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By area (25,000 m2), the main site of Every Dog Matters EU near Sofia is the largest no-cage, open-yard, no-kill dog sanctuary in Bulgaria, possibly Eastern Europe.

Apart from a couple of temporary yards (usually for puppies or emergencies), our smallest yards range from 400 m2 to 630 m2. Our main yards range from 1,600 m2 to 2,400 m2 (inc. 400 m2 of indoor space). We also have dogs roaming freely in our main work areas and they all love the extra human interaction they get there.

As a nonprofit foundation, our whole philosophy is centred on large, no-cage open-yard environments and not tiny, medieval cages that deny almost everything a dog needs for a healthy existence. Our dogs are walked often in the surrounding farmland and get plenty of loving human attention from our volunteer heroes and Every Dog Matters’ EU staff.

Here our dogs play with each other constantly every day whereas at most tiny-cage, prison-style shelters, the dogs are too depressed, too frustrated and too fearful to play at all.

The Every Dog Matters EU sanctuary approach is very different from most medieval-style prison shelters for dogs because we give all of our sweet pooches:

–> huge open yards that are not overcrowded with dogs,

–> very regular walks in the open farmland adjoining our site (many thanks to our generous volunteers too!),

–> high quality food instead of the cheapest possible non-nutritional garbage usually given to shelter dogs,

–> the best possible medical care including preventive care against heartworm etc,

–> constant socialisation with people (staff & our growing volunteer hero army), and,

–> ongoing efforts to find their loving forever homes

We never ever give up on finding a loving forever home for any of our rescue dogs.

Many of the beautiful dogs below have suffered shocking cruelty, abuse or abandonment but in our sanctuary, they have blossomed and are thriving extremely well. To meet them, you would think that they are perfectly happy, social dogs who have enjoyed a good life. Sadly no, but they have bounced back with astonishing resilience and now just need a loving forever home with a caring human being, possibly you.

We are very experienced in humanely transporting dogs from Bulgaria to Germany, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland and we ensure that all legal documentation, vaccinations, passport and chip are in order for travelling in the least stressful way for the dogs, who we always ensure are in a healthy state before travelling.

Usually our dogs over 6 months of age have been castrated and given all normal vaccinations and deworming treatments.

If you wish to learn more about any of our great dogs below, inquire about adopting one or wish to make a financial contribution to our work, please email via contact@everydogmatters.eu

You can view our available puppies here.


(3-legged male)



(male, almost blind)



(female, German Shepherd mix)

Terri & Dobrinka
(male + female, 
best friends, need to be adopted together)










(big cuddly teddy bear)

Barry (castrated male) is a lovable 1 to 2 year old who adores people and big bear hugs. He has plenty of energy and likes to jump up on people with his considerable weight.

He currently lives in a yard with 7 other dogs (Marty, Victor and Betty below are in his 2,000 m2 yard) and Barry gets along well with them. It is unknown if he will get along with cats but the first month of close supervision and strict enforcement of a ‘no excitement around the cat/s’ rule should be in place, if you have a cat at home.

Barry was previously a government shelter dog who was dumped in a big city park (though illegal, municipality shelters regularly do that when they are full).

He will need big walks and plenty of exercise to calm his natural enthusiasm.

Approximate age: 1-2 years.

(very loving 3-LEGGED DUDE)

Marty (castrated male) was a young homeless guy with a badly infected front leg and other medical problems when we first found him.

Regrettably, his infected leg had to be amputated but what Marty lacks in mobility, he makes up for with a happy abundance of love for people.

Dogs with an amputated back leg can move much more easily than with a front leg amputation as they put most of their weight on their front legs when moving. Marty has had a front leg amputation.

Marty can’t move that quickly but is playful, loving and in perfect health now.

Previously Marty had parvovirus but has been treated and fully recovered.

Approximate age: 1-2 years.

(young, energetic & playful)

We don’t know Sara’s backstory before she appeared at our sanctuary one day from nowhere.

She is a young , now castrated, healthy female with a huge appetite for play and cuddles. Plenty of exercise is highly recommended.

However, Sara can be dominant with other dogs and that can cause trouble so she is best in a single animal home.

Approximate age: 1 year.


Cornelia spent her young life on a short chain in a building supplies yard, supposedly for ‘security’ which she is not very good at, she’s too friendly!

When we negotiated her release and she came to us, she was very stressed at first and desperate to get our of her yard, even breaking into the yard of Caesar, a dog with some aggression issues, in the adjoining yard.

Luckily, Caesar seemed more curious than aggressive with Cornelia.

We then moved her into our ‘roaming area’ where several of our dogs roam freely among staff and volunteers in the main area of our sanctuary site.

Since that move, Cornelia has blossomed into a very calm, loving and undemanding girl, completely laidback about the many new dogs coming through our roaming area.

She will make a wonderful member of your family pack.

Approximate age: 1-2 years.

(sweetest young lady)

We rescued Gina and her pack-mates, the lovable rascals Harry and Larry, not long ago when a well-known local maniac shot and killed their other pack-mates.

If we had not extracted them, they would likely have been shot and killed too – all without any legal consequences for the shooter.

That’s the semi-lawless environment that Every Dog Matters EU operates in here in Eastern Europe.

Gina is about 1 year old, great with people and other dogs and will make a terrific companion.

Approximate age: 1 year.

(lovable young girl)

Gabby and her now-adopted buddy Cherna came to us when their owner passed away.

