A pill for a smile – good news from our cats

Posted on 30 April 2014

Have you smiled today yet? If not, we give you the best reason to show your pearl smile – a bunch of happy stories from our cats.

Let’s begin with the newest German-residents – Nerri and Bonaparte.



Nerri faced a lot of challenges on the road of finding her people. The long waiting was worth it and now we can announce with a smile that the black panther lives happy life in Germany.


Bonaparte is the other cat that recently was adopted in Germany. He is a young male and very handsome cat that was rescued from the street when he was still a baby. His irresistible charm, his great character and his awesome name helped him to fascinate his adopters in Germany. Congratulations!

Two sisters and one brother are purring in their forever homes – Asha, Usha and Tash.

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Asha and Usha live together in a house in Sofia and enjoy playing all the time. Their new names are Milla and Kitta. The adopter of Milla is Majorie Baremans (Maria) while the adopter of Usha is Gerdine Kleuer.

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Tash is a happy kitty living in the family of Krassimira Georgieva. He loves his family so much.


Happy is the black-white beauty that found her people quickly after we presented her on the website. She loves her forever home and brings joy in the family of Sonya Ganova.

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Ron is one of our most wanted kittens. The interest of him and his two sisters Bri and Gray was so big that we did not have to present them officially. Everyone seems to want them. Ron is one playful and joyful kitten that found happiness in the home of Francka Beijerbacht. Bri is still looking for home, so when she becomes ready for adoption, we will present her to you.


Do you remember Frida? Our phones were overheated from calls of candidates that wanted to adopt her. It was very hard to choose the adopters of the graceful Persian amongst all the great candidates. The final decision is made and the beauty already lives in the home of Ivon Ivanova.

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Shere Chan and Bagira are the two tiny babies that we presented to you few days ago. The little brother and sister were very lucky to be rescued from sure death, stuck in water drainage. Just few days since we shared their story the tiny brother and sister found their people. Shere Chan lives in the family of Sasho Krustev. His sister, Bagira is growing up to be a beautiful young lady-cat in the family of Milush Hvoinev.

Thanks to our adopters, to our supporters and to the whole team that made those stories have happy endings. We have more good news for you. Soon we will introduce you to the cutest baby-kittens you have ever seen. Our great foster guardians are caring for them day and night to be sure that the little ones will grow up healthy and strong to be ready to debut in front of you. Stay tuned!

Happiness for Bamby

Posted on 27 April 2014

Tamara Stoilova adopted our tiny black pearl – Bamby! We wish them loads of happiness together. Tamara is sister to the lady who adopted Chopper and already has one dog from the street. We believe that Bamby will be very, very well cared for in this family.


Our little lady’s destiny is quite unusual, a miracle of its sort. You know that the Farm doesn’t take on new animals at this point and we can only offer help in specific circumstances – in this case, when a foster family wants to help a dog. But no one had wanted Bambie, here is how it happened:

Our fosters agreed to take one little black girl – Lizzie – a long-haired twin of Bamby with the same sad destiny – a pet dumped in the street. The arrangements were for the dog to be brought to the shelter so that the fosters can pick it up from there. The description was “a small black female, not 2 years old”.

In the morning of the meeting – people come with a small black girl, a little over a year old. The colleagues on duty take over the dog with no worry and about an hour later… the REAL little black lady arrives!!! It so happened that little Bamby was lucky to fit Lizzie’s profile and arrive little before her. So, both ladies were placed in a pleasantly surprised foster family.


Bamby turned out to be an angel in a wooly coat. Her fosters were astounded that she wasn’t adopted through PETS&U, but we now know why that was – she was waiting for Tamara to decide on a second dog. What a lucky little lady – she will never be alone. Have a great life, Bambina!

A CRY FOR HELP: The 12 apostles

Posted on 25 April 2014

ONLY 9 APOSTLES LEFT – 20.05.2014

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Well, you are incredible!!! The whole sum needed for everything our 12 apostles need has been RAISED! We will keep you informed about their case, keep your fingers crossed.

