Animal Activist Interviewed about Flood Disaster in Bosnia

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Dalida Kozlić (BiH): Aktivisti rade 24/7! Interview of Dalida Kozlic by Rujana Jeger in Bez Dlake Na Jeziku

Translation of the interview into English:

Dalida Kozlić is an ideal spokesperson on the topic of protection of animals. She is a lawyer who deals with the legal protection of animals, including documentation and reporting of crimes of torture and killing of animals, as well as the failure to implement and violations of provisions of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This young girl (24) is an activist for animal rights and a rescuer with more than 15 years of experience. We began to correspond when I saw Damir Janacek’s movie ” Kinofil “, which drew my attention to the situation of stray dogs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the abuse of animals in general. Since Bosnia and Herzegovina has been hit by the worst floods ever, I am wondering how animals are being rescued.

BDNJ : Dalida, we know that the flooding has affected a big part of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the situation is catastrophic, tell us more details …

DK : The situation is terrible, especially in Doboj, Maglaj, Orašje, Odzak, Bijeljina, Bosanski Samac. Damage to properties and infrastructure will be almost the same as damage from the war. Unfortunately, there are casualties. Over one million people have no access to drinking water, thousands of people have lost their homes due to floods or landslides which have been destroying hundreds of houses. Homecoming will be a slow process for many people. Many houses were destroyed or became unsafe because of the huge quantity of water. Many of the affected areas have lost literally everything. Restoration of terrain will be a long and slow process.

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BDNJ : What is the situation for the animals ? We know that there are a lot of stray dogs in BiH…

DK : Unfortunately , many animals were killed.  In some areas all livestock died. Many wild animals were killed in landslides, and many left their habitats. Many stray animals died too. Some stray animals escaped to forests and mountains. Unfortunately, many of them were injured or they drowned in the water. It has been reported that many people organised rescue operations for stray animals, pets and livestock. There were cases where people didn’t want to be evacuated without their animals. Unfortunately, people were not in such solidarity with the animals in some parts of Bosnia. Many cattle weren’t discharged from the stables and corral; too many animals remained tied with chains in some areas. Some of them were rescued, and some weren’t saved. There is a very positive aspect that many people have been doing their best to save the animals for more than 10 days, but there is a terrible side that many animals have been left at the mercy of nature – consciously by the owner.

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BDNJ : Has the government done something in terms of rescuing of animals and their care?

DK : The reaction of the state when it comes to animals is as usual inadequate. Prevention and / or suppression of the epidemic ought to be a priority. Not enough or nothing was done to rescue animals during floods since many of them had been wounded or sick. Given that there are numerous obstructions in the implementation of the Animal Protection and Welfare Act, injured and sick animals have nowhere to be placed. The Veterinary Office and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of University of Sarajevo have been working in the field of combating epidemics of various diseases, given that corpses of animals and garbage is being removed very slowly, and that temperatures are very high.

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BDNJ : Many volunteers and members of animal protection associations have been saving animals in Croatia. What is the situation like in Bosnia?

DK : Many activists, rescuers and volunteers have been saving animals in Bosnia. We are working 24/7 to provide food, medications, veterinary assistance and fostering for the animals. We do not have any help from the state. Many international organizations and individuals are helping us in different ways. It is very important to act preventively because of diseases and to provide vaccines and medications. Also, activists continue to organise the rescue of animals in the flooded areas. I express my great appreciation to the organisations Marianne’s Dog Food Bank and Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia and Herzegovina, which have given us all possible assistance in rescuing of animals. These organizations have been fighting for animal rights in Bosnia and enabled the rescue of thousands of animals. Their help is invaluable and I have to point out that many animals have been rescued in the previous period. Many activists are constantly on the field and provide all possible care and help for animals. I want to thank to the wonderful teams from Sarajevo (Jelena , Alica, Edina , Arijana , etc ) and Tuzla (Amila, Ivana ) for the courage and dedication they have shown .

BDNJ : Does it seem to you that this disaster somewhat has changed the attitude of people towards animals ? Are people aware that we equal are in the face of all horrors?

DK : The consciousness of people about animals has changed in some parts of Bosnia. People have expressed their support to the most helpless creatures, but unfortunately in some areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina it is not going to happen for a long time.

BDNJ : What is happening with the legislative procedure on the draft amendments to Animal Protection and Welfare Act of BiH, which provides for the euthanasia of stray dogs ?

