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Dog "Gosho's" touching story

During its rapid response mission the FOUR PAWS team has rescued several companion animals, which have been left behind when the water rose. One of these animals was the dog "Gosho", that waiting for his rescue on a remote stop in a chicken stable.


What the touching video about his rescue now:

Luckily, FOUR PAWS could rescue many animals affected by the floods.
© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

Update, 2014-08-11 – 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 severely hit by the devastating flooding last week. A 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 with farm and companion animals 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.

Many companion animals were tracked in flooded houses for days.
© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

Several thousand animals have drowned

The Bulgarian authorities have already started to collect carcasses of dead animals from areas that are accessible. How many 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 2014-08-08 – Food can finally be distributed

The FOUR PAWS rapid response continues its work in the disaster area of Mizia, Bulgaria. In our daily work we are supported by the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior. For food supplies, a warehouse was provided to us, where we can store the food for farm and companion animals in need. Today the distribution of the food has finally started as the water slowly retreats. The FOUR PAWS rapid response mission will continue  in the next couple of days to help as many animals as possible affected by the devastating floods and provide them with urgently needed food and medical supply.

Update, 2014-08-07 – Touching reunions make our efforts worthwhile

The FOUR PAWS rapid response team, which is on site in the disaster area round Mizia, Bulgaria, has continued its work by rescuing animals from their flooded prisons. Today, the FOUR PAWS team met a female famer whose animals had been rescued by FOUR PAWS the day before. She has not been to Mizia since the flooding and was not expecting any of her animals to have survived. When she recognized her beloved dog “Gosho” waiting for her in front of her destroyed house, she was overwhelmed with joy. She was very grateful for the ambitious work FOUR PAWS, in collaboration with local volunteers, is offering for the people affected by the devastating floods.


Today the FOUR PAWS rapid response team will continue rescuing farm and companion animals and providing them with urgently needed food.

This farmer was overwhelmed when she learnt that all of her animals have survived the flooding.
© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

Floods in Bulgaria: FOUR PAWS on rapid response mission in affected area

A Bulgarian FOUR PAWS team has started a rapid response mission to help animals in need after heavy rains caused flooding in the town of Mizia (about 180 km 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

In the 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 save 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 sinking and transport by boat is already possible in some areas. For the next couple of days it can be expected that the water will continue to retreat, which will enable FOUR PAWS to provide more food for local farm animals. There are already queues of local animal owners and farmers urgently awaiting the needed food supplies.

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