On the 21st Andjeo Sarajevo, animal rescue organisation in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, got a call for help. It was about a Rottweiler who had been lying on the ground for 10 days with an open leg fracture infected with septicemia, and in addition the dog had an infected, missing eye.
It was very hard for Andjeo Sarajevo find the location where the dog was, because it was dark, it was a secluded place and there was thick fog, but Andjeo Sarajevo succeeded. When they arrived people crowded around and told them they called the vet’s surgery and several animal organisations, who told them they would come but no one ever came.
The dog was very friendly, lovely and full of love, full of enthusiasm for life, a pure bred Rottweiler. Apart from his blindness in one eye, the front leg looked and smelled very bad. It seemed clear the leg would have to be amputated.
He was absolutely starving, he ate 2 big cans of food and half a kilo of crunchy food. Miska Oksanen from Finland, who has been working closely with our group AWAB (Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia-Herzegovina) and with Andjeo Sarajevo named this beautiful boy HERO.
On the 22nd he was treated at the veterinary faculty. It was a nerve-wracking time as he was fighting for his life during the surgery. But he made it through, and here is what Andjeo Sarajevo said:
“We just got back home. We have had a very intense day because of our Hero. When we got to the clinic, before the operation, we got some bad news… Besides the leg and his eye, our Hero is also missing a part of his skull… We were shocked! They believe that he was hit by a car, maybe even more than ten days ago, and that he has been suffering for a long time, too long. The vet staff who arrived on sunday for the operation were amazed by his kindness, love, braveness, and most of all STRENGTH. He is unbelievable… Even with his injured leg and eye and a bit of his skull missing, he`s still wagging his tail and kissing the hands of everyone who reaches out to him…
He will need a X-ray of his head, but not before his leg is amputated and also his eye. The eye couldn`t be saved because most of it fell out in the impact. The rest has to be removed to avoid an infection… The most important is that he was wagging his tail even after the operation… He is just amazing and a true HERO… He is fine for now, he`s still at the clinic and the next 48 hours will be critical… But we know he will pull through… We believe in him… Our Hero is a true Hero…“
Please send all your love and healing energy to make sure he continues to get better. Also funds are needed for his surgery and for his after care in pension. At the moment costs are 250 euros for his surgery but we don’t know what the full costs are or what he will need. Pension is 120 per month – he will need lots of high quality food and vitamins, and ultimately, a really wonderful home.
If you think you can offer him a home, please email us at email@example.com. Details of how to donate are below, please make sure you mark your donation for ‘Hero’.
There are, of course, numerous other dogs and cats in dire straights right now, so any donation for them too is much appreciated. For example, Jela, an elderly lady who takes care of many stray cats, has no heating in her house and winters are terrible in Sarajevo. The cats are getting sick with flu and we hope to raise money to help with heating bills and vet treatment for the cats. If you can help. please mark your donation for ‘Jela’.
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues, abused or wounded strays 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: firstname.lastname@example.org . Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.
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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.