Living on the edge

Posted on 02 May 2018

We don’t hide the situation of “The Farm” is close to a disaster – it has been like this for months and gets worse each day.

Medicines, dog food, supplies – we decide either we buy them or not on spot – day per day and our unpaid bills only become bigger.

Most of the dog carers already left – because of the constant delay of the salaries. Thank God for the really devoted people who stayed despite all.

We even consider reducing the number of the staff members and the dogs at half in order to survive during the summer…

For every expense out of the anyway low budget, we ask for your help.

And in this situation, we must decide:

To bring them home or not?

Transporting dogs to Germany is an expensive task.

May be something we should from now on consider luxury and stop doing it?
Or, may be, it is something that you, our donors should decide?
Here are the ones that have a chance to travel:

Fitz and Sivana

Fitz and Sivana are brother and sister. Their owner abandoned them back in 2011, when they were 5 years old. Several years later a chance appeared for Fitz and he was adopted.
We were very, very happy, but… Sivana stopped eating. She was depressed and sad. Only a week after Fitz was adopted, she was exhausted and we had no choice, but calling the adopters. The information they gave us wasn’t good as well – Fitz was depressed and howling all the time.
As the adopters couldn’t take Sivana, we had no choice but taking Fitz back. The happiness of their reunion was something that proved – the only way we would again rehome Fitz and Sivana was together.
Finding a home for one old dog is very hard. Finding a home for 2 old dogs together…well… impossible. Until  now. Fitz and Sivana have a home in Germany – visited and approved by our partners there.



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Someone found this wonderful dog roaming the streets of Sofia. We took him immediately – he looked like he was hit by a car and the X-rays proved it. But it was a long time ago and his spine was broken. Why is he walking was an enigma for the vets. And because they couldn’t say why he was still walking, they also couldn’t predict his future condition. Probably the lack of guarantees for his health is the reason he couldn’t find his people in Bulgaria.


She is young and beautiful – an easy goal for rehoming. And she was adopted. And then turned back to the shelter. And then adopted again. And then we took her back, because living on a chain was not how we were promised she’ll live. Pollyana has a chance for a new beginning. Finally.


She came here with her puppies and as often happens – they were adopted and she stayed. Big, black dog – normal.

The teenagers

Dogs aged from 7 to 11 months. They have different backgrounds – some had homes, some foster homes.




The common between them is they can go to Germany…or stay in Bulgaria and spend the next few years waiting, like Fitz and Sivana have waited for their chance for 7 years!


Dear friends,

We try to avoid being overdramatic, but this time your help is a question of survival for us.

Not only for the transport, but for The Farm as well. Thank you!

Please, help us continue our work by donating:

FIBank; 37 Dragan Tzankov blvd, Sofia, BG; SWIFT: FINV BG SF

IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

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


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Together we help!

Posted on 05 January 2018

Sometimes we feel so alone and desperate – all the medical cases and people who abandon their pets makes us feel we fight windmills.

But moods like this pass really fast – because the good people we meet are more, because the animals we help together are getting more and more every day!

We haven’t met the holidays alone – you, dear friends, helped us in keeping our animals well fed, warm and happy!

So many of you came to walk the dogs, to buy a calendar, to make a donation or just to take a look, that we have forgotten all the bad thoughts.

Once again the teachers and the students in the English-American School didn’t forget the 200 farmers! They have collected and donated 560 BGN and also spent some time with the ones they are donating to!

The fan clubs of Arsenal and New castle in Bulgaria proved they care not only for football, but for good causes as well – they donated 740 BGN! With the money we have bought much needed tests for infectious diseases! Lets’ hope these tests will always be negative and the mood of the donors – positive!

“Raven and cannonball” bar have donated 484 BGN!

And all this money were only spent on the dogs, because there was no need to worry about their warmth this winter!
And this happened, because we have received this amazing view:

10 tones of pellets! The amount, needed for the clinic and the shelter for the whole winter!
This miracle happened thanks to Kamen and Velislava!

On behalf of the sick and unfortunate,
On behalf of the sad and abandoned,
On behalf of the hundreds who get a chance for health, happiness and new homes
through us,
we want to tell you THANK YOU FOR CARING!


Calendar 2018 – a fairy tale that helps!

Posted on 29 November 2017

Wait no more – our amazing charity calendar is on sale!
Once again the awesome Creative Studio Wings have made a miracle!

All dogs in it are from our shelter “The Farm” and through purchasing it, you help us help them!

