Can You Help Save Laurel and Hardy?

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Dog’s Trust Bosnia has begun its campaign of mass sterilisation of stray and pet dogs in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo. The proposed goal is to spay and neuter 3000 dogs by the end of June. Many of the rescuers we are involved with in Bosnia are assisting in this campaign, helping to catch dogs and bring them to the veterinary stations for the operation and also for treatment for parasites and other illnesses. The dogs are then put back on the street.dogstrust This is a much needed campaign, a count of the dogs last year showed that there were upwards of 11,000 strays in Sarajevo. As those of you who follow this blog know, many of these strays are routinely abused, shot, tortured. Also, you know that the shelters in Sarajevo are horrifically inadequate. Spay-neuter programs combined with education of the public is perhaps the only way to address the shocking state of affairs regarding strays (dogs and cats) in the country. Already rescuers have brought considerable numbers of dogs to the Dog’s Trust vet faculty for their operation. Many of the dogs they are finding are quite sick or very young, too young to be sterilised.

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984021_10201165775363824_2119429506_nTwo sick dogs are Laurel and Hardy (or Lolek and Bolek in Serbo-Croatian). Lolek or Laurel, is in the poorest condition of the two.
They are both suffering from demodex. A third dog found was their mother who just had a litter of puppies, so the rescuers could only take the two male dogs to be neutered, get their rabies vaccination and their 983678_10201165648600655_1877464078_nmicrochip. The rescuers brought the two dogs, who they named Laurel and Hardy, to the vet faculty and explained the dogs need to get medication and proper treatment, that they were not there just to get sterilised. Unfortunately the treatment for demodex is lengthy, sometimes taking months to cure. There are no facilities provided by this spay-neuter program to take in such dogs. The vets were only able to give the medication to the rescuers so they could apply it to the dogs themselves. Unless the dogs can be put into foster homes or pension (90 – 120 euros/ 120 – 160 USD per month), it will be impossible for them to be treated.

Yesterday, rescuers Jovanka 970390_10201165848405650_1261957389_nPopovac-Tempany and Mia Ožegovic picked Laurel and Hardy up from the vet faculty where they were neutered. In short notice and with very little funds Mia and Jovanka managed to arrange accommodation for both of the dogs.
They are now surrounded with rabbits, chickens and have their own house, a place of safety for the first time in their lives. Although confused and disorientated at first, they soon explored their garden and new home.

972107_10201165860485952_1558205249_nTheir stay per month for both of them is 60 Euros + 35 Euros for food (this could be cheaper but they are very very skinny and due to their health issues, they need high quality food) The vet & medication costs are still being discussed, but some preliminary estimates say that only Laurel will receive one dose of Ivermectin (for demodex) and that they need a lot of nutrition and vitamins.  Mia and Jovanka will try and make an agreement with the vet faculty and Dog’s Trust so they supply the monthly dosage of medication.

NEW: Video of Laurel and Hardy!

Laurel will be a semi long coated dashing beauty when his therapy is over. Even now, they both display a very kind, very mellow temperament, very assertive. We are thinking after 2-3 months, they can be adopted. If you are interested please contact Mia directly. If you can help sponsor Laurel and Hardy’s stay in their new home please do so via PayPal at: CHUPKO71@GMAIL.COM and mark for Laurel and Hardy. Or you can make a donation via AWAB below, again make sure you state who the donation is for.

The rescuers are going to try and bring their mother and her young puppies to a safe place and help is also needed for this. They were all found ‘in the middle of nowhere’ said Mia. The mother is showing early signs of demodex (see slide show below for more photographs).

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Other sad stories: this dog was seen outside one of the shelters in Sarajevo. Those who saw him say it seems he must have fallen into a nearby sewer.

1198_10201357971814066_1294542841_nAnd this little dog, a two-year old terrier mix the rescuers call Shely, found on Friday up on a mountain and brought  to be spayed, microchiped and vaccinated, but she then had to be returned  back to her original habitat.

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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 and finding homes for 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: 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 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.

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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.

The Clock is Ticking for Three Bosnian Dogs

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If we don’t find homes for Gizmo, Willy or Gizmo, these poor dogs may end up spending the rest of their lives in ‘pension’ in Bosnia, which is not much better than a dog shelter. They live in a small pen, are fed and let out for a run, but that’s it. Even then, we cannot guarantee that funding for the pension continues – we rely completely on donations – in which case the dogs will have to be returned to the street. Please help us ensure this doesn’t happen.

