Celebrating stupidity

Posted on 14 January 2019

Some say that Christmas is the most sacred of all holidays – time for humility and generosity, time for redemption.
And yet – there was one, celebrating with a gun on his hand.
There was a human being, who joined the fireworks with a fire arm.
Shooting to kill. Celebrating…

This is Shtastlivka. It means “Lucky” in Bulgarian. She was brought to our clinic on the Christmas eve, bleeding and in shock. She was shot. Twice.

Both her front paws are literally smashed by the bullets – the shooter was very, very close to her when he pulled the trigger.


Shtastlivka got lucky. She was found by caring people, who would prefer to be late for  the family dinner than to leave her helpless.
Our Dr Ilieva also preferred to skip the celebrating and to save a life instead.

Different people celebrate different things in different ways. Yesterday we were celebrating – after two surgeries and difficult rehab, Shtastlivka made her first steps!

We feel grateful and blessed, for being able to help dogs like Shtastlivka!
And the reason we can is YOU!
Thank you for supporting our work!
Only together we can create miracles!

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A friend in need is a friend indeed

Posted on 16 October 2018

We have seen many miracles throughout the years and one thing we know for sure – if there is love in the heart, everything is possible!

Please, imagine the situation.

During the summer, there aren’t many adopters.
Yet, there are even more animals in need – puppies, kittens, injured or sick animals. At one point we realized there are 260 dogs and more than 40 kittens in “The Farm” The maximum capacity of our place is 200 dogs and 5 cats. Every dog or cat over this number means, that all our animals live worse than they deserve.

During the summer, there aren’t many donors.
Yet, the need of medicines, dog food and utilities are even bigger, because of the increased number of animals.

Did you manage to imagine it? 300 animals who depend on us for everything. Imagine our despair for not being able to provide what they need.

Now imagine a phone call. Darina from Ador Barador was willing to help us fundraise. SOHO – an art coworking space in the heart of Sofia – were also there for us.

And this is how it started – the good will of a few people, an amazing place, gathered many of our friends – most of them we didn’t know before, but all of them – friends indeed!

So many people and dogs came to Soho and bought the amazing scarfs, bags, hairbands and dog scarfs!

Now imagine something else – the atmosphere, the mood, the laughter! The generosity, the love!

The efforts of these amazing people and the generosity of the visitors raised 3427 levs! An amount that will feed our dogs for a whole month!

Thank you, dear friends! Amazing wondermakers! You have helped us in a very difficult moment and proved that a friend in need is a friend indeed!

The great migration of nations

Posted on 17 April 2018

Another day in the shelter, yet – it is a special day,a day one can compare with a holiday.

Adult dogs are leaving! For some of them years have passed, before we manage to put their names in the “travel list”.

For others we have never expected to find new homes, because their age, behavior or look.

And this is precisely why the joy is so big now! No more empty words!
Ladies and gentlemen we introduce you the new German citizens:

Victoria is with us since a puppy. And since that time she was shy and modest. Our dog trainer has been working with her for months, before Victoria started trusting people. It worth it – finally Victoria’s new life has started!


Lassy was a loved pet for 8 years. And this why it is so much it is so much harder for him make a new start and for us – to help him in this task. Well, we worried in vain – Lassy’s chance came fast!

Berry is one of our orthopedic cases. After a meeting with a car, she was accepted in “The Farm” with priority. Lovable and joyful doggie, she didn’t wait too long.

Johny is a sweet hunting- mix dog, who got lucky to be found by a person, who cares. He was included in our waiting list, the person who found him fostered him, until a place in the Farm be becomes available and a few months later he came here. Luckily, on the very first possible moment, he got his ticket to Germany.

Maria is adorable dog – her wagging tale speaks all the time! Yet, she is middle aged, middle size, not that attractive, so we expected her to stay here long time.
No. She was the very first to get adopted, and we already got her photos in a home of her own!

It is the third chance for Freya, as she already was a pet, then abandoned on the street from where we took her. The second time she was adopted for more than a year and came back again (it was not her fault). We are sure her third chance, in Germany, will be the luck of her life!

Ben was the favorite boy of the staff in our clinic. Sadness and happiness together in one photo – Dessy says goodbye!

And Germany says hallo!

We find it surprising that Suzy didn’t find home in Bulgaria – she is the preferred here small size. Yet, after some times she spent in waiting, she decided to start learning German.

