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.


Please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: as a ‘gift’. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.


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.



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).


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.

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