Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them

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Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
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Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Franzisca Vet Clinic - Help us Help Them
Schnitzel at Admission
Schnitzel at Admission

Reporting Period: 08.01.2021 – 08.05.2021

The beginning of 2021 was clearly an attempt of people in Bulgaria to slowly get out of the grip of COVID-19. Though really focused on their own health and concerned about the safety of relatives and friends, people in Bulgaria did not turn away from helping stray animals. Many dogs and cats in need were brought to our clinic by people looking to help them.

The loosening of travelling restrictions had a clear effect on the number of cases admitted to our clinic, as now it was easier for people to find abandoned dogs. Part of the post-COVID reality was also that some of the people, who lost their lives in the pandemic, left behind animals that nobody could take care of, so organizations such as ours had to step in. There were such cases in our shelter as well.

In the four-month reporting period, our veterinary team had new additions and two highly-experienced vet specialists joined our team. There were also important improvements in terms of equipment and methods of treatment.   

Thanks to the generous help of many donors and supporters, in the period of 08.01.2021 – 08.05.2021 our veterinary clinic admitted for treatment173 dogs and cats, while also treating and looking after all the animals placed in the shelter. Our vets were able to perform 4 519 manipulations, treatments and surgeries. We managed to rehome in good families 130 rescued dogs and cats.

Here are just some of the stories of the many dogs and cats that we helped in the past four months:

Schnitzel

Schnitzel was a yard dog, chained next to the fence, so that he could guard the house. He had been living like this for 2 or 3 years, when his owner died. A week later, when the neighbours found out that apparently no relative would look after him, they brought him to our shelter. Schnitzel looked terribly neglected and depressed. The original information about him was that he was a mean dog that had been chained for all his life, because he was biting. We were very surprised when soon after his arrival, he started giving us hugs and kisses. He was simply a dog that thrived under our good care.

We had to bathe and shave Schnitzel completely, as the neglected condition of his coat was giving him terrible skin problems. He also had anaplasmosis that we treated and a problem with the inner ear that needed specialist consultation and treatment.  

Schnitzel is now eating very well, loves walking times and enjoys the attention of staff and volunteers in the shelter. He will soon be ready for adoption and will surely have no problem finding a home, as he is such a lovely dog.

Johny

Johny’s story cannot be told without opening the door to the reality of human cruelty. When Johny came to us in January, he was an eight-month-old youngster, very lovable and joyful, despite all the pain he had been through. Probably he approached his attacker without any fear, wagging his tail and expecting the attention, but he received a blow with an axe instead. It was not difficult for the person to hurt him, as Johny surely did not resist in the same way in which he allows all his vets to do whatever they want with him, even if it is painful. We got the emergency call for him late in the evening and we placed him immediately in a referral clinic, as his condition was extremely serious and he needed 24-hour intensive care.

It turned out that the axe blade had cut through the scull, but had not damaged the brain. Johny stayed in the emergency care unit for a week, before he could be placed in the clinic of our shelter where post-trauma care and treatment was ensured.

Johny recovered amazingly, made all the staff of the shelter love and pat him and he is now happily adopted by a wonderful family in Austria.

Mama Dara and the Pups

Mama Dara was just one of the many mothers with pups that came to the shelter in the past year. At some point of her life as a stray dog, she lost part of her front leg, but this had not changed her joyful character, neither did it prevent her from raising her seven pups on the street. This was when a young woman found all of them and brought them to our shelter. The mama and her whole litter stayed with us until fully vaccinated and it could be possible to offer them for adoption.Other than the amputation of the remaining part of the leg, the mama was healthy, but one of her pups was also found to have a broken leg at admission, which was operated on. Two of Dara’s puppies had behavioral issues that had to be worked on with foster care and proper training. Eventually, all the pups grew up to be wonderful pets. One of them found a home in Bulgaria, two were rehomed in the Netherlands and four of them are already happily adopted in Austria.

Blago

Blago came to our clinic and shelter after getting injured in a car accident. Apart from a broken pelvis, he also had a torn bladder which was an emergency, life-threatening condition. The people who witnessed the car accident, took him to a clinic where an emergency operation on the bladder was performed. The vets from the referral clinic contacted our organization, asking us to admit Blago for post-operative care, until he is stabilized, so that the second, orthopedic, operation on the broken pelvis could be performed. Blago was cared by the vets in our clinic until his condition allowed the orthopedic operation. The pelvis recovered successfully and Blago was able to walk very quickly.

He has just travelled to our partner organization in Germany where we hope he will very soon find a loving home.

Schnitzel After
Schnitzel After
Johny After the Operation on the Scull
Johny After the Operation on the Scull
Johny After the Operation
Johny After the Operation
Mama Dara Before the Amputation
Mama Dara Before the Amputation
One of Dara's Pups
One of Dara's Pups
Mama Dara After the Amputation
Mama Dara After the Amputation
Blago After the Operations
Blago After the Operations
Blago After the Operations
Blago After the Operations

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Lucky
Lucky

Reporting Period: 08.10.2020 – 08.01.2021

Despite all the odds around the whole world and the ensuing difficulties for animal welfare in Bulgaria, Franzisca Vet Clinic continued to work and rescue stray dogs and cats.

