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!

3 modela potnitzi

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!

irena  Irena and her best friend Raya

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:
stop vivisection

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.
Кликнете на снимката, за да посетите сайта на американските Beagle Freedom Project.

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.
Кликнете върху снимката, за да прочетете повече.

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.
Кликнете върху снимката, за да видите първите им стъпки на видео.

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!

(our bit is just after the last dot on the scroll-line)

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.

raboten kalendar

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

GALLUP: 50% of the dog owners dump their unwanted pups

Posted on 03 December 2012

A poll by Gallup International, ordered by animal welfare NGO Animal Rescue Sofia shows there are 2 400 000 owned dogs in Bulgaria in total. The number of dog owners equals the number of smokers in the country, two third of the dog-owners also have a cat.

Two shocking facts have surfaced in this study:
-80% of the owned dogs in Bulgaria are being cared for outside the house;
-50% of the owners admit that they dump the unwanted puppies their dogs produce.

The stray dog problem in Bulgaria will not be solved until true control is enforced on dog owners and responsible dog ownership is introduced through an education program, Animal Rescue Sofia comments.

“Only 17% of the owned dogs are neutered, and that is only in the cities” said ARS spokeswoman Stella Raycheva for Btv. She adds: “In the 4 years since the efforts to decrease the dog population began, the Ministry of Agriculture has not fined a single person for pet abandonment.”

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A more detailed analysis of the survey can be found PDF HERE (Bulgarian only)
S. Raycheva comments the poll for Btv – VIDEO HERE (Bulgarian only)

The 2013 calendar is here!

Posted on 29 November 2012

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.

raboten kalendar

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

Dear friends,

our 2013 calendar is now available!
It contains 12 stunning photos of dogs from the Bogrov shelter and their stories – created by the fabulous team of Wings Creative Studio and printed with the huge generous help of our friends at VIVACOM.

This year the calendar is the same size as last year, only horizontal – 35×50 cm.  The price is 10BGN or 5,30 EUR. Every calendar is a 10BGN (5,30 EUR) donation to the Bogrov dog shelter. 500 dogs thank you for your care and kindness!

The fabulous calendar has 12 inner pages, one for each month. On every page you will find a photo of a dog from our shelter. The calendar motto is “GOING HOME” to signify one of our main activities – rehoming dogs and cats abandoned in the streets of our city.

Thank you for helping us!

You can find our calendar ONLINE at:


(delivery available)

113, Gotze Delchev blvd, MAP

Virtu also has various Animal Rescue Sofia merchandize!
You could mail the shop owner Anelia on if you
would like the stuff delivered to you in another city or abroad.
Please note that the mailing costs will be at your expense.

Christmas cards with envelopes (1BGN):

More stuff will be available the second week of December.


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


Lozentetz, Maleeva sports, 57 N.Vaptzarov blvd  MАР


Knyajevo, 475 Tzar Boris blvd MAP


Centre, 125 Kniaz Boris I str, MAP

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68 Neofit Rilski str, MAP

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You can also find calendars in our office!


We thank the wonderful team of WINGS for the masterpiece!!!

Yet again we thank VIVACOM for their great support!!!

4000 castrations at the Bogrov shelter!!!

Posted on 01 November 2012

A huge “CONGRATULATIONS!” to our vet d-r Marietta Stankova who has a huge thing to celebrate: 4000 Spayed/Neutered at our clinic!

D-r Stankova with the cake she got for the celebration

When we began working at the municipal Bogrov shelter there wasn’t even a clinic registered at the premises. With the help of our friends at the Good Idea vet clinic we managed to do the complicated registration. So, in July 2010 on a surgery table donated by the Golden retriever club we began neutering.

Today, 2 years later, we have 2 surgery tables at the clinic. Every month veterinary students from Utrecht, Holland and Gent, Belgium come to volunteer and help our vets for the Spay/Neuter program. We have 4 vets working with us.

Our main task and something we are proud of was to convince the Sofia municipality that the Spay/Neuter procedure should be also made free for owned animals, as they are the key to solving the problem in our region. Strays mostly come from dumped yard puppies and dogs.

Dog  4000 was brought by volunteers, she is a good girl who lives on the street

The Bogrov shelter turned into the most popular place for the neutering of owned animals. Even now, we have all appointments booked till the end of this month. Also many volunteers bring dogs for neutering from all over the city.

Our Spay/Neuter center works 7 days a week, and on Wednesday and Thursday we neuter dogs brought by the Municipal Ecobalance company. We also take emergency cases of pregnant dogs and cats without an appointment, all people have to do is phone in advance.

Spay/Neuter remains to be a large expense for us. If you would like to support our program DONATE for materials and medications. It is the most adequate way to join forces if we want the stray dog problem solved.

THE MIRACLE or How we got food for a whole month

Posted on 31 October 2012

It’s been two years since we’ve been in Bogrov. Three since we began working together.
Whether this is a long, or a short time… probably both.
“Long!” will say our families, “Long!” will say the thousands of animals we’ve helped.
“Short” would be our answer, “Short!” will be the cry of those cats and dogs we’ve not yet reached.

But the road is never-ending, full of obstacles and difficulties.
The largest of those known as LACK OF MONEY.

ARS id funded through donations only. The translation of this phrase meaning – constantly penniless. Seems like we have now become used to working in a permanent shortage. And maybe we ourselves don’t manage to communicate to the people all the needs a shelter has. The ones who follow us seem to think that because of the good work we do – we have money. But ARS is not a company. And the dogs we rehome, the dogs we neuter, the dogs we save from harm and suffering – they do not bring any profit. It is just the contrary.

