Winter is here, a catastrophe for strays in Bosnia

This weekend was the first frost in Sarajevo, and much colder in other parts of Bosnia. In Winter temperatures go down to minus 30 with snow. This is a very bad situation for the thousands of strays (10,000 in Sarajevo alone); and for the animal welfare activists who go out each day and night to feed and help the animals.


Last winter in Sarajevo the snow was almost two meters high and every day they would find many dogs and cats dead on the streets, dead from starvation or frozen to death.

There is no question this winter is going to be as harsh as the previous one. The activists need to start making preparations in order to collect/buy as much dog/cat food as possible so they can face the winter period prepared and ready to help.The number of stray/abandoned dogs/cats in Sarajevo is getting higher every day.


Also, many of those who try to feed the animals are elderly people that just love animals and want to help them as much as they can, not animal activists.The animal activists in Sarajevo usually are aware of these animal lovers and gladly give them the food that they have received through donations. Everyone is in this together and everything that is collected –  be it food, medication (vaseline, Frontline, antibiotics, etc.) or blankets, are shared and dispersed among everyone.I cannot emphasize enough the sheer need and desperation of the winter situation. The horror of seeing a dog or a cat lying frozen in the snow because he died out of starvation and cold, cannot be explained with words.
One bag of the cheapest dog food for adult dogs, 20 kilos, is 20€ (about $27). For puppies it is 30 or 40€ ($40 – $55).Please donate – any little bit will help. Make a note in your donation that it is for winter supplies.

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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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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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Oldie needs a home…

I’ve mentioned Oldie before, the dog saved from drowning in a river in Sarajevo. We managed to raise enough money to put him in pension for a couple of months, and perhaps longer if the monthly donations promised come through. However, he needs a long-term home. We don’t know what his earlier life was like, but most likely not good. It is almost certain he was left in the river to die deliberately.

He has been pronounced fit to travel, even though he is a little slow and hard of hearing and his sight isn’t so good. He’ll need  his vaccinations for his Pet Passport and so on, so we need to fundraise for that. I might be able to get him to the UK via Germany, and I estimate the cost to be around 700 euros total, maybe a bit more.

Please donate, even just one dollar or euro will help. And if you think you can offer Oldie  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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Surviving Dogs from the Canine Parvovirus Crisis Need Help

Lady, Nena, Blackie, Tesa and Eric – I think Marley is in the little house

For those of you who read this blog, you will know that canine parvovirus spread amongst a group of puppies Jelena Paunović and Arijana Ari had rescued off the streets of Sarajevo. If you haven’t read about them, here is the beginning of the story, and news of the survivors. Eric and Oldie, the adult dogs, survived. Five of the thirteen puppies died, inspite of intensive veterinary therapy and everything Jelena and Arijana could do.

Jelena had to pay nearly 800 euros for the 10 days of therapy. Tesa, one of the surviving puppies, had pneumonia and an enlarged heart and needs ongoing treatment.

Tesa

Donations came in to cover much of this, but unfortunately there was not enough to pay for the puppies stay at the pension. Jelena and Arijana now owe the pension 350 euros. The owner of the pension is very upset, and has ceased all communication about the puppies until the fee is paid. They will also need funds to cover their winter stay and food in the pension. This costs, per puppy, about 70 euros per month, and for older dogs about 75 euros per month.

Lady. Nearly all of her siblings died from the virus.

Preferably they should be moved to King Pension, where conditions are better. Winter is a very bad time with heavy snow and extremely low temperatures. King Pension costs 120 euros per month per dog, including food.

Tesa, with her weakened immune system, should definitely go into King Pension, but there is no money for that. 


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: These stories are only a few of hundreds. Every day animal welfare activists in Bosnia find abandoned, abused, ill, starving stray dogs. The government is doing nothing. The animal welfare activists rely totally on donations to pay for food, housing and medical fees.

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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.

Help Save Laki and Mima

Laki is behind, Mima in front. Both these lovely dogs were run over by cars at the age of 2 months in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Mima

Mima was run over intentionally, along with 3 of her siblings. Two of her siblings died, the other was rescued. The rest of her four siblings were taken away by a man and never heard of again, except for Mima who was rescued by Arijana, one of the freelance animal welfare volunteers in Sarajevo. Arijana raised funds for Mima’s operation, and she now has a bar in her leg, but she manages just fine. She is now about 6 months old, living in King Pension which costs 120 euros a month.

Mima when she was first found and her wound:

Mima as she is now, aged 6 months:

LAKI

Laki has the same story: a 2 month old puppy run over by a car, his front leg crushed. No one wanted him and he was left on the street until Arijana rescued him. He was also operated on, thanks to donations, and he also has a bar in his leg. He and Mima are best friends and he lives in King Pension, is now 6 months old.

When he was first found, and after his operation:

Laki as he is now, in King Pension:

puppies together

Arijana does not have the money to keep Laki and Mima at King Pension. They are looked after very well there, this pension is the best in Bosnia. But now Arijana does not know what to do.

If you can sponsor Laki or Mima or if you would like to adopt them, please contact me.

Please contribute, even just one dollar or euro will help keep these dogs off the streets.

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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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Communication with Vučko

Maxine Mckeown offers Animal communication readings from photographs, it does not matter whether the animal has passed to spirit or not. I asked her to give a reading for Vučko (Vučko’s Story). This is what she wrote:

When I tuned into Vučko, I must say I wasn’t expecting to see a photograph like that, it is horrible, and words cannot express how seeing that made me feel. You know how some people sacrifice themselves for humanity, that is how Vucko sees himself. It was a blessing for him to be euthanised. I am not sure anything could of been done, but to see how he feels after it happened it is a good job he was found. He is a very deep thinker and I am wondering if you would of started to help the animals if you hadn’t of seen this boy. I feel there was in between three and five teenagers, one was the ring leader who thought doing this would be good fun, but now feel not a day goes by where these lads don’t dream about what they have done. Sometimes things have a way of turning round. I do also feel that the main man that did this is a bully, and would not change his ways and will probably get his just deserts. 

Animals amaze me as they do not hold grudges by anyone and forgive anything. And when our loved ones leave us they change back into full health and fitness, all past hurts abuse cleared and healed.

Artist unknown, please contact me if you know who the artist is.