Call for Shelter Volunteers, and sad news about Smokey.

Shelter Workers needed urgently

We are in urgent need of help at the shelter. A few staff members left recently to pursue other interests in other countries. We are very understaffed and are in need of help for shelter kennel staff. If you are interested in volunteering short-term or long-term at the shelter (minimum of 1-2 weeks) or interested in applying for permanent employment at the shelter, please follow the links below

Volunteering at the shelter

One of our first volunteers Carmel at the shelter helping Diane

RSDR welcome volunteers to the dog shelter in Bulgaria short or long term. If you would like to volunteer for a few weeks to urgently help us out. Please fill out a volunteer form at the link below. All volunteers must be over 21 years old, or accompanied by a parent/guardian.


Permanent Position of Employment Available

Seeking dedicated, hardworking individual who has a passion for animals to join RSDR. (approximately 40 hours a week).

One of the shelter Staff Dan with Sally

RSDR currently have available positions of employment for Shelter Kennel Staff.

Duties include: Working with cats and dogs of all sizes (some with fear issues), Basic animal care, Cleaning and disinfecting indoor and outdoor kennels & Pens, Walking dogs, as needed. General shelter duties. Must be willing to work in all weather conditions. We need someone who is able to work as part of a team but also be able to use their own initiative when possible emergencies arise or they notice something that needs dealing with. Applicant must be prepared to stay at the shelter at nights when needed. Clean driving license is an advantage. Accommodation can be provided.

Preferred Requirements: Ideally applicants will be able to speak English or Bulgarian and be willing to learn either language. Good organisational skills. Previous experience working with dogs.

Please note, the position is more suitable to a single person as we can not accommodate families, children or applicant’s own animals. This is a permanent position. It will take a few months for any applicant to get to know certain dogs that may have issues and to get to know the shelter routine and other workers. For non-Bulgarians, we also have to organise temporary residency. With this in mind, we ask for applicants with a long term commitment. Rudozem is a quiet town and there isn’t much in the way of night-life. It may be too quiet for someone who enjoys a busy social/nightlife. Bulgarian wages apply.

All applicants please fill out the application form at the below link:

Saying goodbye to our beautiful Smokey


Last week, Tony took Smokey to the Pro Vet clinic in Plovdiv. Smokey had started to lose weight and go off his food. The vets did some blood tests and took his temperature which was low. Unfortunately after being at the vets for a few days, his kidneys were not good and had stopped working and he was in a lot of pain. With advise from the vet, we had to unfortunately make the decision to put Smokey to sleep. Smokey was a beautiful boy and we will miss him heaps.

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