Children and their Dogs Living in Garbage

1240609_10201971253905735_1378130713_nRecently Jelena Paunović and other animal activists in Sarajevo went on their rounds to feed stray dogs. They came upon a very sad scene, in Jelena’s words:

1234052_10201971263265969_1240033910_nThe whole world knows me as “Jelena who helps animals”. From time to time, there is someone who is “surprised” when I share a post to help people. “Oh my God you are helping people too…”

I am not sure if I am helping them, but as a human being, I can, if nothing else, share other’s people troubles and hope some assistance comes their way.

We visited a few places in the city today. We met new people and new animals. People are as miserable and hungry as their dogs are, but they don’t give up on each other. We visited one Gipsy quarter where we met 15 children who feed stray dogs and cats, in spite of the fact that they don’t have anything for themselves.

1186016_10201971258785857_48103537_nWhen we leaving them one girl said that her life wish is to have shoes. The day when we visited them it was raining heavily and the girl was walking barefooted over the garbage where she lives with her parents, brothers and sisters. Hungry dogs and cats were hopping around her, and I was ashamed to be a human being for having thought about the holes in my own sneakers. The girl was looking and me with a hope that I will, somehow, bring her shoes and she will never walk barefoot.

We left the place where they live as best friends, we promised them shoes, chocolate and food for the dogs and cats, but in fact we know we will have to beg good people to help us with this case. We all have shoes but these children every night sleep in a wet bed with dogs and cats they are taking care of.

girlanddogAnd please, don’t tell me that they are “dirty Gypsies” and how much money beggars can earn per a day.

I only know that these children were wet, without shoes. In spite of the situation they live in, they were happy because we fed their pets. They hope they we will have chocolate for them next time. They also hope, we will bring some food for their dogs which are living same life as they live.”

Please note that food is desperately needed for feeding stray dogs and cats. 20 Euros a day (about 26 USD) will feed most of the strays visited by Jelena and the other volunteers we are in touch with.

556336_10201971257825833_1556370529_nPaypal Donations for the dogs and children in the post above via Andjeo Sarajevo at or through our group Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia at – please state for “Gypsy Quarter” and how you would like your money used.

If you live in the UK and can donate supplies for strays (food, veterinary supplies, blankets, collars, leashes, vitamins) or the children above, please send an email to Debbie Birch as we are now able to bring supplies over once a year via Alstrays pet transport and Debbie, who adopted a dog from Bosnia, has offered to co-ordinate.

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DONATIONS Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the rescued dogs we are sponsoring but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, 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 or cause, 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.


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.

13 thoughts on “Children and their Dogs Living in Garbage

  1. We are human beings and as such we are obligated to take care of each other. And, furthermore we are obligated to serve our Lord and take care of each other, and, THIS EARTH.

  2. In my view why are you fooling with animals when there are millions of CHILDREN living just like these children in our own United States? LETS TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • People are “animals” too; we are all interconnected. If the appalling situation with stray animals in countries like Bosnia is not dealt with it directly impacts people. Professionals in the veterinary, animal control and animal welfare fields are now seeing companion animal overpopulation as a “people problem” rather than an animal problem, with the individual and collective behaviour of people as a causal agent.

    • what is it with you ppl and saying us first. dont u realise and cant u see from this page that we can help both at the same time. I have compassion for both people and animals along with many others and theres nothing wrong with that.

  3. “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI.

  4. You and your friends are amazing Jalena. I can’t imagine what the reality is like for yourselves and the children and animals you are helping. I can only afford a small donation, but I will go ahead and do so in any case. Every little bit helps.

  5. These children are beautiful and if taught a life of nobleness no matter the monetary situation they will be noble. It starts with teaching them respect for all life. I wish them the best. They love their animals, this in itself is more beautiful than any other act.

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