Hospital at the end of the city (part I, graphic photos)

Posted on 06 September 2016

Every day, many homeless dogs and cats with various medical issues arrive at the Farm shelter. D-r Marincheva and d-r Ilieva do not only care for the 200 dogs we have here permanently, but also all of those new-comers – the Franziska clinic patients.

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This August was a long and difficult month, but still – we managed to look after many injured animals. We introduce you to some of the most interesting cases our doctors had to treat last month – not all, by far, but it’s impossible for us to spend such a long time at the computer, so here are a few to illustrate wat the shelter does for the homeless animals in the city:

Aya – now a tripod

The gentlest kitten in the world now has no front paw and no tail…

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You really cannot imagine what a loving and cuddly baby this is – a little motor-heart with an endless supply of love to give. She knows people are important to her, and even in pain and in suffering she never let go of that thought.

Aya is now recovering in the home of d-r Polina Ilieva. And we know everything will be fine for her from now on. There is no way the Universe hasn’t matched her loving heart with another, a human who will love her forever.

Once, I was a shepherd…

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Five puppies, small in age, but not in size, arrived for an urgent treatment at the clinic. They are a 100% the puppies of someone’s large guard dog, they were torn apart from their mommy and discarded in a box somewhere far enough, once the smell from the ill skin got too bad. No exaggeration – it took Dessy and Dimi 5 days to get rid of the hundreds of fleas that had infested them.

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Two of the babies had severe dermatosis, one of them was already getting eaten alive by fly larvae… They are now much better already, loudly reminding everyone they don’t agree with life in a hospital kennel.

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Tough luck with the darn worms this month. We had 6 cases in total, 5 of which – successful, of course – the best one has to be lovely Lisko who is already like a brand new dog. We couldn’t help only one of them – an older boy, who had laid on the ground for too long after other dogs had severely bitten him:
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Otherwise, the worst worm-case, Lisko, is doing great:

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Endless puppies

Many different little ones with many different problems inhabit our clinic for a week, two or more.

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These are the lovely Murphy and Ally – the smallest puppies we currently have here. Both are over 60 days old, but are still the size of a sparrow. As with most microns, these two had their go with stomach problems and cough, but are now well and waiting for vaccinations.

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Two black-and-white angels keep them company, already a month into their stay at the clinic. They weren’t looking optimistic when we first got them, but are getting stronger and doing much better now, the worst is now behind them.

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We continue to struggle with Brownie’s skin issues, her recovery is not going as planned and there are more tests waiting for her this week.

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Little Goldie, Ronnah and Vicky are well too. Vicky – the puppy that looks up nervously on the background came to us about 20 days ago, completely terrified of people. She is doing better now, but she will need all the love the volunteers can give her, to get over the fear and start trusting us.

Berk, abandoned at the edge of life

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A really lovely boy – noble and caring, with a good and cheerful heart, Berk came to us after he had passed through hell and fire at a private clinic. Despite his long stay at the hospital, Berk has been hungry for so long, it will take months for him to recover his weight.

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We are washing him regularly with medical shampoos, but he too, just like Brownie, isn’t getting better as planned. If we’re able to spare some money for him, he will be tested for hypothyroidism this week, keep your fingers crossed.


The story of Erika is one typical Bulgarian madness. It only unfolded before us thanks to the fact that many people shared her “cocker found” appeal on Facebook.

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In short, it is as follows: Erika’s owner left Bulgaria to live abroad. She found her dog a new family – a couple with two daughters who swore to look after the dog with great care. Then, Erika was 8. We don’t know what happened in the meantime. What we know is she came here as a 10-year old lady, after she was given to a puppy mill – to breed cockers that they would then sell for 50-100 Euros.

When she first arrived, Erika had a severe ear infection and pyometra. She is already neutered and we’re treating her, but the different arrangements we tried to make with her former and current owners all failed, so she’s staying with us. It would be really good to find a good home for her, she is a loving, spoilt pet and very lively too. It would be great if she could find a new home to live out her life, after all she went through…

Barry and Veneta, with their necks cut

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Tying dogs with all sorts of ropes, collars and chains, so that they cannot move away from the junk they are supposed to guard often has a fatal ending. The forgotten doggy-alarms grow up, their neckties embed into the growing flesh, until the skin is pierced and large, deep wounds emerge.

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Once it starts to smell like death, the faith of dogs like them is to be dumped as far as possible. If they are lucky – a kind person will help them out in the street. If not – they become worm food. These two are Barry and Veneta, two of the lucky ones…

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Regards from Dushan and Leeoolly

Best regards and loads of love from your grateful friends Leeoolly and Dushko. Both are recovering more than well, they are already using the operated legs, feeling great and behaving even better.

