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A presentation for the working group at Sofia Municipallity, 07.09.2011

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Animal Rescue Sofia:

Animal Rescue Sofia Working to solve the stray dog problem in Sofia 2009-2011 07.09.2011, by Stella Raycheva , Animal Rescue Sofia coordinator

Animal Rescue Sofia – 3 years of work:

Animal Rescue Sofia – 3 years of work 2009 – 2010 : Neutering ( over 600 neutered on our own account ); Volunteer work in Seslavci ( over 450 rehomed ); Animal rescue (over 80 injured animals rescued ). 2010-2011: Running the municipal shelter in Bogrov ( over 700 rehomed ); Spay / Neuter program ( over 1400 neutered ); Educational program ( together with the Municipality and other NGO’s ); Lifesaving work in Kremikovtzi (300 starving dogs abandoned and cannibalizing each other ).

1 year - Shelter & Neuter Centre - BOGROV:

1 year - Shelter & Neuter Centre - BOGROV 700 rehomed Private funding and municipal co-funding; A personnel of 6 keepers and 4 vets; Constantly open for volunteers; Over 560 dogs on permanent residence, approx. 10 cats. 1 400 neutered Two own spay / neuter vets, Dutch volunteer vets; Free microchip for owners who neuter their pets program; Contract for 120 municipally funded spay/neuters at the clinic.

Animal Rescue Sofia in Kremikovtzi:

Animal Rescue Sofia in Kremikovtzi What we found there – 300 starving dogs Feeding ( 2 times a week ); Neutering (60 females ); Rehoming (12 dogs only ); Future plans.

Animal Rescue Sofia – educational program:

Animal Rescue Sofia – educational program Educational leaflets ; Education for children; Educational campaigns.

Animal Rescue Sofia – working together with Sofia municipality:

Animal Rescue Sofia – working together with Sofia municipality Municipal shelter in Bogrov Municipal partnership: Rent and overhead expenses ; ¼ of the food needed ; Rabies Vaccines ; Dog transport to our Spay/Neuter clinic . Spay / Neuter program Contracts and agreements: Municipal funding for Neutering materials - signed may 2011. Supplied microchips for the promotion of registration and neutering of owned dogs.

Animal Rescue Sofia – overview of the main factors of the Sofia stray dog problem:

Animal Rescue Sofia – overview of the main factors of the Sofia stray dog proble m Dog population Counting the dogs – methodology and outreach; Constant inflow of local newly dumped animals ; Constant inflow of newly dumped animals from neighbor municipalities ; The “sheltering concept” – legislation and risks. „ The human problem “ Lack of pet keeping culture ; Lack of educational campaigns ; Lack of reach in the target groups most at risk .

What needs to be done to improve our current line of work::

What needs to be done to improve our current line of work: The number of Spayed/Neutered animals must grow (signed agreements with NGO’s, building new spay/neuter centers, more mobile units etc.) ; A massive informative and educational campaign must take place to inform people about registration and Spay / Neuter. Strong control must be reinforced to encourage registration (not as much in the popular dog-parks, but in the riskiest Sofia suburbs); Immediate launching of a strong educational campaign in schools is necessary as a durable problem-solving method.

We appreciate your attention!:

We appreciate your attention! www.ARSofia.com www.facebook.com/Animal.Rescue.Sofia office@arsofia.com

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