The Farm is once again – open

Posted on 02 June 2017


Dear friends,
we are really happy to inform you that the Farm shelter is open to visitors again!
Thank you for being with us and helping us overcome Distemper – to contain the infection, provide the best treatment for our ill kids – your help has made the difference between life and death for so many.

The Farm is through with Distemper. Everyone who had the virus is now healthy and well. Only little Krayo, the puppy with pyoderma is still unwell, but he is no longer ill with Distemper, he has a bacterial infection that he has promised to overcome.

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Farewell, angels…

The final score: we’ve lost darling Benjamin, Mommy Matilda and 3 of the puppies she gave life to… We cannot say “just 5”, although the death-rate could be ten times higher, because we will always miss our dear Matilda.

Our hats come off for the back-breaking work of the clinic team – d-r Marincheva and d-r Ilieva, interns Kalin Spasov and Michaela Kanovska, the keepers with huge hearts – Dessy, Dimka and Maria. Friends, you have our utmost respect for everything you did this month, you are our heroes!

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It’s official: we are open every day again, from 08 to 18.
The Farm shelter and The Franziska clinic are functioning normally again and the dogs are so anxious to see you, that you can hear cracking in the air. And it’s from all the energy they stored after a month of walklesness.


The first thing we did with the lifting of the quarantine was… TRANSPORT VIII/2017!!!
20 sunny faces between 4 and 5 months and one-eyed mommy Ella replaced the Farm cages for soft beds in Holland!

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Ella and her puppies said goodbye to the shelter

We will let you know all about them when photos from their new life come in. Right now we’re doing everything possible to find spots for as many dogs as possible, since adoption rates are lower in the summer.


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Regards from Sandokan and Toshko

The first thing that happened at the clinic after we could again move about were the surgeries of two orthopedic patients who were urgent – Sandokan (for torn knee ligaments) and Toshko (for the removal of a plate he no longer needs). Both were operated successfully by d-r Hristov yesterday. For Toshko this is the final round and he should be OK from now on, for Sandokan – keep your fingers crossed.


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Teddy… our first new patient

After we opened doors, the first urgent patient was tiny Teddy from Ovcha Kupel. Found in the garbage bin as you see him here. The tiny baby has a severe head injury and is fighting for his life. The next few days will be critical for him, keep your fingers crossed for Teddy.


Regarding admittance: we really thank all the foster homes for being with us in this difficult time. We will try to get to your babies ASAP, but please have just a little more patience with us, the first ones in the line are the pups from the quarantine – their health depends on this.


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And here are some cat babies that are almost completely independent and need a good foster home – if you would like to give them a hand in having a good childhood – they’re waiting for you in the clinic.



Our kindest regards to you, from people and animals alike,
we continue straight on!


VIDEO: Disability is a matter of perception – Elena

Posted on 24 May 2017

It was two years ago when we first met Elena.
Someone had abandoned her with both right legs severely damaged.
She was helpless alone outside and couldn’t cope on her own.
This was her life:

At first, it seemed like a fracture had healed in all the wrong ways on her right front leg. But when we took Elena to x-rays, it turned out both legs on the right were badly damaged – and the pain was excruciating.

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It took many months and several complicated surgeries by d-r Zlatinov until Elena was set free of her pain. She was awesome, she was brave, she was so very thankful – and the miracle worked.

Despite all the progress she had, our sweet lady would forever keep her greeting paw in a “Hi, five!” manner. So what, we thought, that makes her even sweeter. No way such a lovely lady could remain unwanted after all this suffering. And thus… the wait for love began.

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Elena was everyone’s favorite friend at the shelter. When the volunteers would take her out walking she’d make a few quick steps to the nearest suitable location, lay down and wait for her weekly tenderness. Such a gentle dog, so kind and patient…

Two years passed, but there wasn’t a single question about Ellie. Maybe it was her disability that scared people. Or maybe we weren’t being persuasive enough with the candidates who wanted a loving pet. In any case – what was happening to Elena was absolutely unfair.

She remained unwanted for two whole years.
And then… the time came for Elena’s second miracle.

Our amazing friend Selma, who has re-homed hundreds of our kinds in Holland, came to visit in the summer, to choose some of our pups for transferring to her shelter. Selma met Elena. Selma fell in love with Elena. And Selma made a promise – to look for the people who’d love her for the amazing angel she is.

