Bulgarian Street Dog’s Miraculous Transformation

“The shelter is the only hope for many dogs whose lives are in imminent danger or who are sick or injured. Many are friendly dogs who are craving love and attention.”



Khaleesi lived on the streets of Bulgaria, where she was being eaten alive by mange and treated like a monster by humans.  Thankfully she was saved by Rudozem Street Dog Rescue, and she is now healthy and happy.  She doesn’t even look like the same dog!

This comes from Rudozem’s website:

Bulgaria has many street dogs who are often subjected to the most horrendous cruelty. They are kicked, beaten and shot on a regular basis for no other reason than that it provides certain individuals with amusement. Many of these dogs are injured, in pain, or starving and in the winter there is a high chance that they will freeze to death.


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Since moving to Bulgaria in 2007, we have rescued many of these dogs. We sometimes have as many as 200 dogs and cats at the RSDR shelter.

We have adoption teams in other countries and whenever possible, we find loving homes for our dogs. Some have suffered so much abuse that they are unsuitable for adoption and stay with us as permanent residents. Apart from the dogs that we do take in, we try to keep a check on others that are still on the streets or living in the forests, making sure that they are fed and if possible treated for parasites.

There are 30 council run dog shelters across Bulgaria. These shelters are more often than not places of torture run by sick individuals. This is one of the reasons why we opened our own shelter. Dogs are often left with no food and water. For some, the only thing they can eat is the dogs that have already died. These places are the last stop for so many animals. One isolator reported killing over 47,725 dogs in just one, two week period. To cut down on costs, they are often beaten to death or just left to starve.


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Our aim is to renovate the RSDR shelter and hopefully one day start a sterilisation program for other dogs in the town. The shelter is the only hope for many dogs whose lives are in imminent danger or who are sick or injured. It is unrealistic to think that we can get all the dogs off the streets, but this will reduce the number of puppies who are born to this life of misery. These are not dangerous wild dogs or dogs that are a danger to livestock, many are friendly dogs who are craving love and attention. It is heartbreaking to see one of them go up to a person, wagging its tail and rolling over only to be kicked and spat on.

You can help save more dogs like Khaleesi by clicking here.


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82 thoughts on “Bulgarian Street Dog’s Miraculous Transformation

  1. What a horrible life that poor animal had to endure….so happy that she is well now, after receiving care and love from these wonderful people.

  2. Nice work! Bless your kind heart. By the way, there is a stray puppy living in our street that is almost in the same condition, but seems to be getting a tad better since I’ve been feeding him. Can someone give me an idea how long it takes and possibly how much it would cost to transform him to a relatively healthy pup. I have no experience treating a dog that “sick”, but this one is growing dear to me. <3

  3. Cheers to the kind hearted people who saved the poor fur baby, may our Father above bless your good heart more and more and to those who treated him like monsters, may they feel what this poor fur baby felt physically and emotionally.

  4. You can see in the ‘before’ picture how she surrendered looking for a touch and a little love. God bless whoever found and save her. ♥♡

  5. wow, that was heartbreaking photo.. never seen anything like that..beautiful ending…blessing to all for saving a beautiful pup…

  6. Instead of helping this little darling, HUMANS treated him like dirt and ignored his bad situation……..HUMANS ARE DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Bless you all for your wonderful work. How fantastic that these darling doggies…like Shaleesa..have a chance and receive love and warmth, kindness and happiness. Thank you so much. Prayers and blessings.

  8. I would have to say that it takes a very special “gene” to LOVE a dog. Not everyone has that gene, not everyone connects with a Being so NOBLE…. but the ones that do, know the purest love there is. <3

  9. you need to do something about your website…this is the first time I have ever been able to scroll to post comment or see info you’ve posted…is it you or yahoo…I always get a sign that you’re running a long script…

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