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We will introduce you to part II of our short presentation tomorrow. Again – we thank the donors who make our work possible. If you would like to be a guardian angel for our dogs, you can find every way to donate at this link. Every help matters – even the smallest ones, our work is funded by voluntary donations only. We wish you a happy week!

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31 little heroes now in Austria and Holland!

Posted on 26 August 2016

We report yet another doggy transport that happened just this week, carrying a huge gang of lovely babies and one kitty to their new homes. We are gradually managing to decrease the numbers of “surplus” puppies that had occupied our walking yards. In July we managed to push through two puppy transports (thank you for your help Maria and Stefan!!!), sorry for not writing about them, there was no time. This makes a total of almost 100 babies that have been prepared and sent to their new homes in just a month. If we manage to make one more transport, we will have handled the puppy crisis. Keep your fingers crossed, donate if you are able, we have many angels to rescue.

When we say “100 puppies” it’s hard to imagine what they are. Here is a video so you can get an idea – there are only 20 puppies in this kennel:

So, who are the lucky babies this week?

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Smiley, Sofie and Steve must be the puppies with the best childhood ever. They were found and raised by a family with two wonderful boys before we admitted them. It was very hard for them to part and they often write to ask how the puppies are doing. We are glad to inform them, the puppies are doing great and Steve and Smiley even have their own families!

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The last of our “I Galfon” puppies left for their new homeland – a group of wildlings who came frightened and shy, but managed to become normal puppies with double doses of love and loads of patience.

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Tatyana and Dimiter

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A litter of sweethearts – four German shepherd mix babies. They were lucky to be found by kind people in the street, so the four of them stayed in the foster home till they were vaccinated and it became safe to move them here. At first, they were quiet and shy, but just a few days in their stay – they became the most playful of the bunch.

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Atanas, Strahil, Genadi and Gergana – lovely babies, kind and calm – we never heard them bark, we never saw them in a fight for a toy. Quiet and kind creatures, we are sure they will make their new owners very proud.

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Two beautiful (well, not on these photos) brothers – Sashko and Dimcho found their lucky road. In the same foster home there are still three sisters waiting, when they are ready, they will also come this way.

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Dimana, Stoyan and Georgi, three amazingly kind angels, taken from their mother and abandoned at an early age, such sweet and gentle kids! Only little Miroluba has stayed behind from this litter, but we are sure she will be very happy too, soon enough.

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Three larger sweethearts were the biggest animals in this transport. Samantha, Carrie and Mr.Big (we watch too many series it seems) – lovely, kind, playful, clever kids, about 6 m.o. When the puppies reach this size it gets much harder to find a home for them, we are really glad that these guys got this chance to go to Austria.

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Sweethearts Helga, Bojura and Michael are siblings. Little Bojura had some stomach problems, so she spent quite the time in our clinic, but she did great. It’s interesting that “bearded” puppies are rarely sought after here in Bulgaria. But when they travel West, usually they are amongst the first to go home.

This same transport also carried little Tequila, playful Blecka and Matzi the kitten to their happy destination. But we forgot to make photos, sorry for that, but sending animals abroad is a hell of a job, we had no time among the many other tasks.

And here are the most wonderful of our photos to be shared – they have arrived just now, from the foster home of our colleague Moreen in Holland – the first puppies to have gone home:

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Michael and Tamara


Farewell, sweeties!
If you can help us send another group of 30 puppies to new homes next week, please do – it’s the end of a very hard and hungry summer, we are hardly managing. These are all the ways to donate. Even the smallest donation helps:

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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The legs of Lotte and Leeoolly

Posted on 23 August 2016

UPDATE 26/08/2016

Leeoolly’s surgery has taken place!


D-r Nikolov did a resection of the hip joint – so that the worn-out bones don’t touch each other and she can move without all the pain. In a week or two she should start using her leg more often. A fibrosis capsule will form to replace the joint and keep the femur attached to the pelvis, providing support and a more even weight distribution.

Leeoolly now needs to start moving and stop associating the use of this leg with pain – with animals who have not received urgent care for trauma like hers – the memory of pain in the limb can actually be a big issue. Hopefully, in the matter of months, this lovely lady will be able to move freely, and continue to do so for many years to come – as long as she stays in shape and keeps the weight down.

Update 24/08/2016


Dear donors,
the funds needed for both surgeries have been raised!
We thank you very much, please read the text below,

Just now, following this post about Lotte, we were contacted by Mrs Susann Langkait, who has been a friend to our dogs many years now, adopter, donor and great helper.

Some of you probably remember Moritz – a drathaar with a similar condition to Lotte’s, but also with bad nerve damages and permanent pains. Here Moritz was destined for an amputation, but with Susann’s help, he went to Germany, to be treated in one of the most renown orthopedic clinics in Europe. After surgeries, physiotherapy and long months of hard work, Moritz made an amazing recovery, to the extent that he now runs like the wind with Susann – in Canada.

