Rudozem Street Dog Rescue

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RSDR Registered Foundation No: 175647065

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. 



We have always vaccinated our dogs and cats as soon as possible to protect them against diseases, even if it is in advance of them being donated for.

We are now urgently needing to raise funds for vet bills that are outstanding for animals that were adopted, but not had donations for vaccinations or neutering. 

Please donate to one of these adopted animals expenses by pressing on the fundraising widget or Click here



We also have animals at are currently at the shelter needing donations towards vaccinations. Please visit out Online shop to pay for an animals vaccination.

Isolators in Bulgaria

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.


Documentary on Rudozem Street Dog Rescue


 Note:  The shelter roof was replaced in December 2012.  

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 e 2012. 

Photography by Tony & Diane Rowles.  Edited by Anita Weber.

English Version


Dutch Version

German Version

French Version

Bulgarian Version


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