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Rapid Response Bulgaria

Dog "Gosho's" touching story

August 6, 2014 - During its rapid response mission, the FOUR PAWS team rescued several companion animals, who were left behind when the flood water rose. One of these animals was a dog named  "Gosho", who was found by the FOUR PAWS rescue team during a remote welfare check on a chicken coup.

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Update: 8-11-2014 – FOUR PAWS rapid response mission in Mizia, Bulgaria has ended


On Sunday, the FOUR PAWS rapid response mission in the Bulgarian town of Mizia came to an end. Mizia is one of the areas which was severely hit by the devastating flooding last week. The FOUR PAWS rapid response team was on site for one week to rescue animals and provide them with urgently needed food and medicine. Altogether, the FOUR PAWS team distributed nine tons of food to people and farmers whose farm and companion animals were affected by the flooding -- thus feeding more than 4.000 animals for ten to 14 days. 

Mizia still partly flooded

Some areas in Mizia are still flooded, although water pumps are working continuously. Many of the initially evacuated people (around 900) have not been able to return to their homes, as many of the houses in and around Mizia have been destroyed or are inhabitable. Most of the people are nonetheless visiting their homes to check on the animals that have been left behind, feeding them with food FOUR PAWS has provided. 


Several thousand animals have drowned

The Bulgarian authorities have already started to collect carcasses of dead animals from areas that have become accessible to them. The number of animals have drowned in the flooding can only be assumed, but the number is in the thousands. 

Finally the water retreats and food can be distributed.
© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

Update: 8-08-2014 – Food can finally be distributed


The FOUR PAWS rapid response continues its work in the disaster area of Mizia, Bulgaria. In its daily work, the FOUR PAWS team continues to be supported by the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior. A warehouse has been provided to FOUR PAWS, in where the response team can keep food and other provisions.  Today, the distribution of the food has finally really started, as the water  has begun to slowly retreat. The FOUR PAWS rapid response mission will continue thoughout the next couple of days i an effort to help as many animals as possible.

Floods in Bulgaria: FOUR PAWS deploys rapid response team to affected area

After a call for help from the Bulgarian Red Cross,  Bulgarian FOUR PAWS team has deployed its rapid response team to help animals in need after heavy rains caused flooding in the town of Mizia (about 112 miles north of Sophia) on Sunday. Since then, almost half of the town has remained flooded and over 900 people have been evacuated – most of them by helicopter, as the water is just too high to rescue them by boat. Many of the locals living around Mizia are farmers and had to leave their farm animals in flooded stables without any food supply. 

In a first step the Bulgarian FOUR PAWS rapid response team rescued animals from their flooded homes.
© FOUR PAWS | Yavor Gechev

Food supplies after water has retreated

Many areas are still flooded and animals in life-threatening situations.
© FOUR PAWS | Yavor Gechev

Over next couple of days, FOUR PAWS will be working closely with the Bulgarian Red Cross, the Citizen Protection Division of the Bulgarian military, as well as local authorities, to rescue as many animals as possible from inaccessible, flooded areas of Mizia. Recent weather forecasts have indicated that more rain showers can be expected today, however, water levels are currently lowerin and transport by boat is already possible in some areas. For the next couple of days, the water is ecpected to continue to retreat, which will enable FOUR PAWS to provide more food for local farm animals. There are already numerous local animal owners and farmers urgently awaiting the needed food supplies.

Many farms have been destroyed by the devastating floods.
© FOUR PAWS | Yavor Gechev