Trying to survive on the streets of a remote village a couple of hours from our sanctuary base in Sofia would have been very difficult for Gabby and Cherna.

Now safe and happy with us, Gabby is very social with people and dogs and should make a great furry friend in your life.

Approximate age: 1 year.

(total sweetheart)

We found Betty (castrated female) in a badly-underfunded government shelter on the other side of the country, along with Eliza who you can see below.

She was very malnourished and terrified of people when we first saw her.

However, within a couple of weeks at our sanctuary, Betty put on plenty of weight and found a new confidence in approaching people, even new people.

She is a lovely older lady, extremely sweet, calm and friendly with other dogs – the perfect pet in other words!

Betty had a venereal tumor but was operated on and has fully recovered.

Approximate age: 8-9 years.

Gabby & cherna
(best friends, need to be adopted together)

Gabby and Cherna were rescued from a remote village when their owner died and their future looked very bleak. They are very attached to each other and become depressed when separated. 

Gabby and Cherna are castrated females, less than 1 year old and very social with people and other dogs.

Approximate age: 1 year old.

(loves all people)

Rescued from a hostile village where we assume she was repeatedly kicked by vicious locals, Dana had to recover from a leg fracture and complicated operation after we rescued her.

Despite that, the young Dana (about 8 months old) loves nothing more than long cuddles with people and will make a wonderful companion.

Approximate age: under 1 year old.

(german shepherd mix)

Jessie lived most of her life on a short chain.

When she developed a skin condition, her owner didn’t want to pay for her treatment and abandoned her.

Following her rescue, Jessie (7-8 years old) was properly treated for her skin condition and made a full recovery.

Despite being a German Shepherd mix, there is no trace of aggression in Jessie, towards new people or other dogs. She just wants to please people and enjoy walks together.

Approximate age: 7-8 years old.

(enthusiastic to please)

Terri, Dobrinka (below) and Godiva came to us when their owner died and there was nobody to take care of them.

Terri is a very enthusiastic and energetic boy with a lot of love to give to the right owner.

We are currently treating Terri for heartworm and any adopter will need to continue that treatment.

Approximate age: 5-6 years old.

(serious face, very calm & friendly)

Maya was a young puppy born into a hostile village environment where she was repeatedly kicked and threatened by locals.

She had a nasty leg fracture which needed surgery (recently completed, in recovery phase now) when she was a little older, which she now is.

Don’t let Maya’s serious face fool you – she is very calm, loves human affection and is sociable with other dogs (she is one of our ‘roaming dogs’ in the main work areas of our sanctuary).

Approximate age: 8-9 months.

(sweet old girl)

Godiva is more reserved than her half sisters, Terri and Dobrinka (above) but loves people just as much and after a little initial shyness with new people, she is very loving.

When their owner died, Godiva, Dobrinka and Terri came to Every Dog Matters where they enjoy a 630 m2 yard together, just the 3 of them.

We are currently treating Godiva for heartworm and any adopter will need to continue that treatment.

Approximate age: 7-8 years old.

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little ELIZA
(loves nothing more cuddles)

Like Betty above, Eliza was rescued from a terribly under-funded government shelter on the other side of Bulgaria.

Too many puppies and not enough food or human affection in her previous life, Eliza (castrated now) shares a big open yard with Jumpa and sometimes Dana in our our sanctuary.

Perfectly behaved on a walk, Eliza loves human affection and her small size also makes her easy to manage.

Approximate age: 6-7 years old.

(shara's best friend, loves patting)

Along with Shara (above), young Lisa survived a shooting attack which killed two of their friends.

She is now safely enjoying a large yard with Shara here but Lisa will need time to get used to walking on a leash, which she is still fearful about.

Like Shara, Lisa adores human affection and will make a great pet.

Approximate age: under 1 year old.

blind jumpa
(discarded hunting dog)

Jumpa is an extremely enthusiastic young hunting dog type who is too exuberant for most other dogs. Luckily our Eliza and Dana bear him somehow.

Malnourished as a puppy, Jumpa has grown up almost blind and we found him dumped in the middle of nowhere as he was useless to that hunter, we are guessing.

Jumpa loves people but his chaotic energy will require a patient owner and its uncertain if other dogs in a home will tolerate his friendly enthusiasm.

Approximate age: 1-2 years old.

little nada
(her owner died, very sweet dog)

Small in size but with large on love, Nada came to us when her owner died.

Her small height, extremely friendly nature and social character will make her very easy to manage as a pet.

Approximate age: 5 years old.

(naturally friendly)

Belcho used to live in one of the worst municipality shelters in Bulgaria in a small single cage.

Since coming to us where he can roam in large yards and get regular affection, he has blossomed and loves human company now.

Belcho is a bigger dog but very easy to handle and social with people.

He has a cataract in one eye so doesn’t see well with that eye.

Approximate age: 7-8 years old.

(a.k.a. our george clooney)

Ducky lived most of his life in Bulgaria’s largest dog shelter, 1,500+ dogs, and sadly, he lived alone in a single cage for all that time.

For the last 2 years at that shelter, he was walked most Sundays there by the founder of Every Dog Matters, Terry Kyle, before he was rescued and brought to our open yard, no-cage sanctuary.

He is a very friendly, social old guy loving his new life in our large open yards and regular walks with Terry.

We are currently treating Ducky for heartworm and any adopter will need to continue that treatment.

Approximate age: 10-11 years old.

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