BAPF is considering dozen issues that affect the pet population dynamics, i.e. the average pet's lifespan in Bulgaria. Many of them should be regarded as an outcome of both simple authorities' incompetence and general public's misconception.
Incompetent and corrupt authority
Regulations and strategies in pet population management proposed by relevant authority are more likely influenced by media myths and suggestions made by questionable rescues than based on expertise, evidence, and best practice.
General public's misconception
The over-breeding in owned cats and dogs always remains the core pet population problem throughout Bulgaria. Anyone can obtain a dog or cat, allow the animal to breed freely, and abandon or give away the offspring to anyone. It is very seldom to find an owned female that has not given birth to an offspring or few. The immense number of the animals bred by the pet lovers from their very birth exceeds the possibility for reliable ownership and have no chance to find suitable homes. Nevertheless, the community has given all attention to the abundance of unwanted dogs particularly in Sofia, and the promises to either neuter or destroy them finally. So the excessive pet breeding continues to contribute to many animal welfare, public health and safety, environmental, and fiscal problems.
There are numerous publicly available news articles and translated publications on humane pet management, as linked below.
Animal control-related articles translated in Bulgarian
Emil Kuzmanov's articles translated in English