Jimmy boy! He is indeed one of the sweetest guys! He was brought for medical treatment from the people in his neighborhood and because he was so nice, we decided not to bring him back, after the treatment was over. And it looks we were right – Jimmy is a German already!

Radostina came to us from the Municipal dog shelter. We do our best to help rehoming dogs from there every time when possible. Radostinka has perfect behavior, health and is young, but even such, no one chose her in Bulgaria.

Shira got the bad luck award of last year. Her mother and her 6 siblings were fostered by a nice family, while they get vaccinated. Just a few days, before they come at the shelter, Shira fell and broke her leg. One by one, her siblings got adopted. Shira had an orthopedic surgery. Then even her mother was adopted – in Holland. Shira was recovering after the surgery. Unfortunately, when she got ready for adoption – she was no longer a puppy and lesser people would put their eyes on her.

Finally, she got her chance!

Bagra’s case is similar – she had demodex, when she was a puppy, and then, when she was healthy, no one wanted her her – black large dog, not even a puppy.
It didn’t matter – in Germany Bagra is closer to her home than ever!

Aurora is the 13th warrior on this transport – she hasn’t got a long story to tell. She was found on the street as a puppy, waited in a foster home, but had the bad luck to grow too much and too dark.

And this is it – on Friday the 13th, 13 dogs have started a new life! Good we are not supersticios!

Last, but not least – another good news! For a second time, on the way back our van went through Austria to collect the donations our good friends from Stibis Hundeparadies got for us! More than 1600 kilograms of good quality salami’s for dogs!
We use it to give pills in it, to train the dogs and most importantly – for the animals who cannot eat dry food!
Thank you, dear Sandra, for your generosity!

The forgotten dogs

Posted on 13 March 2018

„I have moved to live in Varna and my dogs are left in the villa. Just unchain them, or they will starve to death”.

These are Bucky and Murgash, when we went to take them, after receiving this note.

Bucky is 8 years old. He has heartworm. He used to guard the villa. He used to eat every weekend and go for walks every time he manages to tore the chain. 3-4 times for these 8 years.

He used to be great guardian dog. Guarded the villa. When the thieves came, he started barking. In vain, because no one heard him. But the thieves wanted him to shut up. Started beating him with a metal pipe. He was chained. Couldn’t escape nor protect himself.

The weekend came, along came the owner. He saw the bleeding dog and the robbed house and solved the problem. Solved it by taking Murgash and chaining him to another tree.

So, Mury became the guardian dog, because Bucky was afraid of strangers. Years passed.

Bucky and Mury used to live in the villa. They used to eat every weekend. They used to go for walks every time they managed to tore the chain.
Until one day their owner left and forgot them.

This is the story of Bucky and Mury. But it can also be the story of all these dogs, tied and left somewhere to “guard”.
Unloved. Forgotten. Alone.

Bucky and Mury are no longer alone and forgotten. They are now in “The Farm”.
Thank you for not forgetting us! Your donations are the only way dogs like Bucky and Mury get a second chance!

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Olympia and the loneliness

Posted on 25 February 2018

She is so amazingly friendly and cuddling that we couldn’t believe in the pain she goes through.

She is so grateful and happy every time she feels we enter, as if the reason is not injections and manipulations.


Olympia was someone’s pet, but when she stared losing her vision, instead of taking her to a vet, her owner left her.

She is huge, completely blind and disoriented, but looks so disconsolate that broke our hearts. Taking her from the Municipal dog pound in Kardjali wasn’t logical or wise, but was the only one our hearts could bare.

It has been a week since Olympia became one of our dogs, but the mutual amazement hasn’t stopped yet.

We still wonder how is it possible that this huge teddy bear could be so nice – we don’t even need a leash while the vets manipulate her. If there is one hand to cuddle her, Olympia doesn’t move anything but her tail.

And she still doesn’t believe that there are cuddles and hugs for her and every time is amazed and grateful.

And while we are getting used to each other, Olympia receives the best care possible. Her ophthalmologist is Maria Savova DVM, from Nova Vet clinic.

Unfortunately, her vision cannot be saved, but we are trying to reduce the high pressure in the eyes, which causes horrid pain. If this doesn’t work, we will have to operate her.

Meanwhile the vets in “The Farm” found out she also suffers anaplasmosis and started treatment.

