We believe that the only humane way to really tackle the stray dog and cat population in Bulgaria is by neutering both homeless dogs and also owned animals, together with education of the local population as to the benefits of sterilisation and animal welfare. We aim to offer free neutering to villagers who own dogs and cats, as well as basic education on nutrition and health care for their animals and aid other organisations and individuals with neutering programs as well as sterilise as many stray animals as we are able to.
Our aim is to have our own neutering clinic, where we can carry out neutering for the immediate area but also provide training on up to date operation techniques to other vets in Bulgaria as well as a base for out-reach programs in villages and possibly a mobile clinic in the future. This will take an awful lot of funding. You can donate here.
Bulgaria faces many challenges in dealing with the stray dog and cat population:
– Lack of effective municipal neutering programs
– Pet owners do not sterilise their animals and allow them to breed, dumping unwanted litters
– Village dogs are allowed to roam breeding unchecked
– Dogs once kept on a chain to guard factories and construction works are being turned out, to fend for themselves and breed
– Pets are dumped on the streets when they become ill, unwanted, old or when a new dogs comes along
– Hunting dogs are often abandoned when the hunting season is over or at the start of the season if they cannot work as pregnant, working farm dogs are responsible for many unwanted litters
– There is much need for education as to the benefits of neutering and to counter the outdated attitudes to neutering.
-Many vets still advocate a bitch having a litter or will not spay until after first season. Many vets are not even properly training in neutering techniques.
-Many Bulgarian men seem to consider castrating their male dog will effect their own personal sexuality as well as that of their dog.
Statistics show that in order to properly control the stray dog population, you need to sterilise 70% of the dog population within a particular area, then the probability of an un-sterilised female coming into contact with an un-sterilised male is sufficiently small that the population ceases to increase.
We hope to be able to offer access to free neutering at various locations through out Bulgaria and slowly help reduce the number of stray dogs and cats and work to eliminate the suffering that these animals have to endure.
Our first step in making this happen is through opening our own neutering clinic. We have now purchased a property for this and have had plans approved and have started renovations. We hope to be up and running by summer 2019. You can follow our progress on the News & Projects pages.
In the meantime we are involved in trying to arrange neutering campaigns in various locations and carrying out neutering of street and village dogs in the areas we work in and supporting other small organisations with their campaigns, through advice, posters and practical help.