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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Lilliana and Rossen’s wedding

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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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The Farm shelter in the bTV News

Posted on 14 December 2016

Our sincere gratitude to bTV News for sharing our appeal for help – we are terribly overcrowded and in need of financial support – for food, heating and medications.



A fantastic donation from the Susy Utzinger foundation

Posted on 08 December 2016

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Our sincere gratitude to our colleagues and friends from the Susy Utzinger Foundation – they sent the Farm a much needed donation. 4 pallets of very useful materials have arrived in Sofia and are already put to good use!

Among the many necessary things there are foldable crates, transport boxes, beds of all sizes, blankets and towels, feeding bowls, food, treats…

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Our very special thanks for the medical instruments that d-r Marincheva and d-r Ilieva gladly received! And most of all for the stomach surgery sets that we use for spay/neuter – we really needed it, but it was not possible to put aside money for it. Also, the clinic got pinchers, scissors, hemostatic sets, and many other things that we use daily in our clinic.

The horses also got Christmas presents. Rugs to protect them in the winter cold, and collars of different sizes. Although all of the donations are second hand, we got everything washed, disinfected and well organized.


Our cordial thanks to the amazing people on the team of the Foundation and Susy herself – for all the amazing work they do for so many creatures all over the world. On the photo below – our senior administrator Sunny, inspecting the donation with pleasure, and choosing the perfect winter jacket (as you know, he is all bold and lovely).


Smiles and hugs for all animal angels!

Our AWESOME 2017 Calendar!

Posted on 19 November 2016


Dear friends,
our 2017 charity calendars are now on sale online and at four locations in Sofia!

Again, we thank the amazing team of Creative Studio Wings for making it. This years’ theme: Our Puppies!

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Twelve sweet youngsters from “The Farm” are here to bring you a smile throughout 2017! They are all what we call dumped babies – our lovely kids, rescued and loved with us, at the shelter.

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.


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Bulgaria blvd 69 SEE MAP
* at the Information desk on the ground floor


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Zooland Strelbishte
Major Parvan Toshev 6 str. SEE MAP


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Pets&U Hemus

Cherni Vrah 25A blvd. SEE MAP


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Pets&U Neofit Rilski 
Neofit Rilski 35 str. SEE MAP
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Pets&U Mladost

Alexander Malinov 91 blvd. SEE MAP

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.

ZooBG online shop


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

Thank you!

Many hugs for the people who’ll chose this super-calendar for themselves or a gift! Every penny of it comes to the Farm, where it will be providently divided between the needs of the dogs and reconstructions at the shelter. Our puppies wag their tails for you!

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1 ton of heating pellets from Woodward Bulgaria

Posted on 14 November 2016

Our warmest gratitude to the Charity committee at Woodward Bulgaria!!! Their kind help has allowed us to keep the dogs warm until the end of this month.


The awesome people have raised funds among themselves, so they can help the Farm with something really necessary. Currently, the biggest needs are – heating pellets, medication and food. But – it has proven to be most difficult to find sponsors for heating, we aren’t sure why. Perhaps the donors feel it is a waste of resources – keeping dogs warm. But when you are ill, or recovering, really tiny or very old, locked up in a cage without a way to run about to warm-up… you need, you really, really need a place to cuddle up without freezing.

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We are really grateful to the team at Woodward for this donation.
And we wish them – to always be warm – in body and in soul, and to always have a caring friend nearby.

Our situation

Astronomic winter may come on December 21-st by calendar, but it has already come to Bogrov, to the Farm. Sub-zero temperatures are already with us, making it as difficult as they can – both for us and for our dogs.

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Your great help allowed us to install two heating stoves last year – one for the large dog-building, and another for the clinic. In the clinic – by radiators, in the dog-house, by floor heating (it is too large and there is no way to warm-up the air inside).

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Since the dog-building is too large, and we don’t have enough funds to be able to keep both wings warm, we moved all the dogs that really need additional warmth in the northern wing. These are all the babies, operated animals, the oldies, the chronically ill. As you can see in the photos – the babies are making the most of it – more or less, they don’t leave “the warm spot” – during the day and at night. The bigger ones use it for sleeping during the night, and keep warm barking as loudly as they can throughout the day.

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Just to be clear

Since we’re constantly looking for ways to keep the dogs warm, it so happened that we were accused of needing the heat for ourselves. There’s no such thing. Our so-called “office” is a metal warehouse container – with concrete flooring and almost no insulation. We don’t have heating here, only a wood-burning stove, for which we buy wood at our own expense.

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We work in hats and jackets (because we can’t work with gloves), the two office dogs – Bushi and Sunny are constantly cold, in the morning, their water is frozen and some of the machines we have don’t want to work at all until we’ve warmed up a little. No, we’re not asking for help to keep ourselves warm. If that was important to us – we wouldn’t be working here – it gets over 40C in the summer and as low as -20C inside in the winter.

If you want to help

If you would like to help our dogs keep warm during the long winter, you can contact us, make a donation, or directly purchase burning-pellets from manufacturers and send them over. The prices vary between 180 and 200E per ton.


Thank you for being there for them!

Medical donations from One Percent Change

Posted on 16 August 2016

We hadn’t heard of One Percent Change before – a group of people who donate from their monthly salaries to different charities. So, when they reached us: “We want to help the shelter in August, what is it that you need the most?” – we were astounded.

As you know, the shelter is currently swarmed by puppies – each needs to vaccinated three times, kept parasite-free, neutered… And in August when there are very few donors and we’re hardly making ends meet.


We thank the kind people for donating 1500BGN for vaccines and tests, so we can take care of our babies!

Our charity t-shirts at the Pets&U stores

Posted on 26 July 2016

The Animal Rescue Sofia t-shirts are here. Made by us – for you, and in support of the dogs we care for!

This time we have four designs, in different colors and sizes:


Mens shirts – M, L, XL



Ladies shirts – S, M, L, XL

You can find our mega-cool t-shirts  at the Pets&U stores:
– Cherni Vrah blvd. 25A
– Neofit Rilski str. 35.

The price of the t-shirts is BGN20, and all the profits for it go for the keeping of the dogs at the Farm. Like so:

We made the shirts (strong cotton Fruit of the Loom t-shirt + extra strong prints for heavy washing) at the price of (approximately, as they vary in size and model) BGN07 – with “shelter money”.

This means the shelter “profits” by BGN13 from every t-shirt sold, but the BGN07 invested also come back.

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We hope you like them! Summer is always the hardest time for us, as people are far from the problems. It would be awesome if you choose one of our shirts – you will be donating for the shelter, and also getting a superb shirt to remind you of the dogs you’ve helped.

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