It took another 6 months for that to happen. And it did. Two months ago, we hugged Elena for the last time and send her on the long journey to Holland…

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She was greeted and treated like a princess.  And for the first time in her life, she was in comfort, peace and quiet. Clean and loved, she went on long belly-scratching “walks” and had the time of her life getting ready for her new home.

And what a home it is!
Elena was adopted in a lovely Dutch family, where a loving old man was struggling to fight dementia, his wife by his side. The family had recently lost their dear dog and the man was looking for it every day…


Today, Elena is not only someone’s rescue.
She is also a rescuer herself.
The little angel is saving the heart and mind of her old friend every day, doing everything she can, so that he feels the comfort and company of a true friend…

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We thank our Destiny for bringing us to this point. It’s so easy to forget how much Good there is in the world… But we cannot. Because we see it every day.

And we cannot help but feel honored and humbled by all the amazing people we meet. Thank you… Thank you!

United against Distemper, an overview

Posted on 22 May 2017

A donation of puppy food from the team at Woodward Bulgaria

If it weren’t for the quarantine and you could visit the shelter last week, you’d find The Farm shelter angry and moody, with a team on the brink of exhaustion and despair.

On the wall:
– a list of the dogs ill with distemper and the ones who show symptoms (by hours);
– a list of the tens of life-saving drugs and materials not available due to lack of money;
– a list of the foods, necessary for the ill and risky dogs not available due to lack of money;
– an endless list of debt to different warehouses and providers, left unpaid this month, due to overspending for the ill animals.

A little Hell on Earth, full of desperate people and suffering animals. Tears, nerves, sadness, helplessness, hopelessness… and death.

We asked you for help.
And you helped us, dear friends!

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In-kind donations that were brought to the shelter and Pets&U stores

Your donations have provided:

-a full set of medication and materials for the animals already ill with distemper;
-tests for early diagnosis of the animals in risk;
-serums, supplements, good food for the ill, weak and the puppies (for 10 days);
-revaccinations with a DP (Distemper and Parvovirosis) for all the puppies up to 6 months of age.

The truth is that this is a rare occasion in Bulgaria – so many people who generously unite around a common cause, no hate, no suspicion, no splitting. From a good heart, out of love.

We thank the hundreds of donors that took part in yet another dog miracle.

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DP vaccines for a re-vaccination of all the puppies currently in the shelter

We thank everyone who sent their support through bank, e-Pay, PayPal or DMS, in our collection boxes at the Pets&U stores.

We thank the people who chose to donate medications and materials for the clinic, as well as the donors, who sent or brought materials for cleaning, disinfection and medications from humane pharmacies.

We thank a special friend of the Farm for covering our unpaid bills for food; the team of co-workers who collected money to pay or electricity bill, we thank Kizomba Maniacs for organizing a fundraising party.

We thank you for being here, for keeping our back. Animal Rescue Sofia has been saving lives 7 years already, thanks to your kindness and generosity. There are no words to express our gratitude.

The best appreciation card would probably be our good news:
Blind Ikey and paralyzed Zlati are stable and send their regards

Although all of the un-vaccinated animals in contact with the disease have contracted the virus, we managed to keep the infection confined to the quarantine ward where it began. We hope our severe measures to contain the Distemper will be enough and there would be no new cases.

The quarantine will be prolonged till 01.06.2017.

Although the immediate crisis is under control, there is still great need of HELP. We are grateful even for the smallest donation.

After the most urgent medical bills have been covered, currently the shelter needs most of all – food. Especially puppy food of high quality.

If you are able to help – use this option as the best cost/quality product, so far we have enough puppy food for the period of quarantine:

Puppy food

We seek the best quality dry foods, with a high percentage of protein and fat.

Happy Dog has a great ProfiLine for kennels, in 20kg bags that aren’t designed for puppies, but would be excellent for our youngsters and are very reasonably priced:


-Sportive 24/16

-High Energy 30/20

-Race 34/24

Richter Pharma: 02 / 927 99 66;

Krayo is the only one still in the worst phase of Distemper…

Thank you!

From the ARSofia team, full of hope and gratitude,
wishing you luck, happiness, health and… hope your kindness comes back to you triple, dear friends.

