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Afterparty!

Posted on 19 September 2014

It was amazing! Our fundraising concert yesterday was such a joy for all!

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But don’t you think we have only had a great time together! Thanks to all of our guests we managed to raise 7780 levs for our future clinic! THANK YOU!

Many thanks to:

  • The groups that played all evening!
  • The hundreds of visitors!
  • Our hosts from Mixtape5!
  • The sponsors 60K, Zoomagazini.com, Ivet.bg and Rock School BG!
  • I Hate Mondays Radio to organize it all!!!

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ZOOlympics Sofia 2014

Posted on 12 August 2014

60K and Animal Rescue Sofia

Proudly present

THE FIRST ANNUAL ZOOLYMPIC GAMES

 

When? August 23rd, 13:30 – 20:00h.

Where?  23, James Bourchier Blvd

What? Tennis table, table football and board game tournaments;

Why? Three animal welfare organizations are hoping that a fan of theirs will win!

For whom? Animal Rescue Sofia, Wild Animals and Friends with 4 legs

Prizes? For each discipline: 1/3 of the income from the entrance

Rules? Every guest can run into one of the tournaments and plays for  direct eliminations. The winner in every tournament decides  which of the three organizations will take the prize.

Entrance fee: 10lv.

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 Shedule:                                       13:30 – opening the ZoOlympics

14:00 – tournament “Table football” starts

16:00 – tournament board game starts

18:00 – tournament “Table tennis” starts

20:00 – awarding the winners

And if you don’t feel like playing? You are still welcome and we’ll party together!
Everyone is invited!

 

A concert for the clinic of Animal Rescue Sofia

Posted on 08 August 2014

We are so happy to invite you to a charity concert on September 18th, 19:30!

We thank to the bands who agreed to entertain you and help our animals, to Vlado Ignatov from IHMRadio who organized everything and Gery Stancheva who made the wonderful poster!

Best regards to the sponsors 60K, Ivet.bg, zoomagazini.com and MixTape5 where it will be held!

Come, have fun and help us to create a clinic at The Farm!

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We’ll be waiting for you!

The Farm under construction

Posted on 01 August 2014

We never pay money for something we could do by ourselves. In the Farm it doesn’t matter if you are a manager, a vet or a keeper – if you have finished your daily work – you help no matter what.

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The Daughter doesn’t want to wait any more for her own room, so she checks if D-r Ilieva works fast enough.

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As you can see, the metal parts are almost ready.

 

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And all alone in the office, Grandfather Rick (our oldest dog who’s 18 years old) waits to interview the candidates for adoption…

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P.S. May be you will find this post boring, but we are so proud I couldn’t resist to show you, too:)

THEATRE INVITE: A story of people and dogs…

Posted on 08 July 2014

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All stories begin with “Once upon a time…” But our story is different. We write it every day. Every hour each of us adds new lines in their hearts. So that there are no “abandoned dogs once upon a time”, we will play a story in the middle of the Farm’s construction grounds on July 12 (Saturday) from 16.30!

We will play a tale so we can make a home for those who never had one!
We will play a tale of friendship, of support and of pain shared in love.
We will play a tale for the four-legged kids at Animal Rescue Sofia!
We will play a tale together with the dogs, so they know they have us and we love them!
We will play a tale about love!

I hope to see you all – friends – new and old, friends who still carry the child within. And their kids too! It will be colorful, it will be theatrical, it will be a puppet-show. And it will be real!!!

I want to thank Children’s Film Studio and their art director Tzvety Lozanova for her support. She will bring the magic of puppet theatre to the Farm and make this Saturday a special one. The Children’s Film Studio will stage their “Pay It Forward” so there is a Tomorrow for our poor, silent friends in need.

See you there!!! The dogs will be waiting! And not just them! The Farm is also home to many cats and kittens, Lilly and Naomi the piglets, Marcho the baby sheep and Tzonka, the goat who says “Neeee” – all great friends of the kids!

Kindest regards,
Martha
(volunteer and organizer of this adventure)

SEMINAR: Introduction to animal therapy and training of dog-therapists, July 12-13, Sofia

Posted on 25 June 2014

Dear friends,
we invite you to become part of the first Bulgarian seminar in dog-therapy training on the subject: “Introduction to animal therapy and training of dog-therapists”.

The seminar will be lectured by Maria Bakarjieva, founder and owner of the DaDog training school.

