petrova
Valya Velyova
Vanya Kaludova
Vanya Stoyanova
Vasil vasilev
Vasil Pavlov
Vasil Shopov
Velimira Metodieva
Velina Pamukchieva
Veneta Todorova
Vera Antonova
Virginia Smirnoff
Werner Stäblein
Vesela Velcheva
Vesselin Beltchev
Veselina Staab
Viktor Viktorov
Vilian Alexandrov
Vladimir Vladimirov
Vladimir Spassov
Vladislav Denevski
Vladislava Slavova
Gabriela Tsekova
Galena Dineva
Galina Borlakova
Genoveve Kamenova
Georgi Bogdanov
George Potchekanski
Georgi Simeonov
Georgi Tunev
Georgi Harkov
Gergana Ivanova
Gergana Nikolova
Dana Nestorova
Daniela Kolarova
Daniela Panayotova
Dafinka Marini
Devina Petrova
Denitsa Daskalova
Dennitsa Svinarova
Desimira Velkova
Desislava Dilovska
Desislava Dicheva
Desislava Kazankalova
Desislava Kirilova
Desislava Krasteva
Desislava Cholakova
Deyan Tsvetanov
Diana Bejanova
Diana Ivanova
Diana Kirova
Diliana Tchoroleeva
Dima Kostova
Dimitrinka Andreeva
Dimiter Nikolov
DoggyDay Pet Services
Donika Dimovska
Dora G Ponce
Evgeni Simeonov
Evelina Krumova
Ekaterina Vassileva
Ekaterina Ivova
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Elvira Mihailova
Elena Galinova
Elena Gesheva
Elena Kostova
Elena Papazova
Elena Tserovska
Elisaveta Angelova
Elisaveta Dimitrieva
Elitsa Boyukova
Elitsa Dincheva
Elitsa Koeva
Elitsa Nikolova
Emiliya Vuchkova
Zhana Petrova
Zhasmina Popova
Zlatna Nikolova
Zornitsa Savcheva
Iva Bozhilova
Iva Genova
Ivailo Hristov
Ivan Krushevski
Ivan terziev
Ivanina Stoyanova
Ivelina Zhekova
Iveta Ilieva
Ida Slivkova
Ilina Ilinova
Ilinka Numova
Iliya Vitanov
Iliyana Peikova
Ilka Burdin
Ioanna Tombusheva
Yordan Kanchev
Irena Gapova
Irena Draganova
Irena Todorova
Irena Treneva
irena Shekerdzhiiska
Irina Armenkova
Irina Zaharieva
Irina Koeva
Iriney Staykov
Kalina Beyazova
Kapka Bashliyska
Karlos Rivera
Karolina Sofronieva
Katya Dimova
Kiril Kostov
Klaus-Werner Kleinevoss
Konstantin Dzhengozov
Konstantina Shestakova
Krasimira Milanova
Kristina Petrova
Lidia Doneva
Liliya Komitova
Liliya Chakarova
Liliya Chaushlieva
Lina Gergova
Lina Davitt
Lora Deligeorgieva
Lora Nasteva
Lora Nencheva
Lorieta Georgieva
Lucy Beasley
Lachezar Chizmanov
Lyubomir Harizanov
Lyudmila Papazova
M L Stoychev
Maia Sirakova
Margreta Panovska
Mariana Stankova
Mariela Breuker
Mariya Gencheva
Mariya Gyurova
Mariya Dimitrova
Mariya Doicheva
Maria Jotova
Mariya Kalkandzhieva
Mariya Mladenova
Maria Petrova
Maria Sokolova
Mariya Stoykova
Mariya Tancheva
Mariyana Bakalova
Mariyana Georgieva
Marta Nikolova
Martiana Petkova
Martin Marinov
Martin Hristov
Martina Parvanova
Maya Terzieva
Milen Kuzmanov
Milena Ivanova
Milena Kanurkova
Milena Karamanova
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Nataliya Aleksova
Neven Popov
Nevena Karadimova
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Neville Upton
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Nikolay Balov
Nikolai Genov
Nikolay Kandev
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Nina Heins
Nora Stefanova
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Our most special regards to the people who support us every month!

Thank you for your trust and persistence!

Regards for d-r Ilieva

Posted on 05 October 2013

A big hug to our young veterinarian doctor Ilieva for successfully finishing a clinical pathology course at the Central Veterinary Clinic!

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Being a vet in a shelter is very heavy work that has little to do with working in a typical private clinic. Despite her young age d-r Polina Ilieva has proven to be a very serious and hard-working doctor in the very first weeks of our acquaintance when she started her internship under d-r Stankova. We are happy to have vets who are so devoted on our team and we hope they will become more and more qualified in time.

