News

Neutering dogs in the Roma neighbourhoods

Posted on 11 March 2011

Animal Rescue Sofia, Sofia Municipality, Four Paws Bulgaria and BSAPP have launched a coordinated campaign for the neutering of owned dogs in the Roma neighbourhoods of Sofia. The campaign will last a month, and ARSofia is first to begin it, starting monday 07 of March.

100 dogs will be neutered at the clinic of Bogrov during this campaign. The dogs will be neutered humanely and then returned to their owners.

This is how the procedure goes:

The dogs are voluntarely submitted by their owners and arrive at the clinic by municipal transport.

Each group of dogs is placed in separate cages and checked if they are healthy enough for a Neuter surgery.

Doctor Stankova neuters the dogs and monitors them for 24 hours before they are given back to their owners.

Our warm regards to Dr.Stankova and all our staff and volunteers for this great effort. Many lives will be saved by this campaign – unwanted litters are a major source of stray dogs in Sofia.

ARSofia on National TV – the barbaric ritual in Stranja

Posted on 09 March 2011

Stella Raycheva was a guest in “Denyat zapochva” on the dramatic topic of the animal-abuse case with the ritual in Brodinovo, Stranja.

Our warm regards to the BNT journalists, who are demanding justice for animals and law-abading in the remote Bulgarian region.

SEE THE REPORT HERE

Villagers from Stranja refuse to follow the Animal Protection act

Posted on 06 March 2011

Photo by: besove.com

Despite that this traditional act of cruelty was banned by the vilage mayor, the croud of 300 people, full of mothers and their children, gathered for this barberic ritual called “trichane” for another year yet. Dogs from different households are being rollercoasted into a river as means of making them “better guard-dogs”.

Videos and images show the so-called “tadition” being pulled-off unpunished once again. See HERE for the full report made by besove.com.

Although this ritual is absolutely prohibited by Bulgarian law, the authorities do nothing whilst the villagers explain:

“In Spain they hang their dogs after every hunting season, they kill tens of thousands of bulls in coridas… The EU has no right to tell us we’re barbaric – the dogs don’t get hurt at all.”

Despite all the promices and efforts, animal cruelty is still not a crime in Bulgaria.

Sping is at the door!!!

Posted on 02 March 2011

Happy March 01 from Savvina Akmanidou and her family

March 01 is a speciall holliday for Bulgaria – we give ech other red and white strings or pendants, wishing each other health and happiness, it is like a promise of spring.

Our thanks to everyone who purchased our lovely “martenichki” for their two-legged and four-legged friends. The income will benefit the dogs in Bogrov shelter.

Animal Rescue Sofia wishes you HEALTH AND HAPPINESS!

Maria Dincheva’s Lea

1 700kg of food donated by HitarPetar.bg at the end of the FEED A DOG initiative

Posted on 28 February 2011

2 dogs – Karaman and Stefany were adopted, 70 new volunteers were recruited, 1700 kilograms of  dry food were donated thanks to your efforts and the support of the wonderful team of HitarPetar.bg! We are thrilled this campaign had such a positive outcome, it’s great to have met so many new people!

Warm thanks to everyone who joined the campaign and fed the dogs by clicking on their profile. Above you can see the “real” food you’ve gathered for all our lovely dogs.

Support from VIRTU furniture

Posted on 18 February 2011

Our friends at VIRTU furniture store have changed their location. They are now easier to be found – 113 Goce Delchev blvd – here is a MAP.

VIRTU offers a special deal in the “love months” – February and March. If you purchase a bed or mattrace from them, they will donate 5% of the price to the dogs and cats of Animal Rescue Sofia!

VIRTU also gives a 10% discount at the store for anyone who donates for Animal Rescue Sofia in their donation box.

You can also add VIRTU in your Facebook if you have any further questions.

Our fabulous Wine party!

Posted on 15 February 2011

The fabulous Wine party has passed. 189 wonderful game players collected a total of 1780E for the dogs of Bogrov!!!

It was really amazing – we think it was by far the best party we’ve ever had. Thank you all so much for comming!!!

Special thanks to:

  • The volunteers who helped us with the organization;
  • Tzvety Evtimova who made lovely Valentine cards;
  • Vanya Andreeva from Plovdiv (see her wonderful work on Etsy HERE) who made us the most wonderful pins and keychains;
  • Mihaela Vlaseva, winner of out T-shirt contest – not only for her lovely design, but also for the great dog bandanas she made with our logo;
  • and most of all to ROSE VALLEY WINERY who donated 100 litres brilliant wine once again for the comfort and joy of our party!

See all photos in the GALLERY

See more photos from Nadezhda Stamenova HERE

Thank you!!! Can’t wait to see you again!!!

ARSofia in Novinar daily

Posted on 12 February 2011

Kind regards to Mrs Adelina Deliiska for the interview with Nadia Stancheva, ARSofia CEO in Novinar daily.

A new chance for incriminating animal cruelty in Bulgaria

Posted on 11 February 2011

For 3 years now animal wellfare organizations and activists have struggled hard for a change in the Penalty Code – currently animal cruelty is only punishable as an administrative offence. That means you only have to pay as little as 250Е if you brutaly mutalated and killed an animal. We rescue dogs that have suffered cruelty every single day. In most cases we know who the offender is, but they suffer no consiquence.

Read more about the situation in Bulgaria HERE.

As you are already informed – as many as 60 000 signatures have been deposited in the Bulgarian Parliament for a change in the Penalty code.  The first time it was the Legal comission in the Parliament to discard the proposed changes based on nothing, but desinterest in the matter. Thanks to the big public support the proposed changes have been reviewed again and this time have PASSED THROUGH Legal commision! The Parliament has made a promice to discuss the changes the following week.

Thanks to journalist Diliana Gaytanjieva  NOVA TV aired a shocking report in two parts about illegal dog fighting in Bulgaria. Of all the animal cruelty acts dog fighting is the only one banned in Bulgaria. There is a police officer involved in dog-fighting, the shocking report uncovers his face and name, showing him as a judge and organizer of dog fights. This man is still in the Police force. Please, join the FACEBOOK GROUP called officer Stefan Naydenov must be jailed for his crime by law.

Part 1 of the Nova TV story (WARNING – grafic images):

Part 2 of the Nova TV story (WARNING – grafic images):

As you are already informed – as many as 60 000 signatures have been deposited in the Bulgarian Parliament for a change in the Penalty code. The first time it was the Legal comission in the Parliament to discard the proposed changes based on nothing, but desinterest in the matter. Thanks to the big public support the proposed changes have been reviewed again and this time have PASSED THROUGH Legal commision! The Parliament has made a promice to discuss the changes the following week.

Hitarpetar.bg support to ARSofia

Posted on 02 February 2011

Hitarpetar.bg have strated an initiative in support of the dogs in Bogrov. 50 dogs are available for virtual “feeding” online. The dogs that get 1000 clicks by the end of February will get their monthly food as a gift from Hitarpetar.bg.

CLICK HERE to feed some dogs yourself!

SEE the new ARSofia VIDEO!

Posted on 25 January 2011

Here are some Bogrov pals asking themselves a simple question: Why don’t they like me?

CLICK HERE for a version in ENGLISH

…WHOEVER YOU ARE, I WILL LOVE YOU…


And also enjoy THE (hillarious) MAKING OF film:

Donations from Tierhilfe Sofia

Posted on 24 January 2011

Our sincere thanks to Tierhilfe Sofia for sending precious neutering materials and medication for the Bogrov clinic! Your help is deeply appreciated.