Bulgarian Society For Animal Protection and Preservation

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Bulgarian Society For Animal Protection and Preservation

Postby rgawith » Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:31 am

Hi!

I am trying to raise awareness and funds for the BSAPP which is run by a vet in Sofia and supported by a few like minded people including myself and a friend who lives in Bulgaria and is working on opening her own rescue centre.

The Bulgarian Society for Animal Protection and Preservation collects stray dogs (and cats), treats any injuries, castrates animals and then tries to find them suitable homes.

The charity was founded 8 years ago by Dr Stoyanov an Associate Professor and a vet of some 30 years based in Sofia, who still runs it and gives his vet care to all animals in the shelters free of charge, as he does for anyone unable to pay. He has so far funded all the work from his own pocket but now the charity aims to expand and take on a much greater workload, plus the charity aiming to aquire and equipe a mobile clinic to visit all areas in need in Bulgaria, treating any animals as necessary, carrying out a neutering, identification and vaccination programme and educating the local children, adults and some of the local vets in todays methods of animal treatment and welfare.

There ar a number of ways you can help immediately:

'Cuddles Appeal'

The aim is that every animal in the charity's care should receive a blanket to calls it's own. This is to provide not only warmth, but some physocological comfort, some dogs hate living in kennels and desperately miss the company of humans, and in the case of street dogs, the company of the other dogs.

The blankets can be donated as they are or cut down to suitable sizes and stitched around the cut edges, or better still handmade from any kind of materials except pure wool, as these are too difficult to wash. They should range in size from 14" x 14" to 48" x 48" thereby ensuring we have something for every dog from the smallest puppy to the biggest giant.

If you can donate towels, blankets etc please let me know and I will try and help arrange collection.

There are several other things in the pipeline such as a possible sponsored walk in Sofia, T-shirts with the BSAPP logo, handmade scarves to buy, Xmas cards etc.

The charity would like to introduce a fostering scheme, whereby anyone not able to take a dog fulltime would take one for a specified number of weeks, introduce it to basic household training, lead walking and assess the dog in its reactions to people, traffic, other dogs, small animals and children. Hopefully then the charity can give a full profile to anyone wishing to adopt a dog on a permanent basis.

Of course being a charity, there is the need for volunteers to help look after the dogs in care, possibly assist with exercising them, playing with them and generally getting them socialised..

Further down the line it is hoped to introduce a 24 hour emergency telephone helpline, plus various other services, such as patrols to collect the strays, assessors to visit prospective adopters etc.

Anyone with any ideas for raising funds or any other kind of donations for the dogs please feel free to contact me, plus of course, cash donations are always welcome.

A bank account is being set up in the Uk for donations and possibly a charitable arm here in the UK, please contact me for details.

There are a number of other ways you can help such as sponsoring my site, maybe 'adopting' a dog that cannot be rehomed, just raising general awareness. I know there is possibly a charity balloon and microlite event being organised in Bulgaria for June and so on...

Here's an idea I just thought of - what about asking any friends or family that go to stay in your holiday home for a donation to the BSAPP for staying in your home.

The main BSAPP website is http://www.bsapp.hit.bg and is being updated with English content over the next few weeks so please keep an eye on that.

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Postby magicvw » Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:54 am

Bravo to you! I've been trying to find out if there was a charity like this for ages.

Do you have a branch in/around VT? I own a language school here- have you got anything like posters or leaflets I can put up/around?

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Postby carriemc » Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:17 am

I would be interested in having an ad on your site - it would help me & hopefully the cash would help you.

Could you pm me with details please.

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Postby rgawith » Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:36 am

Hi Vicky,

Not sure as of yet if there are posters but this could easily be arranged and would be much appreciated if you could help spread the word. At the moment the centre is really just in Sofia with a couple of people looking after dogs and cats from their houses etc. I know there is a 70 year old man who has many dogs that he looks after but his health is failing and plans need to be made to move these. My friend Diana who got me on to this and lives over there in north Bulgaria is trying to raise funds to set up a centre that she will run but needs to sell her house first to move to somewhere with more land.

I am sure there are plans to open up other centres as well as a mobile unit but all takes money and organising. We are really just starting to get going with this and expand the charity.

I will contact Diana about the posters.

I am hopefully moving out to near Stara Zagora so will not be too far away from you and maybe we could work on ideas together.

Caroline - I will PM you details and thanks for your offer of help.

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Postby scot47 » Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:42 am

'The aim is that every animal in the charity's care should receive a blanket to calls it's own. This is to provide not only warmth, but some physocological comfort, some dogs hate living in kennels and desperately miss the company of humans, and in the case of street dogs, the company of the other dogs.

The blankets can be donated as they are or cut down to suitable sizes and stitched around the cut edges, or better still handmade from any kind of materials except pure wool, as these are too difficult to wash. They should range in size from 14" x 14" to 48" x 48" thereby ensuring we have something for every dog from the smallest puppy to the biggest giant. '

I am not sure whether or not to take this seriously ? Is it a wind-up ?

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Postby rgawith » Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:48 am

Why would this be a wind up? The dogs need blankets to lie on, having their own that smells of them and is their's gives them comfort - guess you do not have dogs?

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Postby magicvw » Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:03 pm

Yes, and another point is that nobody would get bitten by street dogs if there weren't any street dogs! If you really donated some money to this charity you would be helping everybody. This kind of attitude really makes me angry. Humans are to blame for stray dogs- not the dogs!

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Postby rgawith » Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:25 pm

Thank you Linda and magicvm.
I'll keep you updated on progress and let you all know if we can get some posters organised or something. We should soon have details of bank account etc for donations.

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Postby dianaslav » Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:38 am

Hi Everyone,

This is the said Diana of the BSAPP charity. Now having finally found this forum I have read it with great interest, and much appreciation of those genuinely wanting to help, and already giving their time.

Rachel has covered most of what we are about, it is a serius problem both for the dogs and humans. As so rightly pointed out, the dogs are on the streets through no fault of their own. This is down to human neglect and abandonment in the first place, and from there of course the problem grows as the dogs multiply. I don't really think they would choose to live filthy, freezing, abused and half starved if they had any alternative.

This is what we hope to give them, an alternative, in the reescue homes and shelters and then hopefully a proper family to live with.

I now have some photos of the first few dogs in the centres ready for rehoming and am hoping to be able to get them posted onto this website and Rachel's as well as the Quest bg website or in the Quest Bulgaria magazine. Again, if you subscribe to the magazine, it not only gives much valuable information, but a proportion of your fees comes to the charity.

The Cuddles appeal is genuine, every dog needs something warm to sleep on, after all would we like to sleep on cold concrete??

Also planned for June, there are a series of events of microflites and hot air ballooning to take place at several locatrons in Bulgaria. The organisers of this have kindly offered to donate a portion of the flight fees to either our charity or the Macmillan Trust, whichever the participant chooses. They will be fun days out and being charity events will also do a lot of good. Anyone wanting further details, I can either pass them on to you, or put you in touch with the reseacrher who is now taking names of those wishing to take part.

Thanks to all making efforts, we have no posters at the moment, but Rachel, who is being a great support and contributor, will possibly be able to help with that as I have now supplied her with some photos.

We also have some cats in the shelters and are currently assessing whether they are suitable for rehiming as well, so watch this space.

For those unable to actually take an animal there will be sonsor schemes very shortly and you can sponsor your own dog and read news on its progress.
Thanks to all working so hard and to this website for giving us the space to write about the charity.

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Postby magicvw » Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:14 pm

Hi Diane

Let me know if there are some events in my area (VT). Hot air ballooning sounds fun!

PS the cat in the picture is Henry, who we rescued from the streets when he was 3 months old and weighed only 800g. He is now getting very fat and is probably full size at 10 months. I would love to home another cat but my husband thinks we should wait as I'm expecting our first baby in June- I suppose he's right!

Would love to help your charity. Perhaps we could swap some publicity?


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