Tens of animals pass through the hearts and hands of d-r Marincheva and d-r Ilieva every week at the Franziska clinic. Here is Part II of the friends we want to introduce you to – typical cases, and yet just a small part of the many animals you give hope and health to at the Farm shelter.


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What a sweetheart! Mangy, emaciated, chased away from everywhere, but always in such a good mood: Food – hurray! People – hurray! My own bed in the clinic – Hurray! Being alive – Hurray! A very insignificant and yet – a heart-melting fellow.

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Besides the demodex mange that left him furless, the little guy also carries his own pack of stomach issues. He is getting bathed, sits in quarantine, drinks antibiotics in better days and takes infusions on the worse ones, but in the whole – he is planning to make it, and we hope he will, because he is the most awesome buddy around. Fingers crossed!

Our worst enemy – heartworm

We hope you are treating your dogs against heartworm every month. It may not be considered a threat and the drug for it isn’t registered, but the local authorities must have forgotten to tell the dogs we don’t have it in Bulgaria, because we find it all the time.

Unfortunately the treatment also takes time and money.

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Sweet Roshka is an abandoned pet. Kind people took her in and got her ready to enter the shelter (she is already vaccinated). Unfortunately, it is at the door that we found out she suffers from heartworm.


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You know dear Billy who was living outside the shelter for a while. He used to be the guard dog at the warehouse behind us, but when they sold it, he was abandoned there. We untied him, neutered, dewormed and vaccinated Billy and he found a way to cope. We would have probably taken care of him outside still – if it weren’t for a group of weird-looking people who tried to tie him and drag him God knows where. We stopped them, took him, but… it turned out he needed much more than a shelter. Billy has the heartworm too.

Sadly, although both of them are in the curable stage of the infection, we still haven’t found sponsors for the treatments of Billy and Roshka. We’ve began pre-medicating them.


Can you help them out, even by very little?
The funds for Billy’s Immiticide drug are – BGN 166;
Roshka needs another BGN 124;
The pre-medication of both will cost the clinic BGN 220. We are desperate. With so many animals in need, we just don’t have the means to treat these two. Please, help them out if you are able.

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IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

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It is the difference between life and death for them…

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Granny Tzveta and kind lady Cara were here before Roshka and Billy. Unfortunately there was nothing we could do for Tzveta. Old and in a very advanced stage of the heartworm, she was at the end of her strength when she reached us.

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Lovely fat Cara, who has the same diagnosis, is stronger. She has friends who have sponsored her treatment and is being taken care of at the spot. Keep your fingers crossed for her, she is already at the end of her treatment and doing well.

So many babies…

A litter with isospores, a litter with enteritis, a litter with the corona-virus… the usual day at our clinic’s quarantine. The Farm is the only shelter that admits puppies, and work with them is enough for a whole separate shelter…

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These babies are lucky. Tens and thousands of little ones just like them, dumped by irresponsible owners, fade away in the streets every day from all sorts of trauma, illness and hunger. Widespread Spay/Neuter is the only way to solve this problem – we have neutered too many pregnant animals this month, there are more than enough options for free or subsidized castrations in our city.

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This sweet old lady found help in the very last possible hour. She was brought to our clinic with pyometra on the brink of bursting. This is an infectious process where the uterus gets filled with puss – it can progress fully in the matter of days and is often deadly.

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To this little granny’s luck d-r Marincheva and d-r Ilieva managed to remove her uterus hours before the worst happened. If she manages to get stable (which she has sworn to do), the old lady will have a good few years ahead of her. A spay surgery is the only way to ensure your female dog a life free of the risk of pyometra.

Over the rainbow

The authorities always seem to be surprised to see our monthly reports, because we try to always have a big fat ZERO in the “Died and euthanized” chart. Unfortunately, this month granny Tzveta isn’t the only friend we had to say goodbye to.



We couldn’t help Elza, a lovely old cat that came in with huge mammary tumors. Doctors Ilieva and Marincheva did all in their power to provide her with a little more life, but she was too weak to make it.

We will see you all again, dear friends. And when we meet again, you will run and you will purr, that is sure…


The last results we were waiting for were those of Daphne the cat came in like horrific news. The reason for her condition was a very aggressive malignant tumor. We needed some days to be able to part with her. But finally, we found the strength to let her go.

Have a rest now, dear girl, and please wait for us there, somewhere close to the entrance, we will not take long to be together again. You are ours and we are yours, dear Daphne, and we will always love you.

A bundle of life from the trash

However much pain and sadness a person’s eyes may see, they can never get used to the sight of newborns in the rubbish. Separated from their mother at birth (their belly-buttons still wet), these babies found themselves suffocating in a shopping-bag amongst the trash in the first day of their life.

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But what can we do for newborn kittens in a shelter with 200 dogs? Who will take the task to feed them and help them poop 8-10 times in a day? To keep them warm, massage them, help them grow… Who? Dimi:

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The little babies have little chances of survival, but still – they do have it. And Dimi has decided to give it to them. Keep your fingers crossed they all make it thought the hard weeks of nursing. Hope they have the will to make it!


Ochko says “Hi”

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Ochko’s knee surgery had to be re-scheduled, because of the holidays.
Keep your fingers crossed for a fast recovery!

18 April 2017 | Blog

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