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Jun 6, 2011

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Petition
Location:Bulgaria

Please sign the below petition to show your support to Rudozem Street Dog Rescue for providing a dog shelter in Rudozem to help reduce the stray dog population in the community.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/supportrsdrdogshelter/

DATE May 2011

Rudozem Street Dog Rescue became a registered non-profit foundation in 2009. All our work has been carried out using donations sent by people from countries all over the world. We have not received any help from any government or the municipality.

We do not buy or sell dogs or profit from our rescue and adoption work. It costs a lot of money for each dog to be fed, microchipped, vaccinated and transported to their new homes and we have to raise funds for this which come as donations from people all over the world.

In December 2010, we purchased a building in Elhovets, Rudozem. The money for the purchase was raised in donations sent by people from many different countries.

The building is needed so that we can start neutering and spaying and have somewhere for dogs that are in urgent need and dogs that are available for adoption. The building will in time be fully renovated with separate rooms and areas including clinic, laundry room, isolation area, individual pens, shower room for dogs, separate facilities for staff and an office. Once new walls, windows and ceilings are built, this will cut down on any noise level. Dogs are also less likely to bark when there are fewer numbers in each separate area. Proper drainage facilities will be installed and solid fencing around the outside perimeter to stop dogs barking at people walking past. CCTV cameras have already been installed and more will be added in the future. Someone will be at the building both day and night.

We have volunteer vets from other countries who are willing to come to Rudozem to neuter and spay. They are prepared to teach any local vets how to spay females and to teach the special methods required for neuter and release.

It is our intention to offer a free service for anyone who wants their dogs sterilized and to start a neuter/release scheme where any un-owned dogs can be sterilized, rabies vaccinated, treated for parasites and ear tagged.

We have removed many dogs from the streets but without neutering and spaying, more dogs will continue to be born so we have to deal with the root of the problem.

Since 2009 we have taken 243 dogs off the streets and 22 cats.
146 of these dogs have been adopted in other countries such as Holland, France, Germany and America. We have already arranged transport for further adoption trips in May, July, September and November of this year.

In May 2011 we were refused the change of use for the building. Our first volunteer vets were due to come from the UK in August of this year to train local vets and offer free sterilization for dogs and cats. Due to being refused the change of use, this has now had to be cancelled. It was estimated that 60 animals would be sterilized during the week that the vets would have been here and then local vets would have been able to do future sterilizations. Now that will just leave another 60 plus dogs to carry on reproducing and add to the problem of street dogs.

Our work has been done purely from donations from other people around the world. It hasn't cost the municipality of Rudozem anything. Therefore it is difficult to understand why they seem to oppose what we are doing. We are trying to solve a problem and provide a service which would benefit the community and yet we are opposed.

Diane and Antony Rowles ( Rudozem Street Dog Rescue)
www.streetdogrescue.com

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/supportrsdrdogshelter/

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Posted: Monday June 6, 2011, 11:13 am
Tags: animal shelters bulgaria [add/edit tags]

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Carol Larkin (1)
Monday June 6, 2011, 12:59 pm
I hope you achieve your aim

Stewart L. (583)
Thursday July 21, 2011, 12:54 pm
I can only offer my support that there will more effort to help the homeless strays humanely in your proud country..

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