Strays Deliberately Massacred by Trained Fighting Dogs

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Yesterday around 2 p.m in the town centre one more horrific drama against the strays of Sarajevo occurred. Unknown persons with purebred fighting dogs, pit bulls and sStaffordshire bull terriers, dogs reported to be used in dog fights, set their dogs against abandoned dogs and strays. At least four of the strays died from injuries caused by the attacks, others are missing or wounded.

10270495_10203820394373091_3568630618396588448_nThis is not happening for the first time. Already two months constantly we have been calling the police, but the patrol came only today when the streams of blood flowed down the street.

People in the neighbourhood are known to be ordering the killing of stray dogs. We hope that next time will not hurt someone’s child. Anyone who treats animals like this today, tomorrow will treat people in the same way,” said a neighbour who witnessed the event.

The case was reported to the local police authorities. Residents are hoping that this time they will do their job because they are afraid for their own safety.

Article in Taco.net: The slaughter of stray dogs in Sarajevo.

Someone took a video of some of the attack, with one of the men involved clearly visible and flinging a large tree branch at the strays:

10006087_10203823803458316_4186946809907017188_oAn animal rescuer assisting in the rescue of the survivors said: “This is the worst day in my life, these dogs never bite anyone and they live there a long time now, they just live in a bad street where drug dealers sell drugs.”

What is additionally sad is that these dogs come from a pack fifteen dogs Marianne’s Dog Food Bank are helping with food and demodex treatment.  They were just beginning to grow hair and respond to the demodex treatment.

Marianne Søndergaard states: “I have arranged for the surviving dogs to have a place where they can be safe for a few days. I pray things are well for the people looking for them and that I will have news tomorrow morning.”

Assistance is needed to help the survivors. If you can help please donate via Paypal directly to MDFB at donation@mariannesdogfoodbank.org and mark for ‘Dogs surviving Sarajevo Massacre’.

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One of the survivors, safe now

Please note that MDFB is already struggling to continue their work in Bosnia Herzegovina and are desperate for funds to keep open their two little Dawn’s Nest heavens for strays, so any help is greatly appreciated. More information on their website.

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Surviving dogs brought to safety

If you want to help please visit the MDFB website: www.mariannesdogfoodbank.org and Facebook group for more information. Or make a donation directly via PayPal: donation@mariannesdogfoodbank.org

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Dog Slaughter in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina

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Dog killed in Mostar


Slaughter of dogs in Mostar City: several adult dogs were shot, 3 puppy litters lost their mothers, in one of the litters the puppies are only few days old. There are sixteen puppies left without their mother. Food is desperately needed and also homes for the puppies.
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This killing is a violation of the Animal Welfare Law of BiH, just like all the other similar killings of dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina.

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Please sign and share the petition BOSNIA! IMPLEMENT HUMANE STRAY-DOG AND CAT POPULATION CONTROL AND TREATMENT

Related posts:

Yet another brutal dog murder in Bosnia Herzegovina
Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
More than 40 killed dogs found in garbage dump
Poisoning of Dogs and Cats in Glamoc, Bosnia Herzegovina
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Mass Murder of Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina
Dog Massacre in Dobosnica, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Latest news on the Bosnia Herzegovina Animal Welfare Act

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As you know, in December last year the Constitutional – Legal Committee voted against the proposed amendments to the Animal Protection and Welfare Act that we’ve also been campaigning against, and instead proposed that the Council of Ministers should prepare new amendments to Animal Protection and Welfare Act.

Today, in the session of the House of Peoples, this proposition by the Constitutional – Legal Committee (for new amendments) was voted against.

The first reading of the law (the law originally proposing the amendments we have been campaigning against) was NOT held today because the Collegium of House of Peoples have to first to meet to harmonise these amendments.

The “Collegium” is made up of 3 members of the House of Peoples who manage the work of the House. These members are: Dragan Covic (Croat, HDZ), Stasa Kosarac (Serb, SNSD) and Sulejman Tihic (Bosniak, SDA).

