Improving the lives of stray and owned dogs in Maglizh & Samokov regions through neutering and out-reach programs

Twitchynoses is a small organisation working to improve the lives of stray, abandoned and injured dogs in the Maglizh region and Samokov area. We do not have our own shelter but where we can, we take in dogs into our own home, rehabilitate them and prepare them for new homes. Over the last few years we have re-homed over 200 dogs and helped place many more with new families. We seek homes for the dogs we save in both Bulgaria and abroad (mainly the UK). We work closely with the municipality pound in Kazanlak to take dogs from there that are suitable for re-homing and providing resources and help where needed.

However our main priority is now neutering street dogs and village owned dogs, as we believe strongly that this is the only way to significantly reduce the number of un-wanted dogs in Bulgaria. There is currently no government funded or managed neutering programs in either Maglizh district or the Samokov region. We are aiming to change this and hope the local authorities will co-operate and support such an initiative. Our aim is to open a castration clinic in each area. 

We also provide a community out-reach program, working with local village mayors to offer free basic health care for animals in these regions, installing running lines for chained dogs to give them more freedom and where possible educating on animal welfare and the benefits of neutering. More details about these specific campaigns and related projects can be found by clicking the pictures on the right. 

We will do our best to respond to any signal of animals in distress in our immediate area, however please note that our resources are limited and there are only two of us (along with trusted friends).

There is no municipality shelter either in the Maglizh or Samokov region. There is no-where for sick or injured dogs to be taken to receive treatment and so these poor creatures mostly just suffer on the street. 

We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations and fund-raising to move forward with our work. You can see how you can get involved and help fundraise by seeing the pages above. If you would like to sponsor the TwitchyNoses website please get in touch. 

The Charity’s aim is to :-

# Organise neutering programmes in villages in Maglizh & Samokov regions

# Ease the suffering and try and make life a little more pleasant for chained dogs and those kept in yards

# Help with education about animal welfare and the benefits of wide spread neutering.

# Provide practical help to already existing shelters local to us (Kazanlak & Stara Zagora) and assit with various sundry items that they may need.

# Raise funds to buy food and carry out routine veterinary care including sterilisations

# Fund Emergency operations where necessary

# Take badly injured, mal-nourished or diseased dogs off the streets in our area

# Help find new homes for animals in the municipality pounds and in our care.

# Help prosecute animal cruelty and push for better enforcement and harsher punishment for the perpetrators.

Please see details of the dogs we have for re-homing below. 

Thank you! 


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We adopted two dogs from Bulgaria, Cora in 2015 and Olive in 2016, we have always had dogs, but considering these two were street dogs they are the most amazing, fun loving and devoted dogs we have ever had, loving life, a great big thank you to twitchynoses xx


We adopted Ivan in January 2016, he came over from Twitchy Noses to Dogs 4 Rescue in Manchester. Street dogs are just the perfect companion....they just want to be loved and have a home to call their own. Ivan has never had any separation anxiety and is very clean. And after not knowing how to play with toys, there's no stopping him now! He's our world xx

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