Since you and our friends from abroad send us more than what the puppies need, most unexpectedly a friend of ours – Peter Pan, who is in great debt – has also received help. Recently the boy lived through a very difficult, but necessary surgery – corrective ostheothomy of the femur. Or simply said – his leg had become crooked, he was in great pain and needed help. D-r Zlatinov at the CVC operated on him, it was successfull, but we hadn’t paid – it was done on credit.

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Thanks to you, Peter Pan’s debt will be almost fully covered on Monday! We will try to send you some info about him these days to come – he has a lot to thank you for!

“To poke your eye out instead of painting your eyebrows” – we are often meeting proof of this otherwise quite mean Bulgarian saying. This time it’s victims are 12 tiny babies from several litters, brought to us in a broken-up crate – some found, some taken from mama, some dropped from the sky… All of them supposed to have been “rescued” by the woman who picked them up and has brought them to the shelter with the weird concept that all will be fine once they reach our construction grounds.


Let’s make it clear why this is a catastrophe, not an adorable sight as many might think. First and foremost, because the Farm is not yet equipped to take in young dogs and the puppies that get dumped at the shelter live in hard and unsafe conditions. Second, and far more important, because putting pups from different litters together, and especially if they are badly cared for / homeless is the stupidest thing you could do, costing lives, perhaps all of theirs.

So, we have 12 new puppies between 1 and 3 months in the shelter from today. 3 of them have parvovirosis (they are perhaps siblings). Since these puppies have all been crammed together with the healthy ones, we expect the rest to begin showing symptoms in a few days. In a different situation we would look for a stationary treatment, but with so many animals needing treatment, it would be an impossible sum to pay. D-r Ilieva will have to fight herself.


So that she can do it, the babies need your help, friends.
What they need:

3 of the babies have positive tests for parvovirosis and immediately need:
Duphalyte, Degan, Quamatel, No-Spa, Ringer infusions, glucosis and abokates

The 9 who have negative results, but thanks to their “savior” were in close contact with the infected pups for now need:
Convalescence support, Recuperation, Vitamins A+B complex

Unfortunately, we can fully expect them to be infected as well, they are too weak to fight  it off. The most expensive of the meds is the Recuperation (E37 per 3 vials), but it is also the one giving them a chance to skip the disease. We hope that with your help we will be able to provide it, but if not – it is last on the list, we will only buy it if there is enough for everything else.

The total amount needed is not small: 300 Euro. Divided between the pups it makes 25 Euro per each baby.


We cannot promise you that there will still be 12 apostoles after the treatment. D-r Ilieva has great experience with parvovirosis, but with so many different puppies in a bad condition the prognosis is not optimistic.

What we can do is promise the babies to do all in our power to help them survive and that is just what we’re going to do. We hope we can to it together, so that the little ones get the best chance of survival.

> If you are able to donate a little sum for the 12 babies – CLICK HERE – you can transfer by Bank, use PayPal or ePay.

> Since it is a large sum and it will probably take a while to raise it – you can also leave a donation at the shelter during the weekend if you are coming for walks with the big dogs.

> You can also send a 1 leva donation to the shelter via SMS (for Bulgaria only) by sending DMS DOG to 17 777

On behalf of the 12 babies to the people that will help them survive:
thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you and… thank you!!!

Spring depression

Posted on 24 April 2014

A person must really have a reason to be able to hate Spring. How could you not love this time when everything comes back to life around you? The plants wake up, blossom and become green, the sky is blue and light again, the animals… having felt the touch of the sun, they too begin to quickly multiply.

The Dirty days are here again. But not in a religious, in an earthly sense, quite realistically. The days of suffering and pain for the little ones comes with the sun – kittens and pups will be swamping us from all sides in the following 2 months – helpless and sad.

Currently there are 4 dog shelters in Sofia – 2 municipal and 2 private if we don’t count the Farm which is not yet registered and is not a shelter yet. Neither one of them admits puppies, except Seslavtsi which has an ever-full mother&litter cage. And for the cats – there is nothing except the tireless efforts of a few groups of people working to neuter as many as they can, save as much as possible.


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In the last 4 years every Spring Bogrov has taken care of between 140 and 220 puppies each season – spring and fall. Now we do not have a quarantine space and can only manage to help those who are fostered. The same goes for the kittens. If you’d like to help us out with this task – please, contact us.

