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A fantastic donation from the Susy Utzinger foundation

Posted on 08 December 2016

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Our sincere gratitude to our colleagues and friends from the Susy Utzinger Foundation – they sent the Farm a much needed donation. 4 pallets of very useful materials have arrived in Sofia and are already put to good use!

Among the many necessary things there are foldable crates, transport boxes, beds of all sizes, blankets and towels, feeding bowls, food, treats…

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Our very special thanks for the medical instruments that d-r Marincheva and d-r Ilieva gladly received! And most of all for the stomach surgery sets that we use for spay/neuter – we really needed it, but it was not possible to put aside money for it. Also, the clinic got pinchers, scissors, hemostatic sets, and many other things that we use daily in our clinic.

The horses also got Christmas presents. Rugs to protect them in the winter cold, and collars of different sizes. Although all of the donations are second hand, we got everything washed, disinfected and well organized.

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Our cordial thanks to the amazing people on the team of the Foundation and Susy herself – for all the amazing work they do for so many creatures all over the world. On the photo below – our senior administrator Sunny, inspecting the donation with pleasure, and choosing the perfect winter jacket (as you know, he is all bold and lovely).

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Smiles and hugs for all animal angels!

Our AWESOME 2017 Calendar!

Posted on 19 November 2016

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Dear friends,
our 2017 charity calendars are now on sale online and at four locations in Sofia!

Again, we thank the amazing team of Creative Studio Wings for making it. This years’ theme: Our Puppies!

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Twelve sweet youngsters from “The Farm” are here to bring you a smile throughout 2017! They are all what we call dumped babies – our lovely kids, rescued and loved with us, at the shelter.

The price for a calendar is BGN10. If you decide to order online – there are also transport costs.
Please note, the shops that sell it do not profit, they are only doing it to help the suffering animals on the Sofia streets.

Stores

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BULGARIA MALL

Bulgaria blvd 69 SEE MAP
* at the Information desk on the ground floor

 

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Zooland Strelbishte
Major Parvan Toshev 6 str. SEE MAP

 

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Pets&U Hemus

Cherni Vrah 25A blvd. SEE MAP

 

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Pets&U Neofit Rilski 
Neofit Rilski 35 str. SEE MAP
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Pets&U Mladost

Alexander Malinov 91 blvd. SEE MAP

Online shops

NOTA BENE!
The charity calendar can only be purchased by cash on delivery.
Since the earnings are a donation and are not part of the shops’ ordinary item exchange it is not possible to pay by bank or credit card.

 

Zooland Online

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Delivery is paid by the buyer, cash on delivery method only.
The store works with RAPIDO  by the company price-list.

 

Pets&U Online

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Delivery is paid by the buyer, cash on delivery method only.
The store works with DnD courier services.

ZooBG online shop

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Delivery is paid by the buyer, cash on delivery method only.
The store works with RAPIDO by the company price-list.

Thank you!

Many hugs for the people who’ll chose this super-calendar for themselves or a gift! Every penny of it comes to the Farm, where it will be providently divided between the needs of the dogs and reconstructions at the shelter. Our puppies wag their tails for you!

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1 ton of heating pellets from Woodward Bulgaria

Posted on 14 November 2016

Our warmest gratitude to the Charity committee at Woodward Bulgaria!!! Their kind help has allowed us to keep the dogs warm until the end of this month.

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The awesome people have raised funds among themselves, so they can help the Farm with something really necessary. Currently, the biggest needs are – heating pellets, medication and food. But – it has proven to be most difficult to find sponsors for heating, we aren’t sure why. Perhaps the donors feel it is a waste of resources – keeping dogs warm. But when you are ill, or recovering, really tiny or very old, locked up in a cage without a way to run about to warm-up… you need, you really, really need a place to cuddle up without freezing.

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We are really grateful to the team at Woodward for this donation.
And we wish them – to always be warm – in body and in soul, and to always have a caring friend nearby.

Our situation

Astronomic winter may come on December 21-st by calendar, but it has already come to Bogrov, to the Farm. Sub-zero temperatures are already with us, making it as difficult as they can – both for us and for our dogs.

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Your great help allowed us to install two heating stoves last year – one for the large dog-building, and another for the clinic. In the clinic – by radiators, in the dog-house, by floor heating (it is too large and there is no way to warm-up the air inside).