Thanks to the generous helpof many donors and supporters, our veterinary clinic admitted for treatment 135 dogs and cats, while our vets were able to perform 2 998 manipulations, treatments and surgeries.

Here are just some of the stories of the more of a hundred dogs and cats that we managed to help in a three-month period:

Lucky

Lucky was found on an illegal dump site close to mountain city in Bulgaria, when he was only 5 months old. We don’t know whether he was born stray or was abandoned there by his owners. When found, he was feverish, as he had a crashed front paw that was severely infected. He refused to eat or drink water. When he came to our veterinary clinic, Lucky received emergency treatment for the infection that was threatening his life. When he was stabilized, his front leg had to be amputated just below the knee, as the crashed part could not be saved by anyreconstructive fixing.

After the amputation, Lucky had the chance to be one of the only two dogs in Bulgaria that received a bionic prosthetic limban innovative orthopedic technique that had only once been done on dogs in Bulgaria before. The only other dog in the country that already had such a bionic front limb was also a dog of Animal Rescue Sofia.

Lucky recovered from the operation quickly and is now happily using his brand new bionic leg. He is now a sweet and cuddly teenager that loves to run and play and even tries to dig holes with his bionic leg.

Smurfette

Mama Smurfette and the seven little smurfs came to the clinic of Animal Rescue Sofia when the puppies were only 8 days old. Smurfette was a stray dog in a little village close to where our dog shelter is situated. People from the village fed her on the street ever since she appeared in the village, but just a week after she gave birth to 7 puppies, the mama was run over by a car. The people who witnessed the incident brought her quickly to our shelter, along with her seven newborn pups. The mama had a terrible combination of fractures – a pelvis broken at two places and a serious fracture on one of the hind legs. Smurfette was not able to stand, walk or urinated by herself. Despite the pain the multiple fractures were causing her, Smurfette continued to breastfeed her puppies not only on this first day right after the accident, but also on the many days while she was recovering from successive orthopedic operations. Smurfette is still in our shelter. She is now able to walk and receives daily rehabilitation and massages to hopefully beneficially affect the neurological deficit of herhind leg. Smurfette’s pups are now four and a half months old and all seven of them have already found good and loving homes!

Kika

Kika was found in a city in southern Bulgaria. The volunteers that brought her to our shelter shared that she was recently abandoned there. Kika came to our veterinary clinic with an enormous formation sticking out of her belly that originally looked like an enormous tumour. The X-Rays revealed that the formation was not a tumour but a gigantic hernia. All of Kika’s organs were displaced out of the abdominal wall and were held together solely by a very thin layer of skin, which was a life-threatening condition. Kika had a long and complicated emergency operation in an outer clinic that placed back all of her organs in their proper places.

After the operation Kika became a different dog – always smiling and with a forever wagging tail. She is now enjoying every minute of her life with her adopters in Austria!

Kazir

Kazir was found in the city of Samokov in Bulgaria. When found, he was a miserable dog, with a severe skin condition and an inflamed fracture of the right front paw. He also had a tick-borne disease called ehrlichiosis that was additionally jeopardizing his health. When admitted to our clinic, Kazir received anti-inflammatory treatment for his injured leg, as well as treatment for both his skin illness and the tick-borne disease. He is now a lovable and sociable dog that gets equally well with both dogs and people. He is still in the shelter waiting for a lovely home that he truly deserves.

Lucky with a bionic leg
Lucky with a bionic leg
Lucky on a walk
Lucky on a walk
Mama Smurfette and the 7 little smurfs
Mama Smurfette and the 7 little smurfs
7 newborn smurfs
7 newborn smurfs
Smurfette After the Operation
Smurfette After the Operation
Smurfette Today
Smurfette Today
Kika Before the Operation
Kika Before the Operation
Kika After the Operation
Kika After the Operation
Kazir Before
Kazir Before
Kazir After
Kazir After

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Pic. 1 - Rocky Before
Pic. 1 - Rocky Before

Reporting Period: 08.06.2020 - 08.10.2020

The longest winter in our 10-year-long story was the summer of 2020. While the whole world was struggling, the animal welfare in Bulgaria fell into a deep crisis.

We wouldn’t have survived, without your generous help! During this summer and despite the odds, our clinic kept working and rescuing stray dogs and cats.

If we speak in dry facts only, our summer looked like that:

  • Franzisca Vet Clinic admitted for treatment 251 dogs and cats;
  • Our vets performed 3 476 manipulations, treatments and surgeries;

But we don’t work with facts. We work with animals. Each number is a story. Each number is a life.

Let us present to you some of the lives we saved, thanks to you!