WILLY

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Willy was rescued from the streets as a very young puppy by Jelena Paunovic. She took care of him in her home, where he and little Zossy the cat ate and cuddled together (Zossy was an abused kitten who lost one eye, but is now very happy in her forever home in Nevada).
552248_4756112703537_41697322_n Sadly Jelena had too many dogs of her own in her small apartment to continue fostering him so he had to go to pension. He’s a lovely collie-mix, and as Jelena says, he’s just ‘love thirsty’. We really hope this young boy can be found a home, it would be very sad for him to be left behind.
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More photographs of Will in the slideshow below and on his page on our sister website, AWAB (Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia): http://awabosnia.org/willy/

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I’ve written about Les before here. He needs a special home. He was found on the streets of Sarajevo with chain-marks scars around his neck, and his behaviour indicates he was badly abused. He’s a gorgeous dog, outgoing and very healthy and friendly. But, he can get aggressive if he thinks you are going to pick him up. He’s lived in pension since being rescued, and we believe that with the right home and work with a dog trainer, he will settle down very well.
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More photographs of Les in the slideshow below and on his page on our sister website, AWAB (Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia): http://awabosnia.org/les/

GIZMO

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Gizmo was also rescued as a young puppy last year – he and his siblings were found in a garbage bin. I have already posted up about him and his siblings here and here. Gizmo is amongst the few survivors of a bad outbreak of canine parvovirus, and has lived all his life in ‘pension’. Because of a poor immune system he and his siblings caught demodex. He’s slowly recovering, but living in pension, while is safer and better than on the streets, is not at all what he needs. The only way he will fully recover is if we find him a forever home where he can get special loving care in addition to medical treatment.The neurological causes behind demodex can only be helped with a stress-free, calm and loving environment. Such dogs need stability, familiar people and environment to live in or the condition will re-occur. But with the right care his coat will grow back fully, and he will have a beautiful wolf-like appearance.

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Gizmo has a sponsored place on our transport, and the sponsor has asked that he preferably go to a forever home rather than a foster. This would in any case be better for him, as he needs a stable, secure environment to heal properly. More photographs of Gizmo in the slideshow below and on his page on our sister website, AWAB (Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia): http://awabosnia.org/gizmo/

Our group, AWAB, Animal Welfare Activists for Bosnia, have arranged overland travel from Bosnia to the UK, set for mid-June. Dogs can be dropped off en route. We have already found adopters for several dogs, but not for these three. They deserve to be on this transport and on their way to a forever home.

Please contact us if you feel you are the right home for one of these lovely dogs: info@awabosnia.org and, please share this page and tell your friends!

You can find the full list of dogs available for adoption or fostering on the AWAB website. There are three  beautiful dogs who have a foster home in Bosnia, Nova,BubiMama Puppy, but it would be much better if they had a home in the UK or Europe. These particular dogs are healthy, friendly and quite socialised, so would fit in very quickly to a new home.

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Bubi, Mama Puppy, Nova

Please also consider fostering. This would provide a dog with a safe and caring home environment (far superior to that of a Bosnian pension) as well as providing the dog with house-training, human/animal contact and getting the dog used to a new domestic environment. It would also offer the opportunity of the dog finding a forever home locally! Through fundraising, we would pet insurance (including public liability) for the dog while it’s in the foster home. In addition AWAB would continue to collaborate with the fosterer to promote the adoption of the dog.

Another way to help is to sponsor a place on the transport. The cost is about £245 or 300 euros. We have some offers of foster homes, but we do need financial assistance for this. If you think you could sponsor a foster dog’s place on the transport, please contact us at info@awabosnia.org.

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 20 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: 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 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.

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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.

Abused Dog Needs Forever Home

599229_10200894386744729_1792855945_nLes was found on the streets of Sarajevo with chain-marks scars around his neck, and his behaviour indicates he was badly abused. He’s a gorgeous dog, outgoing and very healthy and friendly. But, he can get aggressive if he thinks you are going to pick him up.

150202_10151178424166080_298985581_nArijana, who rescued him, says: “For a new environment maybe he will be little aggressive but soon he will be real guard the place of residence and people who live there, and he does not like to play with people too much, he has a limit for play and he will tell you when you must stop. With me he is just a regular dog, but for new faces he is little aggressive, not much, he must see who you are and what you want.”

