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Emma Smith

Emma Smith is crowdfunding

£13,830raised of £15,000 target by 441 supporters

Weʼre raising £15,000 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 Smith1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Massive thank you to everyone who has donated, we now have our van and receipt for this is below. On top of what we have been donated we also got an amazing 5k donation so we are well on our way to our target. Emma's parents loaned money which needs to be paid back as soon as possible so please keep sharing. It is just incredible the response to this appeal, it means we can continue neutering street dogs and rehoming puppies and abandoned dogs. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for helping to buy Frankie the forever bus.

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  • Emma Smith2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    We are DELIGHTED to announce we've reached the next significant milestone; our total now stands at 66%, which means we are now two-thirds of the way towards our target. This is simply incredible; thank you SO MUCH to everyone, we simply cannot believe we've hit such a major milestone in our campaign. You've all been brilliantly supportive, and we're so grateful. But please don't stop. Cue happy selfie.

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  • Emma Smith2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    It's been a great week for our fundraiser, and the momentum has really kept going, which is fantastic! People have really got behind it and shared our story. A big thank you in particular to Mel Giedroyc and to our wonderful patron Kate Lamb, who have both been very supportive. We still have a way to go, but we're on the verge of reaching our next milestone, the 2/3rds-of-the-way-there mark, so do keep sharing and spreading the word! Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far - we couldn't have got this far without you all.

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Page last updated on: 8/8/2019 09.51



  • Antonia Allin

    Antonia Allin

    Aug 8, 2019


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    Jul 24, 2019

  • Eszter Takacs

    Eszter Takacs

    Jul 23, 2019

    Thank you for all your hard work. Regards from London


  • Kim Hogan

    Kim Hogan

    Jul 16, 2019

    You guys do incredible work - hope you hit your target soon!


  • Hrisiyana & Adrian

    Hrisiyana & Adrian

    Jul 10, 2019

    You do a fantastic job, thank you for the love and care you give to these souls xx


  • Emma hydleman

    Emma hydleman

    Jul 10, 2019

    Brilliant job, thank you!


  • Krisztina von Stockhausen

    Krisztina von Stockhausen

    Jul 8, 2019

    I definitely want to adopt a dog in the near future, but for now I hope this helps a bit even though it is not much. Thank you for your work, it is sadly under-appreciated but so important! Thank you


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