DK : Proposal for changes and amendments to the Animal Protection and Welfare Law contains obscene, primitive and inhuman provisions for euthanasia of healthy stray animals that are fostered in shelters (which have never been created) for stray animals, if they are not adopted in 14 days. Legal procedure is not completed and no one knows when it will be finished in the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly since a vice president and member of the House of Peoples Sulejman Tihic has cancer. For this reason, meeting of the Collegiums of the House of Peoples cannot be held to discuss amendments to the Animal Protection and Welfare Act. We hope that the face of disaster will show people that all suffer equally and that there is no need to inflict more pain when there are humane solutions. And finally, here you can see the documentary Kinofil. It is very sad. And very good.

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More about Dalida and how you can support her work here.

If you can help in the fundraising effort to assist rescue groups in the aftermath of the floods please donate via our YouCaring or via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you! No amount is too small.

For ongoing updates please see our Facebook page AWABosnia

Related posts:
BOSNIA FLOODING: ANIMAL RESCUERS AT WORK
CRISES IN BOSNIA CONTINUES…. dogs and cats abandoned and stranded!
Day of Mourning in Bosnia Herzegovina.. how many animals have died?

THE CRISIS CONTINUES: all help still needed for the dogs and cats of Bosnia!
DAY THREE: STATE OF EMERGENCY – all help needed!
WORST FLOODING IN 120 years! Strays and pets are in dire need!
EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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.

BOSNIA FLOODING: ANIMAL RESCUERS AT WORK

1466143_10204120508715762_4719223288492878201_nRescuers have been working around the clock in the most severely affected areas of Bosnia Herzegovina.

Our respect goes out to everyone involved – rescuers from Marianne’s Dog Food Bank, Angel’s Breath, Journalists for Animals, Andjeo Sarajevo, in particular Caki Bravo, and so many other individuals who have joined in the efforts. Your donations have helped save lives, thank you so much! Help is still needed, please keep sharing our YouCaring Fundraiser.

Pictures speak louder than words…

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One story: today, on the way to Orasje to assist with emergency rescue efforts Andjeo Sarajevo saw this dog….
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This dog had a family before the floods. His family has lost everything they had in the flooding. They could not take care of the dog anymore. It is injured and slowly but surely starving to death. People asked Andjeo Sarajevo to put the dog down by driving their car over it to end his suffering.

Andjeo Sarajevo will bring the dog to safety. He has been named Dean after a generous animal advocate in Ireland, and has just been offered a home in Finland.

But this is the reality of the situation. So many people have nothing – their homes washed away in the floods, they had so little before and now they have nothing.

If you can help please donate via our YouCaring or via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you! No amount is too small.

For ongoing updates please see our Facebook page AWABosnia

Related posts:
CRISES IN BOSNIA CONTINUES…. dogs and cats abandoned and stranded!
Day of Mourning in Bosnia Herzegovina.. how many animals have died?

THE CRISIS CONTINUES: all help still needed for the dogs and cats of Bosnia!
DAY THREE: STATE OF EMERGENCY – all help needed!
WORST FLOODING IN 120 years! Strays and pets are in dire need!
EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!

_____________________________________________

DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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.

______________________________________________

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.

CRISES IN BOSNIA CONTINUES…. dogs and cats abandoned and stranded!

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Animal rescuers have been working around the clock in Bosnia  – but the situation is desperate and rain has started again… So far, no international animal welfare organisations are able to assist with the evacuation and rescue of dogs and cats and rescuers lack enough manpower, cars and also boats to actually get to areas where dogs and cats are stranded and starving. It’s a critical situation.

10300671_10203327971093895_3706517198968774954_nRescuers from Tuzla area (Amila Citakovic, Dutch Lansky and Ivana Tomic with Marianne’s Dog Food Bank and Angel’s Breath) have been in the Samac area which has been severely affected. In the last days they took 300 kilos of dog food, medication for dogs, blankets and many other supplies try to set up a safe place for evacuated dogs. They have managed to get official permission to enter Bosanski Samac from the crisis headquarters of Republika Srpska and are organising an evacuation of dogs in Samac and Orasje area this weekend. Volunteers are needed, those who are experienced with frightened and disorientated dogs. They need cars, a boat, leashes, collars, building materials, vet care, everything.
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Our group, AWAB, have been in contact with Four Paws but they are currently in Serbia and cannot get to Samac to assist with the evacuation.

We have been distributing funds from our YouCaring fundraiser to as many groups and rescuers as possible.

500 Kgs of food was brought to Zenica for Sapa Zenca organistion to distribute in the Zenica area and another 500 Kgs to Andjeo Sarajevo to distribute, all thanks to your donations…. (and to the help of Almir Kuduz of King Pension in Sarajevo).

We have a special ‘thank you’ video for all who have donated:

The work is not over. Please keep sharing the fundraiser. Most of the funds in it have already been distributed and there is much work still to be done.

