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Emma Smith

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£11,577raised of £20,000 target by 377 supporters

Weʼre raising £20,000 to help buy our NGO a neutering and forever bus for the doggies.

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Dear friends and supporters of StreetHeartsBG, you all give us so much in so many ways, and we would not post an appeal like this unless we really felt we needed to.

Last week our trusty old transit Frieda was in a road accident and is sadly a write-off with little residual scrap value. We simply do not have the money to replace her. We are devastated and desperate as this cuts off our transport lifeline that enables us to do our vital and lifesaving work helping the street dogs here in Bulgaria.

The lives and wellbeing of these street dogs depends on us being able to pick up and transport them to our shelter, to the vets for treatment and neutering and, for so many lucky ones, to their new homes across Europe. We cannot let them down as they do not have anyone else.

What is needed

We have researched extensively for an appropriate vehicle that both meets the specific transport needs of StreetHeartsBG and that will be reliable. The cost of a van that will sustain the charity's work for many years to come is around £20,000. Transport is integral to Street Hearts Bulgaria on several fronts:

1. Our neutering program is central to our mission and our work preventing unwanted puppies being born and therefore reducing the street dog population. We need a van that can carry multiple dogs and that is effective in both time and fuel consumption when we cover a major town and 68 surrounding villages. We need transport to travel around villages collecting multiple dogs for neutering and also to support neutering runs for multiple dogs to the vets. To date we have neutered nearly 700 dogs and there are many more waiting to be done in the Dryanovo municipality. We have already been approached by other areas to do neutering campaigns so a van is vital for this work.

2) Without a van we cannot legally rehome dogs. Frieda the bus was essential for transporting dogs to their forever homes. To date we have rehomed 376 dogs in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. We are Type 2 animal transporters and all our dogs travel with a Traces Certificate. This is a legal requirement when rehoming rescue dogs. There is no other transporter able to do this for us. So without a van we simply will not be able to rehome dogs.

3) Dogs in limbo. We have 20 dogs that were due to make their forever journey to the UK on the 16th June but now we have no means to get them there. They had bright futures and now are stuck in limbo.

4) Abandoned dogs. At the moment we have 70 dogs: this is the maximum which we are licensed to have at our shelter. We are constantly having dogs abandoned on or near our premises: just yesterday 4 puppies were dumped in our village. Without a van we will have to turn many desperate cases away and cannot continue our outreach work.

5) Our van also brings much needed donations back from the UK. This includes bedding, dog crates, wet dog food and other items that, whilst essential, are a luxury we cannot afford. The dog situation here in Bulgaria is desperate and the work we do here at StreetheartsBG is proactively reducing the street dog population in the Dryanovo area of Bulgaria. Our priority is to buy a new van as soon as possible so we can continue our work. With the support of volunteers and supporters we have dedicated the last few years of our lives to improving the welfare and lives of dogs. Please help us to continue our labour of love and continue to reduce the dog population here in Dryanovo. We love these dogs so much. Please, please donate if you can – any amount is appreciated. We are a very small charity and ask our friends and dog lovers far and wide to please share this appeal to help give us a fighting chance.

With heartfelt thanks from

Emma & Anthony and the street dogs of Bulgaria

For more information about us and what we do please visit our website

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  • Emma Smith2 days ago
    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith

    2 days ago

    Thank you for all your incredible support so far. We are now at 54% which is amazing. We have 20 dogs ready to travel as soon as we get a van and also have another 6 reserved for the trip after. We obviously want to get these dogs to their forever families as soon as possible. Thank you so much to everyone that has donated and shared, we are overwhelmed with your kindness and generosity. Please keep spreading the word and watch our video which shows what we do and why we need a van. Much love x

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  • Emma Smith9 days ago
    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith

    9 days ago

    We're almost half way there! Huge thanks to everyone who has donated so far!! All of us here are brimming with gratitude and thanks to everyone who has helped us raise a whopping £9,050 in just 2 days. Appropriate, reliable transport is at the heart of Street Hearts BG daily work. Without it our vital and lifesaving work helping the street dogs here in Bulgaria simply grinds to a halt. Sharing will also help spread the word and get us back on the road again soon. We thank you!! Emma, Anthony and the street dogs of Dryanovo, Bulgaria.

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Page last updated on: 6/16/2019 14.36



  • Janina Moereke

    Janina Moereke

    Jun 16, 2019

    Hope you can buy your new bus soon!


  • Lisa Reinsch

    Lisa Reinsch

    Jun 16, 2019

    Such an amazing place for dogs! Thank you for all of them and hope you get your new van very soooon luv Lisaxx


  • Anonymous


    Jun 15, 2019

    Keep up the good work! Hope you get your van soon :)


  • Paula


    Jun 15, 2019

    I think what you do is great. Good luck with it all.

  • Michelle Harris

    Michelle Harris

    Jun 15, 2019

    Thank you for all you do. Love Michelle, Dan, Olivia, Jonty Bubbles and Bella. In memory of much loved departed pets x(Dan, Sam, Snowie, Ben, Abbie and Lulli)


  • Anonymous


    Jun 15, 2019

    Here's hoping you get the van and get over super quick. Sure there are so many excited people waiting for their new best friends. keep up the amazing work both of


  • Marla fulton

    Marla fulton

    Jun 14, 2019

    I hope you wonderful people are blessed to be able to raise the money needed for these beautiful sweet dog's


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