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Rachel Gawith

Rachel Gawith is crowdfunding

£120raised of £20,000 target by 7 supporters

Weʼre raising £20,000 to Renovate The Neutering Clinic

Maglizh, Bulgaria

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Back in 2012 we set up TwitchyNoses to help stray, injured and abandoned dogs in the area where we lived in central Bulgaria. A few years later, along with friends who also involved in helping homeless dogs in Bulgaria we set up . It has long since been an idea and hope of all involved to work together with other organisations to carry out a continued neutering effort in Bulgaria. It is only through neutering that the root of the over population of dogs and cats can be brought under control. For both street dogs and owned village dogs a like. And we feel the only real way to make progress is to set up our own neutering clinic, which we hope will become a base for neutering campaigns around Bulgaria as well as our local region, will be somewhere the latest neutering techniques can be taught and from where we can do out-reach vet work across the country.

In 2018 Rachel used private money (savings) to purchase a property in the local municipality town of Maglizh (through her Bulgarian company) for 28,000 levs (around 14,300 Euros). Additional costs of legal fees, taxes etc added up to a further 1,000 levs (around 500 Euros).

The property/clinic will be rented to TheNeuterNetwork at a nominal rate on a long term contract, probably at a rate of 50 levs a year (around 25 Euros). Rachel will cover the annual municipality taxes through her company – around 20 Euros a year.

In order to start renovations and get work underway Rachel has to date paid for the following from inhertiance from her late father and savings. This is all been paid for by way of a no interest loan to TheNeuterNetwork, with Rachel just paying the builders directly when required. This will require paying back at some stage, although there are no time limits for repayment.

To date costs have been:

Plans and permissions from architect and other insitutions: 1790 levs (total likely ~2000 levs/1022 Euros)

Renovation works (costs in lvs):


New windows – 2720

Reinforcing and concreting floors – 7125

All new electrics – 3000 (but Electrician did not finish job, demanded more money and so we got rid of him and will need to get a new electrician to finish work and pay more)


Inside plastering – 2948

Security blinds – 2445

New internal doors – 1735

Building of conservatory for waiting room and to give covered access to basement and also the roof repairs and repairs to rear wall – 11,500

Tiling of all floors and walls and other bits of work – 9700

New metal security door for basement – 650 lvs

Digging out driveway and clearing all rubbish and building debris and new concrete – 8,500

Total: 50,323 levs (25,730 Euros)

Still to pay for in next couple of weeks:

re-render the outside of the building

repair the undersides of the roof gables

make the current driveway entrance bigger

make a new gate for the driveway

brick up the front wall

Quote to do this : 7,000 (3579 Euros)

After this the only other work will be making outside kennels (3 simple dog runs to keep dogs in prior to neutering if caught day before) and making 3 tiled, dog pens in the basement area for longer term cases and more serious diseases, fixtures and fittings like lights, sinks, boilers, A/C units. We need a new front gate as the current one is falling to bits. There will be a lot of painting to do but we will do this with the help of volunteers. We need a PVC wall divider to make consultation room and of course equipment.

There will be gardening and walling to do outside to make the place look nice but we will do this and get volunteers to help.

Estimated further costs:

Internal dog kennels & external dog kennels : 5790 levs (2960 Euros)

New front gate: 650 levs (332 Euros)

Lights, sinks etc: 3000 lvs (1534 Euros)

Consultation room divider: 1000 lv (511 Euros)

Electrician costs to finish off: ~ 500 levs (256 Euros)

Total: 11,120 levs (5686 Euros)


You can see details of the property here .

Received so far:

We were gifted a property to sell for the organisation, here in Bulgaria. We have secured a buyer for this and he is paying by instalments with completion being in August 2019. After legal costs and taxes, this will raise around 12,000 levs (E 6136) and go towards paying Rachel back some of loan. We also took part in a marathon earlier in the year (2019) with some local vet students and raised around 1000 levs (E 511 ) from this.

Outstanding Loan: 57443 levs (29,370 Euros)

Ongoing costs for clinic:

Vet wages: 13,250 levs/year ( E 6775/year)

Medicines & disposable equipment: ~ 10,000 Euros/year

Electric, water, internet, insurance, private security – 1,100 Euros/year

Miscellaneous : 500 Euros/year

We decided to use JustGiving as one of our fund-raising platforms as many are not available in Bulgaria or have large fees taken from each donation. This way the money can be paid to an account in the UK and TransferWise can be used to send the money in levs directly to Bulgaria, where it will be used for renovation work. Invoices will be posted as received and full transparency given.

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    Driveway being dug out ready for concreting.

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    Tiling is nearly finished inside, just the walls of the operating room, preparation room and consultation room to do. Roof repairs have started when the weather allows and construction of the waiting room has started. The driveway area has been dug out ready for new concrete for the parking area and we will be changing the entrance and front fence to a wall.

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  • Krassi Dimitrova

    Krassi Dimitrova

    Jun 11, 2019


  • Sophie Roberts

    Sophie Roberts

    Feb 8, 2019

    Good luck, Rachel and team, on your mission to help reduce the suffering.


  • Anonymous


    Jan 1, 2019

    Good luck with the fundraising. A special neutering clinic is a brilliant idea


  • Carmen Bachelier

    Carmen Bachelier

    Dec 31, 2018


  • Samantha Johnson

    Samantha Johnson

    Dec 30, 2018

    Not much but hope it helps.


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    Dec 30, 2018




    Dec 30, 2018

    Love what you are doing


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Rachel Gawith

Rachel Gawith

Maglizh, Bulgaria

Rachel runs TwitchyNoses along with her partner Peter. Along with Candy from Little Angels Rescue BG and Sam from Paws & Hooves, they also run TheNeuterNetwork (registered NGO in Bulgaria) and are opening a neutering clinic to offer free and low cost neutering in Bulgaria.

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