10390269_10203327954013468_1098447161626479778_nIn the last days the Tuzla rescuers have visited the flooded villages of Vojskova and Prud but were prevented from entering by the police as the priority for authorities was to take out dead animals. These are villages with many farms – many animals are dead there, mostly pigs and cows. Civilians could not enter these areas. The rescuers spoke to the people there and were told that they are trying to feed dogs and cats that are still alive and on second floors of houses, and these people promised to keep them all alive until the water withdraws. Right now, corpses are floating around the area.

10342843_10203327954453479_6208579950032723329_nWhen the rescuers went to Bosanski Samac, a town hit by floods in the worst possible way, they were unable to enter the town without permission from the authorities (which they later received). Temperatures were high – 30 degrees. The town emitted a horrifying smell. Dogs who had managed to get out of the flooded town had been gathering in a pack at the army point. Reports are that hunters have been killing dogs. This was confirmed from several sources to rescuers and by soldiers and volunteers helping to evacuate people.

10253776_563266093793277_811166108975548722_nThe State Veterinary Office has been contacted about shooting of dogs. ThIs is what we know: basically Bih is in a phase of risk assessment and risk and damage control, (referring to health risk hazard). Major risk management includes elimination of transmission of diseases, and dogs are considered to be one way disease can be transmitted.

However, shooting would NOT be considered a official method of destruction or elimination – bleeding in the water or on the soil will cause greater risk of diseases. Bosnia is in a major danger risk zone for an outburst of epidemic diseases 

10307363_10203327963213698_3962112426140915776_nRisk management is important but certainly every decision on destruction/killing of animals must be assessed first and if justified (and only a vet and medical doctor should be able to state this) it must be applied in a controlled manner and environment. It is critical that the law on animal welfare is to be followed when it comes to method of killing. If shooting occurred it has to be proven and prevented, but resources to do this are lacking, and, if you have been reading this blog you know that illegal shooting of strays (and even owned dogs) is a very common occurrence. This situation has every possibility of being abused – as a carte blanche for mass killings of stray dogs (not that there are many survivors…)

10291815_10203327976814038_5828078794627223244_nThe rescuers from Tuzla fed and helped as many dogs and cats as they could as they passed from village to village but it was often very difficult.  Dogs who once had owners, were running around absolutely disoriented, totally wet. There was one particularly awful incident: “We lack words to describe the horror in their eyes. Took a while for them to notice we are calling them. They were just running around with no direction. A smaller dog got hit by a car in front of our eyes, we started screaming, the dog started running in even bigger hysteria. No injuries. Only shaking body and frightened look. We managed to catch them and get them into the car immediately. After placing them in the car all three of us started laughing, thinking how happy we are to get them, but in only 3 seconds laughter turned into crying. We have seen many things, but such horrifying state, confusion and despair – never.

10274146_561682157285004_3518947993010705020_nRescuers from Sarajevo (Andjeo Sarajevo and Journalists for Animals and others) have also been active: they brought donations of dog and cat food for people who have animals but don’t have food to feed them. Also, they were able to deliver items of food and other necessities for people that had been donated locally.

They once again visited the ‘horror’ shelters of Gorazde and Foca.

12722_562954673824419_6590551831833266679_nFortunately, these towns were not severely affected by the floods but the shelters are still entirely inhumane for the housing of dogs, particularly Gorazde. They still keep too many dogs at the shelters, and they keep a lot of dogs in small cages. Luckily the man working there allowed Andjeo Sarajevo to bring food and water to the dogs.

10414520_562954830491070_1303369511343140995_nWe noticed immediately that something was wrong with one of the dogs… A small terrier is completely blind and the other dogs are jumping all over him, fighting for their survival, while this poor little boy doesn’t know what is happening to him. He was trying to get to us so that we could pet him, but it was impossible through the gratings. We asked the worker to permit us to take him out and take pictures of him, so that we could try to find him a home. We got to take the pictures, but he told us that we had to call the director and ask for permission if we wanted to take him with us.

10406963_10152186937833995_8528711147832186719_nWe called the director, who didn’t seem very interested. He told us that he was out of town, and told us to come back on Saturday and fill out the adoption forms before we could take him with us. We left bags of food for the and the worker told us that we were welcome to bring them food any time, it would to them good because they were mostly fed white bread. We also found a Labrador, 9 years old, left by police officer who had said: “he is not good, don’t want to sniff drugs”. He is an adorable dog, well behaved… is there anyone who want to give this beauty a home? He has all papers and vaccines..so he is ready for forever adoption. We will pick both dogs up up on Saturday.”

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The rescuers also donated food to the shelter in Foca. There were only three dogs there, but they never keep many dogs. It is likely the kill them and launder money from the authorities through the few dogs they keep there. No photographs were allowed to be taken of Foca shelter, but the rescuers brought food and fresh water.