The price for a calendar is BGN10. If you decide to order online – there are also transport costs.
Please note, the shops that sell it do not profit, they are only doing it to help the suffering animals on the Sofia streets.


Bulgaria MALL

69, Bulgaria blvd at INFORMATION

Zooland Strelbishte

Major Parvan Toshev 6 str.

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Pets&U Hemus
Cherni Vrah 25A blvd.

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Pets&U Neofit Rilski 
Neofit Rilski 35 str.

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Pets&U Mladost
Alexander Malinov 91 blvd.

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Online shops

The charity calendar can only be purchased by cash on delivery.
Since the earnings are a donation and are not part of the shops’ ordinary item exchange it is not possible to pay by bank or credit card.


Zooland Online


Delivery is paid by the buyer, cash on delivery method only.
The store works with RAPIDO  by the company price-list.


Pets&U Online

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Delivery is paid by the buyer, cash on delivery method only.
The store works with DnD courier services.


Delivery is paid by the buyer, cash on delivery method only.

Thank you!

A cry for help: Rayna

Posted on 30 October 2017

Close your eyes! Remember! Remember the human, the shotgun, the horror, the pain! Be afraid! Run! Survive!
Rayna. Shot in the face with a shotgun. Horrible pain, caused by a human being. A postponed death in agony…

When we met Rayna for a first time, she was petrified by fear of humans. For her any human was the monster with the shotgun, the ogre from Opitzvet village.


Close your eyes! Remember! Remember the human, the caring hands, the love. Enjoy! Love! Live!

It is again Rayna’s life, but here, in The Farm. Her entire body is filled with love and joy and her tale never stops wagging.

We already told you the story of Rayna before. It sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? To survive with such a wound, in such a pain, with severe infection; without an upper jaw, without any hope. And yet… there is hope. And this hope is in our hands – mine, yours, hers…

To live a normal life, Rayna cannot stay like that – there are too many infections with an open wound like that. After long discussions, X-rays, scanner, Dr Vladislav Zlatinov has an idea – bold and innovative, and also – expensive.
But an idea, that is Rayna’s only hope.

Dr Zlatinov would try to do the impossible – titanium implants grafting, blood-supplied bone grafts from fragments of the lower jaw, which will replace the upper jaw and will not only prevent the constant infections she is having but will also help her breath and eat normally. The whole procedure is a precedent in the veterinary medicine and can only be compared to important achievements in a very progressive humane medicine.
The price of the titanium implants and the surgery is too much for us – about  1000 – 1500 Bulgarian levs (500 – 750 euro).

We can’t help her alone. Could you help us help her?

If you want to be part of Rayna’s only hope, you may donate at:

Via bank transfer:

FIBank; 37 Dragan Tzankov blvd, Sofia, BG; SWIFT: FINV BG SF
IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

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

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Thank you!

04-11.09 Spay/Neuter Marathon with the Worldwide Veterinary Service

Posted on 30 August 2017

Well done, people!

We expect you at the Farm at the right day and time!

Dear friends, we are happy to inform you that this year the awesome vets from the Worldwide Veterinary Service are back for not one, but two Spay/Neuter Marathons! The first one is already open for appointments.

Spaying and neutering is free for both homeless and owned cats and dogs.
Dates available: 05 to 10.09
Make an appointment: 0879 022 672


The Worldwide Veterinary Service helps people like us all over the planet, by sending volunteer vets to support the local groups. This is the second neutering campaign we are doing together. Last year besides the two teams of lovely nurses and veterinarians they also sent us an autoclave – we use it to sterilize the clinic’s surgical instruments.

We are really happy to be working together again and are expecting you and the animals you care for at our clinic. If you don’t manage to make an appointment now, you can make sure you’re ready for October.

The next Spay/Neuter Marathon with WVS will be: 10-20.10.2017

GALLUP: 50% of the dog owners dump their unwanted pups

Posted on 27 August 2017

A poll by Gallup International, ordered by animal welfare NGO Animal Rescue Sofia shows there are 2 400 000 owned dogs in Bulgaria in total. The number of dog owners equals the number of smokers in the country, two third of the dog-owners also have a cat.

Two shocking facts have surfaced in this study:
-80% of the owned dogs in Bulgaria are being cared for outside the house;
-50% of the owners admit that they dump the unwanted puppies their dogs produce.

The stray dog problem in Bulgaria will not be solved until true control is enforced on dog owners and responsible dog ownership is introduced through an education program, Animal Rescue Sofia comments.