I have no doubt that with the right care and handling Les will turn out to be a perfect dog. He’s obedient in traffic on a lead, gets on well with female dogs and puppies.

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Our group, AWAB, Animal Welfare Activists for Bosnia, have a transport from Bosnia to the UK, set for June. Les deserves to be on this transport and on his way to a forever home. The transport can do drop-offs enroute.

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Please contact us if you feel you are the right home for lovely Les: info@awabosnia.org

There are still several rescued dogs who haven’t had anyone ask about them, or offer them home, and Les is amongst these. You can find the full list on the AWAB website Please note that some of the dogs listed have foster homes but we are still hoping to find forever homes for them; and one or two are awaiting a home-check. But Nova, Bubi, Mama Puppy and Les have not had any enquiries and they are beautiful dogs.

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Nova, Bubi, Mama Puppy

Another way to help these dogs is to sponsor a place on the transport for a dog. The cost is about £245 or 300 euros. If you think you could help, please contact us at info@awabosnia.org. 

538472_10200356284132500_250946923_nPlease also consider fostering.

This would provide a dog with a safe and caring home environment (far superior to that of a Bosnian pension) as well as providing the dog with house-training, human/animal contact and getting the dog used to a new domestic environment.

Fostering would also offer the opportunity of the dog finding a forever home locally!

Through fundraising, we would provide both the food and pet insurance (including public liability) for the dog while it’s in the foster home. In addition AWAB would continue to collaborate with the fosterer to promote the adoption of the dog.

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 20 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: 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 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.

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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.

Very Special Dog Needs Very Special Home!

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Endy was found on the streets of Sarajevo with distemper. She was put into pension and treated, and she survived. But poor Endy was such a fearful and timid dog, she hardly came out of her pen. Who knows what suffering she experienced before she was rescued. Jelena feared there might be no possibility of a life for her at all.

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So we placed Endy at King Pension and with Almir Kuduz help Endy is slowly gaining confidence. However she really, really needs a loving home, someone to love and care for her and to continue the good work Almir has done.
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Almir says:

“She is not even close to the dog I took with me some time ago, and she is still far away from lap dog (I hope you understand what I mean). What Endy need is 1:1 relation. All success and progress I’ve made with her was achieved while she was with me, inside my house. Therefore I am almost sure she will continue with that progress once she can establish that same relation with her adopters. I can not guarantee that she will ever reach that point to jump into someone’s lap or roll over in front of someone, but it is possible too. All she need is experienced owner with lot of time for her and even more patience. The rest is up to two of them.

The most important is – not to give up on her. She is just one scared soul. Nothing more…. but she really needs love and attention.”

Our group, AWAB, Animal Welfare Activists for Bosnia, have a transport from Bosnia to the UK, set for June. A very generous sponsor has donated the cost of Endy’s travel expenses. Endy deserves to be on this transport and on her way to a forever home. The transport can do drop-offs enroute.

Please contact us if you feel you are the right home for lovely Endy: info@awabosnia.org

There are still 12 rescued dogs who haven’t had anyone ask about them, or offer them home, and Endy is amongst these 12. You can find the full list on the AWAB website.

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Please also consider fostering. This would provide a dog with a safe and caring home environment (far superior to that of a Bosnian pension) as well as providing the dog with house-training, human/animal contact and getting the dog used to a new domestic environment. It would also offer the opportunity of the dog finding a forever home locally! Through fundraising, we would provide both the food and pet insurance (including public liability) for the dog while it’s in the foster home. In addition AWAB would continue to collaborate with the fosterer to promote the adoption of the dog.

Another way to help is to sponsor a place on the transport. The cost is about £245 or 300 euros. If you think you could help, please contact us at info@awabosnia.org.

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 20 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: 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 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.

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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.

 

Please help Betty and her sister Lady find a forever home!

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Betty and Lady were found as very young puppies with their sisters in Sarajevo, in the middle of nowhere. They were all rescued and put into pension. Unfortunately there was an outbreak of canine parvovirus and five dogs out of thirteen died. It was a terrible time.