So, when we turned up in the insane situation to not have food even for the few days ahead – we were absolutely terrified. There are not that many people who help the shelter every month, most of our donors chip in when an animal needs medical assistance. So, what then?

With our hearts shrunk we asked for your help, we were hoping to somehow patch-up the week. What followed was not only exciting, it was magical. It inspired us, we remembered who we were and what we stood for, we realized how many friends were around. So many people responded to the cry for help, that the problem was solved almost instantly. And not for a week, for a whole month ahead!

First we would like to thank the people who sent money to buy food.  We thank you for your trust, dear friends! We thank for your kindness, generosity and compassion. BTW, this is the best way to donate for food, because we buy it in large quantities and get huge discounts. So, we can buy more and better quality food for the same money to the delight of 500 hungry dogs at the shelter…

We also thank everyone who brought food to the shelter, to Lozenetz and to the party. The food is of course most precious to the ones who will eat it – the hungry shelter dogs. But it “fed” our souls too – seeing all the different bags and picturing all the kind people who brought them… it is fantastic to not feel alone in this! Thank you for donating enthusiasm!

Despite the common expectations, large companies also responded to our call for help. Our thanks to them! We know how hard donating for our cause is these days – people’s opinions have become so polarized and sometimes aggressive that most other companies fear the affiliations.  VIVACOM, BIOMET, LIDL – you are pioneers for Bulgaria and we are sure many others will join you in time.

Our huge thanks to the people who came to the Halloween party! Smiles on and with a drift of informality we managed to raise the money to finally secure the doggies food completely.

We are not religious, nor superstitious, but we are certain that such a gathering of kindness and good energy in the same place will give the Force a definite push to the Bright side. No occult thoughts, but we can guarantee the following:
the kindness you have done will go back to you.
Not because of karma. It’s just the way things are.
Good is the only thing that grows larger the more you give of it.


Posted on 29 October 2012

And so, here is a recapitulation of our fabulous VIVA-Halloween party that rocked the Lozenets neighborhood till late night:
2956BGN were collected by more than 180 friends of Animal Rescue Sofia at the great party!
The funds we raised will be used to buy food for the animals, as well as the donations we received in the days between 24.10 and 29.10 (including).

You were great!!! We can only be very proud to have such cool friends!

It was a fabulous crowd, full of fun kids. We had witches and pirates most of all, and the contest winners were:

Sergeant Sexy; count Dracula and the Blue Fairy
To be honest, we have been organizing parties for quite a while now, but it was the first one that didn’t make us nervous in all 3 years! We don’t know how, but we didn’t find the time to be nervous and worry about the event, it was much too fun for that.

We thank our friends at VIVACOM who took care that the event be welcoming and fun! It was also great to see so many people who work at the company. Come again!

A huge THANK YOU once more to our friends Danny, Elly and Krasy from USMIVKA children’s party center! Yet again they made sure to make a magical and happy atmosphere for the smallest animal friends. They had a pinata, coloring, games and a kids disco! Ladies, you are one of a kind!

For a third year in a row we have been having our parties at this nice caffe at Bourchier blvd and it keeps getting even more cozy and nice! We thank our host Maggie Aslanska who not only had us feel at come, but worked side by side with all of us.

Our thanks to the Take A Cake bakery and Zlati who came to bring the cupcakes! They were over before we knew it… Can you beleive that we actually talked about having leftovers, haha!

A special greeting to the ladies who donated stuff for the Charity bazaar – we are still selling it and making money for the animals!

The party wouldn’t have gone smoothly without the help of:

  • Andrea and Anelia who did their magic at the merchandize;
  • Eva and Kris who were the party magicians;
  • Ilina for the lovely drawn stones, Michaela for the doggie bandanas;
  • Vicky, Alex and Zory for the superb pumpkins.

Thank you, dear people for always being so helpful, hard-working and cute!

LOADS OF PHOTOS can be seen on this link

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Dear friends,

We invite you to a Charity Helloween Party for the dogs and cats of Animal Rescue Sofia! Come have fun with us and you will help the hundreds of animals that we care for together!

The party will be on a Saturday evening – October 27 at 06 p.m. It will be a colorful carnival, we have games prepared for both the kids and adults. Make sure you come with your most impressive costume – 2 years in a row you have stunned and bewildered us with your amazing ideas. Will you get ahead of yourself again?!

The winner and the vice-champion of our 2011 VIVA-Helloween party

As usual – the entrance is 10BGN – all to benefit the 500 dogs and cats at the shelter. We will be treating you with the finest wine and delicious sweets. You can bring your own if you like to brag!

For the little ones – we have the special team from the SMILE children’s center. Danny and Elly will be coming again, we can’t wait to see what they will do after the last year amazing success of their piñata

For the adults – we challenge you to compete for the most impressive outfit! The winner will get an ARS t-shirt of their choice, the second and third prizes get one of our lovely cups and next 3 contestants will get to bring home one of our amazingly carved pumpkins each! Have we said enough to convince you?

Two spectacular contestants in the 2010 Helloween party costume contest

Dogs are allowed, but only if they are wearing costumes as well!

The event will take place at our favorite location – at the James Bourchier caffe that has a garden. So  have in mind that there is an open and a closed part there – make sure to have adequate clothing not to freeze or boil.



Sofia 1164, Lozenetz
23 James Bourchier blvd

Look for us on the second floor of the office building, there will be signs and posters to guide you, it’s an easy to find location.

See some photos from a previous party THERE.

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P.S. Unfortunately, the bestest, most amazing costume has already been booked this year: