A training week at “Franziska”

Posted on 04 March 2020


Dr Ursula Goetz qualified as a vet in Germany but has actually never worked there, just before her final exams she took 6 months to work in conservation work in Namibia mainly with big cats.

After she qualified she moved to Northern Ireland and worked as a farm vet. From there she moved to the UK and has since (the last 15 years) worked as a small animal vet and the last ten years as the Head Vet of Mayhew. Ursula has worked in nearly 20 different countries and has taught vets from over 30 different countries.

Ursula has a certificate in small animal surgery and PG Cert in veterinary education.

During the last week we had the happiness of greeting here Dr Ursula Goetz. She came here with a mission – to improve the surgical skills of our vets, to give them tips on the most common operation we deal with – the spaying – and to make sure we follow high standards in our work with the animals.

We are extremely grateful that Dr Goetz included us in her busy schedule!

Not only in medicine – in all professions it is important to continue learning and improving.
We believe that education is the key and we have big plans in this area – not only for animal owners and children, but also for us and our colleagues in animal welfare and veterinary studies.

It’s martenitza time!

Posted on 28 February 2020

Martenitza is more than an amulet for health and luck!

It is a way to remind the people around you, that you care.

And why not reminding the very same things the animals as well?


240 farmers – dogs, cats, donkeys, goats, bunnies – depend that you will not to forget them!

Our martenitzas you can find at all shops Dr Stefanov!
Thank you!

Four Trees

Posted on 19 February 2020

The question is not even “Who?” took care of them, until they got sick, and then abandoned them on the street.

The question is not even “Why?”

For us the main question about Lime, Birch, Morello and Pine is “How?”.

How do you betray someone for whom you are the whole world?

How do you sleep at night when you know that those who love you more than anything can’t fall asleep from fear and hunger on the street?

And when the question “How?” was related to us, it already had a different meaning:

How to find a place in the overcrowded clinic, so that we can admit Lime, Birch, Morello and Pine for treatment?

(We temporarily moved the cats to the changing room and could thus place the four dogs in the cats’ room).


How to find resources for their treatment, while we’re still in huge debts?

We don’t know the answer to this question.

Each one of the four dogs was clinically examined and tested, so that we could find the following:

– Lime and Pine have heartworm and anaplasmosis;

– Morello, Birch and Pine have hypothyroidism;

– All four of them have skin conditions.

The expenses at the beginning – for laboratory tests, vaccines, microchips, diagnostic tests, etc – were covered completely by the lady that found them in her neighborhood and brought them to us.


However, to provide the treatment that will last long, we will need your help.

Although they are not young (especially the two respectable old ladies – Lime and Morello), they have a chance to be treated and live a little longer.

This time with people who care.


This time with people who care.

People who do not abandon. People who love truly.

Can you be those people, dear friends?


You can donate for Lime, Birch, Morello and Pine in one of the following ways:

By bank account:


IBAN in BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954

IBAN in EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

Beneficiary: AR Sofia Foundation


Epay: KIN: 2326683315

Via SMS at 17 777 with text DMS DOG (for Telenor, Vivacom and А1 service users) with a donation of 1, 2 or 5 leva.


Thank you!

Many greetings from Lorena

Posted on 18 February 2020


To everybody who opens their heart, instead of closing their eyes,

To everybody who smiles when they see happiness,

To everybody who can feel the pain of others,

To everybody who helped somebody,

Many greetings from Lorena – a marvelous dog that is all of the above!

Thank you for helping us buy her a new wheelchair!

Lorena is now mobile and she stеps on all the feet she comes across.

A Gang of Five

Posted on 11 February 2020

Here, at the Farm, there is never an empty spot – no sooner has an animal been adopted than a new one on the waiting list is being admitted. So to say, we have dogs on the reserve. For months ahead …

These particular five little mice were found and fostered by the manager of the municipal shelter in Sofia, until it was their time to come to us.

One of the ladies, you will see, is just a little bit cross-sighted. She has a cataract on one of her eyes, but there are still chances for the eye to be saved.

We want to start the week with these little faces and to remind you that nobody can help everybody, but we can all help somebody!

Become a regular Dog Savior by subscribing to a monthly donation of 2 leva – it does not seem much, but it saves lives!


  1. Send an SMS at 17 777 with a text message DMS DOG;
  2. Answer “Yes”, when you receive the question asking you whether you want to donate 2 leva monthly;
  3. Congratulations! You are now a regular DOG SAVIOR!Photo credit: Ivanka Pattreson for Stardust Pictures

Dog of the week: Hally

Posted on 07 February 2020

The excitement around the calendar sale is over and now it is time to renew our regular column, which introduces you to the most important, most special, most beautiful and generally the best dog in the world: The Dog of the Week!

Hally is not somebody you don’t know! For her short life, she faced death not once, but twice.

The first time was when she came to us after a car accident and was almost literally in pieces. The second time was when she had to fight the parvovirosis that attacked our clinic.

Both times, Hally not only survived, but also came out of the battle stronger!

Now Hally is completely healthy and vaccinated, and the orthopedic corrective surgeries affected neither her manner of walking nor her lively nature.

Hally is waiting for her people! Come and meet her!

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

Who am I?

Posted on 05 February 2020

Who am I?

You saw me for the first time in September when I came to the Farm shelter from Batak – a small town in Southern Bulgaria.


But I am more handsome now, because back then I was sick. Could you recognize me?

I am here to ask you, because thousands of dogs like me need rescuing,

To become a Dog Savior, by making a donation in one of the following ways:

By bank account:


IBAN in BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954

IBAN in EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

Beneficiary: AR Sofia Foundation


Epay: KIN: 2326683315

Via SMS at 17 777 with text DMS DOG (for Telenor, Vivacom and А1 service users) with a donation of 1, 2 or 5 leva.

Thank you!

Yours, Chudomir

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

Sasha, Misha, Pepa and their puppies

Posted on 04 February 2020

There are moments when you have to make a choice.

When you have to bear the responsibility of your choice and when you pray that you have made the right decision. Moments when the dilemma comes back to you at night.

A while ago we told you about the three girls – Pepa, Sasha and Misha who were seized from an illegal farm for Chihuahuas after the death of the owner. Pepa and Misha were both diagnosed with ehrlichiosis.

The only healthy dog – Sasha – was spayed, vaccinated and prepared for adoption.

Pepa and Misha, however, turned out to be pregnant.

We knew that with their blood test results, if we didn’t start the treatment immediately, giving birth would have killed them.

We knew that, if we spayed them, the ehrlichiosis would have caused immense bleeding and slow blood coagulation and the risk to their lives would have been too serious.

We knew that, if started the treatment that would have saved the mothers’ lives, the lives of the still unborn puppies would have been at risk.

We made the choice to save the mothers.

We still stand very strongly behind our choice. What is more, our concern about the puppies proved to be unnecessary. Several days ago Pepa gave birth to 3 healthy “little mice” and two days after, Misha’s 2 newborns followed.

For now, both the mothers and the puppies are feeling well.

This turn of events postponed the moment when the two mothers could go to their new homes, but we stand strongly behind the choice we made – not to risk the mothers’ lives with ending the pregnancy.

Especially now, when these five funny guys exist.

Keep your fingers crossed for all of them to stay as healthy as they are today and to have the chance to grow up!

P.S. The puppies are only a few days old and they will depend on their mamma for a very long time. We are not looking for adopters for them at the moment!

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

A cry for help: Morella

Posted on 29 January 2020

Morella is not an extremely beautiful dog, that would make people like her.
She doesn’t have a sad story, to rock everyone and people wish to save her.

But we’ll anyway ask you for help, because Morella’s life is in danger and she is the cuddliest girl!

Morella was thrown out as a puppy with her whole litter. She was found and rescued and waited for her admittance in “The Farm”. When that time came, we found out she has heartworm…

We have patients with heartworm at all times – right now there are three dogs, waiting for treatment.

Hannes has a special friend, who donates for him from distant Canada, but Morella and the other girl – Astrid – will need your help!

A packet of 5 ampules (enough for Morella and Astrid) costs 500 bgn.

We will be extremely grateful, if you decide to make a donation and help us in this struggle!

You may donate:
Via bank transfer at:

First Investment Bank, SWIFT: FINVBGSF,
IBAN in levs: BG07FINV91501215999954;
IBAN in Euro: BG50FINV91501215999956
Beneficient: AR Sofia Foundation
Epay:  2326683315

Thank you!

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson за Stardust Pictures

Month of the week: Paraskeva

Posted on 24 January 2020

Photo credit: Wings Creative Studio

The time has come to introduce you the next special dog starring in our charity calendar – the wonderful Paraskeva!

This delicate angel is 10 months old and during 9 of them she was a “farmer”. She was lucky enough to spend some time in foster homes, so we know – at home she keeps clean and peaceful and she has plenty of love to give!


Paraskeva is waiting for her future best friend in “The Farm”. If you are willing to share a life with her, please, do not hesitate to contact or visit us.

Calendar 2020 is entirely for charity purposes and all of you, who took it, helped thousands of future doggies like Paraskeva to be loved and cared for in “The Farm”. Thank you!

If you still haven’t got the chance – hurry up and see where to find it HERE

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

Lorena on wheels!

Posted on 23 January 2020

Happy Monday wishes you mama Lorena – she has now a wheelchair and she is happy to spent some time away from the babies!

If you don’t know who Lorena is, please meet her HERE

We can confirm our first opinion about her – kind, clever, beautiful – Lorena is an authentic jewel! The fact she is paralyzed doesn’t bother her at all and she takes care of her puppies with tenderness and love.

By the way, the wheelchair Lorena uses is left from a much bigger dogs and Lorena kind of struggles with it.

A new one, made especially for her would cost 300 BGN.

If someone wants to make a donation, so that we take her a better wheelchair, one can donate at:
First Investment Bank, SWIFT: FINVBGSF,
IBAN in BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954;
IBAN in EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956
AR Sofia Foundation
Epay: 2326683315

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

A cry for help: Pancho

Posted on 16 January 2020

He doesn’t see the cars coming, because he is blind.
He doesn’t hear the horns of the angry drivers, because he is deaf.

He is not at home. He is on a main road, minutes away from being hit and killed.

There is a chain around his neck. A memory from the time when he wasn’t blind and deaf and had a home.

It hurts to imagine the fear and the terror, when he realized he is no longer at home, but at a place unknown and scary. A place he couldn’t even see or hear.

It hurts to imagine, how confused he was, wondering why isn’t he at home and what did he do wrong…

We don’t know the reason Pancho lost his sight and hearing. To find it out, we need to make a lot of test and examinations – most of them, really expensive (for example – the nuclear magnetic resonance alone, costs 350 BGN and it is not at all the only thing we must do).

We won’t lie to you. Most probably, even when we have a diagnosis, we won’t be able to reverse his condition.

But there is a spark of hope. A tiny chance for disease we can heal.

Pancho’s world is scary, without his senses.

Our world is empty, without hope.

Dear friends,

We would be extremely grateful, if you make a donation for Pancho.
Without promises, without expectations of miracle.

With only hope.

Via bank transfer:

First Investment Bank; 37 Dragan Tzankov blvd, Sofia, Bulgaria;

IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954;

IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

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

Epay: 2326683315

Thank you!

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures