Save our Shelter - RSDR Renovation Campaign

For: Rudozem Street Dog Rescue
Rudozem, Smoljan, Bulgaria
Organizer: Rudozem Street Dog Rescue
€33,050
of €76,665 goal.
Raised by 924 donors
43% Complete
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The Story

URGENT APPEAL - RSDR is urgently seeking your help to save our shelter and the street dogs & cats of Bulgaria. (read our story below)

Please make a donation on the above DONATE button through PAYPAL or by BANK TRANSFER on our bank account details below.

Bank Account Details

If you do not have paypal and prefer to donate by bank transfer to RSDR's Bulgarian, Dutch or UK bank please donate to:

Bank details:
Bulgarian Bank account:
Bank: DSK Bank
Account Name: Rudozem Street Dog Rescue Bank
Bank Address: 4960, 4960 Rudozem, 11 Han Asparuh Str, Bulgaria
IBAN BG55STSA93000016929092
BIC STSABGSF
(Can donate in any currency as it will be converted to Bulgarian Levs)

UK Bank Account
Bank: The Co-operative Bank
Account Name: RSDR Adopt
Sort Code: 089299
Account Number: 65668283
Currency in Pounds

Dutch Bank Account
If you would like to donate through a dutch bank account, you can go through Diane Beijer
Bank: ING Bank
Account Number:
IBAN-NL13INGB0008654223
Name: Diane Beijer, Amsterdam

RSDR also accept cheques and money orders to their UK Bank, so please email [email protected] for the postal address.

Please put reference as "Save our Shelter" and email [email protected] to advise you have made a donation by bank transfer and which bank you paid to.   Please be aware your bank may charge you a fee for international transfers.  

Media Release

ANIMAL SHELTER THREATENED WITH CLOSURE LAUNCHES URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP

February 3, 2017– Animal rescue centre Rudozem Street Dog Rescue (RSDR) has launched an urgent appeal for help to save it from closure after the Bulgarian authorities issued a new law this week, requiring it become a registered shelter.

The shelter in southern Bulgaria, run by British couple Tony & Diane Rowles, rescues street cats and dogs, rehabilitates them where necessary and arranges for their foster and adoption in the UK and Netherlands. On Monday they were notified that, under a new law passed with immediate effect, RSDR was no longer permitted by the Bulgarian authorities to transport animals out of country. This ruling effectively shuts down RSDR's ability to continue ensuring a long-term future for street animals.

RSDR founder Diane Rowles says “There are thousands of animals on the streets that are suffering and needing our help. RSDR has been vital to saving and adopting over 1500 animals to other countries since 2009. The future of street animals in Bulgaria and their plight is now uncertain.”

Under EU law, any registered private individual, breeder or charity registered with the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) can send animals by approved transport to member states. TRACES ensures that transported animals are properly microchipped, registered and healthy. RSDR has transported its animals under the tightly regulated EU system since 2014 without issue. However, the new Bulgarian ruling states that animals rescued from the streets may no longer be transported from registered charities unless they are also a registered shelter.

Diane continues, “RSDR is a Bulgarian-registered foundation and has held a licence to care for dogs at the shelter since 2011. We can't apply for private shelter registration until the shelter is renovated up to EU standards and we have been fundraising and renovating parts of the shelter for years to bring it up to standard. Completing all the renovation work in one go will be a massive task, costing a huge amount. We just don’t have the money.”

The RSDR adoption transport, carrying over 30 adopted animals to adopters in the UK and Netherlands, scheduled to leave today (Friday, 3 February 2017) has had to be cancelled. Adopters are now waiting anxiously for news of when they will be united with their adopted RSDR cats and dogs. Street dog Jigger, rescued in 2011 and one of the shelter’s longest residents, had a place booked on the transport. His adopters have said, “We are absolutely devastated, but I'm sure I'm not alone amongst current adopters in saying we are committed to getting Jigger home.”

RSDR is now focusing on completing the remaining renovations to the shelter to bring it up to EU standards so that it can become a registered shelter. For this, it will need a large injection of cash. The shelter is entirely reliant on public donations, supported by a network of volunteers in the UK and the Netherlands. The required renovation work is estimated to be at least 25,000 euros. The Rowles are liaising with local contractors to estimate the exact cost which may be much more.

In the meantime, RSDR has set up an online fundraiser at https://www.youcaring.com/saveourshelter and is using hashtags #saveourshelter #RSDR on its social media feeds - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram - with the following request: “We urgently appeal for the public to donate towards our fundraiser and share this message far and wide with family and friends.”

About RSDR:
Rudozem Street Dog Rescue (RSDR) is run by British family Diane & Tony Rowles who started the foundation in 2009 after seeing the plight and abuse of street animals. Since establishing the shelter, the Rowles have rescued thousands of cats and dogs, rehoming them to the UK and Netherlands. They also care for a number of permanent residents at the shelter, animals who cannot be rehomed owing to behavioural issues. Given that it has very limited resources and space, the shelter also supports street dogs and cats through regular feeding runs. In 2016, a documentary made by Canadian Editor Erin Parks about the shelter ‘Finding Shelter’ won third place in the Animal Film Festival Awards. The documentary is available at http://www.findingshelter.net/

Contacts:
RSDR Co-Ordinator, Anita Weber, email [email protected]
RSDR Media Liaison, Paula McMullan, email [email protected]
Rudozem Street Dog Rescue (RSDR), Foundation No. ‪175647065, Rudozem, Smolian, Bulgaria,
e: [email protected], w: www.streetdogrescue.com, www.rsdrnederland.nl

A copy of the media release and photos will also be available at
http://www.streetdogrescue.com/downloads.htm

Visit our Shelter Renovations page to see what Renovations have already been completed. http://www.streetdogrescue.com/shelterrenovations.htm

Photo Album - Shelter Renovations: 
https://www.facebook.com/rudozemstreetdogrescue/photos/?tab=album&album_id=482861104263







Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 24, 2017

Posted on March 24, 2017

From our last update, we advised that the shelter staff had to do some animal courses in Sofia as part of the requirements a few weeks ago.

The shelter staff were in Sofia for 2 courses. Sofia is the capital city of Bulgaria and is approx over 6-7 hours drive away. One course was for an animal handling course and the other was a course for animal movement (driver transport) course.

The shelter staff have passed both courses and received both course certificates in the post as of this week.

As we now have staff that are qualified for the animal movement course (as in they can drive the vehicle containing animals) we can now apply for one of the vehicles to be registered for "animal movement" in Bulgaria.
This is so the shelter can collect any animals rescued off the streets in a vehicle, as well as be able to transport to the vets. We will be putting in an application now for one of the vehicles, since we have the certificates.

Other news, we are currently in progress with another requirement which is to seek a contract with the local hospital to dispose any medical waste at the shelter. This is in progress now with an application and we will hear soon if this is successful.

We have a meeting with an official next week to review all the animal course certificates and to do another inspection at the shelter. So we can give an update at the end of next week on what the next steps will be.

The local builder that we had been waiting for over a month to do a quote, finally came back to us with a 1 page quotation for 120,000 Bulgarian Levs (61,341 euros) (This quote did not include construction of the inside pens), and did not have a breakdown.

Due to our location it is hard sourcing registered builders that are local or ones even from afar who will come to the regional mountains. But through some contacts, we have sourced another 2 builders, with 1 coming next week who will be doing another quotation next week for the major renovations. We will wait until we receive these quotes before looking at other options with volunteers helping.

In regards to the adoption transport, we cannot give a date until registration so we ask if adopters can please keep holding out a little longer. We are doing our best to fast track everything but cannot give any dates as of yet.

At this stage all we can do is give updates on the progress on what is happening, and we will give you an update at the end of next week after the next inspection with officials on the latest happenings.

If everyone can please keep sharing our fundraiser www.youcaring.com/saveourshelter


Posted on March 18, 2017

Posted on March 18, 2017

An update on the Shelter Situation which will be putting in our newsletter next week.  On the 3rd February 2017, Rudozem Street Dog Rescue (RSDR) launched an urgent appeal for help after the Bulgarian authorities issued a new law , requiring it become a registered shelter.