And just to let you know how the problem is handled…

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D-r Ilieva getting dressed to enter the quarantine

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Every door has a basin of chlorine solution to prevent spreading the infection, the animals are kept and cleaned separately

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Everyone has their own food and set of materials, the cleaning is meticulous.

4 of the 7 puppies Mathilda had nursed have made it so far, pray for them 


Farewell, Mathilda…

Posted on 18 May 2017


Distemper took our Mathilda.

The mother whose puppies were ran over on the highway, who nursed 7 abandoned babies back to life is now gone. Distemper took our best girl in only two days.

She started coughed a couple of times, her temperature peaked, she lay down… and couldn’t get up any more. We tried everything, but achieved nothing. We lost her forever.


They say dogs don’t have a soul. That they cannot think, they don’t know gratitude, guilt or love. That their behavior is formed by instincts and reactions, they are “just” animals.

Mathilda was nothing less than a person. And if she had a human body, she would also be “a saint” in the eyes of people. Dogs like her come once in a million and remain in your heart forever.

Mathilda was a black angel. A gentle, clever, obedient and delicate soul. A devoted mother, a faithful friend. If there is no Heaven for Mathilde, then there is no heaven at all.


Forgive us for not being able to save you.
Forgive us for being able to help you save the babies you loved.
Forgive us. We will always love you, dear girl.

We continue the fight against Distemper in our shelter clinic.
We thank the people who have already sent their help – our circumstances are really horrible.
If you can help us, even by very little – please, do…

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IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

BENEFICIARY: A R Sofia Foundation; 23 James Bourchier blvd, Sofia, BG


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2 of the orphaned puppies, raised by Mathilda passed away with her. We continue to fight for the rest…


Point Desperation: Distemper

Posted on 16 May 2017


Nothing is worse than the feeling of helplessness. Sensing you’re losing control, that the most important things are beyond your reach, that you can only sit and wait whilst your heart bursts into thousands of pieces.


Day after day we come to work in silence. It’s a torture. Who hasn’t survived the night, who is worse today, who has developed symptoms..?

An invisible plague is stealing our children. Their warm eyes are quietly fading, the gentle faces have less strength to push into our hands, their bodies becoming weaker and weaker until they become so light, they fade away…

Pain. One that makes you howl.
And on top of all this – we’re unable to provide everything necessary for the treatment of our babies.

With the help of the donors from yesterday, we’ve been able to cover 2 unpaid medication bills and make 2 new orders for the most necessary serums and antibiotics. Much more is needed, at the price of over 650E. We don’t have good food for the babies and ill dogs. And although we’ve stopped paying anything, but medical bills – we’re going nowhere.

Even the smallest help is appreciated.

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IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

BENEFICIARY: A R Sofia Foundation; 23 James Bourchier blvd, Sofia, BG


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Please help us treat them, buy tests, get better infusions and have serums for everyone.



Rest in peace, darling Benjamin… Dear, dear boy…


A CRY FOR HELP in the battle with the distemper

Posted on 16 May 2017

Things are bad. Despite all measures taken, the distemper keeps on spreading. Yesterday we made new tests, just to make sure, but some of them were positive.

You know some of the infected dogs, because last week we introduced you with the animals that arrived together with the sick puppy.
Mathilda, the hero mother is sick. Her adopted puppies are sick, too. Two of them already passed away.

Zlati, the dog hit by a car and fought paralyzis, now fights for her life.


Ikie, our gentle blind boy…

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Dear friends,
We thought we’ll be able to fight the distemper alone, but after two weeks in the battle, we are exhausted and broke. With an epidemic like this, not only the medicines and vitamins are a lot, but we also use a huge amount of gloves, good food and disinfectants.

Can you help us?
You can donate via bank, paypal or epay here.

For our patients every help matters!

Mother’s tear

Posted on 05 May 2017

Update 18/05/2017

Distemper took our angel Mathilda…
She is gone.

Original post

It is a dark night, but the highway is not sleeping. The lights of the passing cars and trucks illuminate some small puppies and the attempts of their panicked mother to gather them, to save them.

A truck driver stops to have a coffee in the nearby gas station and notices the puppies. He feels sorry for the dumped family, but what can he do? Some minutes later he goes out to see the broken – hearted mother standing near the corpses of her, killed by the cars puppies. She doesn’t seem to care, whether the highway will kill her as well. It is just a matter of how long – how many minutes, hours – before she looses her life in agony too. He doesn’t know how to help, what to do. He remembers had heard of a dog shelter near Sofia,  “The Farm” shelter, so he sets off, not knowing what will happen next.



It is a dark night. Two human hands take the newborn puppies away from their mother’s warmth. In his heart, the human knows that what he does is wrong and this is why he chooses the night for his accomplice. He throws away the unwanted puppies near a road, but no one sees him – his hands are clean, his consciousness – calm.

Someone finds them. Not knowing how to help, what to do. He remembers he had heard of a dog shelter near Sofia,  “The Farm” shelter, so he sets off, not knowing what will happen next.


It seems that the cry from the box took Matilda out of the apathy she felt when she arrived. One look was enough for her to realize these were not her babies. But it was just another quick look for her to decide they can become hers.

It was destiny gave both Mathilda and the 7 tiny newborns a second chance. And this was how faith in humanity was restored…


The arrival of mamma Mathilda and the 7 puppies happened shortly before the cases of distemper were found in the clinic. Dr Marincheva and Dr Ilieva are fighting the black guest, but we all know the chances of puppies that are so tiny are not very big.

But we also know that without Mathilda’s care and the warmth, without her milk and love, they will be doomed.

Mathilda is happy to be their mother, she likes loving them. Although sometimes, just sometimes, we can see the sadness of her loss in her eyes.


16-heroes happy in Holland!

Posted on 02 May 2017


It’s been a week since we last waved goodbye to the 10 veterans and 6 puppies of Transport VII/2017.

The group has arrived all safe and sound at two destinations – Astrid’s shelter, where 10 of our adult dogs are given a chance to be found by loving families; and Danielle’s foster home, where another 6 little mice will be rehomed to good people.

Well done to Marty and Valio for this quick and untroubled journey.
And here they are, our lovely souls, who are now somehow completely different – smiling in Dutch…

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Let’s begin with the bestest of the news – the first ones adopted.

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Rayna was the first one to go home!



The second one was Boyko the funny yellow boy.









The journey was a little rough for Masha, she has some troubles with her legs. Astrid’s team is taking extra care of her and she should back on all four in no time.


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Kali – smiling as usual….


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The youngsters

Danielle is one extraordinary person. She has already rehomed hundreds upon hundreds of our puppies. Here you can see the youngest travelers – riding the train with her. For socializing!

Danielle brings each one of the puppies she fosters to all sorts of places. They don’t only ride the train, they also go shopping in all kinds of stores, they take car rides to the lakes nearby, meet and greet other dogs, cats, people and everything that is good in the world.

Thank you for giving them this new life, dear friends!

On the way back, the van didn’t travel empty. It brought back food, treats and toys, raised by our long-time friends Betty and Aleidus Koers, the adopters of Sandy. You can see him send you regards on the photo. We rescued Sandy from the Municipal pound of Seslavci as a death-row dog, 7 years ago…

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Sending 16 good dogs home!

Posted on 25 April 2017

UPDATE 28/04/2017

Farewell, dearest!
The best of luck to you!!!

UPDATE 27/04/2017

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We did it! This group of sweethearts is going home ASAP!!!



This week we have a short window of opportunity:
11 big dogs from the Farm’s kennels can travel to the shelter of our wonderful colleague Astrid in Holland.

Astrid is a seasoned dog-rescuer and the conditions in her shelter are excellent. She has already provided homes for 10 of our dogs. Unfortunately, she works mainly with dogs from Romania, where they are culled on a national scale at the moment. The situation with our neighbors makes it nearly impossible to find homes for the poor Bulgarian dogs – understandably, the rescue community is trying to save as many lives as possible.

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To the great luck of our dogs, currently Astrid has some space available. If we manage to react immediately, she could accept these pals for rehoming:
Levon, Kally, Lady, Meggie, Houdini, Jay, Krassy, Masha, Rayna and Boyko.
Added together, these 10 heroes have spent a total of 17 years in a kennel.
12 of them belong to our loving veterans – Krassy, Kally and Maggie…

To fill in the space in the van – 6 homeless babies from the Franziska clinic quarantines can go to the foster home of amazing Danielle, in Holland as well. Helping the Sofia dogs for years, Danielle has rehomed hundreds of our dogs already, and she continues to do so every day.