10386263_561681847285035_5718015875698336739_nOne more dog was saved, from Doboj, another very badly hit area. “When I started my car she was barking and calling us to stop. When I pulled over my car she just sit in front of it and stare at us asking to take her with us. She is the size of pekinese, adorable and just want to be hugged and loved. So, we couldn’t leave her there wondering will she be alive tomorrow. So, she settled nicely on the back seat of my car and finally had calm sleep all the way to Sarajevo and her new temporary home till her forever home We named her DOBI

Bodies of dogs and cats are being found everywhere. There are so many sad stories: Upon returning home after the flood, a resident of Topčić  found his dog who did not survive the terrible floods….
Also, cows, pigs, rabbits, chickens have been left to die in the water. Epidemiologists say that many infectious diseases will be spreading within next few weeks. Many animals are injured. Many of them will be sick.The rescuers need your help to buy food, medications and to pay veterinary bills for vaccinations to help stop the spread of disease. Most rescuers are unemployed and so cannot afford to pay for such things.
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If you can help please donate via our YouCaring or via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you! No amount is too small.

For ongoing updates please see our Facebook page AWABosnia

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News articles and videos:

Balkans floods: Edin Dzeko urges world to help Bosnia
Under the surface of the Balkan floods lies a social disaster
Floods have united the people of the Balkans
Video of rescue of dogs in flooded parts of Croatia by members of Croatian Mountain Rescue Service
Video showing how Doboj town in Bosnia was flooded within few minutes
Civilians Banned From Bosnia Villages After Flood

Related posts:
Day of Mourning in Bosnia Herzegovina.. how many animals have died?

THE CRISIS CONTINUES: all help still needed for the dogs and cats of Bosnia!
DAY THREE: STATE OF EMERGENCY – all help needed!
WORST FLOODING IN 120 years! Strays and pets are in dire need!
EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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.

______________________________________________

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.

Day of Mourning in Bosnia Herzegovina.. how many animals have died?

mourningAuthorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina declared today a day of mourning for those killed in the floods. At least 17 people have died. 

No one has counted the death toll of the animals – the cats, the dogs, the farm animals. In just one farm – Borojević farm in Bosanski Šamac municipality, 400 cows drowned.
deadcowsGallery and news article (in Bosnian). There was one survivor…
theonethatgotawayWe have just heard that this town has maybe one hundred dogs surviving but abandoned, without food  – both stray and owned, and this is only one small area! Rescuers are trying to organise a trip there to bring food.

10325401_462757910525215_5670391384137778680_nThe government says 1 million people, or a quarter of the population, have been affected by the flooding and landslides, comparing the destruction to that of the country’s 1992-95 war. This is a natural disaster beyond the comprehension of anyone in the country. They have never suffered something like this in living memory. There are landslides and mudslides everywhere, roads and railway lines are destroyed and will cost more money than the country has to rebuild, and the floods have moved land mines left there since the war, which will endanger the lives of survivors and rescue workers.

10253929_10203277555594880_5870335531974837722_nSomeone from Doboj (one of the worst affected areas) said the water came into his town so quickly it was already 3 metres deep within an hour, and by the time the alarm sirens were sounded it was already there. People and animals had no chance.

Andjeo Sarajevo animal welfare charity and other rescuers are working in all areas of Sarajevo and have visited many badly hit areas – they spent this last weekend in Olovo, Maglaj and Doboj helping both people and animals. They have released trapped and hurt animals, fed stray dogs and 1622239_10203293998484601_670599692095744006_ncats as well as owned dogs and cats from people who have lost everything. Andjeo Sarajevo also visited one of the ‘horror’ shelters in Doboj and fed the surviving dogs there.

Rescuers from Tuzla area (Marianne’s Dog Food Bank organisation and others) have fed animals, rescued dogs from drowning, made shelters for street dogs, left food for packs of dogs and people who feed them. They also brought to the vet a litter of puppies with canine parvovirus. They distributed about 400 kg of dog and cat food to rescuers in Tuzla and other people feeding dogs and visited the areas struck by landslides in Tuzla.

10369217_10203287063271225_7138937784247332460_nThis group was instrumental in assisting the 171 dogs in Orasje shelter. They were telephoned with the news that imminent disaster could strike… They rushed to buy water supplies, blankets, working gloves, canned food in case they got stuck there for few days, and about 40 kilos of dog and cat food. As one rescuer said:  “Mixed feelings and surroundings reminding us of  the war time…People making barricades to slow down water if it comes fast. Landslides and houses gone all along the way. News on the radio bringing nothing encouraging…”

10302639_10203293974484001_7015559752904030225_nOrasje shelter is one of the best in the country, supported by Animal-Kind International and BAF. When rescuers arrived all was well but they prepared cages in front of each kennel so they could rescue dogs should flooding occur.