Rocky, the Bolognese 

The 14-year-old Rocky faced an avalanche of trouble. He had not always been a stray dog. He had a family once, but it was difficult for his elderly owner to take proper care of him and he was often neglected. When the owner died, Rocky ended up on the street. When he came to the shelter, Rocky was in a really bad condition, with severe health issues. His heart was not only broken from the separation with his beloved person, but it was also very sick. He had a liver disease too and an additional auto-immune condition, all of which must have made life on the street really difficult for him.

We arranged a specialist consultation for Rocky with a renowned cardiologist in the country. He received an urgent treatment for his heart condition, as well as treatment for the liver problem and the Cushing’s autoimmune disease.  

Rocky’s heart condition is under control now, though he will have to receive life-long supporting treatment. He is happy in his new home in the Netherlands where he shares a loving family with another elderly dog, also rescued by Animal Rescue Sofia.

The Tick Puppies

7 newly-born helpless puppies were found by a person in the field close to where Animal Rescue Sofia dog shelter is located. The puppies were only a week old, severely dehydrated, with hypothermia and hypoglycemia, seriously anemic and practically devoid of any life! Each one of them had hundreds of ticks and fleas on it. The puppies must have stayed in the field without their mama for at least 2 days. When they were found in the field, they were wrapped in a blanket with a pile of dry food next to them, although they were obviously too young to eat from the dry food.

After the initial warming up and cleaning of a monstrous number of ticks and fleas off of them, because of the severe anaemia, they were placed in an intensive care unit in an outer specialized clinic, where after blood-transfusion, they stayed in an incubator for several days.

Here they are, back in our shelter and 20 days after admission. What a remarkable difference!

Where are they now?

One week ago “The Tick Puppies”, as we used to call them, left for the Netherlands where they will stay with our partner organization until rehomed. They are currently enjoying a line of suitable candidate-adopters and no doubt very soon they’ll join their new families.

 

Risotto

Risotto came to the shelter when he was only 3 months old, with a severe skin condition, a huge number of parasites, anorexic and suffering from a long period of malnutrition on the street.

We treated the skin condition and got him rid of the parasites, fed him well and gave him a lot of loveand comfort.

Today Risotto is healthy and full of energy and he is long united with his loving family.

Bozhidar

Bozhidar came to us with a severe skin condition, a serious ear infection and an infestation of parasites. He had a history of trauma after falling in a shaft, while he was still living on the street. He also had a neurological deficit in his hind legs, which was only suspectedly linked to his previous trauma.

With all his health issues that we needed to attend to at the beginning, the old trauma - a tiny fragment of a broken bone - that seemed to put pressure on the spine didn’t look so urgent. We had his life to save and we would have taken care of the limping later. After the period of treatment of the skin and ear condition, Bozhidar was put on painkillers for some period of time until he could be operated on and the broken bone removed from the spine.

After the operation, Bozhidar showed a serious improvement in his manner of walking, he is now much more active, jumping lively when he is out for a walk and definitely showing us he is no longer in pain. Bozhidar is still in the shelter waiting for his adopters, but he now stands a fair chance of adoption, since his limping is no longer an issue for the prospective adopters.

Stay with us, dear friends, and we will save many, many more lives together!

Pic. 2 - Rocky Before
Pic. 2 - Rocky Before
Pic. 3 - Rocky After
Pic. 3 - Rocky After
Pic. 4 - Rocky After
Pic. 4 - Rocky After
Pic. 5 - Rocky in his home
Pic. 5 - Rocky in his home
Pic. 6 - The Tick Puppies Before
Pic. 6 - The Tick Puppies Before
Pic. 7 - The Tick Puppies Before
Pic. 7 - The Tick Puppies Before
Pic. 8 - The Tick Puppies Before
Pic. 8 - The Tick Puppies Before
Pic. 9 - The Tick Puppies Before
Pic. 9 - The Tick Puppies Before
Pic. 10 - The Tick Puppies After
Pic. 10 - The Tick Puppies After
Pic. 11 - The Tick Puppies After
Pic. 11 - The Tick Puppies After
Pic. 12 - The Tick Puppies After
Pic. 12 - The Tick Puppies After
Pic. 13 - The Tick Puppies After
Pic. 13 - The Tick Puppies After
Pic. 14 - The Tick Puppies Now
Pic. 14 - The Tick Puppies Now
Pic. 15 - The Tick Puppies Now
Pic. 15 - The Tick Puppies Now
Pic. 16 - Risotto Before
Pic. 16 - Risotto Before
Pic. 17 - Risotto Before
Pic. 17 - Risotto Before
Pic. 18 - Risotto After
Pic. 18 - Risotto After
Pic. 19 - Bozhidar Before
Pic. 19 - Bozhidar Before
Bozhidar After Treatment
Bozhidar After Treatment
Pic. 21 - Bozhidar After Operation
Pic. 21 - Bozhidar After Operation
Pic. 22 - Bozhidar After Operation
Pic. 22 - Bozhidar After Operation

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