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A few numbers from 2019

Posted on 14 January 2020

Yet another year passed by “The Farm” and its inhabitants. Another year of struggles and tears, dying dreams or dreams came true.

It was, of course, a tough one, they all are tough,  if every day you see the heaviest clinic cases and the worst in people.

                                                          Kali is at home

But it was also a happy one – it can’t be otherwise, when hundreds of farmers are in their new homes!

And if we need to be exact 592 animals are the adopted animals from “The Farm”!

537 dogs, 53 cats and 2 rabbits! Which means, that every day one and a half animal went home, because of Animal Rescue Sofia!

                                  The big family of Irma, Zuko and Carrie

                                               Ladies and gentlemen,

                                  Eeyore has left the building (and went home)!

 

The number of animals, which came in “Franziska” clinic for treatment is 1854 and the treatments our vets performed on them are 10 287!


                                 Aura came with broken pelvis, two broken legs and spine.
She was completely recovered and then adopted.

                             Chudomir at arrival in Franziska and Chudomir now

We have treated for heartworm 23 patients!

                                     Bruce is just one of our 23 patients with heartworm

28 were the dogs with ehrlichiosis.

2 of these 3 ladies had ehrlichiosis

And 12 doggies were diagnosed with hypothyreoidism.

Before and after photos of Anubis, sick of hypothyroidism

This year the breed that most often was abandoned is changed – after years when the  “leader” in abandonment was the Siberian Husky, 2019 was a significant for abandoned Karakachan dogs, followed by Husky and Labrador retriever.


           Blaga is one of the many Karakachan dogs we’ve collected from the streets

We could clearly see that the fashion is changed and miniature dogs are the ones people prefer to buy. And we see it, because this year we’ve had more small sized dogs than ever!

One more year is behind our backs. And 2020 is a special one for us, because this is the year of our tenth anniversary!

For 10 years we have achieved a lot – thousands of new homes, tens of thousands of saved lives! But there is more to be done and we are looking forward to do it!

Stay with us, dear friends, because together we change the world! One dog at a time!

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Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

 

Month of the week: Browney

Posted on 10 January 2020

The pile of calendars is really small now, so if you haven’t managed yet to grab your calendar and save a life that way – hurry up!
You can see the places the calendar is available HERE

Photo credit: Wings Creative Studio

The star from June is Browney – a lovely lady, about 5 years old. Browney is extremely energetic and smart dog. Her biggest problem in “The Farm” is the boredom.

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

Unfortunately, Browney doesn’t look like a pitbull enough to be chosen by people who like the breed, but she looks like a pitbull just enough, so that people looking for a dog without a breed do not take her.

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

And the truth is is simple – with or without a breed, Browney is lonely and has been expecting for her person for so many years!

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

She is looking forward the day she will give her loyal heart to someone who deserves it!

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

If you are interested in adopting Browney, “The Farm” is open every day!
And do not forget to grab a calendar – that way we rescue thousands of dogs like Browney!


Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

 

Month of the week: Aya

Posted on 20 December 2019

Every year our charity calendar is here, to save lives! It is beautiful and helping – if you still don’t have it, take a look at the places you can find it HERE!

And like every Friday, we proudly present you a dog, starring in one of the months in it!

This week it is Aya – an amazing dog, that is still expecting her adopters in “The Farm”!

Photo credit: Wings

Aya in the amazing calendar, made for our animals by WINGS CREATIVE STUDIO!

Aya’s photos as a stray dog aren’t with good quality, but at least you can see from where her trip has started.


Aya’s large size made her not suitable for a life on the street – people were afraid of her and it was only a question of time, before something bad happens.

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

Her impressive size is also the reason we work with Aya a bit more, than with the others – she knows to come, sit, she understands “No” and gives a paw. A smart girl, isn’t she?


Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

Aya is amazing! She is calm, clever and social. We are sure that she is waiting for her adopter a bit longer, just because she is expecting someone really special!

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

If you are interested in adopted Aya – she is expecting you at The Farm!