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The seminar will be held at the ATM hotel in Sofia on the 12-th and 13-th of July.
The first day will be devoted to theory entirely, whilst on the second – for the practical bit, we will be expecting you with your dogs.

At the end of the course the participants will take a test, based on which they will receive a certificate of attendance.

There is no fee for this seminar. We will be grateful to the participants who decide to donate something on their own account to cover the organizational costs.

For more information and enrollment you can contact Maria Bakarjieva on: +34 626 946 339, or write her at  info@dadog.es, or visit her school’s website: www.dadog.es

The educational seminar will be held in Bulgarian entirely.

You and your animals are welcome to attend!

A march to support the adoption weekend

Posted on 09 June 2014

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“A parade of the lucky dogs” is what Trud daily called the great march to PETS&U on 08.06 and they were right. We thank all the adopters who came to support the wonderful initiative on 08.06! It has been long since we have seen Kremy so happy – weekend after weekend she is the person to meet and greet adopters of our beloved babies at the store, now getting the opportunity to meet them all together.

Besides the pure joy of meeting everyone together at the march there are many benefits from this event – people who aren’t involved in our line of work learned about the Adoption weekends and three tiny babies got new names from famous God-fathers (well, mothers) – Milena Slavova, Nicole Stanculova and our great friend Leo Bianchi.

With all the difficulties and tasks of the reconstructions and living in the filed with the dogs while it’s all done it has been long, long since we’ve met on a happy occasion all together. Many thanks to PETS&U, or as we call them “our place in the city”, who give us this amazing opportunity and – hats off – fight as hard as we do so that the sad little doggies will get their chance to go home.

And let’s hope the next time we meet there will be even more of us! Amen.

I know what you did last month

Posted on 05 June 2014

Besides all the animal-related work at ARS – rehoming, treatments, neutering and caring for the 200 heroes at the Farm, despite the madness and difficulty to find funding for the reconstructions, we also do other things at ARS – trying to connect people to dogs outside our immediate reach. Please excuse us for not being able to tell you everything that has happened straight away, here are– in short – some of the things that have happened these last few weeks.

60K awesome paint job

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A huge group of volunteers from 60K (in case you don’t remember – 60K call centers were the biggest corporate sponsor for the purchasing of the Farm and made the most successful  Shared Giving donation campaign) came to the Farm for walks and painting.

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The warehouse became surprisingly fresh-looking and all the dogs were walked, hugged, treated and cared for – just like it happens in their best dreams. Huge thanks to the young and enthusiastic team at 60K, they really are an inspirational group of people!

Kremi and Max at the PR Trursday

PR Thursday: What is bigger in corporate social responsibility – the cause or publicity? – this is a question that was answered by experts under the watchful eye and thanks to the assistance of lovely sweetheart Max – the shelter’s most favoritest of dogs.

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The meeting was at the Sofia University Aula and this is the second time a dog was allowed to enter – the first was also one of ours, Grado was a guest at THE KEY forum last year.

Thanks to the organizers at the M3 College and greetings to Kremi and Max who did wonderful in sharing the cause with “our kind” of people!

Finishing the yards outside

With the laying out of the last “huge concrete” we have finished the most difficult work at the dog building at the Farm. The outside yards are covered, the inside rooms floors are finished too. We only have the special flooring to lay out, along with the windows and bars.

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Sadly, the wonderful person who was making all the iron-work for us free of charge has suffered injury in an accident – we wish him a swift recovery! For now he was able to finish half, for the rest we are still to find funding. It is approx. 380E missing to be able to finish each of the 36 cages and get the building to operate, we are working to find this money every single day. Next are the cess pits, the water pump and pipes.

Gifts from the American college

The dogs received food and donations for medications from the students at the American College in Sofia!

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Students and teachers brought a total of 463,60 and almost 40 kilograms of kibble to the dogs. On behalf of all our animals – many thanks! Unexpected gifts are always the most fulfilling.

Stella and Hans with the NBU kiddies

With sweet Hans in one hand and booklets from our educational program in the other Stella went to visit the pupils at the New Bulgarian Children’s University.

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This week the children learn about animals in art and Hans came to also tell them about the animals in the streets. The little people were very unhappy to hear about his sad destiny and were certain there will be no more of this when they grow up and take things into their own hands.

Stibi’s Hundeparadies visits ARSofia

Posted on 02 June 2014

We were happy to have welcomed Sandra and Miriam of Stibi’s Hundeparadies to Sofia. You don’t know them in person, but you surely know them by their deeds – their organization has helped hundreds of Bulgarian dogs find loving homes in Austria!

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Sandra and Nadia at the Farm

Our friends came to visit the dogs at the Farm, help out and bring a donation for our Spay/Neuter program in smaller villages. Many thanks to them and their donors for supporting neutering – although prevention is the best possible solution to the stray animal problems – few people choose to donate for is, as the impact cannot be seen directly. Unfortunately, there are still obstacles with the registration of the mobile clinic – we are in awe that the government is not interested in making it work as soon as possible, but then – we are in Bulgaria after all, hold on to your nerves.

Sandra and Miriam made sure to meet all our doggies, make photos and do their best to find loving homes to as many as possible in their country – Austria. Although it seems like something ordinary to the people here – it is much easier said than done, plus – our dogs “compete” with the poor animals of Romania, where they are being slaughtered by the thousands and the dogs of long-since-existed organizations in Spain, Greece and Portugal.

Once again – many thanks to the team, donors and volunteers at Stibi’s Hundeparadies for their lasting support and excellent care for our animals!

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Miriam and volunteers at the Austrian Farm

WE INTRODUSE YOU TO: Lillemor the piglet

Posted on 30 April 2014

What is a Farm without a little pig in it?
We don’t know! Our Farm has one!!!

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Dear friends,
it is an honor and great joy for us to introduce you to Miss Lillemor, a young new inhabitant of the Farm, who is a representative of the Sus scrofa domesticus species!

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The lovely Lillemor is a wonderful, amazing piglet  – smart, social, kind, very curious and of course – hungry. She is about a month and a half old, but is already smarter than 10 dogs – an incredibly sweet and easy-going creature. She lived at Nadia’s for quite a while and all this time she used a newspaper for her toilet needs – from minute 1! Plus, she waited for Nadia to fall asleep so she can creep into her bed and cuddle at night!

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Lillemor is a domestic pig – one of those who will live a short life in stench and darkness, just to be eaten up about Christmas time. She and her sister from the photos will not have the same destiny! The little sister has an adopter waiting and Lillemor is staying with us at the Farm – till the rest of her days.

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In time, the Farm will provide a home not only to Lillemor the piglet, but also other farm animals. This way the kids who come to the shelter will learn about the animals, stoke a goat, cuddle a donkey, throw some corn to the chickens.

Especially for you, a touching video of Lillemor from her short stay at Stella and the poodles in the Sofia city center:

Could she be any more sweeter!?

Charity sale results

Posted on 28 April 2014

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BGN 3150 for the Farm, its dogs and reconstructions were raised by the participants in the Spring Charity Sale this weekend!!! The funds will be used to purchase medications and materials for the reconstructions going on at this very moment.

SPECIAL THANKS TO

– director Ana Vaseva (to us she is Ani, the “mom” of Popeye the tripod) – organizer and director of the charity sales!

– the smiling Diyana Ilieva from TEAM BG property sales company who let us use her office space for the event!

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– the volunteers who helped with the sorting of stuff on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

– the people who donated their stuff for the sale!

– everyone who came to get something and scored such a large donation!

May your kindness come back to you triple!!!
From all our doggies – a wet, but sincere kiss for you all!

With your great help we hope the next big event we host will be in early summer – a sunny party to celebrate the opening of the first non-governmental shelter for dogs in our city! And meanwhile – our darling pupils will be expecting you for walks as usual – every weekend. You are always welcome!

Canals and heating laid out at the Farm

Posted on 16 April 2014

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After finishing the cell walls and digging up the floor, the workers at the Farm have begun to place the drains and floor-heating tubes.

The heating plan has a simple concept – since the building is too large, high and with many openings, it would be a useless waste of energy to try warm up the air. Having already tried gas, infra-red lamps and regular heaters at the old shelter, we have decided on a safer and more energy-efficient solution.

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The large dog building is divided in two halls. Both of them will have a floor heating system circulating through every cage, creating a warm area for the inhabitants to sleep on in comfort and speeding up the drying process after cleaning in the winter. Combined with an adequate artificial flooring that keeps infection out and heat in, we should be able to provide sufficient, yet thrifty heating for the dogs. The estimated running costs of this concept are reasonable and hopefully, we will finally be providing all our animals with a nice warm bed for the coldest months.

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We thank ANGRO construction materials for giving us the canals and floor heating pipes at a great discount! It is with the help of kind people like them that we manage to advance the works in such a great speed.