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Since the dog-building is too large, and we don’t have enough funds to be able to keep both wings warm, we moved all the dogs that really need additional warmth in the northern wing. These are all the babies, operated animals, the oldies, the chronically ill. As you can see in the photos – the babies are making the most of it – more or less, they don’t leave “the warm spot” – during the day and at night. The bigger ones use it for sleeping during the night, and keep warm barking as loudly as they can throughout the day.

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Just to be clear

Since we’re constantly looking for ways to keep the dogs warm, it so happened that we were accused of needing the heat for ourselves. There’s no such thing. Our so-called “office” is a metal warehouse container – with concrete flooring and almost no insulation. We don’t have heating here, only a wood-burning stove, for which we buy wood at our own expense.

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We work in hats and jackets (because we can’t work with gloves), the two office dogs – Bushi and Sunny are constantly cold, in the morning, their water is frozen and some of the machines we have don’t want to work at all until we’ve warmed up a little. No, we’re not asking for help to keep ourselves warm. If that was important to us – we wouldn’t be working here – it gets over 40C in the summer and as low as -20C inside in the winter.

If you want to help

If you would like to help our dogs keep warm during the long winter, you can contact us, make a donation, or directly purchase burning-pellets from manufacturers and send them over. The prices vary between 180 and 200E per ton.

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Thank you for being there for them!

Medical donations from One Percent Change

Posted on 16 August 2016

We hadn’t heard of One Percent Change before – a group of people who donate from their monthly salaries to different charities. So, when they reached us: “We want to help the shelter in August, what is it that you need the most?” – we were astounded.

As you know, the shelter is currently swarmed by puppies – each needs to vaccinated three times, kept parasite-free, neutered… And in August when there are very few donors and we’re hardly making ends meet.

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We thank the kind people for donating 1500BGN for vaccines and tests, so we can take care of our babies!

Our charity t-shirts at the Pets&U stores

Posted on 26 July 2016

The Animal Rescue Sofia t-shirts are here. Made by us – for you, and in support of the dogs we care for!

This time we have four designs, in different colors and sizes:

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Mens shirts – M, L, XL

 

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Ladies shirts – S, M, L, XL

You can find our mega-cool t-shirts  at the Pets&U stores:
– Cherni Vrah blvd. 25A
– Neofit Rilski str. 35.

The price of the t-shirts is BGN20, and all the profits for it go for the keeping of the dogs at the Farm. Like so:

We made the shirts (strong cotton Fruit of the Loom t-shirt + extra strong prints for heavy washing) at the price of (approximately, as they vary in size and model) BGN07 – with “shelter money”.

This means the shelter “profits” by BGN13 from every t-shirt sold, but the BGN07 invested also come back.

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We hope you like them! Summer is always the hardest time for us, as people are far from the problems. It would be awesome if you choose one of our shirts – you will be donating for the shelter, and also getting a superb shirt to remind you of the dogs you’ve helped.

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Progress supports The Farm!

Posted on 26 July 2016

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We are happy to inform you, that Progress has once again reached out to help the animals at the Farm. This time, with a donation of 2,500 BGN, for the constructing of the pipe-line, connecting our water source and the dog-building.

Sounds like no important matter, but if you picture those 2,5 years in which all the water we need for cleaning and drinking was brought about in buckets by the keepers, you will understand this is a huge thing. What is more – the same building houses our bathroom and toilet – can you imagine!? We will be able to bathe ourselves and the dogs as much as necessary.

It is a third year, since Animal Rescue Sofia began working at The Farm – the only non-government shelter in our city, bought with the donations of thousands of people who wanted to create a good place for the homeless dogs of Sofia.

We bought The Farm as an old cow-farm, and since then – we have not stopped reconstructions, to make it a good place for the dogs that come in. Reconstructions are terribly expensive – and there was and still is so much to do. But we haven’t given up, despite the huge financial difficulties – we haven’t stopped working for the dogs and the shelter, despite the hard conditions.

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How far have we come? We already have:

– An inhabited dog building (650sq.m) with hydro-concrete, outside sewage, bathroom and toilet (not functioning);

– 47 enclosures, where the healthy dogs live, with an inside part (and working floor heating for the cold months), as well as small yards to each of them;

– An equipped (not fully) and functional Franziska clinic (190sq.m) with separate surgery and examination compartments; patient-boxes; a room for visual diagnostics;

– 5 walking yards.