Olympia will be fine. She is not afraid of the pain and the darkness. Her only fear is loneliness. And we will not leave her! As long as you are there for us, we will be there for Olympia and dogs like her!

If you want to help us to help them, please donate.

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For the animal hoarders and their victims – the animals

Posted on 24 January 2018

Sorry, only available in Bulgarian

Siana – the Northern spirit in action

Posted on 12 December 2017

May be the rope around Siana’s neck means she had once had an owner? Or maybe just means she had met bad people.
Whatever the truth is, Siana came in our clinic with a severely wounded from the rope neck, with horrible infection and a huge smile – a rope that would soon kill her, wouldn’t change her good mood.

Dogs like Siana amaze us every time! Day after day, her wounds got worse. The pain got stronger. The Death got closer. And yet – Siana came to the clinic, happy and grateful. She looked like she was saying “Oh, good you finally found me. I’ve been waiting for you to help me for so long!”.

The tests afterwards showed that Siana has another gift from the street – anaplasmosis.
For a whole month, Siana lived in our clinic and was relentlessly taking the cleaning of her wounds and was swallowing pills.

And all that time she spent wagging her tail.

Things are better for her now – the infection is completely overcome, the wounds are healed. It remains to heal the anaplasmosis, but this is a minor concern – as almost all our patients on the street have one or more of the vector diseases, for our doctors the treatment is an everyday task.

Siana is only one of our many patients. Today she lives a new life, thanks to your help for our clinic. Thank you for staying with us and helping us help animals like Siana!
Please, help us help them! You can do it by a

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The transport of all transports!

Posted on 30 November 2017

It is really hard to rehome a breedless dog. Especially, if it is large. And even harder, if it is not a sweet puppy.
But yet, when it happens, the joy is enormous!

11 large adult dogs have left Bulgaria for a better future!
And, when we look at their photos from the new motherland – being Dutch citizens suites them well!
Farewell, dear friends! We can’t wait to see you finally in your new homes!

Age: 7 years
In the shelter for: 7 years
Origin: From the Municipal shelter in Seslavtzi
Notes: Came with a mother as a suckling



Age: 6 years old
In the shelter for: 6 years
Origin: Blagoevgrad, stray puppy


Age: 5 years
In the shelter for: 3 years
Origin: Ovcha Kupel
Notes: Torn knee ligaments


Age: 7 years
In the shelter for: 1 year in The Farm, 2 years in Municipal shelter in Bogrov
Origin: Municipal shelter in Bogrov
Notes: Front paw chewed by cagemates in the Municipal shelter, taken for treatment


Age: 8 years old
In the shelter for: 7 years
Origin: Left from the owner


Age: 7 years old
In the shelter for: 7 years
Origin: Stray puppy, Nadezhda 1


Age: 6 years old
In the shelter for: 5 years
Origin: Foster home
Notes: Harry has no teeth


Age: 2 years old
In the shelter for: 5 months
Origin: Abandoned guardian dog
Notes: Treated for anaplasma at arrival



Age: 1 years old
In the shelter for: 7 months
Origin: Accepted for medical treatment and orthopedic operation


Age: 7 years old
In the shelter for: 7 years
Origin: Came as puppy, sister of Lucy


Last, but not least, is Charlie, Mr. December in our 2018 calendar!

These dogs have their chance for a better life, because you care!
If you want to help us help dogs like them, you may DONATE or buy our amazing CALENDAR!


Who’s that girl? Magdalena

Posted on 22 November 2017


We don’t know much of Magdalena’s past. We know that her paw was injured months ago. We know a lot of people have seen her bare bones, but no one considered her for important enough, to do anything. We know Magdalena is a lovable and kind dog.

We don’t know much of Magdalena’s future. We don’t know if this future will be on 4 or 3 legs – we are waiting for Dr. Vladislav Zlatinov from the Central Vet Clinic to end up the examinations to let us know – is it possible to make prosthesis for Magdalena, or we must amputate.

There are a lot of things we don’t know about Magdalena. But we know one thing for sure –her future is bright, because she is not alone any more – she has us and you!

To keep helping animals like Magdalena, you can support our work with donation.

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Hard times for “The Farm”

Posted on 16 November 2017

Dear friends, would you help us to survive through the crisis we are into?
During all these months, we have been fighting in the overcrowded shelter – the number of dumped puppies this autumn is monstrous!

