Things Are Not Good in Sarajevo

The canine parvovirus crises has taken 5 lives out of the thirteen. Here they are, when the virus started:

And now…..

This puppy, dead, has a prolapsed anus. The virus has completely destroyed the dogs intestines and stomach. Below are photographs of some of the other puppies who died.

 


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Below is one of the remaining puppies, Beauty. She has severe pneumonia.

Treatment for the virus has ceased and now it is a waiting game to see if any of the other puppies will survive. Jelena and Arijana, who rescued these puppies off the streets, have been with them every day for many hours. And yet there are so many other dogs also needing help:

Oldie

Oldie was rescued from a river. He had been flung into it to die.


Oldie is now living in a box, chained up. His hearing and eyesight is impaired. He will not survive the winter unless donations are received to put him into a better kennel. This costs 4 euros a day.

King

King is an 8 year old German Shepherd who was found and rescued when he was hit by a car. This is what he looked like when he was first found, a year ago:

He too, lives in a ‘pension’ where he is very happy.


But the last two months it has not been possible to pay and 230 euros are owed. If no one offers to help, then we don’t know what will happen to him.

Cathy

A beautiful adult dog, abandoned. She needs donations to put her into kennels or someone to adopt her, as with all the rescued dogs. Go here for more photographs of this gentle, sweet dog.

Please know that the animal welfare activists in Bosnia and Sarajevo foster as many dogs and cats as they can, and they can take no more. The prevailing attitude towards dogs in Bosnia is very negative, so people do not wish to foster dogs like King or Oldie. Without donations, such dogs simply die on the streets. There are over 10,000 strays in Sarajevo alone.

Please watch this music video that Jelena Paunović was a consultant for. The video depicts scenes from the life of stray dogs and people from the margins of society in Sarajevo. Directed by award-winning Spanish director Raimundo Morte.

In an interview, Raimondo said this about Jelena: “I contacted her for helping me to shoot with a particularly hungry pack of dogs settled around the top. But I would have liked to meet her much earlier because we share a common view towards dogs and their situation. I think it’s amazing what she does and it’s just based in love, how much would humanity be more happier if we base our acts in altruistic love like she does. I encourage people who are touched by it to join her or collaborate her in any way they can.

Please contribute, even just one dollar or euro will help save these dogs lives. And if you think you can offer one of them a home, please contact me.

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HOW TO HELP:
Please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. 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, 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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Little Marley, suffering from Canine Parvovirus and Demodex.

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Canine Parvovirus Crisis

Jelena Paunović spends all her spare time trying to help the thousands of suffering stray dogs in Sarajevo. She recently rescued thirteen young dogs and puppies, and with the help of donations and her own fundraising she managed to put them into ‘pension’ (kennels), taking them off the street and out of harms way. Most of them had demodex and she has been treating them for this. Some of you know young Marley.


Two days ago she heard they were ill. Very ill. All of them. Canine Parvovirus, a highly contagious and dangerous illness, that if left untreated has a 91% mortality rate. Treatment is expensive and lengthy, and not all dogs treated will survive.


All of Jelena’s infected dogs are young or very young: Marley, Rina, and two families of puppies, seven young puppies and four females. The fact that they have demodex means their immune systems are compromised.

Sadly one of the females died yesterday.

The others are in very bad shape. They are in one pension, so the illness spread quickly.

They received their first therapy treatment immediately, and with the help of donations they will be able to receive five more treatments.

In the next two-three months they must stay on medicines for demodex and supportive therapies consisting of steroides and vitamins. (Total cost for their parvo treatment alone is 780 euros). However, they are still very ill. Latest news is one of the puppies is passing blood.

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Please contribute, even just one dollar or euro will help save these dogs lives. And if you think you can offer one of them a home, please contact me.

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HOW TO HELP:
Please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. 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, 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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NOTE: This story is just one of many. Every day animal welfare activists in Bosnia find abandoned, abused, ill, starving stray dogs. In Sarajevo alone there are 10,000 stray dogs.  The government is doing nothing. The animal welfare activists rely totally on donations to pay for food, medical fees, spaying and neutering (which costs 40 euros for a male dog, up to 150 for a female dog).