Sunny for the ARSofia shelter

Posted on 03 October 2013

They say that the state of existence makes up the mind. But we think that a position in life is something more than just a reflection of the daily struggles, it is a choice as well. Just as we have seen people with barely any resources turn the world around to do something for someone; we’ve also seen people who have all the money in the world and would never move a finger for anyone.

They also say that Good never dies. We have no choice, but to hope that it’s true, because otherwise the pain would be unbearable.

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This summer a sunny girl became a distant star. 25-year old Stanislava Asenova, or just Sunny, was killed by a drunk driver in the street. She is no longer here to shine her smile and enthusiasm on us.

But Sunny’s family doesn’t want (and shouldn’t) to say goodbye forever. They are firmly decided to continue her optimism and kindness, using the horrible tragedy to make something good out of it, something kind, something that will last, something their kind daughter, sister, friend would have liked…

The sunny people came to us at the end of the summer. They walked the dogs, gave them many hugs from Sunny, brought food for the babies and… left 1020BGN for them. We were astounded. Not because we don’t think the Good are among us. But because we had never met people who could turn their grief into something positive, not pile up anger and aggression as most of us would do. They want to do good in the name of their dear girl.

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It was the end of the summer when they came and we still had many uncertainties ahead of us. Half of the donation was given to d-r Ilieva – to buy medicines for our clinic, the other half was put away “for the shelter”. Now that our fundraising campaign has begun the second half of Sunny’s donation for our doggies has been transferred to the account of “the new place”. We know her good energy will help us, just like she did herself.

We love Sunny” is an initiative that wants to bring more Good into this world. We thank Sunny’s family and all her friends for their kind help. We thank them because they remind us how little is certain in this word and how much we can do for the others if we don’t close our eyes and hearts to their needs.

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It is another sunny day today!

To keep the streets dog free – we need mandatory neutering of the yard animals

Posted on 13 September 2013

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The Romanian parliament voted for the euthanasia of stray dogs after 14 days in a municipal shelter. The decision comes after a 4-year old boy was mulled by dogs in a yard 1,5 kilometers away from a city park at the country’s capital. The tragic event was announced as a stay-dog attack by the police press-release and the incident was widely (and wildly) covered in all Romanian media.

Using the “dog card” for yet another time, the former mayor of Bucurest and current president Busesku wins the love of the masses with the politically inadequate “people are above dogs!” As a mayor Busesku already destroyed tens of thousands of dogs (including all that were neutered) in the city. Today, of course, there are twice as many dogs in the streets of Bucurest, but you should see those people voting for such a “decisive and brave politician”.

The well-played set of bloody laws that both president and prime-minister played is no coincidence. The same changes were voted back in 2011, but the Constitutional court of Romania ruled them as unconstitutional and they were dropped in the beginning of 2012. Today, they are written in the blood of a 4-year old child and seem untouchable.

Just like in Bulgaria, the Romanian state has no official data on the number of dogs owned. But, the statistics show that every year approximately 5 000 000 puppies are being born in the yards, courtyards and farmyards all over the country. ½ of them are destroyed by the mother’s owners at an early age, an insignificant number are rehomed and the rest are being dumped at the outskirts or in the closest settlement. It is the ones that survive who make the general, constantly stocked population of stray animals in the country.

The numbers are almost identical with what we have here in Bulgaria – a sociological research by Gallup from the end of last year shows that from 2 400 000 owned animals (both cats and dogs) 80% are being cared for outside the house, and 50% of the owners of female watchdogs admit to abandoning their puppies out in the street at least once. In the same time the number of neutered animals is low (17%) and it is mostly within the “apartment dog population” which is no important contributor to the stray dog problem.

Despite the obvious, the term “watch dogs” or “yard dogs” as the main source of new stray animals is being completely overlooked in both countries. Each spring and autumn season the yards spew thousands of unwanted puppies; closed down construction sites and depos get rid of their guard-dogs; villa owners chase away the animals for the winter. Neither Romania, nor Bulgaria control the dog owners of yard dogs and the few sanctions only apply to urban area owners. Registration is virtually non-existent.

To top this all the stray dog population programs are dumped on the political will and budget of the municipalities – most of which poor and often corrupt. Mayors prefer to invest in radical, lucrative and non-durable methods that bring immediate public approval and votes. The choice is between exterminating and the even cheaper dumping of animals in neighboring municipalities – the long-term solution simply requires too much effort. And a working Spay/Neuter program is by no means exhausted with the simple neutering of the existing stray dog population.