And than we waited… The most horrible thing – hoping for the best, expecting the worse. Every now and then we went out on the road to gather information from people in charge for this area. And in meanwhile, played with dogs, helped shelter team clean storage room… As night came close, we got information that the road back home is closed. We spent the night in Svetlana`s home, with
her wonderful dogs, while she and shelter stuff kept 10313847_10203307806949804_1963500672763033645_nwatch at the shelter… Nobody called for help during night – we feared this the most. Another day in the shelter we spent a little bit more relaxed, as information we got confirmed situation is under control. Measures are still taken at the spot, and nobody knows what tomorrow brings… One thing we know though, just a phone call and we will be on our way there again! Villages not further than only 3 km from shelter are completely flooded, people evacuated. We were well aware the worst can happen fast, but at the same time – it`s like we spent these 2 days on another planet, surrounded by wagging tails in beautiful shelter. We thank everyone for donating in last days and enabling us to help where needed. Many dogs were fed on the way to Orasje and back
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dogonbagsTomorrow Andjeo Sarajevo and Journalists for Animals will drive to dog shelters in Foča, and Gorazde and other critically affected areas in BiH. It is a 2-3 hour drive to Foča and no one knows how the roads are. They will stop along the way to feed strays and any abandoned animals they find. 

14509_1497935780421519_1956617148607023432_nWe are very grateful for the generous donations – so much has been done with your help. But the catastrophe is not over, help is still desperately needed. Donations for petrol, veterinary care, food, everything. We are distributing the funds amongst several groups and independent rescuers. No amount is too small, with 10 euros it is possible can buy 10 kilos of dry food for dogs.

ALSO: supporters in Germany have donated 1.6 tons of food supplies – Royal Canine food (one year to expiry date), which they plan to deliver as soon as possible to Bosnia –  they have the truck for the transport, the only thing missing now is the petrol money (and the driver). All in all, they are trying to raise EUR 800 for the transport, so we hope to help with this if not pay for all of the funds needed. This amount of food would cost far more in Bosnia and it is high quality food, much needed. Food will be divided amongst the most needy shelters and areas and rescuers, throughout Bosnia.

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If you can help please donate via our YouCaring or via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you!!

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For ongoing updates please see our Facebook page AWABosnia
News articles:

A ‘1,000 Year’ Flood Wrecked The Balkans, Destroying 100,000 Buildings And Homes
Bosnia, Serbia declares national mourning, flood toll rises
Historic Floods : Worst Flooding in more than a Century hits Eastern Europe (YouTube)
Toll mounts as thousands flee Balkan flooding (YouTube)

Related posts:
THE CRISIS CONTINUES: all help still needed for the dogs and cats of Bosnia!
DAY THREE: STATE OF EMERGENCY – all help needed!
WORST FLOODING IN 120 years! Strays and pets are in dire need!
EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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 CRISIS CONTINUES: all help still needed for the dogs and cats of Bosnia!

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It is day five of the emergency situation in Bosnia Herzegovina.

dogssavedThank you everyone for your ongoing donations! Rescue work continues with food being brought to stranded dogs and cats. Areas most affected are now being driven to as the water begins to subside.

While the Red Cross, the European Forces, the Slovenian Army, the UK Flood Response team and other organisations are assisting, as far as we know the only people trying to help strays and dogs and cats abandoned from evacuations are a tiny handful of animal advocates and groups like Marianne’s Dog Food Bank in Tuzla and Sapa Zenica in Zenica. We are distributing funds raised between as many as we can. PLEASE KEEP SHARING OUR FUNDRAISER.

The news is ongoingly terrible: at least 25 people dead and fears that landmines will be exposed after the torrential rain. Tens of thousands of homes are left without electricity or drinking water. We have no idea of the death toll of the animals.

Bosnia is facing a horrible catastrophe,” said Bakir Izetbegovic, the chairman of the Bosnian three-man presidency. “We are still not fully aware of actual dimensions of the catastrophe … we will have to take care of hundreds, thousands of people.”

Many people’s bodies have been recovered so far in Doboj. Word is that whole families died trapped in cars and ve10320555_559976740788879_1467791532359752923_nhicles when caught in flushing floods in the area. There is one of Bosnia’s ‘horror’ dog shelters in Doboj… rescuers have just reached it and tell us the situation there is critical. There is no food or water for the dogs.