The truth is we were skeptical back then. We even had a thought that money is wasted on a hopeless case. But Moritz’ results were really something impossible in our environment, they were hard to believe.

Today Susann is offering the same support to Lotte. A treatment that costs thousands, in a place where the chances to save her leg are real.

But at the same time – the funds for her amputation have been raised.
Donated – by you.

We think that having a chance to keep her leg and a kind person who would really see to her best recovery, it would be a sin for Lotte not to take this opportunity.

But as these are specific donations (for Lotte and Leeoolly), not general donations for the shelter, WE ASK THE PEOPLE WHO DONATED FOR LOTTE AND DO NOT WANT THEIR DONATION TO BE USED FOR OTHER DOGS IN NEED, to send us a short e-mail on office[at], so we can send their donation back.

In case that we don’t receive a letter from you by the end of the week (till 28.08), we will redirect your donation for the shelter clinic. Currently, we have 16 dogs for stationary treatment, we take in outside patients brought by people every day, and of course – we care for the shelter dogs, many of whom have illnesses.

Once again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts on behalf of the two good girls. We hope we’re not unnerving you with this new situation, but this is a true opportunity for Lotte, she wouldn’t have this chance here, and this is really a great expense.

Kindest regards, the humans at ARS

P.S. Leeoolly’s surgery will take place by the end of the week, keep your fingers crossed! We will write more about Lotte when we have an idea about her journey to the German clinic.

Original post. A CRY FOR HELP: The legs of Lotte and Leeoolly

Dear friends, we turn to you on behalf of two sweet girls in trouble – Lotte and Leeoolly, who need urgen orthopedic surgeries for their bad injuries. Please, if you can – spare a moment of your time to get to know them – they have no one else to turn to for the help they need so badly today…

We introduce you to Lotte, a Bobtail mix; and Leeoolly a German Shepherd mix, yours truly:


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This lovely creature is under a year old, and she already spent at least half of it in horrible pain – because of a badly damaged leg. She was found abandoned on a remote bus stop – limping, shaking, confused and full of parasites.

Lotte’s x-rays showed an old fracture in the wrist. Left to heal without medical help, and in the time of active growth, the old trauma has damaged the leg irreversibly all the way up to the elbow, causing strong, permanent pains to our gentle giant.

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To be released from the pain, Lotte needs an amputation of the damaged limb, and that is including the elbow and scapula, as there are arthritic changes to the elbow joint – there is no way to even leave a bit for future prosthetics.

The price for her surgery is BGN200.
There is no way the shelter can spare these for one single dog at this time.
According to Lotte’s orthopedician this surgery is the only way she will be pain-free.


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This clever girl came to us from Liulin district, after a close encounter with an automobile. The damaged hair on her neck and her gentle, frightful approach to people tells us she is just out of a chained life.

Leeoolly was hit in the back, both legs are damaged, but one of them – more severely. The femur head is broken beyond repair. In cases like this there are many options, but even the cheapest – resection of the femur joint – is out of our reach.

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The surgery Leeoolly needs, costs between 250 and 350BGN (the exact amount will be clear once the surgery is performed). The doctor wants to remove the femur head permanently, with the idea that a fibrosis tissue will form and the dog will be able to use the leg pain-free in the future.

If that is done – Leeoolly will not be able to become a ballerina, she will limp a little all her life. But she will be walking painlessly, keep her leg, even run! As long as the surgery takes place.


Can you help them? Even by little – there are many of us here – if only 5% of the people who will read this, decide to make a small donation – the girls will get rid of the pain and make their first steps to a new life.

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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We thank the people who will not pass them by.
Your help means everything to Lotte and Leeoolly, kind Humans.


Wanted migrants: 18 homeless Bulgarians now with German and Dutch residencies!

Posted on 22 August 2016

A fabulous animal transport rolled away in the beginning of the month, carrying a precious load – 12 lovely youngsters; 5 adults and a lovely cat. We are overjoyed to introduce them to you.

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It is very important to us that no puppy grows up in the shelter. To find them owners before they have become adults, because their chances of adoption shrink to an invisible size. Nothing hurts worse than to say goodbye to a dog in the shelter – without being able to provide it at least some days of love in a real home. There is nothing more heart-braking than the sight of a dog who has given up hope in waiting for love – a quiet, sad shadow, a little prisoner.

These are our largest “babies” this season – dogs under 1 year old, left without options or candidates in the heat of the summer. We thank Astrid from the bottom of our hearts for giving them this chance to meet their adopters in Holland – where being 1 year old is not a sin.

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There is no way to start with anyone else than Hensel and Grethel – our two amazing twins, who came with skin-illness from the municipal Bogrov shelter. Just three months after we took over for them, they became really lovely, gentle, healthy babies, 40 kilos each.

