Help at a dog sanctuary near Vratsa, Bulgaria



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    I have been in Bulgaria for around 18 months and was shocked and horrified at the level of animal abuse and neglect I witnessed. I decided to buy a property where I could have a safe place to rescue dogs, with a view to finding them forever homes and arranging to get them to their destinations.

    Some of the transformations have been unbelievable, seeing absolutely terrified dogs turning into the most amazing and loveable characters. It is very rewarding work but can also be heartbreaking.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    I am running a sanctuary and need help looking after rescued dogs, including feeding, cleaning and walking dogs. Building and general maintenance would be a bonus but is not essential. A vehicle can be made available to someone with a driver's licence (which has to be kept on you while driving).

    On a normal day we work from 7.15am to about 9.30am cleaning, feeding and walking some of the dogs. Then it's free time until 3.15pm. From 3.15pm until about 5.30pm more dogs need to be walked, fed and areas cleaned.

    Occasionally I may need help during the day if vet visits are required or puppies need feeding.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Bulgaria is a beautiful country with lots of places to visit. We are teaching the younger generation about caring and respecting animals and trying to change the mindset of local people and their attitudes towards animals which don't rate very highly in this country.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and learning Bulgarian

  • Accommodation


    Fully furnished one bedroom house with living room with sofa bed. Internet available up to 30GB per month.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The village is a half hour drive from Vratsa, which is surrounded by beautiful mountains. In the summer there are sunflowers everywhere. There's plenty to do in Vratsa, such as visit Bulgaria's famous ice cave, Ledenika. There are also local markets to visit weekly. The sanctuary is a 5 minute drive from my home in the next village along.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Gorgeous pups Mimi and Marley.
Helen and Petey enjoying a cuddle.
One of our volunteers takes a dog for a run.
One of a litter of 6 puppies found abandoned near the shelter.
Max, a gorgeous deaf pup with oodles of affection to give.
Helen and Xena out for a walk in the field next to the sanctuary.
Vratsa, Bulgaria

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