Photo credit: Petar Peshev Photography

May be you don’t know yet, but this year in First Investment Bank‘s charity calendar, next to the golden girls from the National rhythmic gymnastic team, are dogs and cats from “The Farm”!

You can get this piece of art in every FIBank’s office by donation 10 BGN. Half of it will be donated to Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnastic Federation and the other half will support our shelter!

And not only this, but at the end of the campaign, FIBank will double all donations!
So, if you don’t have it yet – hurry!

Help them go home!

Posted on 26 November 2019

14 farmers need your help to go home for the holidays!

Dogs, that have been waiting for this chance for a long time – some of them for years.
Unfortunately, it seems that this chance is not in Bulgaria and we have to ask you for help!

Our van is ready for its passengers!

We need 500 levs more to send them at their new homes in Germany and Holland.

Let us introduce them to you – after you see them, please, consider a donation to help them go home!

You probably remember Sharo, aged 10+ , as he was Dog of the week recently. Although, we didn’t expect a miracle for him. Yet, obviously it can happen, if you help us now.


Gaska is the shy bunny, which stays in the corner for years. Most people prefer easy dogs and the shy dogs stay behind the bars for life. We are grateful to our German partners, for giving her this chance!

Kipra is the most gentle and kind creature. To us is a surprise, that she  was born a dog and not a bunny. Kipra’s sisters were adopted very fast, but for some reason, she stayed for months and months. re!No mo

 

Kipra is the most gentle and kind creature. To us is a surprise, that she  was born a dog and not a bunny. Kipra’s sisters were adopted very fast, but for some reason, she stayed for months and months. No more!

 

 

We took Poppy from the Municipal company “Ecobalance”. She is the happiest and sweetest thing ever!

Zaya is an energetic sweetheart. She was rised in a foster home and came to us after she was fully vaccinated. She is a bit spoiled, but we hope her new owner will continue spoiling her.

We expected that Lindor will find a home in Bulgaria – dogs from miniature breeds are usually the very first to be adopted. Probably Lindor’s age stopped the candidates – he is 8 years old – and he must search for happiness abroad.

Kaloyan is one of the three dogs, found tied in the forest. Zornitza and Borimecho are still fighting the heartworm, but Kaloyan is healed and ready for new adventures (including studying German).

Photo credit: Ivanka Patterson for Stardust Pictures

Neni is already loved and expected at home! She is not the first Bulgarian dog at family Koers and we are sure she will be given much love and cares.
Neni was also treated for heartworm.

The next are a bunch of sweet teenagers. As you know, our shelter is overcrowded now and these sweethearts live in the dog runs. We’ll be so happy if they leave before the real winter.

Paco and Chanel are bears with brown coats and golden hearts! Their fosters made miracles and the siblings are incredibly well behaved, and human loving.

Darky also comes from fosters. At first was really scared by the new environment, but Paco and Chanel made him feel so welcome!

Maxi is with the colors, that wouldn’t find him a home here. Thank God Germans don’t think so.

Julio’s sister was adopted here and we will soon tell you her story. Yet, what you need to know about him is, that he is adorable!

If you think they deserve to go home, please, donate:

Via bank:
First Investment Bank, SWIFT: FINVBGSF,
IBAN in BGN: BG07FINV91501215999954;
IBAN in Euro: BG50FINV91501215999956
AR Sofia Foundation
Paypal: donations@arsofia.com
Epay: KIN: 2326683315
Thank you!

 

Calendar 2020 is here!

Posted on 22 November 2019

We are happy and proud to present to you our new charity calendar!

 

For the tenth time, it is created with love and talent by the amazing girls from WINGS!  For the tenth time, the photomodels in it are dogs from “The Farm” shelter – exactly the ones you help, when taking the calendar!

 

Make an order from:

If you are ready to save some lives together in 2020, hurry and get it! Calendar 2020 can be found at the following locations:

PETSHOPS DR STEFANOV

Studentski grad, 76, “Akad.Stefan Mladenov” str. 

 

Lulin, bl.386

 

Ovcha Kupel, 37, Lublyana str.

Sky City Mall, Geo Milev, 52, Kosta Lulchev str

Geo Milev, 27, Nikolay Kopernik str/Fantastiko

Sveta Troica, 15, Zografski Manastir str, City Park Residence

Iztok, 28В, Samokov str, Este Home & Spa

Mladost 4, 3, Alexander Paskalev/Fantastiko

Dragalevci, 204, Cherni Vrah blvd/Fantastiko

Varna

185, Slivnica blvd, Delta Planet

 

ZOOLAND

Strelbishte, 6, Major Parvan Toshev, str 

NOVA VET CLINIC

Mladost 4, 406 street, Billa

BULGARIA MALL

69, Bulgaria Blvd, at reception

ZOOMENU

Mladost 1, bl. 51

Croissant Solunska

31, Solunska str

 

At the stands of 

Perfect Candles

The calendar will also be available at  the annual Book Fair

 

 

Of course, the calendar is also available online:

DR STEFANOV

ZOOLAND

 

 

ZOOBG

 

ZOOMENU

 

 

 

Pet Remedy helps Animal Rescue Sofia

Posted on 04 June 2019

Once again Pet Remedy has decided to help the animals in “The Farm”.
But this time, by donating 10% of the price of every product!

The best part, though, is that you also receive 10% discount of the price.

It means you help your pet at a better price and you help the animals in “The Farm”!

Pet Remedy is a natural product, based entirely on the natural way to relax and de-stress pets. No artificial hormones, no chemistry – only essential oils and herbs!


We would never recommend something we didn’t try. But if in our stressful shelter environment, Pet Remedy makes miracles, it means it will work everywhere.

So, if your pet is nervous or there is stress in its life – change of home, new pet, loss of family member, travel or fireworks, do not hesitate to ask for Pet Remedy – 10 % of the price will come in our shelter for food and medicines!

The products of Pet Remedy can be found at the following places:

Petshops D-r Stefanov

Studentski grad, 76, “Akad.Stefan Mladenov”str

Lulin, bl.386

Ovcha Kupel, 37, Lublyana str

Sky City Mall, Geo Milev, 52 Kosta Lulchev str

Sveta Troica, 15, Zografski manastir str, City Park Residence

Iztok,  28 B, Samokov str, Este Home & Spa

Geo Milev, 27, Nikolai Kopernik str /Fantastiko

Varna, 185 Slivnitza, Delta Planet

 

ZOOLAND

Strelbishte, 6, Major Parvan Toshev str

 

ZOOMENU

Mladost, 51 Jerusalim Blvd

and online:

Dr.Stefanov
Zoobg

Zooland

Zoomenu

Thank you!

A cry for help: Nelly

Posted on 25 May 2019

A quiet day in Berkovitza. Near the road a lonely, nameless and homeless dog gathers some sunshine. In late pregnancy, she is preparing for birth and motherhood.

Witnesses said, she was ran over on purpose. That the “human” who did it, bragged on facebook about it. If it is true – let the police finds out.

A few days later, the dog finally was brought to us. She is in extremely bad condition – broken hips, broken legs. She cannot walk. Or pee. Or give birth.

We urgently made a C-section – two of the puppies inside her womb were still alive.

We are confused. We don’t know what to do, from where to start. Nelly’s blood is like water. Not only because the blood loss, but because on the top of all, she has anaplasmosis. The orthopedic operations are urgent, but the fractures are so many and so severe – here we talk about a 5-6 hours operation. Which, our brave girl will most probably not survive.
           
At the same time, someone delivers some newborn puppies, found in a trash bin. They are crying out of hunger and cold. Nelly hears them and also starts to cry. Broken, in horrible pain, she cries for the puppies. We gave them to her, without any hope – neither for her, nor for them…

Yet, Nelly is a mother of 6 now – 2 own and 4 adopted. She faces a long war – for her life, and for theirs.

The orthopedic operations must be made as soon as d-r Vladislav Zlatinov decides it is safe for her. We don’t even know how much it will cost, we don’t dare to ask.

But we will stay by her. And we hope you will join us in this battle – the battle for Nelly’s life!
Please, donate!