Summed up so briefly – you’d miss the back-breaking work and huge investment connected to each of these achievements. Each tile, brick, every flooring, every socket, cable, every window, door, wall and ceiling, every little thing we’ve managed to push through, so it is there for the animals.

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But none of these things would have been possible if it weren’t for the donors. If it weren’t for the people who take from themselves, from their families so that this place can go forth.

We will not be thanking the Progress. Words cannot contain our gratitude for their invariable, selfless support.
Hundreds, thousands of animals will be rescued and living thanks to this help.

And nothing bigger than that can be said.

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The 1 = 2 campaign with 60K raised 4 tons of food!

Posted on 23 June 2016

The food has arrived! 23.06.2016

The first half of 4 tons of high-quality food that you donated for the dogs at the Farm has arrived!

To protect the food from rodents, we keep it in containers. We have enough containers to store 2 tons of food at one time. So, until the containers are empty again, the importers of Happy Dog will keep the second half of the food in their storage.

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Hugs and gratitude to all the donors in the 60K International Contact Centres donation doubling campaign. Your generosity allows the dogs to live without hunger for the first summer in the 6 years since we began working. We cannot thank you enough…

Huge appreciation from all of us to the remarkable people at 60K. The dogs are lucky to be able to have your support and ideas, you’re an inspiration.

Campaign results: 21.06.2016

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Dear donors,
with your amazing help and with the support of 60K International Contact Centres, we have managed to raise enough funds to purchase 4 tones of high-quality food for the dogs at the Farm shelter!

The funds you have sent for food in total are: 3 159BGN
Doubled by 60K International Contact Centres, that makes: 6 318BGN
Transformed into food, these are: 3 949kg, or 4 tons of food for the dogs!

You know that at any given time we have at least 60 puppies with us, also many ill animals. Each month, our 200 animals eat about 2,5 tons of dry food. It is especially hard to find quality feeding for the many patients and all the puppies. The best thing is that we are talking about a food of very high quality, and the price is very reasonable, only 0,26BGN more expensive than the low-quality food we usually have to buy.

We are eternally grateful to you for joining into this effort. The summer is here, donations are scarce – and it’s normal, who wants to think about problems right now. We were really worried how to provide the food for the dogs this summer and can take a breath on this matter.

We are now ordering 4 tons, about 1000kg more will be needed until September, but we’re hoping to be able to provide it through in-kind donations.

We wish our wonderful friends at 60K International Contact Centres great success, let them always be strong, united and kind!

And to all the donors, who joined forces for this amazing achievement, we wish a peaceful, happy summer, like it will be for the dogs at the shelter, thanks to you!

Original post: 16.06.2016

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Dear friends,
the time has come to buy food again for the 200 hungry souls at the Farm – the containers are empty, we only have a few days ahead, before everything is gone.

We ask for your help again, so we can buy more of the quality food, manufactured for us at the Happy Dog factory in Germany. It is suitable for both puppies and ill animals with its 15% fat and 20% proteins). Hopefully, we will be able to get enough to last all the way till August.

IMPORTANT:  Our friends at 60K International Contact Centres will DOUBLE any donation you make for this campaign!

This means that:
10BGN donated by you + 10BGN from 60K = 20BGN for dog food!

If you are able to help, even by little, the Farmers would be greatly obliged:

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

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

NB1 Even if you are unable to add a note to your donation, unless it is a recurring (monthly) donation, it will be included to this campaign.

NB2 It is not possible to donate with SMS for this campaign.

NB3 The campaign will last until 21.06 (Tuesday).

Fingers crossed for a great success!!!

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Video-surveillance at the Farm, a gift from GROUP 7 Security

Posted on 02 June 2016

The Farm received a really important and precious gift this week – cameras and an online system which allows us to see what’s going on at the shelter at any given time.

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The system is expensive and special, but we haven’t spent a dime on it. It is a gift! Huge thanks to the people from GROUP 7, and especially for Boris, who has been donating food for the dogs for a long time, and is now giving them security as well!

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The system us already working, and even last night we spent the evening eyeballing a family of fat rats whilst they scan the evening yard for bits of food. We hope to never see anything more disturbing than this…

We thank you for your generosity, kind people at GROUP 7! We can sleep peacefully now.