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But Betty and Lady survived. Because of their lowered immune system, both then caught a mild case of demodex, but were able to heal and are doing much better now. Betty is gentle, lively, an ‘ideal’ dog, she’s been described! Lady is a little more dominant, very playful and cuddly. They know how to walk on a leash, love people and just love to play. They have spent all their lives in pension (kennels), so we really need to find them that perfect home where they can get the comforts and cuddles they deserve.

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Both are medium sized dogs, about a year old, a collie-mix, black and golden coloured with thick coats.

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Our group, AWAB, Animal Welfare Activists for Bosnia, have a transport from Bosnia to the UK, set for June. There are still 12 rescued dogs who haven’t had anyone ask about them, or offer them home, and Betty and Lady are amongst these 12. You can find the full list on the AWAB website.
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Another way to help is to sponsor a place on the transport. The cost is about £245 or 300 euros. If you think you could help, please contact us at info@awabosnia.org.

bothLady and her sister Betty. Can you help them find a home? 

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 20 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: 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 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.

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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.

 

Four Rescued Dogs Need Help

tessa-1Four rescues from the streets of Sarajevo are very sick with demodex. Gizmo, Coko, Beauty and Tessa.  I have already posted up about three of them here. These poor dogs were rescued as young puppies last year – all found in a garbage bin.

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They are amongst the few survivors of a bad outbreak of canine parvovirus, and have lived all their lives in ‘pension’ (kennels). This is safer and better than on the streets, but not at all what these dogs need.

While we are trying to make sure they get the best veterinary treatment for the disease, and all except Gizmo show some improvement, it has become clear to us that the only way they will fully recover is if we find them forever homes where they would get special loving care in addition to medical treatment. The neurological causes behind demodex can only be helped with a stress-free, calm and loving environment.

coko-1-3Such dogs need stability, familiar people and environment to live in or the condition will re-occur.

So please, help us find homes for these lovely dogs! We have a transport from Sarejevo to the UK booked for mid-June. Drop-offs along the way can also be made. Note: demodex is not contagious. For more details please see our sister website: http://awabosnia.org/adopt

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The Dogs:
Beauty is a very gentle dog and we have one offer of a home for her, which we need to confirm. Gizmo is also a gentle and calm dog. Coko and Tessa need special help, in particular Tessa who has an enlarged heart after surviving canine parvovirus and pneumonia. Both these dogs are a little afraid and need extra attention.

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Beauty and Coko
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How they looked before demodex:

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Beauty and Coko

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Gizmo and Tessa

For more photographs and information about adoption please go to our sister website, AWAB, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia: http://awabosnia.org

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 20 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: 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 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.

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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.

Dog Shooting In Sarajevo

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Medo, rescued from the horror of Hreša and placed in a safe shelter in Sarajevo, was shot on Saturday in front of the shelter. The surrounding concrete area was covered in blood.
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Medo is alive and receiving veterinary treatment. If you want to help, please go here or scroll to the bottom of the page for details. Food and veterinary care is needed for all the dogs rescued from Hreša. We also have a specific ChipIn for this particular cause. Regarding Hreša, if you don’t know the story, go here:  Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four.

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The shooting has been reported to the police have been informed, but we doubt anything will be done. If you read this blog you will know that shooting dogs – and worse – is a common practice in Bosnia and very likely is even sanctioned by the government (see my recent post here).  There were many witnesses to the crime, including a small child. Some of the witnesses claim that in addition to the gun, the perpetrator was carrying picks and firecrackers – perhaps hoping to use these on other dogs in the shelter.

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HOW TO HELP
Funds are needed not only fo help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 26 rescued dogs we are sponsoring but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.

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 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.

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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 Us Keep The Dogs Safe And Healthy

In December I wrote news of the critical situation for nine dogs living in horrifically inadequate conditions for winter in Sarajevo. Thanks to generous donations we funded the building of warm sleeping crates for the dogs.

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However, we continued to worry about the dogs, as it was not easy to ensure they were being fed or cared for properly. They all have lowered immune systems due to demodex (mange) or canine parvovirus and other conditions. We decided to transfer all the dogs to a better pension. Ensar, who manages the new pension is a vet. We already are sponsoring three dogs there, and they are doing very well. Grace (right), one of the dogs rescued from the horror shelter of Hreša, was so emotionally traumatised and terrified of people, we feared she would never recover. But now she is doing much, much better.