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Once in Holland with Astrid, Grethel was one of the first to be adopted from this group. We even have her photo for a dear memory. Farewell:

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Also in a new homeland – smiley Hilde, Henry and Harriet – a lovable litter of little horses – three of those brown sweeties who cannot seem to grasp an adopters gaze.


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And also Victoria and Margarita – two sweet sisters, one looking like mommy, the other like daddy. In Bulgaria, the first to be adopted would be the girl that looks like a beagle – Margarita. But in Holland – the first to be adopted is smiling yellow Victoria.


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Clara and Daisy – two lookalikes who have nothing in common. Clara came to us with a crushed paw as a tiny baby, Daisy – from a foster home in a totally different area. Girls of this color often have something lovely in common – a great temperament – friendly and outgoing. These two ladies are no exception, everyone here loved them dearly.


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A lovely little guy joined his friends – Teddy, who is only 5 months old, but is already 20cm above all his cage-mates of the same age. The kind giant wasn’t chosen to travel along with the rest of his buddies, his large size was a major stop for his adoption. We are very happy he got this chance, such a golden heart, of a true teddy-bear.

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Two lovely brothers, raised by an elderly couple, lived in our cages for quite a while before the Golden ticket – Rocky and Blacky. Two very gentle, kind boys, loving and dear, but – dark in color.

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We are overjoyed to inform you that Rocky (the largest boy on this transport) is the very first to be adopted from the whole gang. We received his first photos with his new owner, enjoy:


And the last new Dutch in this group is a kitten – sweet Doby, who was returned from adopters once, and we have sworn to her, this will never happen again:

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We have to start with a lady who has been here since a small puppy- Emma. It has been 4 years since Emma started to greet every visitor jumping loudly behind the bars: pick me! Pick me! But no adopter ever stopped by her, no one noticed her a second time. We are really happy she got this chance to go to Germany – she only needed a few days to charm her people and after 4 years on the concrete floor, she can finally fall asleep like this:

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Seems like she’s smiling at the person under the sheets, doesn’t it?


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Sofia and Bo are two kind dogs, picked up in the street and cared for by kind people at home. But circumstances can change quickly and the two friends had nowhere to go. Luckily, they found their way to the Farm. And although no one wanted them here, days after his arrival in Germany, Bo was adopted by a kind family, and dear Sofia – she will not wait long either, we are sure of it!


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Beor, you darling bear! This absolutely irresistible soft guy spent months in a cage with all sorts of tiny dogs whom he looked after like a devoted nanny. One by one, they all found homes, and he stayed behind. Whether for his size, or because of his color – Beor didn’t find his people here. He is now home, loved by his new German family. Stay kind and sweet, you dear boy, we know you are with people who will value your good heart.


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Roshko came to us from a house of hoarders. The boy had spent many long months in his own excrement, but still, he didn’t lose his love for people. He was feeling great here in the shelter, and what he loved most was when the volunteers came and he could jump into the water we put out for the walkers, for a much needed bath he likes so much. Roshko too is in his home already.

See our cheerful German migrants playing in their temporary home:

Here you see them at the second day in the shelter. Today, two weeks later, all of them (except Sofie, who is still waiting to choose her people), they are all in the arms of loving families. We thank our colleagues for giving them a chance of a lifetime!

And in the end a special note of gratitude: this transport was made possible by Stanislava, who covered all the expenses for the dogs to reach their new destinations. Without her timely donation, this journey wouldn’t have been possible and all these little angels would be still looking at us from behind the bars. Thank you, Stassi!

Lisko after the guy with the wire (Warning: Graphic photos)

Posted on 18 August 2016

UPDATE 07/12/2016

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Lisko went home with Demira Teneva!!!

UPDATE 25/08/2016

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Today Lisko sends his special regards to the friends of the Farm! True, he is no longer that fluffy guy, but at least he isn’t getting eaten alive by the worms, his recovery is advancing at a great pace!

Original post 18/08/2016

Lisko is a homeless dog. He lived a normal life, well fed and taken care of, by the house of kind people who loved him. One day – he was gone. And then another one passed, and another… the boy must have wandered off after a female in season. They weren’t expecting to see him again, until he returned. In an unthinkable state.

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He was found well wrapped in wire. Through the body, the neck, but mostly the legs. A well tied wire, rupturing his skin and meat, leaving Lisko half-dead of pain and infection. But we probably wouldn’t be so shocked with the sight of him, if it weren’t for the hundreds of larvae, eating him alive right in front of us.

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Dessy and Dimka spent hours removing the larvae from his wounds, so he can be shaved and cleaned. For now the good guy is only sleeping. During the short walks and procedures, he is calm, as much as someone who has suffered so badly can be.

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We hope he will make a full recovery under the care of d-r Marincheva and d-r Ilieva. And to the monster who did this to him – we wish a quick mental health recovery, we pray these “games” are stopped. If it weren’t for a stroke of luck, this would have been a horrible, agonizing death.


