Lilly, a street dog in desperate need of help

Jelena Paunović was contacted last night by Sanela Kotorić Etterle, who had found a street dog in terrible shape. Jelena went to help. The dog is in very bad shape. She has conjunctivitis, very bad teeth, enlarged lymph nodes, and she does not have full control of her body’s movements.


Jelena recognized the dog from her rounds of feeding strays, she’d seen her last winter. Looking much better than she is now.

They took Lilly immediately to a vet.  Blood tests showed that she has elevated leukocyte and low hemoglobin level.The vet said there is a possibillity that Lilly has advanced stages of nervous distemper. Tests to confirm distemper are not currently available in Sarajevo.  But Lilly’s temperature is normal, which is the good sign. It’s also possible she is has developed complications from tick bites. She recieved antibiotics, vitamins and an Imizol injection against Canine babesiosis, the disease caused by ticks.  There was no where to keep Lilly so they had to put her in a garage for the night.

Lilly is awaiting a space at King Pension, the only qualified pension in Sarajevo to deal with such critical cases. If she has an advanced case of nervous distemper, it will be a miracle if she survives, but if anyone can help it is Almir Kuduz of King Pension. He has managed to save the lives of many dogs on death’s doorstep. 

Can you help Lilly? She needs sponsorship for her veterinary care and stay in King Pension – the latter costs 120 euros a month (about 160 USD).

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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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UPDATE NOV. 29 – Lilly has been moved to King Pension. Good news. Now she needs all our love and healing sent to her. And maybe someone can think of sponsoring her stay there?
UPDATE DECEMBER 22 – Lilly is still critical. He – he’s a he – is now paralyzed from the hindquarters. But Almir Kuduz of King Pension is doing everything he can medically, and is caring for the dog personally.
UPDATE January 1: I’m so sorry to say that Lilly had to be put to sleep yesterday morning. More details 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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9 thoughts on “Lilly, a street dog in desperate need of help

    • Update: “Jenny is on very strong and agressive therapy. Desease has to be stopped so she is receiving therapy twice a day.
      I’m sure you’ll all see her much happier if we make her beat distemper and everything else she’s got. I’m not that positive she’ll survive at all, but I’ll do my best. Next 2-3 weeks will be crucial for her.”

  1. Thank you for your service to all the animals in need. I will pray for Lilly and for your healing hands to cure him of all diseases. I still don’t understand what happened to his legs that he cannot walk. Was he shot or physically abused or hit by a car? What happened to him?

    • Janice, the dog’s incapacity is the result of illness, most likely an advanced case of distemper. I haven’t heard yet how he is doing, I’ll update the page as soon as I get word. xo

      • Sandra, thank you for all you do. It seems just overwhelming and I’m sure you feel that way many times. I sent a small amount of money, but until I get some red tape taken care of with Social Security I won’t have any more to share. Hopefully, that will be soon. I’ll be glad to know about how Lilly is doing when you find out. Thank you.

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