“Harmonisation” means that the Collegium can change something in the amendments to the Animal Protection and Welfare Act: they can propose some new amendments or change the text of existing amendments. Although the Collegium is not obligated to suggest changes to the amendments, the House of Peoples vote on the amendments cannot go ahead without the Collegium meeting.

The session of Collegium cannot be held if one of the 3 members cannot attend. Sulejman Tihic, the First Deputy Speaker, has cancer and due to his ill health he cannot attend the House of Peoples or its Collegium. It is believed that Tihic won’t appear in House of Peoples in the near or foreseeable future. The position of First Deputy Speaker is a position held for life.

Elections are in October 2014.

This all means that the actual first reading of the proposed law in the House of Peoples may only be held in 2015.

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the rescued dogs we are sponsoring but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

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This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Yet another brutal dog murder in Bosnia Herzegovina

Pas_1A dog was strangled to death with antenna cable in Slatina district of Sarajevo, reported today on Radiosarajevo.ba: New Atrocity Against Animals.

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English translation of some of the article:

“Violence against animals is becoming more common throughout Bosnia Herzegovina, and the most recent case of torture and murder of animals took place in Sarajevo. On Sunday, 9 March,  a dog was found strangled by an antenna cable,  by a dumpster in the area of Slatina municipality Centre, Sarajevo.

The women who found the dog tried to find someone who could help. They called the vet, the police, the veterinary inspectors,  inspectors for the protection and welfare of animals from the Veterinary Office. The most common answer to these calls was that Sunday was not a working day, and that they are not to be disturbed and no longer bother with reports of this kind….

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Then they approached the Sarajevo Cantonal inspection to order an autopsy of the dog’s body which they drove to the Veterinary Faculty in Sarajevo, to determine the cause and time of death in order to detect and punish the offender in accordance with the criminal law and the FBiH Law on Protection and Welfare of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where stray and abandoned dogs have the right to be free from torture and killing, and the right to legal protection.

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As a reminder, violence toward animals has long been known as a dangerous indicator of psychopathology, which applies not only to animals, but can also lead to human victims…”

Rest in peace beautiful dog. May justice be served.
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NOTE: Those of you who have been monitoring the proposed amendments to the animal welfare laws in BiH, the next session of the House of Peoples is scheduled for March 12. Presumably they will vote on the amendments during this session.

Related posts:

Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
More than 40 killed dogs found in garbage dump
Poisoning of Dogs and Cats in Glamoc, Bosnia Herzegovina
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Mass Murder of Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina
Dog Massacre in Dobosnica, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

______________________________________________

This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia

1959250_633031540097077_141919779_nYet another case of appalling animal cruelty in Bosnia Herzegovina.

Yesterday this dog was spotted from a car by accident.  Animal welfare charity Andjeo Sarajevo saw a wire around his neck.

1904083_633030283430536_765430982_nThis poor dog passed by thousands of people on a busy street in Hrasnica, Sarajevo, and of course no one paid any attention to him, he’s a big enough dog but they acted like he didn’t even exist. Andjeo Sarajevo stopped and saw the same thing they had seen a little while ago with Faith. A tight wire deeply sunk into his neck.

He didn’t resist much, either he didn’t have the strength to or else he knew we could help him. We contacted the vet on call and took him there straight away, the scene was even worse under the harsh light of the clinic.

1888511_633030413430523_2091953268_nThe photos show a lot more. The wire was very deep inside the flesh. It was successfully removed and the wound cleaned, and the dog is still at the clinic.

We have named him Fidel.

Soon we’ll know more. According to the vet, Fidel needs to have an X-ray in order to see if his oesophagus has been damaged. If it is damaged, it’s probably best to end his suffering. He’s a medium sized dog, his head is similar to a Kangal dog.

