“Animals don’t feel pain, they’re vermin … “ is just one of the things that people in Bulgaria have been told all their lives and both the state as well as the media are actively encouriging cruelty and hatred towards stray animals. Indeed, caring for companian animals is so new in Bulgaria that many vets there so far lack the necessary skills to treat them.
How do we know all this? – Well, we talked to a courageous lady who is determined to make a difference for animals in Eastern Europe:
Michelle Jones is co-founder of the K9 Rescue international rescue charity focused on making a difference to the treatment of dogs in Eastern Europe. After moving to Bulgaria in 2005, she soon became heavily involved in rescuing sick and injured street dogs and puppies, re-homing them both locally in Bulgaria and elsewhere in Europe and beyond. She then decided to form K9 Rescue in 2012 to focus on her passion of empowering local independent rescuers.