The problem is – this is not a planned transport. We don’t have the money to send them.
To be able to make the journey – we have to raise 750E till Friday afternoon.
If we don’t – they will lose these spaces and the golden chance of having a family and love.
Could you help them get home?

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IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

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This is them – the dogs that hope for your miracle:


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Kind, clever, friendly and obedient, Krassy’s “sins” are that he is not young and that he is large. This is a great opportunity for him to finally find a home after 6 years in the shelter.


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We took this little meatball in as a starving skeleton from the Kremikovtzi plant. She deserves all the love in the world, really a golden lady. In the shelter since 2012.


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5 years of prison, punished for no crime. Maggie is one of these dogs that never caused any trouble – always healthy, always kind with the others, always in a good mood. We know she will be adopted quickly if she manages to reach Holland, she is a perfect dog.


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This funny guy has lived with people and then had to come back to us. It’s always the saddest to have dogs adopted and returned, because they know what they are missing…


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Dear granny was someone’s dog all these years, before she became useless as a guard and was kicked-out. She has a gentle and kind heart and this is her last chance to be loved at this old age.


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Boyko came to the shelter along with 5 other little pet dogs in distress. The others were quick to go home, but he needed some time to adjust to the environment. A good guy, he has waited over 6 months already, and in Holland – he will be quick to go home.


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You can understand he earned this name by managing to escape every enclosure we tried to put him in. A good guy, so very good that your heart melts just to look at him. When he came in he had a bad knee condition and went through a lot of pain during his recovery. Hopefully, he will get to go home and finally be loved as much as he deserves.


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She came in in January with an old trauma to her leg. A car must have hit her a month ago and a complicated surgery was necessary. It took Jay over a month to recover, and she grew up infront of our eyes in the Franziska clinic. The best dog in the world, but also large and dark – she looks like one of those souls people overlook.

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Here they are – Jay and Rayna, it’s not a good video, but words are never enough to describe how good our dogs are:


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Rayna came in in early March with two “babies” (Rossen and Renny – bigger than her). She had a big wound on her leg and everyone was very frightened, but with loads of work and love everyone of them is on the right track to happiness. A little lady like Rayna has a hard time in the shelter environment, ot would be great to send her home quickly.


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A girl who sets an example!
It took Lady 2 months at The Farm (with a little help from her friends) – to recover form a car accident; get over her fears; make many new friends; be vaccinated and neutered; and find a way out of the shelter. We can only hope this works for her, for her and many others…


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Four black angels from a litter that was tied up to our fence one winter morning…

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Hope they can get to go home, black dogs really need to be rehomed as puppies or it becomes nearly impossible for them when they reach 6-9 months…

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Cutie Turbo and little Fifa are the other two lucky pups that can leave on this journey if we manage to find the funds.


Could you help these angels reach their homes?

A new home: 18 stray Bulgarians become 18 loved Dutch pets

Posted on 20 April 2017


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We did it!
Transport VI/2017 – successful!

A happy future ensured for: Melody, Polly, Nadya, Richard, Sunny, Bella, Norg, Ben, Brashov, Bran, Bragi, Bodra, Bistra, Vanya, Elada, Simo and Malnia!


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These here are the faces that got a life in the land of tulips last week!
Hugs for their foster parents – here and in Holland; hugs for the donors, doctors and volunteers of the Farm who gave them this new life.


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Their golden hearts weren’t born to fertilize the ditches and although it’s a little sad that even our dogs are emigrating – we are really glad to see them smiling in their new motherland.


This avalanche of joy is the lovely litter of Bodra, Ben, Bistra, Brashov, Bragi, Bran – found and fostered by a kind family in Bistritza. Our hearts melt away to see them doing so well:

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From all the possible options of being homeless – the worst is to be an abandoned puppy. Born in some yard by a guard mommy, nursed till 20-30 days of age and then dumped somewhere far away.

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Whilst they were still born outside to stray mothers they still had some sort of a chance. A mom can protect you, feed you, and teach you all about life. But alone outside in this age… it’s a miracle if they survive a couple of days.


Fluffy angels Vanya and Poli didn’t want to leave us…

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But it’s only because they didn’t know what sort of Paradise awaits them!

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18 out of 200 dogs makes 9%. And although it may seem funny to someone, we feel these journeys as huge events. Transport after transport, after transport – so many souls saved, so many lives rescued from a certain death…

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As we walk by the cages, taking out one, shutting the door in the face of the others we hear them call our hearts: “Send us too! We are also good dogs! We promise to listen!”
And your turn will come too, darlings, it will.

There has to be a kind person for every kind dog in this world:
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Easter… antibiotics, Part II

Posted on 18 April 2017

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


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

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

Our worst enemy – heartworm

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

Unfortunately the treatment also takes time and money.

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


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

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


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

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IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

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1 лев дарение за абонати на vivacom, telenor и m-tel (няма ДДС)

It is the difference between life and death for them…

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

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

So many babies…

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

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

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

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

Over the rainbow

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



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

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


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

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

A bundle of life from the trash

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

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

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


Ochko says “Hi”

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

Easter… antibiotics, Part I

Posted on 13 April 2017

It is an honor to introduce you to some of the patients who find help at the Franziska clinic these days – buddies that don’t know it’s a holliday.

Kind hearts who need us here and now. And the Farm is here for them.


What is that on the pavement? A quick look… is it a tire… no, seems like a rug… wait… that’s a live dog! Yordan lay like this at least two days after he was shot, before we accidently stumbled upon him:


Paralyzed. His eyes wild with fear. Someone gave him bread.
It will take more than bread to get Yordan going.
From the many shot-pellets in his body – the one in the spine is the worst.
The pain is paralyzing, but there is no option for a surgery – Yordan is too old:

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D-r Marincheva and d-r Ilieva didn’t give up and fought for him. And just when it looked like nothing more can be done for him – Yordan stood up and made his first steps. Those were difficult, painful steps. And he only did it for us, not that he wanted to live all that much, he just didn’t want to disappoint us.

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After the first unstable days, granddad is already at his feet and you can see hope in his eyes. There is a long way to go yet, before we can say he is OK. And being a granddad in a shelter with pellets in your body isn’t exactly “OK”. But it much more than being a paralyzed old dog on the pavement.

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We believe Yordan didn’t cross our path just accidentally. His destiny was to be happy. Age is not a crime.


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And yet… Old age is no rose. Old lady Ruska is at the end of her road…
The quiet fox never made a full recovery after d-r Marincheva removed fast-growing tumors from her body at the beginning of winter. Although the surgeries were successful, she doesn’t have the energy to fight anymore. She is now in peace and quiet at the clinic, the vets give her strength and the keepers – love, but it’s getting harder and harder for her to stand.

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Ruska’s daughter – granny Vanka (the two were the beloved dogs of an old lady) lives in the dog-building with Deddy and Sarah. If anyone has a quiet place for a kind old girl at the dawn of her days – it would really be a wonderful miracle to see her spend the rest of them at a quiet, soft place…


Mommy Mayra was abandoned in the street very pregnant. Confused and frightened, she found a kind person to take her home. And on the next day – there were already 5 dogs in need. She gave birth to 4 lovely puppies. But in a tiny apartment that was already home to two sick old dogs…

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We took Mayra in urgency. She had an infection which is already under control. The puppies are healthy and well – we already gave them their first vaccine shots. And mommy is well too, we’ve started rearing the little ones, she only nurses them in the morning and evening now.


The best news is that Mayra already has people who love her and come visit every day with their little daughter. When she is ready – she will go directly to her loving home.


Young Rizhko was brought to us with severe bite-wounds. The people who found him thought it was dogs, but if a dog had caught him – he wouldn’t be with us now. Rizhko got in a fight with another male cat – the fight for genetic immortality is fierce.


The boy came in with a double hernia and swelling of the soft tissues. He went through a successful surgery and is already recovering.

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Spay/Neuter isn’t only important for the homeless females – it also extends the life of homeless males. The wounds and infections that males get in the fight to reproduce are often severe and cost them their lives.


The little angel’s recovery, after the complicated orthopedic surgery you gave him, is going very well. He’s already at the end of his recovery month and in a much better mood!

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Toshko is a very gentle and kind soul, one of the best. Whoever choses to adopt him will pride themselves with a real black diamond.

Greetings from the puppies in quarantine

As always – the quarantine is full of abandoned puppies.

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Tiny sweethearts, born in the yards of irresponsible female-dog owners.

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Innocent souls, dumped in the middle of nowhere to find their own way. And they cannot.

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These eyes are shining and will continue to do so, because you are there for them, dear friends.

Hugs from 200 little farmers!

(Part II coming tomorrow)