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Calendar 2016 is here with 12 superheroes – for a whole year of luck!

Posted on 16 December 2015

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Dear friends,
thank you for your patience – our 2016 charity calendars are now on sale online and at three locations in Sofia!

Again, we thank the amazing team of Creative Studio Wings for making it. This years’ theme: Our Superhero Dogs!

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Twelve heroes and heroines from “The Farm” all lined up to bring you a good vibe of smiles and courage throughout the coming year, each one with their story and super-power to share.

The price is BGN10. If you decide to order online – there are also transport costs.
Please note, the shops that sell it do not profit, they are only doing it to help the suffering animals on the Sofia streets.

Stores

зооленд лого зооленд стрелбище
Zooland Strelbishte
Major Parvan Toshev 6 str. SEE MAP

 

лого петс петс хемус
Pets&U Hemus

Cherni Vrah 25A blvd. SEE MAP

 

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Pets&U Neofit Rilski (from 17.12.2015)
Neofit Rilski 35 str. SEE MAP

Online shops

NOTA BENE!
The charity calendar can only be purchased by cash on delivery.
Since the earnings are a donation and are not part of the shops’ ordinary item exchange it is not possible to pay by bank or credit card.

 

Zooland Online

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Delivery is paid by the buyer, cash on delivery method only.
The store works with RAPIDO and INTERLOGISTICA courier companies.
The price is BGN 4,80 for up to 12 calendars. For larger orders the price will be calculated by the RAPIDO company price-list.

 

Pets&U Online

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Delivery is paid by the buyer, cash on delivery method only.
Price for the large cities: up to 2 calendars – BGN 3, up to 5 – BGN 3,50.
For smaller cities and villages: up to 2 calendars – BGN 3,50, up to 5 – BGN 6,50.
The store works with DnD courier services.

ZooBG online shop

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Delivery is paid by the buyer, cash on delivery method only.
The store works with RAPIDO and INTERLOGISTICA courier companies.
The price is BGN 4,80 for up to 12 calendars. For larger orders the price will be calculated by the RAPIDO company price-list.

Thank you!

Many hugs for the people who’ll chose this super-calendar for themselves or a gift! Every penny of it comes to the Farm, where it will be providently divided between the needs of the dogs and reconstructions at the shelter. Our beloved super heroes wag their tails for you!

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Nadia became Woman of the year 2015!

Posted on 02 December 2015

Founder of Animal Rescue Sofia – Nadia Stancheva was awarded “Woman of the year 2015” award in Society category! We thank the GRAZIA magazine and all our friends who voted for her.

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Nadia received her prize from Emil Jassem, a crazy History teacher we respect very much. Besides, she was so beautiful and said: “I don’t consider this award personal. It is for all the big-hearted people, standing behind Animal Rescue Sofia.”

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Nadia, we are so proud of you! You are always our woman of the year!
And may this prize let you find more help for the hundreds of “kids” you provide for.

10 shelter animals in the new Sport TOTO lottery tickets

Posted on 23 November 2015

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We are very happy to see thousands of “Pets” cards published by the Bulgarian Sports Lottery! 7 of our dogs and 4 kitties will be bringing luck to the people who buy their series of tickets. But what is most important to us is that more Bulgarians will be looking at homeless souls with love and hope, there is no way that some of it won’t remain in their hearts after that. Good luck!

After the storm at the shelter

Posted on 23 November 2015

We had a very serious storm at the Farm. Heavy winds damaged our external fence, a few clumsy outside enclosures tried to fly away, the walls of our gorgeous new yards fell down, many roof-tiles were broken on the large dog building, the internet cables were torn…

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The most important and difficult to fix is our outer fence. Although it is made of heavy metal it was practically torn in pieces. Today it is being repaired by our friend Stanimir, who has done great many things for the shelter already. We also have power shortage problems, the electricity has been going on and off all day.

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The animals are all right. Although Naomi the pig is really taking it hard. The stress, noise and flying objects have unlocked an illness in her and we’re having a very hard time finding a doctor who knows how to treat an ill pig. Unless “just slaughter her” counts for a decent diagnose of a friend…

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Best regards to you from Hope, who is getting better despite the problems. The blood transfusion we performed on her in urgency has worked out and her blood count is going closer to the norm each day.

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