About the foundation
Bulgarian Animal Programs Foundation is a national animal welfare organization having non-profit status, based in Sofia and registered with the Sofia City Court. Animal Programs provides unbiased advice to the Bulgarian authorities, pet owners, animal advocates, and general public on issues affecting pet population management and animal welfare.
Animal Programs’ mission is to enhance general public awareness within Bulgaria in most important animal welfare issues by writing comments on current local situation and the progress abroad. Animal Programs is also known for providing content in English language to the media.
These days, Animal Programs is also an animal advocacy organization who provides substantial information in English through its website.
Remaining unbiased and independent is extremely important to Animal Programs. For example, Animal Programs is completely led by its founder and does not depend on corporations, government, or any other groups which could influence its position and activity.
It was founded on June 12, 2003 by Emil Dimitrov Kuzmanov. Since 1999, Kuzmanov taken care on a total of nine abandoned companion animals - tree cats, а mixed-breed dog, а Giant Schnauzer, two Cocker Spaniels, Pekingese, and а German Shepherd. Meanwhile, the number of his family's own cats has increased from eight to thirty-five and then has remained for years at least thirty. All that led Kuzmanov to dedicate his life to preventing the companion animal overpopulation crisis spread across the country.
Enhancing welfare status of total cat and dog population in Bulgaria by reducing pet over-reproduction so that reliable owners, good health, and normal lifespan being provided to every companion animal bred and born.
The purpose of Animal Programs is to raise public awareness and change humane attitude toward pet population problems in Bulgaria; to work for improving and enforcing legislation, providing humane education, and improving animal services.
Letter to Agriculture and Food Committee, 25 Sep 2015
Letter to Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva (in Bulgarian), 28 Jan 2015
Letter to PM Plamen Oresharski (in Bulgarian), 5 Aug 2013
Letter to Agriculture Minister Prof. Grekov (in Bulgarian), 24 June 2013
Warning letter to Agriculture Minister Prof. Stankov, 12 Apr 2013
BAPF calls on international bodies to confront the Bulgaria's dog dumping policy
An open letter to PM Bojko Borisov, 31 Aug 2011
Letter to Sofia Mayor, Jordanka Fandykova (in Bulgarian), 9 Aug 2011
Letter to the National Assembly's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, 23 Nov 2007
Open Letter to PM, June 2007
Open letter to Sofia Mayor, June 2007
Letter to the Agriculture Minister & Sofia Mayor, January 2007
Letter to the National Assembly's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, 10 Nov 2006 (in Bulgarian)
Letter to Bulgarian Government, 2004
A Press Statement of 10 April 2012 (PDF)
A Strategic Report on Animal Shelter Operations in Bulgaria, 23 June 2011
Translated professional literature
Humane Dog Population Management Guidance, ICAM Coalition (translated in Bulgarian)
Тranslated articles by foreign authors
Long awaited legislation outlaws puppy farming in Ireland. Irish Central. January 2, 2012.
Welcome to the puppy farm capital. The Irish Times. January 1, 2004.
NEWKIRK: Under(valued)dog to secure hearth and homeland? The Washington Times. July 29, 2010
Victim of Pound Seizure: Meet Cruella (E6993). Dying to Learn.
Pet Theft. In Defense of Animals.
Greyhound case tops pet theft log. Animal People. July-August 2003.
Mystery of the Missing Cats. Der Spiegel. January 24, 2007.
Cat-napping outcry after fur traders admit buying animals killed in Britain. timesonline.co.uk. November 17, 2007.
Obama family accepts a "second chance" dog from Ted Kennedy. Animal People. May 2009.
Indianapolis considers requiring pit bulls to be sterilized. Animal People. May 2009.
Pfoten auf Abwegen. Die Weltwoche. March 24, 2010.
$75 million offered to further non-surgical sterilization. Animal People. April 2010.
The search goes on for a single-dose non-surgical way to sterilize dogs & cats. Animal People. April 2010.
Whose interests does serve the Mayor Fandykova's ''alliance for animals''? - Allvoices, 10 July 2013
Europe's biggest-ever animal control scam deserves international reproach - h
Unknown number of Bulgarian dogs fall victim in military's chemical-weapons tests - Indymedia UK, 15 Feb 2013s
2012: Sofia Municipality's old promises for new strays (in Bulgarian) - Bulgaria Indymedia, 24 Jan 2012
European Animal Cruelty Price Index for 2011 - UK Indymedia, 28 Oct 2011
Fortunately for Dog Bunchers (in Bulgarian) - Dnevnik daily, 7 Aug 2011
No Animal Cause Considered by Bulgaria's Top Men - UK Indymedia, 4 Jun 2010
A Decade Favorable to the Dog Bunchers (in Bulgarian) - Dnevnik daily, 1 Apr 2010
Jordanka Fandykova to Choose Either the Animal Control or the Dirty Concession (in Bulgarian) - Bulgaria Indymedia, 17 Nov 2009
Plovdiv Accepted False Animal Birth Control Too - Sofia News Agency, 16 Oct 2009
Solving the Dog Population Problem by Neutering Unwanted Strays? (in Bulgarian) - Bulgaria Indymedia, 13 Jun 2009
In 2008 Sofia Paid BGN 1.2 M for False Dog Population Management - Sofia News Agency, 16 Mar 2009
Dog Shelters Have no Obstacles in Illegal Animal Disposal (in Bulgarian) - Monitor daily, 4 Feb 2009
Sofia Fails in Animal Rescue - from The Sofia Echo, 12 Dec 2008
Obama, Bulgarian Bojko Borisov and Dog Shelters - Portland Indymedia, 13 Aug 2008
Street Dogs in Sofia - Sofia News Agency, 16 May 2008
Sofia fails against theft and `poaching' of roaming animals - The Sofia Echo, 18 April 2008
Bulgaria Adopted an Animal Neglection Act - Pittsburgh Independent Media Center, 2 Feb 2008
Meaningless Catch-Neuter-Release dog control in Sofia (translation) - Monitor daily, 21 Dec 2007
Bulgaria, the Stray Animal Farm (translation) - Dnevnik daily, 18 Dec 2007
Bulgaria's Borisov frustrates pet control - The Sofia Echo, 10 Sep 2007
The Mafia's Poaching Industry (translation) - Monitor daily, 14 Jul 2004