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FOUR PAWS neutered 300 stray dogs and cats during three week project in Bulgarian town of Vidin


A FOUR PAWS team has neutered more than 300 stray animals during a three week project in the town of Vidin in north-western Bulgaria. The team, including two vets, two animal-catchers and one FOUR PAWS clinical worker started the project in the middle of March at the community ambulatory situated near Baba Vida fortress

© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

This is the second FOUR PAWS project in Vidin in the last 6 months. During a two weeks programme in November the veterinarian doctors of the organization neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and treated 198 dogs and cats in the city.

“So far, 258 dogs have been neutered, vaccinated and dewormed, which is 50% of the whole stray population in the city,” explains Dr. Margarita Chankova, leader of the team. “Although the results are really good, the neutering should continue because there are a high number of animals coming from neighbouring cities and villages. We hope that the Municipality of Vidin will start working on the root of the problem, namely the uncontrolled breeding and abandonment of animals” 

© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

FOUR PAWS, Bulgaria's largest animal welfare organization, decided to intervene following the last count of stray animals in Vidin back in October 2014, which revealed a serious increase in the number of stray dogs - from 296 to 495 in the last 5 years. The main reason for this population surge is the lack of controls in place to stop owners abandoning their pet animals, combined with the lack of action by the Municipality to prevent the breeding of animals living on the streets through mass neutering.

© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

FOUR PAWS team will be in Vidin until the end of the week.

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