“Only 17% of the owned dogs are neutered, and that is only in the cities” said ARS spokeswoman Stella Raycheva for Btv. She adds: “In the 4 years since the efforts to decrease the dog population began, the Ministry of Agriculture has not fined a single person for pet abandonment.”

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A more detailed analysis of the survey can be found PDF HERE (sorry, Bulgarian only)

S. Raycheva comments the poll for Btv – VIDEO HERE (sorry, Bulgarian only)

Two weddings and a Shelter

Posted on 04 August 2017

The concept of “Donations not Flowers” is very simple. At any major holiday – like a wedding, a birthday, christening or prom, the guests receive an invitation with a small note: not to bring flowers for the hosts, but to leave the amount they would spend for flowers in a charity box at the event.


You’d be surprised how much good can be done in this way! Instead of the temporary joy of a torn flower you have the opportunity to raise a considerable amount to support any cause you care for.

You know we are swamped with babies. There are already 69 here in the shelter, and almost as many are waiting for space to clear up in foster homes. Good food is an investment in good health when it comes to puppies. But the healthy feeding of so many babies is an almost impossible task – good food doesn’t come cheap and they do eat like dragons.

Two weddings saved us from a puppy food crisis in the last 6 weeks. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have been able to feed our babies quality kibble. They wouldn’t have strong legs and shiny coats, we would have many more health issues with them.

Bobby and Nora

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Bobby, Nora and… Tara!
The lovely family has an adopted dog from us – through the adoption weekends at Pets&U. Back then Nora and Bobby weren’t married, but we still think that Tara is their first, adopted child.

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Bobby and Nora donated 500BGN for the puppies at the Farm – from the gifts the guests had prepared. 500 BGN isn’t a small amount for a young family. They could buy something necessary for their home, or take a vacation… Instead Bobby and Nora decided to help the babies who shared Tara’s destiny…

Velislava and Kamen

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Velislava and Kamen have been helping animals in need for quite some time. This time – they decided to be the angels for the Puppies at the Farm. And they did it!

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950 BGN was the sum the young family spent on puppy kibble – 16 bags (15 kilos each) of food from Happy Dog – 240 kilgrams! Instead of feeding it all at once, we mixed it 1:1 with other foods kind people had donated on our weekend walks. This way we managed to feed the babies well for a whole month, keeping them healthy and well.

Major luck!

Kamen and Velislava, Nora and Bobby – bless you!

Let the good, generosity and amazing love always remain in your hearts!

We wish you the healthiest of children – to be the pride and joy of their parents, to grow up as worthy people, just like yourselves.

We hug you, send you all the best we have in us and thank you on behalf of the shelter’s puppies. You will be incredibly happy! There could be no doubt about that!

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Let’s build a Puppygarten!

Posted on 12 July 2017

The Puppygarten will take place!
Thank you, dear friends!

This week we expect help from IN TIME couriers!
The company will cover the expenses for the building of the Puppygarten – the concrete, pillars, roof, doors – everything necessary for the construction of a cozy puppy enclosure.

The pipes and drainage were donated from EUROCOM 2000!
Our cordial thanks for the continuing support – this is the second time the company donates water-work materials to the Farm.

And with all the help we got from you – we will pay for the dog houses!
4 triple and 13 single dog houses will be made for our little monkeys by the awesome volunteer Evgeny. The large ones will house the babies of the Puppygarten and the singles will be for the dogs that cannot live in the big building.

We will keep you posted,

Dear Friends,

we bought the Farm 3 years ago as an old dairy farm. We haven’t stopped working for the dogs for a single day, and along with all of you, we managed to turn an abandoned farmyard into a real shelter, along with a fully equipped veterinary clinic.

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The Farm at the beginning – 2013

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The Farm now – 2017

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Our “Franziska” clinic

Something new happens here every month. A pipe by pipe and tile by tile, the living conditions of the animals are improving. Today we present to you a project that we call “The Puppygarten” – a space reserved for our youngest inhabitants.

As you know, the mortality and infection rates of puppies in shelter is huge. Strict rules and separate spaces are needed to keep the epidemic away. Perhaps that is the reason ours is the only shelter that admits puppies.

Depending on the season, these are between 30 and 60 new puppies every month. And each one needs to be vaccinated 3 times, be dewormed and fed special food, but most of all – kept in isolation until all of the vaccination shots have come through.