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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.

Dogs in desperate need of help…


On the 9th of September, Ismir Musić, a young man in Sarajevo was told about two stray puppies who looked very ill. He went to check the situation and found not two, but fifteen dogs: 8 small puppies and their mother; another family, 4 older puppies and their mother; and two adult male dogs.

They were in an abandoned yard:

Ismir brought them food but that was all he could do. One of the older puppies was very weak. He called it Kiky.

Kiky

A day later, Kiky was dead. She had been bleeding from the mouth and anus – probably canine parvovirus, highly contagious and dangerous. He buried Kiky.

Ismir contacted our group on Facebook and put out general a call for help.

Then one of the small puppies died.


The area needed to be disinfected, and it was not safe for other reasons but Ismir had no money to take them elsewhere, and catching the dogs would be difficult. Many of us began to fundraise – if one puppy had canine parvovirus, then it would spread to all the others. Treatment for one dog costs 20 Euros. Ismir’s father earns 200 euros a month.

The next day the mother dog with the 3 older puppies had disappeared. Ismir found out  found out that the state shelter had taken them, and that another of the puppies had died. This shelter is already overfilled and cannot ensure care of the dogs.

The concern was to save the remaining dogs: the mother and her seven little puppies, and one male dog Ismir called Loppy who keeps returning to the yard. Ismir fears Loppy has the parvovirus as he is very weak. But he is very friendly and sweet.

 

Loppy, the mother, and one of the puppies.

We continued to spread the word and to fundraise. Ismir brought food for the mother dog and Loppy. He tried to catch the mother several times, to bring her and her puppies to a safer place in the woods where it was less likely the state shelter would try to take them.  It rained heavily in Sarajevo during this time. Ismir put some planking up to keep the mother in an enclosed space to help him catch her, but people stole the planking. He was told a man had been seen in the area, a man known to remove dogs for money, probably to kill them.

Ismir spent as much time as he could watching over the dogs, 9 or 10 hours a day. It kept on raining. Other animal welfare activists in Sarajevo came to help catch the mother, but it was impossible. They helped him pay for some food for the dogs.

And then on the 14th of September the mother dog and her seven puppies disappeared. Ismir looked everywhere for them. No one knew a thing.

We all feared the worst. Loppy was still there. We focussed our attentions on Loppy and a lovely woman offered him a home in the UK if we could raise the funds to bring him there.

Loppy

But we were all devastated about what had happened.

And today: the 16th of September, Ismir found the dogs. The mother had removed them to another place because of the rain. They would have drowned where they were. But now they are in a broken down building, a very dangerous place, where Ismir cannot get to them. He can hear the puppies and just see them, but without endangering his life he cannot get to them.

The situation is critical and all we can do is try to raise funds so that should the mother dog and her puppies be rescued, they can be taken for medical treatment for parvovirus and put into ‘pension’ (kennels) in the hopes we can find homes for the puppies when they are old enough, if they survive, and for the mother. Ismir cannot take the dogs to his house, his father will not allow it. Fostering dogs is not easy in Bosnia, the only people who do it are animal welfare activists and they already take care of hundreds of dogs. Pension costs about 65 Euros per month plus food for a single adult dog. Probable costs for the mother and her seven puppies per month are around 300 euros plus food.

Loppy also needs to be caught and to be given medical attention and put into pension until we have enough funds to send him to the UK.

Right now we have raised about 350 euros. This is not enough.

We desperately need more funds to take care of Ismir’s dogs. Please donate, even just one dollar or euro will help save these dogs lives. And if you think you can offer one of them a home, please contact me.

UPDATE: November – Loppy is in King Pension and will be going to the UK just as soon as we have raised enough funds. I estimate sometime in January. He has his own ChipIn here

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HOW TO HELP:
Please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: donations@awabosnia.org as a ‘gift’. 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, 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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NOTE: This story is just one of many. Every day animal welfare activists in Bosnia find abandoned, abused, starving stray dogs. In Sarajevo alone there are 10,000 stray dogs.  The government is doing nothing. The animal welfare activists rely totally on donations to pay for food, medical fees, spaying and neutering (which costs 40 euros for a male dog, up to 150 for a female dog).

