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.


Please watch this YouTube

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 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 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.


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.


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.



Little Marley, suffering from Canine Parvovirus and Demodex.

2 thoughts on “Things Are Not Good in Sarajevo

  1. This video shows the miserable situation of poor strays and the irresponsible consumer society in which the first concern is what’s for dinner, how to enjoy life and get rich with the least credit. Unfortunately, this is almost the same everyday of strays in Serbia, probably Croatia, Montenegro too. There is almost no one to take notice of these animals and their needs, even there are people who just waiting for moment to sabotage the animals and the animal lovers. I know exactly how you feel. The problem is huge, and not enough money and people to help. I donated a small contribution, and I leave it to you to see where the money to invest. I wish I could help them all :(( I’m sharing this on FB with hope that more people are going to be aware of this problem.

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