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:
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.