Around 5000 houses are flooded in Prijedor municipality, 40,000 people are left without drinking water because municipal water system is flooded. Fedin Gunic’s safe haven for over 100 rescue dogs and cats shelter is without water.

In the northern town Banja Luka, the river Vrbas overflowed. “We have been waiting for the rescuers for hours, too many people are in danger,” Milanka Stojic, a 62-year-old pensioner said.Volunteers were trying to collect hundreds of stranded cattle that have fled flooded farms around Banja Luka, according to Mirko Ostojic, the owner of a dairy farm. “Many animals are trapped in the mud and dozens of sheep have just been swept away by the floods,” Ostojic said.

Embankments in Orašje have been breached by Sava river and settlements Vidovice and Kopanice are being flooded and evacuation of people has just begun. Dogs are being evacuated from Orašje dog shelter, supported by Animal-Kind International and BAF (Stichting Dierenopvang Bosnië)

WOMANAlso as the rescuers drive to the most affected areas they are of course coming across people in dire need, who stop the car and hope for some bread or water. As one of the animal rescuers said: “This is so embarrassing .. we feel ashamed ..People jumping in front of our car begging for food..People just begging me to give one bag of dog food thinking it is bread. This is terrible – People in Maglaj are starving, stopping our car, asking for food.” ***If you want to help with some funds so the rescuers have something to give please donate directly via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org but make sure to mark you donation for ‘human food and water’.***

Help is needed for the animals! Donations for petrol, veterinary care, food, everything. No amount is too small, with 10 euros it is possible can buy 10 kilos of dry food for dogs. If you can help please donate via our YouCaring or Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you! 

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Related posts:
DAY THREE: STATE OF EMERGENCY – all help needed!
WORST FLOODING IN 120 years! Strays and pets are in dire need!
EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!

News:
Bosnia and Serbia floods: thousands flee as death toll rises
LIVE BLOGS AND UPDATES: DEVASTATING FLOODS IN BOSNIA AND SERBIA
Bosnia floods create new land-mine risk in Balkans

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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.

DAY THREE: STATE OF EMERGENCY – all help needed!

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The government of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina has declared a state of natural disaster.


Overflowing rivers have burst into towns and villages, cutting off whole communities, landslides have buried houses. Whole suburbs of Sarajevo and other towns have been submerged. Army helicopters have been sent to evacuate thousands of stranded residents but reports say bad weather is hampering the rescue efforts.

banjalukadogAll animal rescuers are doing everything they can but with great difficulty as the worst hit areas are impossible to reach. We’ve raised donations for food supplies for strays and animals left behind but now there is a concern that local stores are not even able to supply enough.

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Even when flooding ceases, the situation will continue to be critical as we are probably looking at outbreaks of canine parvovirus, distemper, demodex and other diseases. So the rescue efforts need to be sustained!

We have contacted WVS and they have stated they will try to assist. In the meantime we continue to fundraise and have created a special YouCaring fundraiser for the emergency efforts:

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 19.04.22There is devastation everywhere, not just for dogs but for cats too…on BHT1 TV channel today (Bosnia Herzegovina public national broadcaster) the reporter from Doboj town explained how bad the situation is in Doboj and at the end of his report he added that there are many cats on roofs of houses and buildings that he can see from his apartment…

Drowned animals are found everywhere….

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Help is needed! Donations for petrol, veterinary care, food, everything. No amount is too small, with 10 euros it is possible can buy 10 kilos of dry food for dogs. If you can help please donate via our YouCaring or Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you!!

PLEASE ALSO CONTACT YOUR COUNTRY’S ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS AND VETERINARY ORGANISATIONS AND ASK THEM TO ASSIST!

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News articles:

The government of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina (FBiH) declared a state of natural disaster
Bosnia and Serbia emergency after ‘worst ever’ floods
Land mines shifted by Bosnia Flooding
Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina Slammed By Worst Flooding In Over A Century
House collapses into river

Related posts:

WORST FLOODING IN 120 years! Strays and pets are in dire need!
EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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.

WORST FLOODING IN 120 years! Strays and pets are in dire need!

1017376_10152174252023995_2745444860510893148_nTO HELP: Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org mark for EMERGENCY FUNDS

As you know from our post from yesterday, (EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!) flooding conditions in parts of Bosnia Herzegovina have reached an
10311780_278226012354547_5164725718723680444_nemergency state. Things have not improved and have in fact gotten worse. Bodies of dogs and cats are being found, and dogs have been found left chained up outside homes that have been evacuated… remember there are well over 10,000 strays in the city of Sarajevo alone…

Donations have been coming in and we have been sharing these amongst as many areas and rescuers as possible, THANK YOU!

But still rescuers all over the country need our support in their rescue efforts – very few have cars, and fewer still have cars that can handle these kind of weather conditions but they are doing their best, working around the clock to search all areas that are worst hit.
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This is a state of emergency for the people of the country, but in these cases, especially in a culture that does not value the life of animals, the strays and even owned animals are the ones who will suffer the most.
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There are good people helping… watch this amazing dog rescue from flood debris – in Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina:


and this soldier saved these puppies…
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Rescuers are out trying to feed and save as many animals as possible…

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10341698_10202916384864245_7080019390529276632_n10298797_10152174158358995_2262482062123901221_n10258807_10152174253678995_4933539732446474875_n Donations for petrol, car hire, veterinary care, food, everything. No amount is too small, with 10 euros it is possible can buy 10 kilos of dry food for dogs. If you can help please donate via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you!!

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NEWS:
Chicago Tribune – Five dead as worst floods in 120 years hit Serbia, Bosnia
REUTERS –Bosnia, Serbia hit by worst flooding in 120 years; three die
Focus – Bosnia and Herzegovina: An emergency state in several cities due to the floods, highways and regional roads have been closed

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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.

______________________________________________

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.

EMERGENCY IN SARAJEVO – the strays need your help!

1610034_10152172951708995_3117739561006165510_nHeavy rainfall in Sarajevo and other areas of Bosnia Herzegovina has created an emergency situation.  The rain is pushing rivers to critical levels. The center of Sarajevo is almost closed and water is so high most of the bridges are closed. The situation is desperate, lots of dogs are missing and water is everywhere…

dog3Strays and also rescues in pensions and shelters in low lying areas are in great danger. Gladno Polje shelter is in one of the worst hit areas, and Betty Pension where over a dozen rescue dogs and cats are being kennelled is currently entirely cut off, and has no electricity…

dog1According to forecasts Central and Eastern Bosnia could get a month’s worth of rain or even more to fall in the next three days, so we can assume that the situation will only get worse.

The main problem is if flooding in some areas gets very bad then the Civil Protection Service will order mandatory evacuation of people and if possible cattle and pets and in the case of dire emergencies cattle and pets would be left behind. Of course the strays will have no help other than from animal welfare activists.

dog2Animal activists are working 24/7 to do what they can – where they can they are driving to check areas to look after and help the animals. They will try to go to Gladno Polje tomorrow and will also check any evacuated houses for pets left behind. Also our rescuers will check on Jela, the 89 year old lady who looks after many rescued cats….But there are very limited resources!

Help is needed! Donations for petrol, veterinary care, food, everything. No amount is too small, with 10 euros it is possible can buy 10 kilos of dry food for dogs. If you can help please donate via Paypal to donations@awabosnia.org as per the instructions below and mark it for EMERGENCY FUNDS. Thank you!!

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News items

Floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Swollen rivers and streams, the villagers of Ilidža panicking
Video from radiosarajevo.ba
Rain-filled river threatens Bosnian capital

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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.

Little Flake, run over and left to die

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10157152_656226111110953_7620671140407217353_nTwo weeks ago Andjeo Sarajevo, animal welfare charity in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, found this little dog lying in the middle of a busy intersection, lying immobile with blood everywhere. They immediately stopped the car and rescued her,  a 3-4 month old puppy with a very serious open fracture of her front leg and her other leg with skin all peeled back, her ear all torn up.


10154215_656226324444265_4889446405624377285_nThey took the puppy to the vet and she got the urgent help she needed. Unfortunately her ear had to be amputated. X-rays were taken of her legs. She was operated on and the operation was successful, and funds raised to cover the cost.

She is now at a pension (boarding kennel) and was named Little Flake.

1422558_659337047466526_2008838547441153474_nAndjeo Sarajevo say: “It will take a lot of time before she heals completely, but dear friends, you would not believe how kind and brave she is. She is still in pain and whines, but as soon as someone approaches  her, she wags her tail and kisses the persons hands… She has all the medicines and analgesics she needs. She has a big advantage because she is a young puppy and even her bones will heal. Thanks to everyone who has helped her. I hope that we will not forget about her and that she will conquer someones heart.

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Funds are needed to keep her safe off the street and for medical care. The pension costs 120 euros a month (about 165 USD). If you can help, please scroll to the end of the page for donation instructions.

We also have a Virtual Adoption programme, where you can help keep Little Flake safe off the streets until she finds a permanent home by donating a specific amount each month.

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There are several rescues needing this kind of sponsorship. When you become Virtual Adoptor for a rescue from Bosnia Herzegovina, you will not only help keep the animal safe and off the streets, but will create a special bond. We understand that not everyone can adopt; which is why becoming a Virtual Adopter for one of the rescues whose pictures and story touched you is a wonderful alternative to adoption. The bond formed through this virtual adoption program will keep you connected to the progress of your chosen rescue, and hopefully, you will see them find their wonderful forever home.