You’re a lucky guy, Lisko.
No more agony. You’re with us now. No more.

The Farm shelter exists and works for the animals in need only thanks to the kind donations, made by regular people. We aren’t an international organization, we have no government support, no EU funding or anything of the sort…

We are a small group of friends who love animals and work together for a simple goal – to have a place where the unwanted, the forgotten, the abandoned, would find the help they need. If you would like to help us help them, please support the shelter, make a small monthly donation. Dogs like Lisko have nowhere else to go and we are really struggling. Thank you!

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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(VIDEO) The life of two Bulgarian puppies in Canada

Posted on 16 August 2016

We received two lovely videos from our friend Tom Chesser – all the way from Canada! He made them himself and you can clearly see how well his Bulgarian tutors have taught him – no spelling or grammar mistakes, well done.

Tom adopted two puppies with a similar faith from us – both found with chopped-up legs. Annie (who was Joan of Ark here) and Louie (Little Mook here).

Both have colorful stories, tens of people have taken part in their rescues, hundreds have donated – Tom has worked hard to include everyone he knows and the films are so sweet. We want to share them with you, because you are also part of their magic, because goodness and kindness are all around us: good thoughts, good deeds, good people.

The story of Little Mook becoming Louie:

The story of Joan of Ark becoming Annie:

Thank you, dear Tom, for everything you do for the dogs. We are happy to know you.
And say “hi!” to Jeff for us (known here as Negarcheto) – we are sure he is the best tripod in your funny gang!

The new life of Bolt – the puppy with five legs

Posted on 16 August 2016

Yes, five! The little growth on his leg we thought was a malformed finger, kept growing and turned out to be a fifth paw on one very special puppy. But let’s start at the beginning…


Bolt may be just a little guy, but he already has a long history. And like every fairy-tale – it was first very scary, and when it really seemed things wouldn’t work out well for our protagonist, the miracles needed were performed. With the magical help of the donors, the good doctors, our Farm, our colleagues in Holland – and certainly: a few drops of real love!

You can read all about Bolt’s life in Bulgaria HERE. And these few lines are about his life in Holland, loved and cared for by our amazing colleagues in Almere. Real care.

Not just as a very cute broken toy. But as a living being, a young dog who wants to run, to play, to be hugged, to chew, to do all sorts of mischief and be happy with his friends.

Like so:

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And also:

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And why not:

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And this is how Bolt, a deformed puppy, dumped to die in a trash can as punishment for his deformation, became an international star and an all-time favorite in a paradise for disabled animals.


Special regards for you from two other ill girls who found love and care forever at the same (unique!) place. Kisses from Granny Alma and paralyzed Rosie:

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(They are together with wheelchair Sashko and funny Zverski, but since the two are boys – they forgot to send us a word).

What else?
Looks like only: HURRAY!

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Dushan, hit by a car

Posted on 05 August 2016

Edit 05/08/2016

A week after his surgery, Dushan is starting to use his leg a little!

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Sounds impossible, but the boy is growing sweeter and kinder every day…

EDIT 27/07/2016

Dear donors, dear angels, dear friends,
the funds needed for Dushan’s surgery have been RAISED!

We will schedule a date with d-r Zlatinov ASAP, and hopefully, in a few days, we will be able to give you good news for Dushan.

There are no words to thanks you for your immediate response. You are amazing!
From Dushan, and all of us here – a million smiles.


Original post: Dushan, hit by a car 26/07/2016

Dushan (means “Soul”, because he is so kind) was hit by a car many days ago. When he reached us, he was already on the brink of death, powerless, dehydrated and unable to fight the pain any longer. Both his back legs were gone, but there was almost nothing we could do at the time.

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Because he was in such a bad condition – at first we couldn’t do anything for him, except manually rearrange his hip joint, which had fallen out on the leg with fewer injuries. It wasn’t sure if that would work, but the second examination showed that d-r Zlatinov’s idea worked and no surgery would be needed for that leg. More so, Dushko can now sit, is much stronger and most importantly – he is conscious.

On the other leg though, Dushan has a torn ligament and a broken bone, and only a few days remain when the ligament can be sown back together, before it goes hard. For the broken bone d-r Zlatinov suggests an outside fixator, as this is the least aggressive method. Having in mind Dushko’s general condition – it is the only option for him right now.


But what does this mean:

Price to sew up the ligament: 150E
Anesthetic package: 100E (we cannot use our discount for this)
Fixator: second hand from our previous patients, 50E

This is a total of 300E for poor Dushan, and there is simply no way that the shelter can provide him that – we are barely functioning normally and have so many animals in need.

