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12 February 2013
We have been advised by the municipality vets today that if the shelter is not up to EU standard soon, RSDR will close, and Founder Diane Rowles will be charged and sent to prison.
The EU are putting pressure on all municipalities about shelter and non government shelters to be up to EU standard. RSDR explained that is one of our aims to have everything renovated as and when we try and raise funds. The municipality vets know this, as they have been aware we have been trying to raise funds for years and have advised them what needs doing. They want to help but they say the mayor is not listening.
The municipality vets have left us with a big folder with a TO DO LIST. We now need to raise the funds urgently!
If anyone can please donate at the above Renovation widget. Currently we have no target on how much funds we need to raise for renovations and the isolation unit, as the builder with it being winter, stops work and there is no response at the moment. Once a target is known, we will write this above the paypal widget.
Renovation will mean all floors, walls, windows, doors, ceilings, and drainage will need doing and also the building splitting into a room for an isolation area, food prep area etc. After that comes the construction of the individual pens.
Apart from the major issue of raising the funds, we will also have to empty that part of the building of dogs so the work can be done. At the moment we have 33 dogs in in that section, and there is no room to move them anywhere else. We need help with getting these dogs adopted!!
Last year we built extra pens outside to move dogs into while work was being done on the Roof, but these are all now full.
At the moment we have over 150 dogs and 16 cats. There is no electricity in the main parts of the building where the dog and cat pens are. No hot water at all and the only heating is the small log burner in the staff room. We have no washing machine and the only sink in the place is a tiny hand sink in the staff room.
We also need a decent sized sink and plumbing for a washing machine in the area next to the staffroom. For now we will get a small electric water heater so we will at least have hot water. In the summer we wash and bath the dogs outside, using a large plastic tub and watering can. We have to boil water so that we have warm water. Dirty bedding and blankets are also washed by hand and hung over the fence to dry. None of this is possible in the winter. We have a backlog of blankets to wash and we are struggling to bath new rescued pups which might be very dirty.
Photos of the Shelter can be viewed on our facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.482861104263.261304.162493484263&type=3
URGENT APPEAL - IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE DONATE
Rudozem Street Dog Rescue (RSDR) is a non-profit foundation that rescues Street Dogs in Bulgaria and finds loving homes for them.
* Warning - some images may be distressing *
Bulgaria has many street dogs who are often subjected to the most horrendous cruelty. They are kicked, beaten and shot on a regular basis for no other reason than that it provides certain individuals with amusement. Many of these dogs are injured, in pain, or starving and in the winter there is a high chance that they will freeze to death.
Since moving to Bulgaria in 2007, we have rescued many of these dogs. We sometimes have as many as 120 dogs and cats at the RSDR shelter. We do struggle to accommodate them all and there is the constant worry that the noise is upsetting and disturbing to neighbours.
We have an adoption teams in other countries and whenever possible, we find loving homes for our dogs. Some have suffered so much abuse that they are unsuitable for adoption and stay with us as permanent residents. Apart from the dogs that we do take in, we try and keep a check on others that are still on the streets or living in the forests, making sure that they are fed and if possible treated for parasites.
Our aim is to raise funds to renovate a shelter so that we can start a sterilization scheme. It will also be used for dogs whose lives are in imminent danger, due to sickness or injury. It is unrealistic to think that we can get all the dogs off the street, but this will reduce the number of puppies who are born to this life of misery. These are not dangerous wild dogs or dogs that are a danger to livestock, many are friendly dogs who are craving love and attention. It is heartbreaking to see one of them go up to a person, wagging its tail and rolling over only to be kicked and spat on. For more information on how RSDR started and the persons involved, please go to our About Us page.
Please help us to help them.
There are 30 council run dog shelters across Bulgaria. These shelters are more often than not, places of torture run by sick individuals. This is one of the reasons why we are striving to open our own shelter.
Dogs are often left with no food and water. For some,the only thing they can eat, is the dogs that have already died. These places are the last stop for so many animals. One isolator reported killing over 47,725 dogs in just one,two week period. To cut down on costs, they are often beaten to death or just left to starve. These are just a few pictures, taken inside some of Bulgaria's dog sheters, known as dog isolators.
A short Documentary on Rudozem Street Dog Rescue. RSDR is a non-profit foundation that rescues street dogs in Bulgaria. An Interview with Diane Rowles Founder of RSDR. Please watch and share.
Original Video edited in October 2010. Updated June 2012.
Photo: Above photo of Roof nearly collapsing in February 2012. Right: Photo of roof of shelter that needs to be replaced.
Update 13th April 2012. .
We raised a total figure of 42,150.55 to purchase the building which will become the shelter/clinic for RSDR. The contracts were signed on the 22 December 2010. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who helped to make this happen.
We now have a lot of work and renovations to carry out before the building can be used for the intended purpose.
Work will have to be done in stages as and when we have the funds and in order of priority. The existing fence has holes in it, and is not very high. We need to replace this with security fencing and get doors in the front part of the building which is open. At least then the place will be secure. We also need to make it fit for someone to be able to stay over night for security reasons. At the moment there is no boiler for hot water and no heating. Repairs will have to be carried out on the roof and we will need a builder to work out the drainage system, plumbing and electrics. Once the basics have been covered and we can start separating the building into different areas, the priority will be the clinic and isolation/quarantine area. At least then we will have somewhere for volunteer vets to work from and can offer free neuter/spay and where appropriate carry out neuter/release. The quarantine pens can be used for recovery until such time as we are able to build more pens.
Hopefully in the near future, we will be able to accommodate volunteers who can help with work that needs to be done including general repairs to walls, replacing windows etc.
Quotes and estimates will be posted as we get them.
Rudozem Street Dog Rescue
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