You know that every dog, coming in our shelter, gets 3 vaccines (45 levs), microchip (10 levs), passport (2 levs), good food ( about 80 levs per puppy and 40 – for the adults per month), spay or neuter (40 levs), several dewormings (about 15 levs), test Caniv4 (30 levs). It makes more than 220 levs for each dog, before it is ready for adoption. And this is only the amount for the healthy dogs, which wouldn’t need any treatment. And they are just a few.

And during this autumn, each month we have taken in at least 100 new dogs.

With the overcrowding of the shelter come the problems – almost all our dogs have had kennel cough and in the moment there is a giardia in almost all kennels.

It is very, very expensive to treat 250 dogs at once…

The clinic is full with dogs in need – Cecka is treated for heartworm

And yet –thanks to your text messages and donations, we would get through this crisis once again.

Patients in “Franziska”

But bad things don’t come alone. It is now, in this hard moment, when our trial with the municipality, had to end. In a few words – the Farm is outside the limits of the areas for waste disposal, so we pay to a private company for this service. And yet, the Municipality charges us 4000 levs per year for a service we don’t get from them. And after our appeal, we were informed we must pay it in a week.
We did it, but we gave every single coin we had – money, planned for food, heating, medicines…

Siana – patient in “Franziska”

But “The Farm”can’t be paused, until we raise some money – the dogs need food and medicines, the clinic needs heating (we can’t even dream of enough pellets to heat the shelter building).

15 adult dogs – and these are dogs who have spent more than 5 years in a kennel – got the chance of their lives –a ticket for homes in Holland. A ticket we probably won’t be able to buy…

Bobcho, Cheetoz, Buena and Harry have spent years in a cage

Together, dear friends, we save lives. But today we face a catastrophе – the health and the lives of 250 dogs depend on you.
If you want to help them, please, donate!

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“Everyone that supports us”

Posted on 16 October 2017

The Farm exists and functions, because thousands of people help and donate for the lives and health of the dogs in trouble.

Thousands of people” and “everyone that supports us”.

How we wish we could know each one of you and also introduce everyone to each other… We would be stronger than any political party. The movement of the caring people.

It is amazing how in our work we meet people from both extremes – the worst who hurt, abandon and don’t have a drop of empathy in them; and the best, who are ready to share their bread and selflessly help the most vulnerable.

There’s no way to describe our thoughts and feelings, sitting in the metal container we call “the office”, in yet another morbid discussion whom to deprive of food and medications, when the door opens and people whom we’ve never even met come to lend us a helping hand…


A walk and some love for each of our 200 dogs and 900 BGN were donated at the shelter by the girls of PPD. Having in mind we were 3 days away from having our electricity shut off, we can only think they were sent to us by a higher power. Thank you, thank you for your generosity, kindness, smiles, thank you for the hope you gave us…


We wish we could introduce you personally to all the wonderful people that help us out. But it’s physically impossible. In these few words you can find just a part of the people who helped us last week, as a modest attempt to show how things happen in this center of kindness, called The Farm shelter.


Angelica Snot is part Bulgarian, born in the USA. She came to work voluntarily at the Farm for two weeks and managed to do really a lot. She came and went on her own, with the public transport and simply amazed us with the kindness and patience she had for the dogs.

To help us more, Angelica made flyers and posters which she took all over the hostels in Sofia. The idea was for traveling young people to know about us – maybe someone would like to come help. And she was right! Our first volunteer from her flyers arrived this week – a wonderful young man from Mexico, who was freezing, but spent the whole afternoon walking our dogs. Thanks!


A great gift came in from ESSENTIAL FOODS. Two bags of the best kibble (it is shared between the four nursing moms at the shelter) and four liters of cold pressed salmon oil (this is liquid gold for the ill dogs). The salmon oil from their previous donation literally raised several death-row patients back on their feet, now it is bringing health to the dogs with skin-illnesses and the smallest babies. Thank you, Mila Demireva!


There are many different animals in the shelter and dry food isn’t suitable for everyone. Unfortunately, we do not get regular donations of soft food and often have none.

Warm hugs to Tsvetelina and Nadezhda who provided food for the toothless, operated and youngest inhabitants of the shelter!