1976973_633031666763731_1589844370_nThis morning the vet said that Fidel is eating well, and he doesn’t have problems when he eats. So far all 4 vets in the clinic say that it’s important to give him a chance, and that he is very cuddly and friendly with people, after all this… The vet also stated that if Fidel hadn’t been found, the wire would have permanently embedded into the dog’s neck doing terrible harm.
Fidel almost definitely has a chance to live, but it’s going to take a lot of time and hard work.
Fidel is also visibly malnourished. If he survives, he’s going to need our help to bring him back to health, to keep him off the streets and to then find him a forever home. (Faith is doing well and will be on her way to the UK in April! We are still fundraising for this huge project, bringing 19 dogs out of BiH.)

1970735_633030056763892_1466332539_nIf you can help Fidel, please follow the donation instructions below, and mark your donation for ‘FIDEL’. Or you can donate to Fidel’s special YouCaring fund. We currently do not know what the medical costs will be, but just to keep him safe off the streets in pension costs 120 euros per month (about 170 USD). To keep updated on Fidel’s progress, please follow the posts on Andjeo Sarajevo’s Facebook page.

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

paypal_banner

Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

______________________________________________

This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

More than 40 killed dogs found in garbage dump

slikaReported today on Visokoin.com. Velika Kladusa is in the far northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, located near the border with Croatia. Translation of article:

More than 40 dogs killed during the last week, found at the Radic Vrnograč bridge dump in the vicinity of Velika Kladusa. On their bodies were visible wounds from rifle bullets.

This data, supported by photographs, was revealed by animal rights activist Sejad Kajtazović, who on Tuesday reported the case of unlawful killing of stray dogs to the competent authorities.

“I found this out on Sunday (23 February) when I went to the dump and photographed what I saw. I have not counted exactly how many dogs as they are thrown into a hole at a depth of five to six meters, but there are certainly more than forty,” Sejad Kajtazović told us. He had photos of dogs killed in the Todorova area, but there are indications that strays killed in other villages and hamlets around Velika Kladusa. It is suspected that stray dogs are killed by hunters and brought to the landfill workers of Kladuškog Public Utilities companies. The police officers have not given official confirmation of this information.

The Commander of the Police Station in Velika Kladusa, Jasmine Aldžić, confirmed that the application was received, and that the attending cantonal prosecutor has determined that for now there is no element of the crime committed. According to the commander, Aldžića, the case is still open and is being investigated in order to determine the exact facts.

According to the Law on the protection and welfare of animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the killing and euthanasia of animals (which is allowed only under precisely defined conditions) can only be undertaken by those trained for these jobs – a doctor of veterinary medicine, and hunters in the event that the killing of animals is necessary to maintain a natural balance.

As the photos show that the killing of dogs was performed outside the hunting grounds, it is clear that in this case there has been a violation of Article 15, which defines the terms and conditions under which the killing of animals is allowed. Offenders of this Article Act can be penalised with fines of 200 KM to 200,000 KM ($15 USD – $150,000 USD).

This is the second case of mass killing of stray dogs in the Una-Sana Canton this year. We recall that in late January in the Bosanska Krupa garbage dumps about fifty dead dogs were discovered, and the perpetrators have not been found.

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Currently under the BiH Animal Welfare Law there are only 5 ways when a vet can euthanize dogs:

1. if they are in agony
2. if the animal is a danger to people and other animals
3. if the animal is too old and can’t live any more
4. if vet can’t help or heal a sick animal
5. if the animal is sick and can be dangerous for people

This killing is clearly a violation of the law, just like all the other similar killings all over the country. Also note that one of the dogs in the photographs above has an ear tag, which means it was probably sterilised in July 2013, in a programe organized and funded by the German organization ETN - Europäischen Tier- und Naturschutz e.V. http://www.etnev.de/. Here is an article about their activities helping strays in BiH.

Velika Kladusa does not have an animal shelter. Activists from Kladusa, with great support from people abroad (ETN), have bought houses for stray dogs:
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Related Posts

Poisoning of Dogs and Cats in Glamoc, Bosnia Herzegovina
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Mass Murder of Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina
Dog Massacre in Dobosnica, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

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Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

______________________________________________

This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.