In another situation, we would ask for an amputation which is cheaper. But in Dushan’s case – both his legs were badly injured and his remaining leg will never be completely healthy – to be able to carry the weight of two.

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Can you help, even by little? We know you need the money for other things – for smiles, for your family. But Dushan needs it to live. And we ask you to help us help him, so he gets the life he deserves – pain free and on all fours.

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The dumped pets at our Franziska clinic

Posted on 27 July 2016

We know it is summer. A time for smiles and sunshine, holidays and friends, long days outdoors and reminding yourself – life is good…

But for us – summer is a very difficult time. We sit here with the dogs, lonelier than usual, there are few adopters and even fewer donors. And the dogs don’t care – if it’s Friday or Sunday, if it’s January or July… They are just as hungry, just as injured, no matter that the city is empty – there will always be someone to make them suffer.

Despite, or more accurately, due to the fact we are overwhelmed with work and animals in need, the Franzisca clinic is full of patients, who wouldn’t have received help anywhere else. Here are some of them that you would maybe like to know:

RIP Blago, a dumped old Rottweiler


Blago was brought to us with a very severe spinal exostosis. When he came, he could barely stand. We took him for x-rays and stated a Nivaline treatment. A week later, the kind granddad could stand a little and was in a much better mood.

His name meant “Kind”, guess why – because he was the kindest. But however kind you are, however handsome, however loving and loyal you were through the years, you are still not insured against human cruelty. Once you are on the down side – that’s it, you are garbage.

Today Blago passed away most unexpectedly, despite the improvement. His heart couldn’t cope any longer… He drank some water, laid down and in an hour – he was gone.


Goodbye, dear boy. We are so sorry we couldn’t give you some happy days at the end of the road…

Lacho, a dumped old dachshund

Granddad Lacho seems to not know he is ill. Or he is so glad to be living in the shelter that he doesn’t notice it. He has probably always lived a difficult life – after a few days at the shelter, he became one of the happiest dogs at the Farm.

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When we admitted him, Lucho had a horrible dermatosis. His back was almost naked, everything was itchy and stingy to him, and even the parasites were leaving the mother ship, sensing an approaching season finale. No way!

Dachshunds are great people, and that is a proven fact. But we still don’t know what exactly is wrong with him. The doctors suspected diabetes, but the tests ruled it out. We tested for this, we tested for that – nothing. Now the doctors are considering all sorts of exotic diagnosis, it is likely that he has Cushing’s desease.

Sancho, junior administrator at the Farm office

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Our lovely Sancho already received that rare diagnosis – Cushing’s. He will be on meds till his last days, and the medication he needs is not imported to Bulgaria. We are hoping our colleagues abroad will be able to help. In the meantime – Sancho waits for you at the shelter office.

Rosie, with heartworm

Or, to be more exact – WITHOUT heartworm! Rosie is at the end of her treatment for the mean parasites. The most gentle of hearts went through such difficulties.


She may look big and strong, but is actually like a little child. She looks like one of those toddlers with glasses that would look up to you and immediately melt your defenses. We are really happy for this kind girl, getting rid of heartworm takes months, the medication is very hard on the animal, thank goodness she made it.

Hercules, a tiny angel with seizures

You can bet Hercules wasn’t born, neither lived in the street. Which (no apology) moron decided to get rid of him on a closed highway – we don’t know. We know him from the moment he nearly crashed a truck, trying not to run him over. Well, he did run over him, Hercules is too tiny to even be crushed as a normal dog would.


Hercules is a young guy, but he has some unexplained seizures. Only two so far, so he is under observation at the moment until the doctors manage to figure out an adequate therapy. He needs all sorts of tests, but there is no way we could afford them right now.

Yoda, a homeless granddad with testicular cancer


This sweet guy is “the village dog”. He suffers from a tumor on his balls and needed urgent surgery. He was operated on by d-r Marincheva and is now recovering. Keep your figers crossed for him, he is old and the tumor is not small.

Hanya and Maria, puppies with skin disease

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It was stupid of us not to make a photo of Maria when she arrived, now you cannot see all the progress she made. Maria was almost completely fur-less, even worse than Marcus whom she is named after. Despite that – she is and will remain the happiest dog in the world, it is too little to say she adores people, they don’t make dogs like her anymore.

And cute Hanya has acquired our “favorite” fungal infection and will have to fight it separated from her funny mother and sister.

Mighty Ragnar, ill with pneumonia

Ragnar Lothbrok, the smallest puppy in a litter of 8 dumped half-huskies. We used his photo to invite people to the shelter on Facebook, because he is so incredibly cute. And now we blame ourselves for it, because he as probably jinxed a little.

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The day after we posted his pics, he got ill with pneumonia and we were afraid we’d lose him – puppies so small get dehydrated and develop horrible infections in a matter of minutes. Ragnar may be tiny, but is still a Viking, so – he’s staying alive.