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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The incredible world of Pet Remedy

Posted on 24 April 2019

Just take a look at the amazing collection of goods we received as a gift from the British company Pet Remedy!

We are so happy, that we just couldn’t stop but show off!

The patients in our clinic are happy to have heated pet pads – indispensable during surgeries and newborn puppies, as they have protection for full safety of the animal and can easily be disinfected.

We were skeptical at the beginning about the calming sprays and diffusers, but we have been using them a while now, and they proved their effectiveness.  Thanks to them, our animal transports are much more relaxed for the animals (and quitter for us!) and the cattery – peaceful as never!

 

We have also got cosmetic products – shampoos and conditioners – which turn bathing into a pleasure!

On behalf of our animals – Thank you,  Pet Remedy!

P.S. We will tell you a secret – the products of Pet Remedy will soon be found in Bulgaria, too!

Sharing is caring!

Posted on 04 April 2019

Many are the animals who get a second chance in our shelter. Even more are the ones who get their lives back in our clinic.

But none of this would be possible without the people who support our work, our heroes.

People like

Girgina Kalaydzieva and Rumen Papazov:

Mark & Eleonora Markovi

The students from 11th and 12th class of 21nd school in Sofia and theirteachers Mr Hristov and Mrs Kalaydzhieva

The students  from private school Veda and their teacher Mrs Savina Slavcheva

Petya Atanasova, Iglika Slavcheva and Radostina Abadjimarinova

 

These are the faces of the people, who helped us keep the tummies full!

But it is not all!
All these wonderful people came to see the animals they help and to spend some time with them!

We specially thank to We help paws” which collected and donated a whole  van of  goods – blankets, pillows, toys, bowls and medical supplies!

Thank you!

2018: the summary

Posted on 02 January 2019

And once again we are facing the New Year, hoping that it will be easier, better and more successful than the old one.

But what was the old one like for us?

In a way – 2018 was the hardest year we have ever had. For a first time we had to consider the option of closing the clinic and the shelter – due to financial problems.

On the other hand – through this year, our team has helped more animals than ever (probably the two things just go together)!

Whatever we say in the summary, we will surely skip many things, but in a short, here is our 2018:

Number of dogs and cats, healed in “Franziska”: 

2416!

2416 animals came into our clinic and received help!
Some of them were treated, healed and then returned to their habitats.


Others stayed at the shelter and we promised them a new home.
Unfortunately, there is also a third group – animals for who there was nothing we could do, except being side by side at their last moments on this world.

Most common diagnosis: Coronavirosis
Most common reason for acceptance in the clinic: Animal hit by a car

Every day through this year, our vets have helped 6 new patients!

Number of dogs, accepted in the “Farm”:

1112!

Even though our shelter is with a capacity of 200 dogs, this only means how many dogs we have at any given moment. But at the second a dog is adopted, another one takes its place. That way we took in 1112 dogs from the streets of Sofia (mainly, but not only).

Each one of them has been dewormed, vaccinated 3 times, microchipped and spayed (except the ones (not that many, though) that came already spayed)!

Number of adopted animals:
1078!

Because of our “Farm”, 1078 dogs and cats are nowadays in their new homes!

It is an enormous amount even for us! The only thing that darkens our joy is the fact, that only 70 of them were adopted in Bulgaria…

In 2019 we will do our best to fix this, but without any compromises  with the quality of life!

We lost old friends
IN MEMORIAM 

Farewell, dear friends! We will meet at the rainbow bridge one day!

        

     

 

We found some new friends

There are many friends that supported us in this year and we are grateful to them all!
Here we only want to mention the chain of shopsDr Stefanov.
If suddenly they haven’t appear in our lives, our year would have been much shorter and unhappier!
Thanks to their support and patience, however bad the money problem was, our animals have never stayed hungry!

Special regards and gratitude to Mario and Dr Stefanov! Thank you for your patience and generosity!

In the world

This year our Nadia and Svetlo were speakers in the annual conference for animal welfare ICAWC, this time in Polland!
It is a huge recognition for our work – this is only the second time when speakers from Bulgaria were invited! And the first time? It was in 2016, when again Nadia and Svetlo spoke, in Portugal!