We were notified that, under a new law passed with immediate effect, RSDR was no longer permitted by the Bulgarian authorities to transport animals out of the country. This ruling effectively shuts down RSDR's ability to continue ensuring a long-term future for street animals.
There are thousands of animals on the streets that are suffering and needing our help. RSDR has been vital to saving and adopting over 1500 animals to other countries since 2009. The future of street animals in Bulgaria and their plight is now uncertain.
Under EU law, any registered private individual, breeder or charity registered with the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) can send animals by approved transport to member states. TRACES ensures that transported animals are properly microchipped, registered and healthy. RSDR has transported its animals under the tightly regulated EU system since 2014 without issue. However, the new Bulgarian ruling states that animals rescued from the streets may no longer be transported from registered charities unless they are also a registered shelter.
RSDR has been a Bulgarian-registered foundation since 2009 and has held a licence to care for dogs at the shelter since 2011. We were told at that time that only municipality shelters could be registered. However, we have been fundraising and renovating parts of the shelter for years to bring it up to standard. Completing all the renovation work in one go will be a massive task, costing a huge amount.
The RSDR adoption transport, carrying over 30 adopted animals to adopters in the UK and Netherlands, was scheduled to leave in February and had to be cancelled. Adopters are now waiting anxiously for news of when they will be united with their adopted RSDR cats and dogs. Street dog Jigger, rescued in 2011 and one of the shelter’s longest residents, had a place booked on the transport. His adopters have said, “We are absolutely devastated, but I'm sure I'm not alone amongst current adopters in saying we are committed to getting Jigger home.”

RSDR is now focusing on completing the remaining renovations to the shelter to bring it up to EU standards so that it can become a registered shelter. For this, it will need a large injection of cash. The shelter is entirely reliant on public donations, supported by a network of volunteers in the UK and the Netherlands.

Our initial target figure of 25,000 Euros was to get things on the go as we had to have a figure to start fundraising on the youcaring page. We have had numerous meetings with officials and the ministry vet regarding requirements and work that has to be carried out..
One room has been re-plastered, painted and new floor coverings put down. It has been equipped with a freezer and veterinary examination table and hopefully this should pass as an examination/quarantine room until separate rooms can be made.
Records for every dog and cat are kept on a computer database in English, but we now have to also keep Bulgarian records on paper. This has been done with the help of Liam’s girlfriend, Monika.
Another requirement is that we have to have a vehicle that is registered for transporting animals in order to rescue or transport dogs to the vets. Before we can register a vehicle we have to have completed courses in animal transportation and animal handling. Three of us have recently been to Sofia and done the transportation course and six of us have done the animal handling course. We are now waiting on results and certificates.

In bringing the shelter up to standard, one of the main things is that walls, floors and pens are a non porous material. Our floor is stone and rubble and bits of cement in parts. Our walls are broken plaster and brick and the pens are wood and wire, so all of these need to be replaced with non porous materials. These things will be the major expense. It is a large area that has to be done. There will be some plumbing and drainage work as we need a sink and water in the main part of the building where the pens are. We also have to make separate rooms in one building for quarantine areas. The upstairs storage space has to be separated to make an office. We are hoping a builder can advise us on the most effective and cost efficient heating system.
We have been let down by one builder who came out over a month ago and promised to get back to us with a written quotation and breakdown for all the work required. We didn’t hear from him and when we phoned him he only told us that the work would cost approximately 150,000 leva (76,665 Euros). We are now looking for another builder who can give us a written quotation with a breakdown for specific things that are to be done.
We have been advised that if we can show that some of the requirements have been carried out, registration will be granted on the condition that the rest of the renovations will be done within a certain time frame.
We are so sorry to all the adopters who were heartbroken to hear the news that their dogs or cats wouldn’t be arriving as planned. We can only hope that it isn’t too much longer before we get registration and can plan a date for the adoption trip.
We were overwhelmed by the response to our fundraiser and cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity and messages of support.

Posted on March 13, 2017

Posted on March 13, 2017

As part of one of the requirements for shelter registration, RSDR staff had to do a few courses in Sofia last week. Sofia is roughly over a 6-7 hour drive away. Have attached photos of the staff in the course room on Saturday at https://www.facebook.com/rudozemstreetdogrescue/posts/10155128326499264

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