Meanwhile, let us introduce you to Shere Chan and Bagira. Well not them exactly, but two brave little brats who could very well have been a tiger and a panther. They are two cat children that were saved in the last moment from a water drainage put in their path as an end to a short life.

Most people think the worst thing that happens to abandoned babies is hunger. And it is definitely no nanny. But most of the babies taken away from their mothers and dumped someplace go before the hunger can get them. It is the cold that binds them in his icy cuddle, bringing the final sleep upon them. Please, have in mind – if you find kittens or puppies (from day 01 to day 31) the first and most important thing to do is to warm them up.




So did d-r Ilieva with the poor babies. Although Khan was lively, Bagira couldn’t even get a reading from the thermometer, her temperature was below 32C. But kittens really are something! Rubbery, dying, dehydrated, starved and practically frozen, with a warm infusion in her paw and two hot bottles under her belly, little Bagira managed to keep a hold on that slippery little rope her life was hanging from. After a few critical hours and with the price of a pillow-cushion butt from injections, Bagira ate two big spoons of the best canned food and fell asleep in the healthiest way possible.

After a few more days of recovery the heroes from the drain-pipe will be ready to replace the shelter rugged environment and go into homes – foster or permanent. They may not look very well now, but with a week of love – they will shine! Besides, they are total sweethearts – they are surely the offspring of someone’s pet cat, the poor things – they love people so much.

Happiness for Rizotto at very long last!

Posted on 22 April 2014

A dog we all loved dearly has gone off to a new life last week – for those of you who don’t know him – we introduce you to Don Risotto! This wonderful black dude has been with us for years, his people left him with a very bad trauma on his leg which we never managed to completely fix. Black, with a cane instead of a back leg, Risotto unsuccessfully tried to find love and care all this time, despite his wonderful temper and kind heart.


Finally – we can put an end to his saga, and with such a great new beginning: our little Russian – because his former owners came from Russia – now found a family that speaks his language. Risotto has gone home with the wonderful Larissa Kotseva and Vladimir Pahomov – he will live in a house with a yard in the summer and change it for a warm apartment at winter! Well done, comrade!

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A home for Dorothy

Posted on 15 April 2014

A wonderful family stepped up to adopt Dorothy in this last weekend at PETS&U! The lucky girl will live in the home of Iva Pavlova, teaching her 6-year-old son not to be scared of doggies. We can only hope that more boys would have a mom like Iva! You know how it goes: Every child deserves to have a dog, an a mother that would let him.”


No families so far for the brother and sister of Dorothy – sweet Freya and Erik. They do not take this news too hard – after all – the world is full of kind people, only it takes some time for them to find their good dogs. The pups will be waiting for love at the Farm.

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Dear friends, this weekend is a holliday and most of you will probably be traveling. For this reason, there will be no Adoption weekend on the Saturday and Sunday to come at PETS&U. We will be welcoming prospective adopters to the sunny shop on April 26 and 27!

Micho and Armagan

Posted on 14 April 2014

Two more animals that we had to take care of – Micho the cat and a German Shepherd named Armagan. Both of them found in the street helpless, both got help in the wrong place, but at least – at the right time.


He was in such a bad condition that there was no way for us to send him to colleagues to get help. We put him in our improvised office where has been staying for about 2 weeks now. Soon, it will be his departure time – a moment he craves for with every day passed, getting more and more angry with us people as he stares at us viciously from his cage. He was found dying at Orlov Most by some kind people who brought him to us. He had a missing eye, puss was dripping off him and he had a lesis of the bones because of the huge infection that was going on. We assume he was kicked in the face with a mighty blow.

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Micho needed no invitation to fight for his life. In regard of the condition he came to us – he was not supposed to be alive at all. Instead – after two days of infusions and intravenous antibiotics the little guy began to hate us from all his heart, letting us know that we are not welcome at his side with all those needles.

