Today I would like to draw your attention to a certain issue related to dogs. I'll start from afar...
I was born and raised in Bulgaria and, while I pride myself in having lived in what I consider one of the most beautiful places places on Earth, I'm deeply saddened by the way many people in Bulgaria treat animals and, more precisely, dogs.
During the socialist regime, most people in Bulgaria used to live in villages. In order to go to the city, one needed a special permission. So, after the fall of the socialist regime, suddenly everybody was able to go and live wherever they wanted and many moved to the cities. As a result, many dogs that used to guard people's gardens and houses ended up on the streets.
Since then, Bulgaria has had a serious problem with stray dogs. Because these dogs are hungry and scared, they sometimes bite and there have also been many cases in which people have been attacked by dogs.
Unfortunately, when it comes to dogs, Bulgarians do not have the Western European mentality. To make things worse, it is their cultural trait to blame others for their own mistakes. This results in severe animal cruelty towards dogs!
In the 25 years of my life I have witnessed countless acts of undeserved cruelty towards dogs, some of them too gruesome to describe in this journal. When they don't end up as road kill, stray dogs are being poisoned and this is if they are lucky. There have been many cases of dogs being tortured and mercilessly killed without any reason! I do not wish to write anything here, because it pains me to just remember. But you need proof of my words, you can find it here.
Luckily for me, I was raised in an animal friendly family and I've always had a dog in my life, which has given me many happy memories to look back to. I have actually saved dogs myself. In 1999 I found two little puppies under a bridge in the village, where I lived. They were less than a month old and they were left for dead. I took them home and thankfully my parents agreed to keep them. Unfortunately, they were sick and we managed to save only one of them. The one who survived, my wonderful dog Leo, became one of the best friends I've ever had and was a faithful companion until June 2011, when I lost him to bone cancer.
All this said, I would like to ask for your help saving some dogs!
Yesterday, I was happy to find out that there is hope after all!
Animal Rescue Sofia is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping Bulgarian stray dogs and finding new homes for them. ARS relies entirely on donations. You can find all the information about the shelter on the ARS official website.
However, the shelter is being shut down and all the dogs ARS is taking care of will once again be homeless. The people running the shelter have found a farm they want to buy and renovate in order to continue their mission. You can find information about the new shelter here.
Please donate, even if it's just a bit, and help continue giving these wonderful loving creatures a second chance! Every cent counts!
The kindness one does to an animal might not change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.