Flicka and Noushka

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Two amazing ladies, only a few inches off the ground. Someone’s pets, dumped at the first signs of trouble. Flicka is now at the end of her recovery after a complicated surgery (she is the tiny foxy on the photo), and Noushka still has some antibiotics to take in and she is still figuring out how things work here (carefully monitoring life from her tiny bed).

These, and many other animals are getting treatment at the shelter this very moment. If you are able to spare something for the animals, please, DONATE for the clinic – your help saves lives here.

Oscar, shot in the shoulder

Posted on 25 July 2016

Oscar is a lovely young cat, shot in the shoulder by an unknown monster. His shoulder is completely shattered, but thanks to the donors of ARSofia, he received the best medical help possible and is now adopted.

Edit 25.07.2016

It was the end of May when people brought Oscar to the shelter – quiet, calm and… shot in the leg. The trauma was severe, Oscar had lost almost all of the sensitivity in his paw and we had to make a choice: to amputate the leg with what we can spare; or ask for your help for a surgery to try to save the leg.

To the joy of Oscar and everyone that came to love him, the surgery was successful. Two weeks later, he started to use his leg a little and it became clear – you had given him the option of being a proud owner of four ginger legs.

In the days of his recovery we have spoken to Oskar many times – about his plans for the future. Besides health, he also wished for a family – and why not, with luck on his side, why stop dreaming?

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The boy switched his charm-emitter to full power and managed to get a message all the way to Germany – where his real person was waiting for him. It took us some time to get Oskar ready and send him on the long journey, but we can now say:

In this moment, Oscar is purring happily in the arms of his new owner – Nevena Karadimova. And he loves it there!
After a night of careful surveillance from under the couch, Oskar conquered the heart and home of Nevena once and forever. Like so:

“Oscar is definitely very happy and adapted to us in only 6 hours. He now knows every inch of the apartment and rules it all. He still has a definite limp, but probably only needs more time to heal completely. He is so kind!”

All the best to you, Oskar and Nevena! You found each other after great adventures, and from miles away, but we know this is the end of the sad story. And now a new, happy one begins.

Edit 30.05.2016

Oscar has started a whole new life thanks to you!
D-r Zlatinov fixed him, the surgery was successful and now all we need to do is hope that he has a perfect recovery and be able to walk on all fours.

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The boy is already back with us, in the shelter – he still has some antibiotics to take and his brace must be re-made periodically. Unfortunately, being that the Farm is for dogs, he has to spend his days in quite a small cage, in a room without sunshine.

Not that he complained – Oscar is lovely and doesn’t mind anything – dogs, cats, kids, doctors, scalpels… He is really a good guy at heart, cats like him are very rare to find – we suspect he might be a dog in a cats body.

He is young, he is well, he keeps himself clean… So, if you have ever wandered what it would be like to have a lovely cat – why don’t you take him home with you for a month or two?
And he will tell you – it’s just great!

I case you do decide to offer foster care for Oscar – contact us, you will not regret it!

Edit 27.05.2016


Thank you so much for your help, dear friends, and especially you, dear Tom, for helping Oscar! He will be operated today – not amputated, his shoulder will be fixed and hopefully in a few months’ time – we will see him smiling on the knees of his adopters!

We wish you all the happiness in the world! Bless you!

ORIGINAL POST: A cry for help: Oskar, shot in the shoulder 25/05.2016

Dear friends, we need your help for a lovely cat – Mr. Oscar, shot in the shoulder.

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In the last month we have been unable to take in patients for orthopedic treatment. Our debt at the Central Vet Clinic is huge, and we already have a large number of patients on a long treatment, needing the help of the doctors there.

But when Oscar was brought in – we couldn’t send him away. First – his alternative was to remain like this in the street (the people who brought him didn’t care). Second – he hasn’t been in an accident, he was purposely hurt by a cruel person (and we are people too). And third – he is just wonderful – kind, patient, looks at you and understands everything (it’s so hard to say: “no, we can’t help you” when a friend is looking back at you)…

This is Oscar’s x-ray – he was shot. Most probably by Carabine.

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No comment on the act of cruelty. To see such a lovely creature and feel the need to shoot it… What is important now is that Oskar is with people who can see his golden heart – it shines the light of a thousand suns and it will take more than a bullet to stop it. But – his leg is almost gone, and life on three legs, especially when a front one is missing is not a good alternative for any cat.

D-r Zlatinov from the CVC offers to make him a surgery to fix the shoulder and try to save the leg – as an alternative to the amputation we brought him in for. The moment of hesitation comes from Oscar having lost some of the sensitivity in his leg and it is not 100% sure that he will be able to use it again. It is possible he might need additional bracing and physio, or not be able to use it at all, there is no guarantee. But in any case – his shoulder must be fixed.

