When Yvette finished her day at a university in Bulgaria, she was weary from her studies but looking forward to spending the remainder of her day with friends. On the walk home, she was daydreaming about her plans when a car stopped at the side of the highway. This is never a good thing, and sure enough, the door opened and the driver threw a puppy into the road.
The car sped off and other cars approached and began passing right over the top of this tiny ball of black fur, whimpering in the road. It would be only a matter of seconds until tragedy struck. There simply wasn’t time to think, only to react.“I felt instant fear,” Yvette said. “I had to stop the cars.”
Yvette quickly made her way onto the road, holding out her arms to stop the cars coming toward her. Drivers looked at her quizzically as they screeched to a stop. She knelt down just long enough to scoop up the puppy and then hurried back to the roadside with her heart pounding, and the puppy’s little heart doing the same.The Bond Was Instant
“His little eyes were looking at me with such love as if he understood that I was his only hope in that crucial moment,” Yvette explained.Yvette named her little bundle Nero and carried him home in her arms. But the minute Yvette came through the door cradling the puppy, her mother insisted that the puppy couldn’t stay as the family was still grieving over the recent death of their pet. A hard message to swallow, but thankfully Yvette chose to follow her own internal compass and find a way.
Without a place to keep Nero, Yvette wasn’t sure what to do. It was a long shot, but Yvette had heard of a rescue group named Colonel Angels Bulgarian Street Dogs and she phoned them straight away. Though the rescue is actually some 120 miles away, Yvette had to try and she almost couldn’t believe her ears when the voice on the other end of the phone said, “Yes, we will help.”She was absolutely breathless with gratitude at this incredible offer. After all, the state of animal welfare in Bulgaria is still in its infancy and finding a rescue team to help is truly against all odds.
The Journey is Just BeginningYvette was asked to take Nero to a good local vet where his health was checked and kept for a few days until a foster home could be found. And though she was in tears when she said goodbye to Nero, Yvette knew that his life course had been dramatically altered and that she had truly saved his life.
Now, Nero has joined the Colonel Angel’s rescue program. This morning when I got in touch with the group’s co-founder Candy Sasse, she truly sounded weary.“Our doorbell dogs are forever being dumped and abandoned,” Candy explained. “I had to take three in last week alone. We also have four puppies to rehome in Smolyan and have been asked to take another four from a neighboring village.”
Candy told me that Nero is actually guaranteed a new home in Holland and will make the journey once sufficient funds have been raised to send him on his way. It costs about $300 to cover his veterinary care, temporary housing and to send him to his new home.
I told Candy to hold on while I send her funds. After all, Colonel Angel’s is one of the core partners of the Harmony Fund and we look after our own. Outstanding costs for the care of all the dogs currently in hand is near $6,000 and the Harmony Fund is aiming to deliver at least half of that through it’s “World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals” and more than a few prayers have been whispered to find a way to pay the rest.