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He may threaten us as much as he pleases. Micho is not the first crazy cat we have met, nor will he be the last one. And when he is healthy and well – we will let him continue his free roaming lifestyle, only far from his original home and nicely neutered. We have a little secret spot in a village where friends live – it is the place to release the Cats From Hell we happen to come across from time-to-time – those, that refuse any and all contact with humans. Micho will become one of their small group when he is healthy and well – a day he cannot wait to finally come! What an ungrateful little fellow :))


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People called – a dog was dumped in a ditch 2 days ago and is too old, too blind, too deaf to be able to climb out. It was Saturday, the end of the day – we knew that if we didn’t go there straight away – no one would help at least till Monday. D-r Stankova and Vessy got onto the car and thought they’d only go to help a dog that needs to climb out of a hole. Instead, they found: 1. Armagan (means gift in Turkish) – a loving, clever and friendly pet dog, about 10 years old; 2. An unbearable stench coming from him – he has begun to rot, starting from the ear and it must have been a truly painful experience…


So, the gift was loaded onto the car, although it would be more accurate to tell you he jumped in with great enthusiasm, cuddled up with Vessy, giving her a clever look: “We are all now going to a healing place, and if you let me love you – I will with all my heart.” At the Farm his treatment really went well, he is foing his best for a swift recovery and rather sooner than later we will have to tell him the horrible news – “Armagan, buddy, you are now healthy, time to go”… and then – what?

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As you know, Armagan cannot stay at the shelter, the poor fellow. We are URGENTLY looking for a person who’d give him a roof over his head and a spot in his heart, so he can live his final years in dignity. The boy is in excellent shape for his age, he is a clever, friendly, cool guy – a true German Shepherd Dog.

At the moment he doesn’t look appealing, but in 1-2 months treatment and good food – he will be a truly lovely dog to see. He is a wonderful dog, he is a former pet and it would be hard for him to get used to living in the street at this age.

If you could offer him a safe place – please, contact us. If we don’t find a way for him – the good old guy will have to go back to the streets once he is treated and neutered.

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Regards from Max and Churchill

Posted on 09 April 2014

A few sunny smiles on a dark day from two boys who owe you their health!

Finally – freedom for Max! The sweet guy whose first knee surgery was in the summer of 2013 went through a lot of hardship before he could finally use his leg without pain. A month ago he was let free for the first time – and what a joy that was – a fly-about to compensate the long months of immobility.

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The boy is now in great shape, of course, he will need some months to completely regain his stamina, but he is absolutely cheerful, smiling and happy – running, playing, having fun as if nothing ever happened to him.

Churchill can also tell you some good news. His unbelievably complicated surgery needed a correction, but the outside fixture has already been removed and now with his daily physiotherapy sessions the pretty boy has begun to step on his poor hind leg a little.

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Just like Max, Churchill is in a great mood, very happy with the Spring being here and his belly being full. For now both boys are living separated and tied-up (with a few walks every day), but in a month or two they will have a more normal daily life. From them – to all of you – their saviors – a wet kiss on the nose!

Happiness for Tsetso

Posted on 08 April 2014

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Tsetso is a good guy that came to us as a puppy – 2 months old. The man who found him thought he was hit by a car, because the little boy lay on the road bank helpless. But he actually had a heat stroke – the sun had almost killed him, who knows how long the black baby was wandering through a field where he was abandoned. Anyway, Tsetso managed to recover quickly, he left the clinic and went into his cage and then noone asked about him ever again for 2 whole years.

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And here is his new family finally! Tsetso was adopded by Johannes van Riel и Geater Weeme and their funny dog Joop. Tsetso was chosen to be his play buddy in the house with a big garden where he now lives happily ever after!

Two black dogs

Posted on 07 April 2014

Holly and Diablo have absolutely nothing in common. Even the strange coincidence with their names is accidental – one was named 100 kilometers away from the other. One is here and happy, the other is gone… They are just 2 more black dogs who have passed through our hands this last week.


How long did she drag about like this? Who raised their hunting rifle against this 10-kilo girl? What is he doing this very moment? And what kind of people live in that area to leave her like this all this time???


Holly comes from a distant, secluded place, we learnt about her from a lady who met her on the road by chance, but wasn’t able to help. Through her story the dog was found and taken to the doctor by Pazarjik Animal Welfare and then brought over to our care – with D-r Vassilev at the Central Vet Clinic. The initial prognosis had some hope. It was impossible to leave the dog in this condition and whatever worries we had what to do with such a difficult lady were put aside. But we couldn’t help. Little Holly was put to sleep at the CVC this Sunday. With her spine broken in 2 places and kidneys that have stopped functioning.