Our huge thanks to the people behind ENDAVA. The team raised funds and bought 220 kilograms of food for our monkeys. What a gift! They came in with a car, overloaded with bags, offloaded them, apologized that its working hours and they have to run, and before we even managed to thank them properly, disappeared with a promise to be back again some time…

We love you, dear friends. And probably we will never be able to tell you how important your support is to us, but to put it simply – the Farm exists because you are there for the dogs. We are happy to be your hands, we are happy to have you as our heart. This huge, collective heart that moves Animal Rescue Sofia…

If you are wandering how you could help the shelter, you could make a DONATION, see our WISHLIST, come for our WEEKEND WALKS, ADOPT, or simply share with your friends that there is such a place, where we do all that we can for the homeless dogs…

For the eyes of Barry and Daddy, the legs of Compersita and Kutsa

Posted on 11 October 2017

Update 13/10/2017

Dear friends,
the funds needed for the treatments of Barry, Kutsa, Sita and Daddy have been raised and they are provided for at this time.

Today after we finish neutering, we will try to also make the surgery for the removing of papilomas on Barry’s eye, and next week we will take him for his exam with d-r Savova.

Kutsa is already on her way to the CVC for x-rays, keep your fingers crossed that she doesn’t need another surgery, although it’s not very likely.

Today we will also make an appointment for Sita with orthopedic surgeon Hristo Nikolov, keep your fingers crossed that she doesn’t need a surgery. If she does, we will carry it out after the 18-th, as the Spayathon has both surgery tables occupied every day.

We hug you and wish you loads of joy!
Tomorrow and the day after the dogs are expecting you for their walks,
wagging their tails for you!


Original post

We are in the middle of our second Spayathon with the amazing vets of WVS, but the clinic is full of patients on stationary treatment. As always – we are full of puppies, cats and dogs with all sorts of trauma, but these here four friends wouldn’t make it, unless you decide to chip in, dear friends.


“My kid is allergic” – what a magical way to be rid of any and all responsibility to your best friend. This is how Barry was abandoned in our shelter – a kind, wobbly, half-blind 9-year old Labrador.

He is a sad sight. Walking with difficulties, confused and abandoned. Initially we thought the problem was the papilloma on his eye which got infected. But it seems he has problems with his vision.

We cannot even x-ray him with the 20 leva his “noble” owners threw at us. He also needs an exam with ophthalmologist Maria Savova at the NOVA clinic.

Will you help us help Barry?
For his tests, x-rays and exam he needs: 245 BGN


Daddy is about 8-10 years old, but has only gone blind just recently. A heavy blow to the head has caused his eyes to bleed internally. It must have happened very recently.

Along with the lack of sight, Daddy also has very bad liver indicators and the supplements he needs are too expensive, we don’t keep them in store.

Daddy may be old, blind and abandoned, but he is a wonderful dog. He is brave, he is kind, he trusts us and he really loves everyone. He was a loyal pet to someone and we believe that if we manage to save some part of his vision he would have a chance of a life in a good family.

Will you help us help Daddy?
To treat his eyes and liver this month we will need: 195 BGN


It’s easy to tell huskies were in fashion recently – they are abandoning them wherever you go. Sita is another dumped girl who came to us limping and very thin – with a torn ligament to her back paw.

D-r Marincheva tried to operate her here, stitched her up, but the ligament got torn again. The only option left is an arthrodesis and the implant that she needs is costly.

She is a wonderful creature. You can see she is in a great deal of pain, but still only cares about exploring the world. If we leave her like this she will remain crippled forever and the pain is great. If we put her together – she will quickly find people to run after.

Will you help us help Compersita? She deserves it…
For her surgery by orthopedic surgeon d-r Nikolov she needs: 520 BGN.


She is the only dog on this list that wasn’t abandoned by owners. In the light of this she should be the very first on the list to be helped, but we haven’t even been able to take her to x-rays. We don’t have money, and we owe the clinic, sorry dearest.

The girl most likely has a broken leg, but we haven’t x-rayed her yet. She is such a gentle soul – despite the pain, any time you touch her she will squeal with joy and press up against you…

Can you help us help Kutsa?
To at least x-ray her leg she needs: 50 BGN


If any of these friends has touched you, if you would like to give him or her health and a future – please do, even if it’s a very modest donation. We’ve made this magic many times, we can do it again – for these four abandoned little heroes:

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The animals of Quarantine 1 at the Franziska clinic salute the people who will choose to help them: