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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: Jun 6, 2011 11:13am
May 19, 2011
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Donation
Location: Bulgaria

This dog was pregnant after beating broke the abdominal wall and requires emergency surgery. removed the entire uterus. so sweet and good and loving dog. *PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN: 

ChipIn: http://pain.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/ab4cd48c6b44031e

dear friends, please help these generous people that are trying their best to save these injured strays: they're 3 of them only, with so many animals to save from street and find them potential fosters/adopters: they need your help: my friend asked me to make this post with follwong message: it brough tears to my eyes, please help: 

Stefka Ivanova May 13 at 1:26am Report
Laila, the group "Da sazdadem zoopolizia" are three people only. Nowadays they take care of 48 dogs , plus 20 in clinic. Today they decided to close down because of lack of money. Please write to your friends, maybe somebody can help and donate. I always send whatever I can and we saved the lives of many dogs. Please Laila, they need help. They are young and honest people and I am really sad when hear that they cry when cannot save a soul because of money. Thank you dear friend. 

*PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN: 
Paypal - zoopolicia@abv.bg 


HERE IS CHIPIN: 
~ Please ChipIn: 
http://pain.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/ab4cd48c6b44031e  

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Posted: May 19, 2011 11:59am
May 4, 2011
Violence against animals now crime in Bulgaria too!

The amendments in the Penal Code will lead to a drop of violence in the society as a whole, FOUR PAWS declares

Up to three years in prison or a serious fine – these will be the consequences of the murder or mutilation of an animal, as adopted by the Bulgarian Parliament on Wednesday via amendments in the Penal Code. Sanctions for organizing and participation in animal fights go drastically up, providing higher penalties and not only probation, as the situation was until today. Those people, whose pets have injured or killed another person, will be legally responsible too.

The international animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS has expressed its deep satisfaction from the amendments adopted. “Today’s parliamentary decision has been a long waited step towards common European values”, says Johanna Stadler, managing director of FOUR PAWS. “Bulgaria used to be the only EU member-state, where cruelty against animals was not considered to be a crime, although the Bulgarian society had clearly shown no tolerance towards such behaviour. We are glad that this situation is now changed – due mainly to the common political will of the Bulgarian institutions.”

The decision of the parliament came as a result from serious protests in this country and abroad, after several cases of sadism, shown towards animals. Female dog Mima was mutilated exactly one year ago, as her four paws were cut off. In the beginning of 2011 a big national TV channel made sensational discoveries, regarding dog fights and their organizing, while a ritual called “trichane” caused severe reactions abroad in March. The Bulgarian society was shocked by other cases of theatrical sadism against animals, such as the hanging of dogs at a bridge of the Trakia highway and in Sofia.

“The vote of the amendments in the Penal Code has proven that the subject of violence against animals is not a political, but a moral one and there is a wide consensus among Bulgarian politicians on it”, Stadler adds. „We are convinced that these changes will lead to a drop in the number of heavy crimes, as it has been proved for a long time that brutality against animals sooner or later turns into brutality against people.“

FOUR PAWS would like to express its gratitude to all Bulgarian politicians that supported the amendments in the Penal Code, thus contributing to the approach of the Bulgarian legislation closer to the European one.
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