FARVets partnered with the phenomenal staff at Dobro Hrumvane clinic in the capital city of Sofia, Bulgaria this past year. Sofia was the first Eastern European destination incorporated into FARVets pantheon of international partners. The overwhelming feral dog and cat problem in the city coupled with inadequate local resources made Sofia an ideal location for a FARVets clinic. Reports of feral dog problems in the city even include rabid attacks. Dobro Hvumvane offers occasional low cost services for stray animals at one of their two clinics. The hospital allowed FARVets to use this clinic space to run a week long free spay/neuter clinic for local rescue groups. FARVets modified the single table surgical suite to accommodate three simultaneous student surgeries and completed a total of 83 sterilization surgeries over four clinic days. FARVets plans to return to Bulgaria annually.
Animal Rescue Sofia is the only registered non-governmental dog shelter in Bulgaria. The no-kill facility is home to over 200 dogs, mostly animals rescued from the street. FARVets examined dogs with medical problems, worked with animals with behavior issues and administered deworming medication and Certifect, a flea and tick preventative donated by Merial. FARVets participants also helped organize supplies for the new veterinary clinic Animal Rescue Sofia is building on site.