You know we very rarely tell you our sad stories. But it would be horribly sad if Holly leaves this world without touching anyone’s heart, without getting some love before her long journey.

Farewell, little one. We’ll see you again one day.


The shelter phone is ringing, a shocked person is talking about a dog being hit in Dianabat district, but it’s hard to hear as a dog is screaming in the background. “We are not admitting new animals, please contact…” – not a chance – the people are too afraid to go near the dog and it is just squealing in pain. D-r Ilieva left right away and found a broken Diablo, suffering from a broken back leg and a pneumothorax.


Diablo arrived at the CVC where to be stabilized and prepared for an operation. After a horrid night, with the vets pumping air out of his lungs every hour, Diablo makes it. So far it all sounds familiar. But just as far.


After the successful operation (and during a “where are we going to put yet another dog?” session), the next evening a call was received from Diablo’s vet – d-r Vladi Zlatinov. He saw an ad – the boy was lost and his owners were trying to find him! D-r Ilieva contacted the woman right away, she was very upset, but not Diablo when they were finally reunited. The owners paid for his surgery, picked up their boy and went home. A lucky guy!


So, this is how the battle of the Black Dogs against the Dark Reaper went last week. 1:1. Sometimes we lose. Perhaps it’s time to get used to it, but we don’t know how.

Greetings from Phoebe

Posted on 06 April 2014

How it began:
Phoebe’s cry for help
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Let’s now see who will recognize the sad little mouse you saved in January in this healthy, confident lady? We bet you wouldn’t have guessed if we hadn’t said it was her:


Baby Phoebe came to us in a difficult moment. But it was more difficult for her than it was for us. Ill with parvovirosis, demodecosis and with a torn-off front paw the bambina seemed to have no chance. But instead of taking off to the stars, she is with us – because you gave her a life to enjoy with all her might!

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We thank Vanya (Kara) for the love she is giving Phoebe every day in her foster home. Skin-illnesses take time, but her leg is completely healed. When Phoebe is all healthy, the little angel has a safe space in Holland with Betty Koers who is already waiting for her!

Lady went home, Drama and Herby’s turn

Posted on 01 April 2014

Every weekend the PETS&U store give the dogs of our shelter an opportunity to meet their adopters in the Sofia city center! We are very grateful to the shop for this amazing opportunity: on one hand this allows more people to see that the homeless, breedless dogs make just as lovely pets as their more expensive brothers; on the other – it gives a chance for our dogs to meet adopters who are not that familiar with our activities or the Farm. So, an update at the start of a 5-th month of adoption weekends:

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Katina Kirilova and Iliyan Dimitrov adopted little Lady last weekend! The little girl needed no invitation to like them – as they say – it was love at first sight. Congratulations to the little girl, hopefully, little Chopper will be just as lucky in the days to come and his people will come find him.

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Two lolely 6-month old dogs will be expecting loving families this weekend at PETS&U! Both babies were picked up from the street in awful situations and are now fostered and doing fine. Herby and Drama are both neutered, vaccinated and healthy.

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Drama is a lovely lady – unfortunately these photos cannot tell how sweet, kind and people-loving the little girl us – they were made in the first evening after she was taken in from the street. Drama is an amazing creature with loads of love for humans. She needs just a pinch of confidence to become a relaxed, tail-waving dog – she is very clever and lovable.

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Herby is a shar-pei mix that looks like a shar-pei but without the endless skin-illness perspective that is otherwise typical for the breed. He is a cheerful, curious and human-oriented dog, the unwanted offspring of someone’s pet. Herby is called this, because he was so skinny when he was found. That is no longer the case – he is a shiny, happy dog!


This amazing pet shop has been doing wanders ever since it opened. They host our Adoption weekends and also have a 5% donation campaign for any brand or package of pet food, going for the animals at the Farm.

Please, if you are able to do so –  buy your pet’s food at PETS&U. This way you will also be feeding our animals when you are feeding yours!

Pets&U is located in Lozenetz, on the side of the Hemus hotel. The store is open every day from 10a.m. to 8p.m.


The people on staff all love and own animals, the sales-people are both veterinarians. All pets are welcome at the facility!

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