Making a REAL difference for Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina

bosdogsSome time ago Sarah Greenwood contacted me, along with others in Bosnia Herzegovina about the situation for stray dogs. She has already been involved in helping people in Bih through the charity pheonix aid, and has experience in animal welfare in the country. She is looking into setting up projects in Bosnia Herzegovina that can actually make a long-term difference to the lives of stray dogs through education and in particular, setting up programs that use dogs in therapeutic situations (guide dogs for the blind; dogs used to help PTSD sufferers, therapy dogs for children with autism etc), thus helping both dogs and people.

Sarah is about to embark on the first step of her initiative, a trip to Bosnia Herzegovina to begin a media campaign, meet potential groups she can work with, and to put a lobbying campaign into action, but she needs our help. She’s raised most of the funds required for the trip, but needs just a little more. If you can help, please go directly to the YouCaring fundraiser, BosDogs4People.

Sarah will be meeting with a number of activists our group AWAB (Animal Welfare Activists for Bosnia Herzegovina) are involved with, including lawyer Dalida Kozlic.

From Sarah’s YouCaring fundraiser:

Cruelty to dogs is rife in Bosnia Herzegovina, partly connected with it being a post conflict society, and because of cultural attitudes towards strays.

I’m Sarah Greenwood, and I’ve worked in Bosnia Herzegovina for 12 years running a small UK charity, phoenix-aid, that I founded to provide healthcare and therapy training to war victims and disabled groups.

I’ve also worked on a campaign to get the government of Republika Srpska to re-adopt the former State National Lippizaner Stud, which was in private hands, and in which the horses were kept in horrible conditions with serious welfare implications. Part of the lobbying I did was contacting many international Embassies, groups and local politicians, including getting the British Consul to present a letter I wrote to Mr Dodik, the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska. I’m pleased to say all the pressure from the various groups worked and the Stud was re-adopted by the government.

I’m currently working on a plan to start a campaign to try to educate the general public in Bosnia Herzegovina about dogs to try to minimise the amount of cruelty to them, by showing the beneficial, and therapeutic use of dogs both in a domestic setting, and as ‘help’, for example guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, therapy dogs for autistic children, and PTDS sufferers.

This will address the therapeutic needs of humans, as well as give homes to stray dogs. The main theme though, is to change the  perception of dogs being dirty and unclean and to be kept away from humans, to making them part of mainstream society and a beneficial animal to have about.

The initial plans are to start a press campaign to publicise how dogs can help humans, this will be followed up by identifying potential candidates to learn the basics of how to train dogs. Local Partner Organisations will also be identified.

I’m asking for donations to get this project off the ground as I need to work on it separately from my other work in Bosnia Herzegovina due to its complexity. Donations will pay for my flight to Bosnia, and accommodation, so I can spend a week meeting people who I’ve made contact with to enact our plans for a media campaign, meet potential groups we can work with, and put a lobbying campaign into action. Once this initial phase is put into operation, I can then fit the project work into my ongoing visits to the country with phoenix-aid. Your money will make a big difference because I can’t do it unless I can concentrate on it singlemindedly. phoenix-aid receives no grant funding and all the money we have is allocated for this year.

This is a one off request and any amount will help.

Thank you for caring!

Sarah

While lobbying to ensure the Animal Welfare Act of Bosnia Herzegovina is actually implemented and not changed, and also rescuing individual animals is a critical part of helping the lives of strays in Bih, I believe that real long-term change can only happen by changing the negative attitude towards dogs that pervades the country, and that this will only be done through education and actually showing the people that dogs can be a critical and life-changing (life-saving, in fact) support for people.

Please support Sarah:  BOSDOGS4PEOPLE – YOUCARING FUNDRAISER

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.

paypal_banner

Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.

If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.

______________________________________________

This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them.  Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.