This is a big decision: the new pension, costs 90 Euros per month per dog (about $120), while the other pension cost 45 euros for young dogs, or 70 euros for adult dogs. We already are sponsoring 3 dogs at Ensar’s, and an additional 9 dogs means the monthly cost for these dogs alone is 1080 Euros (about $1500 USD) per month. We have some money left over from the donations for better housing to go towards the first month, but after this we need your support.

All these dogs are up for adoption. We feel it is imperative to make sure they are healthy and as happy as can be possible in a ‘pension’.

Can you help sponsor one of these lovely dogs, so they can stay at this much better pension until they find their forever home?

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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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If you think you might be able to adopt one of the dogs above, please go to www.awabosnia.org for details.

(Note: the new sleeping crates that were built are going to be moved to where 3 other dogs are being fostered, they can do with the warmer housing!)

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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.

Four Sad Dogs & Nineteen dogs Caged without Food or Water

282968_10200356214610762_2011676_nThis is Marley. Many of you know him and have donated towards his care. Remember the post ‘How To Save A Life in a Few Steps‘? Well, we saved his life. He was found as a young puppy, severely affected with demodex (mange). He was put into foster care and then pension. He caught canine parvovirus which spread around Sarajevo. Marley was one of the few to survive. He is on our list of dogs up for adoption, but we need to do something for him as soon as possible. He is a very shy, very timid little boy, and is often subject to aggression from the other dogs in the pension where he is. The pension does not have individual pens so he suffers. We need to move him to a better pension, which will cost 120 euros a month. Can anyone sponsor his stay? Or better, would you like to adopt him? Go here to help or scroll to the bottom of this page.

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This is Eric. Eric was also rescued from the streets of Sarajevo, and is also on our list of dogs up for adoption. He also had demodex. But now he seems to have another skin problem which is not healing.

He’s received many vitamins and skin therapy from the vet, but he keeps scratching himself and things are getting worse.

Eric needs to have a proper veterinary check up with blood tests to find out what is wrong with him. Can you help sponsor Eric?

Go here to help or scroll to the bottom of this page.

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This is Les. Les was found with such severe marks on his body it’s certain he’d been abused: his skin was badly scared by chains. Les is fine now, he is good with other dogs, but he doesn’t allow people to hug him around neck. Because of this, it is feared he will never be adopted.

Please, if you feel you are the right home for Eric, contact us on our adoption website, http://awabosnia.org.

photo12This is Endy, a beautiful German Shepherd mix. Endy was rescued from a park in Sarajevo. She survived distemper but she is a very frightened dog, she hides in her cage all the time. Jelena does not know what to do. She feels the only hope is to put Endy in King Pension to see if Almir Kuduz can help socialize her, and bring her confidence back. A place is booked for her on the 25th of January, but we need funds to ensure she can stay for some months. Go here to help or scroll to the bottom of this page. Endy is also on our list of dogs up for adoption, so if you have experienced with emotionally damaged dogs and want to adopt her, please contact us.

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And to the last story for today. Jelena Paunović and Sandra Kenda, another animal welfare activist received a phone call today, telling them that several dogs were captured in the grounds surrounding SIGMA, a manufacturing company in Butmir, Sarajevo. They went there tonight and saw the dogs. They were caged behind a make-shift fence without food or water, 12 adult dogs and seven puppies. One female dog is about to give birth. Jelena and Sandra Kenda were told that the director of the company ordered his employees to collect all the dogs near the grounds and cage them behind a fence. The dogs have been there for more that 24 hours without food and water. Jelena notified the veterinary inspector about the situation and the dogs were given food.

72509_10200362735133771_686300019_nThe oldest of the dogs is six years old and has been living in this area for all his life. The dogs have been living in the area for years, being fed by the employees of the company. Why the director is suddenly trying to get rid of the dogs we don’t know. Jelena is planning to telephone the director tomorrow and to find out what is going on. If I have news I will update this page.

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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.

Horror Shelter in Hreša PART FOUR

68482_10200148693102854_1701633000_nHere is the earlier story of Hreša:  Part One – Part Two – Part Three

I think you already know the shelter has been closed down, and that Dogs Trust Bosnia has promised to keep investigating what happened there (no news so far). I think you already know that of the rescues, 6 (surviving, one died shortly after rescue) puppies from Hreša shelter have died, probably from distemper.

