As yet there is no legislation in place yet for picking up after your dog in the park areas and rules about muzzles and the like are still very slack. It is however now a legal requirement to have a chip implanted in your dog, and you should carry the dog's passport with you when you take it for a walk so that inspectors can check the info. The fine for non-compliance is 200 leva.
You may be a little surprised to find that most locals seem to prefer 'pure breed' dogs although attitudes about responsibility towards pets have moved on somewhat in recent years and many pet owners in Sofia now have their pets castrated and regularly immunise and worm them. There is a long-standing belief that a female animal needs to give birth at least once, which means they often get pregnant by the local stray and the kittens or puppies are then thrown out to fend for themselves, one of the reasons why the efforts to curb the population of stray dogs have taken such a long time to have any lasting impact..
The municipal ''Ekoravnovesie'' organisation will come and catch stray dogs, castrate them and return them to the same place, if you call or write to them. There are also several charities working at trying to re-home stray dogs.
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ul. Chereshova gradina 1, Pancharevo
One of the most respected veterinary clinics in Sofia, with a large team of vets, situated just before Pancharevo village, along the road to Samokov. Popular …