We don’t have 460 (236E) of 680BGN to be able to afford a surgery for Oscar.
If we are unable to raise them – we will do the amputation we can afford. But Oscar is a really lovely car and although here, we are mostly dog lovers, we believe help will be found for him too. He deserves it…

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If you would like to help us cover a part of our bill in the Central Veterinary Clinic – piled up by orthopedic cases, visual diagnostics, complicated blood-tests and other things we cannot provide our homeless patients at in our own little hospital, you can do it directly, on the CVC bank account, just make sure you write they are “For the Animal Rescue Sofia bill”: Galb OOD BG45BUIB98881007429901 / CiBank / SWIFT BUIBBGSF

We know it is the end of the month and everyone’s pockets are empty. Don’t be sad if you are unable to help, dear friends. Oscar thanks you for your kind thoughts.

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How do you get rid of parasites in a big shelter?

Posted on 06 July 2016

De-worming is one of the most important aspects of a dog’s health, the health of the people around as well. And when so many animals are at one place, and they all come from different backgrounds like it is here – de-worming becomes a Nr.1 priority.

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Sweet Lucy is ready to swallow 3 liters of bitter Ivermectine, just to have someone around, to be touched with kindness on a lonely day…

De-worming 250 dogs is no easy task, but it’s not impossible. We make it happen every month – everyone gets a treatment, except the new arrivals who have a different schedule. We treat for flat and roundworms, and also for prevention of heartworm. The social dogs are easy, the shy ones – not so much. Everyone gets their pills, and separately a bitter solution – there are no fans of this process, but there’s no way around it as well.


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Ivermectine is precious to us – we use it to treat our many mangy dogs, also to prevent heartworm among the many animals we host. As far as the pills –  the brands of de-wormer used need to be changed regularly. This way you make sure there is a better coverage in the many kinds of internal parasites.


Do you deworm your pets on time? Please do, it’s important.
Make up a schedule, change the brands, treat your dog on time, make sure you prevent a heartworm infestation. Parasites are everywhere around us, an effort is needed to make sure they do not come INTO us.
Note: whatever the instructions are, always treat your dog on an empty stomach, this way you can be sure of the results.


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Lucky getting his pills and solution from Dimie: “Disgusting, but I still love you!”


Please, have a look HERE. We’ve tried to make a systematic review of the possibilities you have fighting parasites as a pet owner, it could be useful to you.

People say – better to have worms, than be completely deprived of an internal life 🙂
No thanks! Parasites – GO AWAY!


Dear friends, the next time you are overwhelmed with tasks and work, and you decide you can skip your pet’s de-worming this time… DON’T! Think of us – if a bunch of girls can de-worm 250 donkeys, it’s 250% sure, you can handle de-worming your loving pet.

Best regards from Lucky and his friends at the Farm!

Bogrov “Farmers” win the Superjackpot!

Posted on 05 July 2016

A great deal of our work is finding homes for our animals abroad. When we were starting, in 2010, we had less than 2 locally adopted animals in a month. Today – people already know shelters exist, they know they are saving the life of their adopted friend and families make that kind choice more often.

We see the change every day and it makes us believers. We no longer fall into the line of “helpless dreamers” when we think to ourselves “a day will come when we no longer have to send animals abroad – there will be a home for each of them here”.
We are happy to introduce you to another group of smiling animals and their adopters:

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Do you remember poor sad Mincho? He is a calm, medium-sized, almost completely naked boy that came to the shelter as a naked bag of bones. He must have spent all his life chained in misery – he looked like a broken old man. We treated him, although we couldn’t give him that fluffy white interface he would have if he had lived in a home.

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Despite his sad look – his golden heart was recognized by Angelina Dobreva. Mincho will never be hungry and dirty again. Good luck, boy!



The smiling kurzhaar we called Anna is now in her new home with Natalia Staneva. She also has a new name – Bagra, and a great many new friends – the world is her oyster!

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We are overjoyed for her – you can see how happy and well behaved she is in her new life with Natalia, what an amazing change for a kind creature!
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Lorry was just a handful of life, injured by a car, when Maria Ovcharova took her as a foster – to recover, to gain strength and prepare to be adopted. We thought that was a temporary arrangement – but what do you know – Lorry was at home all this time! She is now healthy, neutered, vaccinated and very happy – to love and live with Maria forever.


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One of our most charismatic babies went through a real X-factor audition and got the first place in the heart of Mario Staykov, with the help of his father Venelin. We respect the adopters who really take their time in choosing the right dog. We are sure no mistake was made here and we wish the blue-eyed princess an amazing life in Edinburgh, walking on green fields, under an iron sky… well, congratulations!


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And the lovely kitten Mimi, raised in a foster home with two dogs and another cat, found the perfect family with Konstantin Atanasov, Rossy Marinova and their black friend – Carina! The two girls are best friends already:

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