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW IS THAT AN ADDITIONAL TEN DOGS AND FOUR PUPPIES WERE ALSO RESCUED FROM HRESA ON THE LAST VISIT MADE THERE BY JELENA AND THE OTHERS.

Unfortunately 3 of the adult dogs and one of the puppies died shortly after rescue.

We could not make this news public until now as the threats made by the manager of Hreša shelter indicated he would take violent action against  Jelena Paunović and the other animal welfare activists who went into Hreša. It is still dangerous, but we feel that there has been enough publicity about this case to protect the activists.

brownpuppyThe 3 adult dogs and puppy probably died of the same illness that took the first set of rescued puppies, and infected Jenny, who was in the same pension as they were. Jenny is doing better, she’s in King Pension, has gained 3 Kg.

With the money donated so far for the Hreša rescues the remaining dogs (7 adults, 3 puppies) have been spayed, neutered, vaccinated against infectious diseases and rabies, and they’ve been microchipped (the puppies have just been vaccinated against infectious diseases as they are too young for surgery), and of course they are being fed.

73826_10200148695182906_1142702759_nRight now these dogs are in a safe, secret place, but the conditions there are not good, it is not protected against the plummeting winter temperatures. In fact sometimes we wonder if we have helped them as the conditions are so bad. BUT, they will not be murdered, they will not be used in dog fights, they will not be ransomed. And they will have plenty of food and water and some blankets.

However, they need to be found homes as quickly as possible. Jelena has many other rescues in pension (nearly 20, costing at least 1,500 EUROS – $2000 USD per month in donations not including veterinary fees) who have not been adopted in spite of best efforts by everyone, so this is a very worrying proposition.

45360_10200148677102454_736657858_nOr these rescues from Hreša can be moved into pension, but the fees for this would be huge: the pension that right now has availability for adult dogs costs 90 Euros a month (about 118 USD). King Pension is the only pension that takes puppies, and this costs 120 Euros  (about 158 USD) a month.

This means: 630 Euros (820 USD) a month for the adult dogs, and 360 Euros (420 USD) a month for the puppies ( and this in addition to the cost of housing the rescues Jelena already has – 1500 Euros/ 2000 USD per month)

Other options are being looked into: perhaps Dogs Trust Bosnia and UK will help with funds, perhaps a shelter grant can be obtained from US or UK organisations for a new shelter that has proper facilities. But know that this  kind of thing not only takes time – months, maybe years, but is fraught with difficulties.

76477_10200148696182931_525323923_nSusan Johnson of the US State department lived and worked in Bosnia as OHR Deputy High Representative and Supervisor of Brcko District, a special unit of multiethnic local self government under international supervised administration. She had the authority to stop the illegal shooting and poisoning of street dogs for bounty payments and she did all she could to implement an effective and humane animal control program. And she supported one NGO to set up a model dog shelter with extraordinary conditions for the dogs, a kind of heaven really.

In all of these efforts, in spite of her position, access to funds and so on, she did not succeed. During the 6 years plus this shelter was in operation it was subjected to sabotage, threats, abuse, theft and illegitimate lawsuits seeking to hold the operators financially liable for any and all dog bites in Brcko District. She had to close the shelter and re-locate the dogs to Serbia and then to the US, requiring an enormous amount of effort and funding. As she told me: “No local government, including the Sarajevo municipla authorities, understood or cared about managing this issue in conformity with EU standards, despite a law that was eventually passed incorporating EU standards.”

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HOW TO HELP

If you want to sponsor a dog or a puppy rescued from the Horror Shelter in Hreša to be moved to pension, or if you want to contribute towards blankets, warm jackets (40 euros each) and food, you can use the Hreša ChipIn

OR:

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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If you are interested in adopting a dog or puppy, please contact us. See the slide show below for all photographs, and all photographs above are of these ‘secretly’ rescued dogs from Hreša.

Perhaps you live in a situation where you can’t have a dog… perhaps consider ‘virtually’ adopting one: paying for the dogs food and board. You will be sent photographs and videos of the dog every month and you can choose a name for it – contact us if you are interested.

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Jonny and Ricky, two of the saved adults 

Of the first rescues who still survive, Grace is still in pension, doing better physically but still emotionally very damaged.

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Please keep sharing the petition:

Demand Investigation into Horror Shelter in Hresa, Bosnia

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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.