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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.

Little Zossy is looking for a permanent home

Zossy a tiny kitten, was found on the streets of Sarajevo by Dzenana, one of the many freelance animal activists in Bosnia She was starving and had a terrible eye infection and looked like this:

Donations from dear friends and people on Facebook paid for her eye operation. She had to lose the eye. This is just after her operation:


In spite of her disability she manages just fine and is an amazingly cuddly, loving and playful kitten. Because I had helped raise funds for her operation I was given the honour of naming her, and I chose Zosime which is Greek for “survivor”. She is called Zossy for short.

There are more photos of her on Facebook here.

Dzenana cannot keep her, and she is in a foster home in Sarajevo until we can find her a long term home. It is not difficult to bring a cat from Bosnia to anywhere in Europe, and also the US and some other countries. If you fall in love with Zossy, and would like to adopt her, please email me. It is expensive, but we can help fundraise to cover the costs. She would have her pet passport and vaccinations and be all ready to come to you. If you want information on bringing a pet into your country you can find out some details here: http://www.pettravel.com. Ideally she would go to someone in the UK so I can visit her, and it would be not such a long journey for her, but we will consider all offers!

But, very importantly, we need to know she is going to the perfect home. Because she will be a little handicapped to survive outdoors, she needs to be an indoor cat with lots of attention and space to roam and toys to play with. You can also teach her to walk outside on a lead with a little walking jacket, which is what I do with my own cat, Ronan. You must know you will want her for a lifetime, she cannot go from home to home. She has had such a difficult start to life we want her to be happy and stable all her life. Contact me for more information.

Update: Zossy will fly to her forever home in December! As of November 21 we still need $200 to cover the costs. CHIPIN

Update: January 1, 2013. Zossy is now living happily in Nevada, USA, with a devoted new mom!

Sara needs your help

Sara was found on the streets of Sarajevo, her leg horrifically mutilated. As I write this she is being seen by a vet. She will need intensive care and medical treatment. Funds are URGENTLY needed for this. To donate, even just one euro or one dollar would help.  Go here to find out how to donate – it would be directly to me via PayPal and I would then transfer the money to Bosnia. I can also give you the PayPal email address of my Bosnian animal welfare contacts if you prefer.  Even just one dollar or one euro will help. I will update this page in the comments as to the prognosis by the vet when I hear news.

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Sunday Sept 2, 6:30 pm
Sara’s just seen the vet: Jelena says “I visited vet but unfortunately he was at his home and he had no necessary instruments and medications at hand. He gave me advice how to take care of her leg so I went to pharmacy and bought cotton, bandages, hydrogen peroxide and antibiotics. We took care of her wounded leg till tomorrow. Tomorrow we will visit vet at his ordination and he will do proper job. He sad that perhaps leg could be saved so we can only hope it is true, he also told that amputation is simplest solution but in this case there is some hope. Wound is about 3 days old and is probably caused by caustic chemical (some form of acid probably).

Monday Sept 3, 12:30 pm

Sara has passed away at 11:30 am. This from Jelena: This from Jelena: “We went to vet to check out her wounds and to do necessary surgical cleaning. After she got sedated and vet started cleaning it turned out that wound is heavily infected and under attack of worms. Vet suggested only solution is high amputation and cleaning of the rest minor wounds on her belly. But before he even started performing surgery she was gone, it seems her poor little body was to weak to survive all pre medication necessary for performing surgery. What to say, I’m very sad and depressed, hope there is some better world waiting for her on the other side.”

This is what her wounds looked like at the end. The vet thinks she was burned with bleach or something stronger.

Rest in peace little Sara.

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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. You can donate via PayPal and I would then transfer the money to Bosnia. I can also give you the PayPal email address of my Bosnian animal welfare contacts if you prefer.  Even just one dollar or one euro will help.