Improving the lives of stray and owned dogs in Maglizh municipality through neutering and out-reach programs
Twitchynoses is a small Bulgarian dog rescue organisation working to improve the lives of stray, abandoned and injured dogs in the Maglizh region (central southern Bulgaria). We do not have our own shelter and there is no shelter in our municipality, nor any other organisations actively working there. Where we can, we take in sick and injured or old dogs into our own home, rehabilitate them and prepare them for new homes or get them into foster homes. Over the last few years we have re-homed over 250 Bulgarian stray dogs and helped place many more with new families. We also work with the municipality pound in Kazanlak and the local organisation that manages the shelter to provide resources and help where needed and hope to be able to do more to improve conditions and re-homing at Kazanlak shelter in the future. We also try to help out at the Stara Zagora municipality shelter.
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 program in the Maglizh district. We are aiming to change this. We have recently bought a property to turn into a neutering clinic and as a base for our out-reach program and have the support of the mayor. It is massive project but we have lots of exciting plans to not only provide free and low cost neutering for the municipality but we also hope to provide a community out-reach program, working with local village mayors to offer free basic health care for animals in this region, 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. In time we hope the clinic can become a training centre for up to date neutering techniques.
You can follow the impact we are having on the website. We no longer take in large numbers of dogs for re-homing but any dog we do take into foster will be neutered unless too old or too young, fully vaccinated and passported, blood tested and socialised with other dogs and people. Dogs we neuter from the street and villages and return through TNR are checked on regularly, the same with any dogs we treat for parasites and mange on the street or owned by villagers.
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 in the Maglizh and no vets so we must travel to Stara Zagora or Kazanlak. 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, unless we can squeeze them in, get them fit and healthy and then find them a new home, so there is space for the next one.
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 the Maglizh region for street dogs and village owned dogs.
# 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 and Stara Zagora) and assist 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 pound local to us 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.
- The start of 2018 was tough as new rules came in with regard to transport of dogs out of Bulgaria to new homes. In their …Read More »
- For a number of years there has been signals from tourists in Borovets about a dog on a chain by the church. The dog actually …Read More »