At home

Our biggest disappointment and failure for the year is our unsuccussful attempt to convince the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, that there is such thing as stray cats in Bulgaria.
Our work with stray cats (neuter & rehome) is still illegal in the eyes of the authorities and the international rehomings are still banned!

 

2019

Dear friends,

Thank you, for being next to us in 2018!

Only because of you, we found homes for 1078 dogs and cats!

We healed in our clinic 2416 sick and injured patients!

And most important – only because of you, we continue in 2019!

 

Happy New Year! 
And don’t forget – together we make miracles happen every day!

 

Gods must be crazy

Posted on 29 November 2018

Winter is here! Beautiful snowflakes float around the heads, full of thoughts of Christmas and gifts!

The first snow though, wasn’t a happy moment for us. 4 (yes – four!) dogs and 2 cats were brought in our clinic for just a few days, after they were hit by cars. Speed plus snow equals suffering, isn’t it?

“Franziska” clinic is full and working over capacity, we’ve told you that before. But, please, take a look at our new patients. How to say “No”, how to reject helping them?

 

Claudia

Claudia is a gentle girl. Her paw was so swollen at arrival, broken at two places… but her tail was wagging and her tongue was kissing the helping hands of our vets.

She had to be operated urgently – the pain must have been horrible.

Walter

Only a few hours after Claudia, a second bearded friend arrived, after his meeting on an icy road with a car – Walter. His operation was also urgent – with so young animals the bones heal fast and when it is not fixed and heal badly, the orthopedist must brake it again.

In order to avoid this, Walter was also urgently operated on credit.

Botev

Found on the road, this elderly boy wasn’t as lucky as the youngsters above. He was accepted in shock, with many internal traumas and blood in the stomach. For him the broken leg was the smallest problem – first we had to save his life!

Thank God, Botev survived the first danger! He is now waiting on a queue for an orthopedic examinations and most probably – operation as well.

Claus

This sweet puppy was rescued by a good woman, who saw how large dogs attack and bite him. Once he came to us, we noticed a big wound on his hip, but it couldn’t be caused by the dogs – it was something old. X-rays showed he was injured some time ago, the bone was broken, but got infected.

We are now fighting the infection with antibiotics, but once his condition improves, his leg will have to be operated – the bone broken again and fixed.

Plamen

Plamen is fully paralized, but wasn’t hit by a car or sick. He is just old…

We know there is no place for more dogs here…but how to return a paralized sweetheart like him on the street? Now Plamen lives in our dressing room. It isn’t exactly a home, but it is warm and he is loved….

Boyana

Just like Plamen, Boyana isn’t here, because we can save her. Unfortunately, we did everything possible, but it just isn’t enough.
This sweet old lady came with horrible tumors.

The main tumor was more than 3 kilos and we decided to operate her. Unfortunately, almost all organs are also affected by the cancer and the only thing we can do from now on is to love her and keep her without pain.

 

Dear friends,

Funds are desperately needed. We have even been thinking of closing the clinic, as the debts are enormous. But…how to let them down? How to leave them to die outside?

If you also want our work to continue, if you want to help us help them, please, donate:

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

SMS DMS DOG НА 17 777

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

Or help us, by getting one of our beautiful calendar.

Only together we can help them!
Thank you!

Stubborn enough to work

Posted on 19 September 2018

Dear friends,
Did you know that there are no homeless cats in Bulgaria?

You may see and hear them all the time, but they don’t exist. Or at least this is how Bulgarian food safety agency says.

These cats don’t exist

And, because they don’t exist, they don’t need treatments, castrations or homes. These were the motives we were denied permission to rehome 5 cats in Holland.

If anyone didn’t get it. Our rehoming program for cats was banned by Bulgarian food safety agency – Sofia, because THERE ARE NO STRAY CATS IN BULGARIA!

Dear friends,
You know us. We don’t expect the institutions to help us in our work, although our work is for the good of the society as well. But we are so tired of working despite the efforts of the authorities to stop us!