Just as 50 years ago we had to be taught to wash our hands by the then socialist state, today it is crucial to change the culture of dog ownership. People need to learn about neutering and deworming, they need to know where they can do it cheaply or for free. We just need a little control, nothing more – the abandoning of animals was already forbidden in 2008, by law, but since then there hasn’t been a single person fined by it. As the responsibility for this is tossed around between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Police and the Municipalities nothing is done to solve the issue. Instead, when there is a more severe case of a dog bite the most radical and unfounded opinions are widely distributed through the media, causing mass hysteria and putting emotions in the center of a simple, practical problem.

Yes, the Romanian experience is really very important to us. We need to carefully look at Romania’s last two decades and NOT do anything like them if we really want our stray dog problem solved. In some strange set of circumstances this happens to be one of the few things we have gone ahead of our neighbors. This is an obvious fact to anyone who has been to Romanian cities lately.

It can be said that the local populations in Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, Russe have been taken into hand as the municipal workers finally turn to the owners of yard dogs and begin to worry about the neighboring cities dumping dogs in their territory. Sofia and Russe are already offering free neutering to owned animals, you can barely see a dog in Plovdiv, and Burgas even boasts their own animal police unit in the municipal police which monitors registration.

However, steps in the right directions will remain only steps until we create a National strategy to solve the problem. It must include education and control of animal owners and be monitored on a state, not a municipal level, uniting the efforts to target both street populations and the animals in the yards.

Bulgaria has already shown, although with great difficulty, we can work adequately to solve the problem. In 5 years of comparatively good work Sofia has 3 times less animals living outside permanently. Just to illustrate this – at the end of his twice as expensive and ineffective dog culling program Mayor Sofianski “boasted” about 30 000 dogs in the street.

Populism is a big thing, but in the last few months the Bulgarian public has indicated that we’ve had enough of it. We are not cruel people either – as strange as this might seem, the very fact that so many animals are being released outside and not destroyed points out that our compatriots are just a step away from keeping their animals in a civilized manner. We only need to show them how and make it available.

Stella Racheva, Sofia 12.09.2013, TRUD

August 15 – September 15 – No admittance of new animals

Posted on 16 August 2013

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Dear friends, as you know – our contract at the Bogrov shelter ends this year.

We began working on this issue from the spring of last year, and have gone through an unbelievable amount of options. Starting at the idea to contract the municipality for a plot of land and build our own shelter on it (we had already made the architectural plan before the procedure was stopped by the municipal council on complaints by the regional mayor); going through the idea of contracting a run-down building from the municipality that we can renovate for our work (where we either had to work with a tiny number of dogs or keep them in unsuitable conditions); and getting to the wild notion that just a few months before the deadline, we must look for a suitable place to purchase for the work of ARSofia (here, as you can imagine – the big problem is money…)

The prolonging is due to the fact that we had to face crazy situations at every single step we made in the process – including having to file reports for an intentional delay of our papers at the Sofia city court… There have been obstructions at EVERY single step to be made, at EVERY single institution. But this is not new to us – in three and a half years we have already learnt that this is the Bulgarian reality and we just have to keep moving no matter what.

In order to not complicate the already difficult situation even further – we need to seriously reduce the number of dogs that we have living permanently in the shelter. As you know – august is vacation time for most of our European partners, rehoming trips are scarce, but in the same time the influx remains the same. Again, we are put in the situation to have to refuse admittance to a large number of angry people.

We understand the tension and worry of all the people who are trying to find a solution for their animals, but we cannot be miracle-makers. One single shelter cannot help all the dogs out there. It is very difficult and nerve-racking both to us and to the people who seek help from us.

We kindly ask you to understand that we have a duty to the dogs we have already admitted to the shelter and cannot compromise their health and safety by endlessly stuffing new animals in, without being certain of the future we can provide for them.

We are not the kind of people who wait for everything to go from bad to worse and scream “our 500 dogs have nowhere to go!” So we must take precautions and we believe that anyone who has made the effort to understand the situation will agree with us. What is more – we do have a huge amount of animals that need us just as much.

We continue to work as hard as we can, to rehome and help as many animals as possible. But who will be there to help them tomorrow if we fail to provide for the future of this organization today?

Thank you for your kindness and support!

P.S. Don’t be afraid – the ones who want to work will work. And we are ones who want to work and will continue to do so, no matter what. For that – we must thank you – the people that make this organization what it is – a citizen’s, non-governmental organization. Made by people, financed by people and ran by people.

However much we feel like saying “damn you, bloody government, it is your work we are doing, give us that bloody place to work” – we know that after all, the key to everything we manage to achieve is that we are not a part of the government machine. Do not worry – it might be hard, it might be hard as hell, but things will work out. Because the decision, after all, is not up to the government, it is up to us. It is us who are that civil society everyone in Bulgaria is crying crocodile tears over. We prove it every single day, and will continue to prove it in the future.

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