Most dogs need 120 euros per month to stay safe off the streets, so we were thinking to set 6 VAs per dog at 20 Euros (about 30 USD) each per month. But we understand that not everyone can reach the set fee.  Another option would be for you to offer per month the amount you can afford ad we will continue to look for VAs for that dog until the “goal” is reached.

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How to become a Virtual Adopter:

For details of what dogs and cats are available for Virtual Adoption please go to ‘Notes’ in our AWAB Facebook public page and read the Virtual Adoption Note or go to Files in our AWAB Facebook group and read the Virtual Adoption document (you need to be a member of this group to view the page).

For more details you can also contact Encarni Erzsebet who is the AWAB administrator managing this programme and if you do decide to be a Virtual Adopter you must contact her directly.

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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 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.

Saving Lola

1517443_661689257231305_2095295131432063242_nOn Wednesday, Andjeo Sarajevo, animal welfare charity in Sarajevo, were notified about a stray in a terrible condition.

Although they are already in great debt with the strays they have rescued and who are in pension waiting for forever homes, they could not ignore the plea for help.
10175055_661688980564666_639004105274456281_nHere is what they wrote:

1966785_661688850564679_2731065912689566790_nWhen we went to see what sort of state she was in, we were horrified by what we saw, our eyes filled with tears at the sight of how much she was suffering. She was lying on some sand in an old ruin, it was raining… an awful sight. We picked her up and put her in the car to take her to the vets, in the beginning we didn’t know what was wrong with her, we thought she might have a venereal tumour but during her examination we discovered she has an open tumour on her breast which was bleeding.

10260000_661689127231318_3178247932343928607_nShe is old and had a temperature of 40. She was given antibiotics, analgesics and on Friday she has a scheduled operation at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, we hope it will be successful. She needs all our help. We are guessing she used to be someone’s dog because of her disposition and docility with humans, but she probably ended up on the street because of her illness. Her sweet stare killed us
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Lola had her operation today. The operation was successful!

10323744_662559353810962_211857766_oSo far Andjeo Sarajevo have managed to raise 77 Euros for Lola. The vet fee for the operation was only 80 Euros as the vets felt so sad for the poor dog. Lola now needs funds for her stay in kennels (120 euros per month) and for antibiotics, pain medication and for special recovery food. We are also hoping to buy her a soft bed.

Approximately 180 euros is needed right now (about 250 USD). If you can help please scroll down to the instructions below but make sure to mark your donation for LOLA.

10329264_661688607231370_6586057147205860136_nIf you can be a Virtual Adopter and help sponsor Lola with a monthly donation until she finds a forever home, please contact Encarni Erzsébet.

Where Andjeo Sarajevo found Lola, they saw another dog, very similar to her in looks….

1507143_661688610564703_4011111743677847634_nPerhaps the dog is one of her own puppies, or a sibling. Andjeo Sarajevo had no choice but leave him on the street and they’ve heard that he cries and he tries to find her. There are no funds to put another dog into pension (it costs 120 EU/165 USD per month), but if you feel you can help and be a sponsor please let us know. Donation instructions are below.

10156060_662688613798036_2942012360453864595_nNEWS p.m. 2 May: we’ve managed to raise funds to buy her a new bed 🙂

ADDITIONAL NOTE, 3 MAY:
The dog left behind… quite a few kind people have sent donations to help Lola with the terrible breast tumour (she’s the one in the forefront of the picture) but also have asked if the money can go to help rescue the dog that was left behind who seems to be her companion and who we have been told is crying for her.

20 euros per month is needed to keep a dog in pension – even if they share the same pen. The main issue with rescuing this other dog is that it is very, very unlikely that we will be able to home these two dogs together. So if we took the other dog off the streets, he would end up without her in the long run, most likely.

But, we can try to save him as well — and find him a home with other dogs, IF we can find a sponsor or sponsors to cover his pension fee until he is homed. As you know we now have a Virtual Adoption programe, which means 20 euros per person, 6 people, donating every month. If you think you can help or participate as a VA, please let us know – contact Encarni Erzsébet– and if we can find 6 people to commit, we can ask Andjeo Sarajevo if they can find and rescue the dog.

May 4 Update:
Amazingly we have 5 people pledging to be Lola’s friend’s Virtual Adopter – we just need one more at 20 euros per month to get him off the streets! Please contact Encarni Erzsébet if you can be that special person! Lola will need Virtual Adopters too, she’s got enough for one month in pension but after that, nothing.

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DONATIONS

Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia Herzegovina, 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 . 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.