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Our current puppy quarantine spaces 

Currently – this whole procedure takes place in the shelter quarantine. Without sun or ventilation, on ceramic tiles. Being that this is very good from a clinic point of view, as the best means of preventing infections, it is also very damaging for the over-all condition of the babies. 2 months of live “in a bathroom” are too many for creatures so young.

Would you help our babies be healthier?
Would you help us build a small Puppygarten in our shelter?

The Puppygarten is a simple idea:

The Puppygarten project for the Farm 

It is a space where the puppies can live separated from the other dogs, but in the sun and with a space to run, between their second and third set of shots. This way they will have a stronger immunity, will not suffer from rickets and joint problems, and will have enough stimuli from the outside world, to grow up as curious and friendly babies.

We want to build our Puppygarten in the last of the shelter’s waling-yards. It is not something cosmic, just 4 separated yards, easy to clean and disinfect, where we can grow babies in the Spring, Summer and Fall. This will not be our first Puppygarten – in the old shelter, with the help of Vivacom, we managed to build one just like it, and it helped us raise over 1300 healthy and happy puppies.

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The Puppygarten at our old shelter – 2012

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The space where we want to build the new Puppygarten.
The clean-up and transportation of the waste is a gift for the dogs from their long-time friend Kalin

We know the summer isn’t the best time for a fundraiser such as this one. But now is the time to do it, and the count of babies we have to send away grows every day.

Help us build a Puppygarten in the Farm, dear friends, make a gift of sunshine and health to our un-wanted babies – even the smallest help matters:

FIBank; 37 Dragan Tzankov blvd, Sofia, BG; SWIFT: FINV BG SF

IBAN BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954; IBAN EUR: BG50FINV91501215999956

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


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What are the expenses? The Puppygarten in numbers:

10 cubic meters of concrete – 565 Eur

Fences, doors, hinges – 230 Eur

Bricks, plaster, paint – 250 Eur

Syphons, pipes, drainage and sewer – 195 Eur

Beams and Onduline for the roof – 185 Eur

TOTAL: 1 420 Eur



Houses are also needed. We’ve found a good option:

Our friend – Evgeni, who is a carpenter (and also a long-time volunteer with us), can make comfortable and sturdy dog-houses for our babies at a reasonable price.

Each is made from a single piece of plywood, and if we by a wholesale pallet, the price for each one of 25 houses we need would be 25 Euros. This is two times cheaper than the cheapest houses you can buy ready-made.

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We hope, if we manage to raise the funds for our Puppygarten, to be able to order 4 tripple and 13 individual dog houses for all the dogs living outside. Of course – we would be happy to get donated houses, as long as they are in a decent condition.

Is it doable?

Will we succeed in having both healthy and happy puppies and increase the numbers we can work with at any given moment?

We fully understand that the middle of summer isn’t the best time to be looking for help like this. But there are so many of us here, that even if every 10-th person decides to join – at the end of the month the Farm will have a splendid new Puppygarten, full of smiling babies who get health directly from its source – the Sun.



New sand in our walking yards

Posted on 07 March 2017

The best thing about the Farm are its doggie yards. We are now replacing the old sand with new, to the great delight of the dogs. Digging, running, playing outside should be the constitutional right of every good dog in this world.


The purpose of these yards is for every dog to leave the cage during the working days, when the volunteers are not here. To have an experience different from the cage at least twice in a week.

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The dogs take turn to be taken outside by the keepers. The youngest ones always go first, because it is most crucial for their development to get different stimuli every day. We mix different cages, change the groups, so they don’t form packs and get socialized with different friends.


One of our Telerik yards is used for a few dogs that cannot cope with living with the other dogs in the shelter building. Who they are – our poor Pisha (or Brainy) who is on mental medication for chewing her own legs, two lovely heroes you know who just recovered from skin disease – Bubka and Ruby, and crazy nut Oleg – a very nervous and aloof guy. They too will have a new “carpet” tomorrow.

International Spay Day

Posted on 28 February 2017


2 400 000 is the number of owned dogs in Bulgaria

>> 80% of them live outside

>> 17% of them are neutered

>> 50% of owners of yard dogs admit to dumping the offspring of their dogs in the street or outside the city *

Homeless dogs don’t just spring out from the ground. They are the offspring of the thousands of chained or loose yard dogs kept as live alarm-bells by irresponsible owners who have left them to breed freely.

Only one female dog can give birth to 60-80 puppies in just 5 years.

