„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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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…
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!
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:
Dogs are magical creatures.
How else do they manage to find the people who need them, filling a gap they didn’t even know they had?
Golden boy Max, whose sad story touched so many people went home with Maria and Ivo Mitrevi. The boy is the second golden retriever in the family and is very, very happy with them!
Little Ushka, an amazingly sweet 3-month old angel, is now living the life of her dreams with Miren Radkov and Elena Stefanova in Sofia.
Another one of our black bears got a wonderful family. Best regards to Ana and Alexandra Nistorovi for the wonderful choice, these little balls of love are one of a kind.
Fluffy Bear (now Dara) and Fiffy (now Raya) are living the life of their dreams. They went home with Carolina and Kaloyan Kosevi and will grow together with their little boy – Georgi.
Sweet Evy is now home with Tsvetelina Stoyanova and her daughter Ivana. Evy and her siblings were raised in the foster home of another wonderful Tsvetelina – Senior volunteer at the Farm. What a lucky coincidence!
Kittens Chaya and Maya went home together – to the amazing Jean-Luke and Natalie, who have adopted 5 of our dogs from the old shelter – Sivcho, Zayo, Bear and two puppies. The amazing Belgian couple first took one kitten, and when they felt the joy of living with a cat, they quickly came back to get one more, so they can grow happily together.
But maybe the happiest moment for us was the adoption of everyone’s pal – Belcho. They boy has waited for happiness to find him since 2011. 5 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit – it’s not his fault he is such a giant…
Belcho found his best friend in Nina van der Vinne – a great Dutch lady who chose Bulgaria to be her home. She wanted to give a chance to a dog that wouldn’t otherwise have it and took our white boy with a golden heart home.
Dear adopters, we wish you all the happiness in the world!
Two transports with dogs and cats left the Farm to our colleagues in Holland and Germany this month!
Transport XIV/2017 – 07.09 – 25 dogs и 2 cats Transport XV/2017 – 14.09 – 25 dogs и 3 cats
We will do everything we can to send the bus one more time, before September ends. The shelter is still overcrowded and we have so many kind hearts waiting to be admitted in foster homes…
Here are the heroes:
The puppy on the right in the first photo is your friend Baby. Thanks to you, she got the surgery she needed for her broken leg and is now well. The whole litter has found homes and sailed off!
We said goodbye to loved adults Mira and Mootsunka.
3 of our 8 black bears have gone home!
Mommy May, Webster and Jewels left for happiness too:
We hope to send 2 more of May’s kids – Pomeren and Akira to good homes with our next transport. Only Shira will remain, as she had a broken leg and her surgery requires a removal of an implant in a months time.
A littler of 3 wonderful sisters and in the last photo – our darling Pirin. This is what Pirin used to look like when we found him:
And here is a moment from Pirin’s new life in Holland:
And here are some more of our cuties:
But the most touching of all was our all-time-favorite Teddy.
This is how his life began in Bulgaria:
And this is how it will go on in Holland:
At home with his wonderful new mum – Ellen van Alten!
We also have lucky cats on these journeys!
The kitties from the hardware store (poor souls never got to have their own names. They will now.)
Naum and Nalla,
and also the sweetest black cat in the Universe – Milcho…
Some wonderful photos from the new lives in Holland:
Farewell, angels! Only love and happiness from here on for you!
And THANK YOU, dear colleagues for everything you do!!!
We thank Yvonne Henke who provided good homes for 17 of our angels, and also sent the ones who are still waiting for love at our shelter – 350 kilograms of dry food.
Hugs for our tireless doctors – d-r Marincheva, d-r Ilieva and d-r Spassov. Their good work and the fact that even the smallest of our puppies are strong and healthy, makes it possible for so many of them to find loving homes abroad.
Hats off to Nadya and Vivi for the logistic magic they have pulled through these last 2 months. Getting each dog ready, organizing its journey to our colleagues, the transport itself require huge nerves and efforts. Girls, we are proud of you!
When I walk through the door It now feels like a home.
Tail wagging and waiting, Our bond quickly grew.
Such unconditional love… Who rescued who?
Black and Noisy
Two little brothers – Black and Noisy will stay with the people who raised them from newborns!
Alessandro and Federica saved the lives of 5 abandoned newborn puppies, taking them home for more than a month. Meanwhile, the wonderful Italians adopted chronically-ill Figaro and thought him to live in an apartment with a cat.
Parting with the little ones wasn’t easy. And since it was not possible to keep all 5, they adopted Black and Noisy! The other three are in the shelter, waiting for love to find them.
The 2-year old abandoned Jack-Russel Terrier Lucky has found his family. The little big guy has gone home with Yordanka Bogoeva, where he will be loved and exhausted by three wonderful children!
3-month old tiger Ilina has found a place in the heart of veterinaty medicine student Maria Rossolatou, from Greece. We wish them all the best together!
Ilina’s sister, Iliana is now called Rosie in her awesome new life, provided by Robert Huston and his sweet daughter! The two girl immediately hit it off and we are sure this is a life-long friendship.
Zara and Kara are two huge girls that were orphaned – the man who had kept and loved them died suddenly. We took them in after they had spent quite some time alone in the empty yard, kind and sweet, but also huge and black ladies. Two ladies that are considered difficult to place.
To our delight, 2-year old Zara is already the queen in the yard and life of Stefan Ivanov, loyally following his daughter – Ralitsa, everywhere she goes.
10-year old lady we called “Granny Pit” has a home too! Found hit by a car, after her owner abandoned her near the shelter, the veteran pitbull will spend the rest of her days with Nadia Spassova.
Nadia has known Sarah all her life. She is a neighbor of her owner. When Sarah disappeared Nadia started asking questions, and they led her to us. Here, she found Sarah, broken, but still alive and made a promise to her – to never be left alone and helpless again…
When nature was making Archie, she gave him the body of a bear, the soul of an angel and as she was about to pour a little kindness, something happened, she dropped the whole bottle and POW! Archie got to be as kind as 20 dogs could be!
To his (and ours) great happiness, Archie has found his people – on the slopes of the magnificent Alps, all the way in Austria.
Be happy, Archie, darling! We already miss your smile, dear boy. But knowing that it shines even brighter in your new home, we forge all the sadness and imagine you waving your flag-tail in the beautiful nature…