Rudozem Street Dog Rescue is a new UK based charitable group helping the dogs of southern Bulgaria. RSDR works tirelessly to take dogs and puppies from the streets, treat them for parasites, vaccinate and socialise them before rehoming them to other places in Europe.
Diane and Tony Rowles, a British couple, moved to Bulgaria with their children in 2007. Their intention was never to create a rescue, but, unable to ignore the plight of the local dogs, they were compelled to do something. However, their house and garden is now full with over 50 dogs, which is not ideal. This has caused problems with local residents who have even started a petition to get the family or the dogs removed.
A proper shelter is desperately needed, not only to house the dogs but to provide a clinic where they can be neutered and re-released. This is the only way to stop the perpetual cycle of breeding which has led to the current situation. Each day, dogs are run down, or shot, stoned, beaten and generally abused by the locals.
A piece of land with a building on it has been found and offered to the family. The price is €38,000 but they only have until 15 December 2010 to find the funds before the current owner advertises the property on the open market.
They are desperate for donations. At present they have about €23,000 towards the cost so are appealing to dog owners and animal lovers for help to raise the remaining funds.
There are a number of ways you donate to RSDR via the ‘Donations’ page on their website – www.streetdogrescue.co.uk – where there is also a video of the premises they hope to buy. You can read more about RSDR and the work they do on Facebook, at the website listed above or at their alternate website, www.streetdogrescue.com