Spay/Neuter is a simple, routine surgery from which the dogs recover quickly and easily.

The price is affordable, and in Sofia there are several options for free-of-charge spay/neuter for yard dogs.

Don’t leave the dogs around you un-spayed. Don’t let the people around you dump puppies in boxes and seal a horrid faith.

It costs little or nothing, it takes a small effort and it is the only humane way to solving the stray dog problem we have had for so long.

We thank all the volunteers who have been catching, neutering and releasing homeless dogs in the streets of Sofia.

And a salute to our vets d-r Marincheva and d-r Ilieva – it is their day today.


The number of animals we have neutered so far is now 8952.



* data from the national survey conveyed by Gallup International in December 2013

A genius idea: Donations not flowers

Posted on 28 December 2016

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Do you know what it is?
So simple – at an important event (like a wedding or a birthday, anything that includes invitations), the invite to the party carries a small message: “Please, don’t get us flowers, leave your “bouquet” in the donation box at the entrance.

This way – donations are made for a meaningful cause, instead of money being spent on tens of bouquets (that will go in a day or two). A meaningful, useful donation can be made to a good cause, they are turned into something good and lasting.

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Whether it be our cause – animals in need; or something else… there is such a great need for kindness and generosity in our world – there are so many good hearts in trouble.

We salute and hug every person that has put the “Donations not flowers” idea into good use. And especially – these two new families – Lidia and Bobby; Liliana and Rossen!

We wish you happiness, health, love, loads of friends, lovely children and hearts – full of love – always, always!

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Love and happiness for all – humans and animals

And at last, we share with you a few words from Lilliana, who put in short the most important things about this wonderful concept:

We found our cat Tommy as a little kitten 2 years ago. He was hiding under a car at the Toyota parking, where I work. He was hurt, probably hit by a car. My colleagues and I raised funds for his treatment, and I adopted him after that. He is an inseparable part of our family.

We would like to encourage everyone to adopt an animal – it will pay them back in endless love and attachment. Rossen and I really love animals, and we always try to help the homeless dogs and cats we meet. That’s the reason why we asked all our wedding guests – friends and relatives, to become part of a noble cause and make a donation instead of buying flowers.

Continue rescuing animals and caring for them, we will continue coming to the shelter as volunteers and bringing friends along!

We are so grateful!
If you too would like to help us help more animals in need, please – get our charity calendar, it can be bought in stores and online.

3 years at the Farm shelter

Posted on 20 December 2016


It’s exactly three years today, since Animal Rescue Sofia came to work at “The Farm”.
Seems like it was a whole life ago…

On 20.12.2013, thanks to the help of thousands of generous people from Bulgaria and all over the world, we bought this place – an old dairy farm, which we promised to turn into a real shelter for homeless souls. A place where they would find real love, real care, a real life and a real chance to be happy and loved. A shelter, not a concentration camp.

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In three years, which we spent in work and reconstruction, what are our statistics?

  • 2158 rehomed
  • 3079 neutered
  • Hundreds of patients treated for trauma and disease at our clinic…

And not a penny from the Municipality. Not a drop of help from the government. Just you and us – people with hearts who love animals and a job well done – we managed to provide homes to 2158 homeless dogs.

Can you imagine 2 dogs? And 20? How about 200? 2000!? It’s hard even for us, although they’ve all been in our hearts… So many stories, so many unusual destinies, loved friends who came sad and left smiling for a new life.

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It’s hard to find the words to help you, dear friends.
In these years that we’ve had your support – to be honest – it has been incredibly difficult, truly hopeless at times – we’ve gone on, because of you. Because you cared. Because we made a decision together – to make Bulgaria a better place for living. For the people, and for the animals here.

We thank you for being there, dear angels! We wish you happy holidays!
Loads of love to you and everyone you care for,
from the people and animals of the Farm shelter!
(To be exact: 220 dogs, 18 cats, 12 people, 3 goats, 2 horses, 2 pigs, 1 ram and 1 rook – all of these, your friends)


PS Most people think we’re some kind of misanthropists. Dog-people – because we so much harm done to animals by humans; dog-haters – because they believe we can only love dogs…
But you don’t have two hearts – one for animals and another for humans. You only have one and it either knows how to love, or does not.
In the 7 years since we started working together, we’ve seen loads of People. And we can tell you, dear friends:
– the ones to be proud of are many, many more than the ones we should be ashamed of!
We hug you, send you love and are really happy to know you’re there for the dogs!

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