A little Bosnian Cat Soul has left us….

MiloToday a little cat soul left us to join the Big Cat Soul. It was an accident, no one’s fault. He had been rescued by one of the loveliest women – inside and out – I have ever met, Amra Ribić who lives in Tuzla, Bosnia Herzegovina. If you read this blog, you will have seen her in the photographs of the rescue of cats and dogs during the floods.

R.I.P. sweet kitten Milo, I hold you in my arms when I hold my own cat Ronan, or perhaps the Big Cat Soul holds me.

croppedI can only console myself with the fact that little Milo had Amra’s love and care. I have always said that if I returned in another life it would be to Angel’s Rest, Amra’s little cat shelter in Tuzla.

Please visit Amra’s first blog… Good bye M(s). She wrote about Milo so beautifully….. please send her your love and healing for her broken heart.

Perhaps the best way to show her some support is to help with the cats she looks after… you can ‘like’ the Angel’s Rest Facebook Page, you can join the Angel’s Rest Facebook Group. You can offer to be a virtual adopter of one of the cats or kittens, sending a small monthly donation, or you can send a one-off donation for food and kitty litter via Paypal to:
P1010495ernaerf@gmail.com – please mark for ‘Angel’s Rest’.

Andrea Kalman, her two eight-year old twins and I visited Angel’s Rest in September. The first thing we noticed was that the little apartment smelled so clean, so good. Given how many cats Amra takes care of, this is an astonishing feat. And also – all the cats were so happy and healthy! Yes, there were a few grumpy moments between one or two cats, but most cats prefer to be solitary and really do not like to be in a group of other cats (unless they are family). But these cats…. they played, they cuddled, they purred, they smelled delicious. It was truly cat heaven.

AmraAmra is a talented, educated, beautiful young woman. Like so many of the rescuers in Bosnia Herzegovina. She is living in a country where she cannot get work, certainly not using her skills (she has a degree in arts production). Any work available does not pay enough to live on. She cannot leave the country as it costs too much to get visas.. and where would she go? Until one of us wins the lottery… in the meantime she has to try to stay sane in a country that is listed as number ONE of all countries the citizens are most dissatisfied with. Incredibly high unemployment rates, corruption in government. Almost everyone I met in Bosnia was depressed, or worse.

And if you are an animal lover, it is hell on earth. Bosnia Herzegovina has some of the highest number of animal abuse reports to international welfare organisations…

amra1618650_10202604531048346_730462170_nHow someone like Amra who is so sensitive, who loves animals so much, who does everything she can for them… how she manages to survive mentally and emotionally, I don’t know. I know it’s hard for her, I know she has very dark times.

So please reach out and keep visiting Amra’s new blog THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CRAZY CAT LADY.

Let’s show her that she has a huge family, a community who care, who are listening.

Photographs of our visit to Angel’s Rest…..

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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.

 

 

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Yet another brutal dog murder in Bosnia Herzegovina

Pas_1A dog was strangled to death with antenna cable in Slatina district of Sarajevo, reported today on Radiosarajevo.ba: New Atrocity Against Animals.

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English translation of some of the article:

“Violence against animals is becoming more common throughout Bosnia Herzegovina, and the most recent case of torture and murder of animals took place in Sarajevo. On Sunday, 9 March,  a dog was found strangled by an antenna cable,  by a dumpster in the area of Slatina municipality Centre, Sarajevo.

The women who found the dog tried to find someone who could help. They called the vet, the police, the veterinary inspectors,  inspectors for the protection and welfare of animals from the Veterinary Office. The most common answer to these calls was that Sunday was not a working day, and that they are not to be disturbed and no longer bother with reports of this kind….

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Then they approached the Sarajevo Cantonal inspection to order an autopsy of the dog’s body which they drove to the Veterinary Faculty in Sarajevo, to determine the cause and time of death in order to detect and punish the offender in accordance with the criminal law and the FBiH Law on Protection and Welfare of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where stray and abandoned dogs have the right to be free from torture and killing, and the right to legal protection.

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As a reminder, violence toward animals has long been known as a dangerous indicator of psychopathology, which applies not only to animals, but can also lead to human victims…”

Rest in peace beautiful dog. May justice be served.
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NOTE: Those of you who have been monitoring the proposed amendments to the animal welfare laws in BiH, the next session of the House of Peoples is scheduled for March 12. Presumably they will vote on the amendments during this session.

Related posts:

Another Dog Tortured by Wire in Bosnia
DOG TORTURED IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA!
More than 40 killed dogs found in garbage dump
Poisoning of Dogs and Cats in Glamoc, Bosnia Herzegovina
Puppy burned alive in Bosnia Herzegovina!
Mass Murder of Dogs in Bosnia Herzegovina
Dog Massacre in Dobosnica, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia
Dog Beheaded in Bosnia

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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.

Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia

Pas ugiba Foto Bug ba (10)avaz.ba article: Mass Poisoning of Dogs in Bugojno, Bosnia (in Serbo-Croatian) additional photographs can be found with the article. Translation of an excerpt:

“Representatives of Flekica, the Association for the Protection of Animals in Bugojno, are outraged at a recent case of stray dog poisoning at the beginning of Ramadan. This is not the first case of poisoning stray dogs in Bugojno municipality. All previous investigations have shown that the poisonings were deliberate, by still unknown and irresponsible individuals…” Pas ugiba Foto Bug ba (23)The above photograph shows a group of local children who wanted to help one of the dogs. They managed to gather 50 KM (35 USD) to pay for the dog’s euthanasia so that it would not suffer, but no vet was available.Pas ugiba Foto Bug ba (27)

Admira el Falah, the president of Flekica, the Association for the Protection of Animals in Bugojno posted the video below, stating: “Despite all of my grief and horror watching this I had to share it. This killing of the oldest dog in Bugojno who was in his old age, a peaceful and good dog tended by the entire village, who especially loved children. He wasn’t afraid of people, he loved dear souls in torment and welcomed me always with wagging tail…”

Warning: distressing footage:

Bugojno is the same town where a girl threw puppies into a river, documented on video here (warning, distressing footage).

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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.

Kitten Beaten to Death in Bosnia

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Translation of “Beaten Kitten” July 3, 2013, Taco.net
Author: Jelena Paunovic

Two days ago in Dobrinja, Sarajevo was reported a new case in a series of animal abuse cases. The target of the abuser this time was a helpless kitten. According to many neighbors, the kitten was beaten  to death with awooden plank by a man called Nazif Hodzić.

“This is not the first time that Nazif beat to death one of the local kittens. Last week he violently beat up a kitten until he broke the kitten’s spine. The kitten succumbed to injuries and died. I am retired and I have no money, but I take food from my own mouth to feed the cats every day. I lost a son in the war and the cats are the only ones in this world who give me comfort and hope,” said a weeping Meira Dragovac, who takes care of stray cats in her neighbourhood.

Meira Meira Dragovac at the scene

Activists of “Angel“, the Association for Animal Protection and Health, reported the  case to the  veterinary inspection and Police department in Novi Grad. Police arrived shortly after the call and drew up an official note. Since the activists only learned about this whole case through social networks a day after the incident actually happened, the notification to the veterinary inspection was submitted late last night. Activists  announced that they will bring criminal charge against the perpetrator of this monstrous crime.

Every time you encounter a new case of animal abuse, you always inevitably wonder if it will ever end. This kitten did not represent any threat or danger to anyone. We immediately took the kitten to the vet, but it could not be saved. We had to put him to sleep. To cause such injuries to an innocent creature could be done only  by someone with a serious mental disorder“, said Edina Pasić-Korjenić from “Angel“.

Video of the kitten fighting for his life after the arrival of the activists

In an informal conversation Nazif Hodzić denied that he seriously hurt the kitten. He said that he just chased cats out of his yard because they foul his garden.

This garden does not belong to him! In front of our building there are two small gardens, one is maintained by myself and the other by him. Over time, by an unwritten law, he proclaimed that part of the garden as his property. In addition to killing the animals, Nazif threatened us daily. I am ashamed to think of all the insults which we are daily exposed. A number of times he wanted to beat us. Simply, it does not suit him for anyone to want to live normally:  people, nature and animals,“ Ms.Dragovac  commented.

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After the kitten was euthanized, the activists called the local pound whose duty it is to pick up animal corpses. They did not answer neither our nor the phone calls from the police officers. Just to mention again that their PR Ahmed Djipa  stated in January 2013 that they are working 24/7 and that they are always there to help the citizens; and yet after just 7 months, no one is answers their “hot line” number 033/713-510.

If all this will remain just another in a series of crimes against animals without punishment, it remains to be seen.

Note: this is a translation of an article on Tacno.net “Beaten Kitten” July 3, 2013
Author: Jelena Paunovic

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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.

In Memory of Oldie

59648_523364241007190_111360791_nI am hearbroken to tell you that beautiful Oldie died on Wednesday night after a heart attack. Oldie was rescued from a river in Sarajevo last September, most likely put there deliberately to drown.

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Thanks to donations he was put into the best pension in the city, and would have gone to England this June with a home recently promised by Blind Dog Rescue UK.
65296_523364337673847_1559543128_nI know Almir Kuduz took special care of this lovely dog. He immediately contacted Arijana and Jelena after the heart attack. Oldie waited for them to arrive before he finally closed his eyes forever.

Almir wrote this yesterday:

“When I, and it was a few months ago, described this aloof and dear Grandpa, I never dreamed that the day would come that I would be the one to consecrate him back to the river.

Last night, at 21.40 Oldie’s heart stopped. The vet and the entire team gathered around him … but nothing could postpone the inevitable.

And in the final hours of his life, Oldie did something for which I will always remember him, and not just me. Arijana and Jelena will also remember. With foreboding that Oldie will die, the two of them came to be with him.

Oldie waited for them. He waited and then gave them the last half minute of his life. While we were all beside him, Oldie sent them one last long look,  rocked a little on his paws and sank to the floor.

So much more heart left for the end.

Oldie waited to give them the gift of that last look, his thank you for being rescued from the river Bosne, and for those who have taken care of him all these months and tried to find him a home.

Foster parents were never found … but home was here. Here Oldie had grass and flowers. He had people who loved him. Oldie had a home.

I will miss his dancing and tapping paws at the door of his compartment, while waiting to go for a walk.

And I will miss his grey muzzle and dark eyes. His peace and serenity. His clumsy attempts to play and curry favour, at least as much as his old bones would allow.

He went out where he will forever have a piece of grass and his eternal peace.

Rest Oldie, my good old man.”

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Thank you to everyone who donated to keep Oldie off the streets and at King Pension so his last months could be spent in a safe and loving environment.

Please note that there are other rescues desperately seeking homes. We have a transport to the UK booked for mid June and need to find 5 more homes for our rescues to make the June transport successful. Please spread the word as much as possible and view all the dogs at 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 Beheaded in Bosnia

549354_4326621764291_140681260_nThis week in Hadžići near Sarajevo, a young stray dog was brutally murdered, his decapitated body left on the ground. It appears that the dog was beaten and tortured with acid and water. The head was left as a ‘trophy’.
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News report here, translation:

422579_10200730332483475_1954580101_nAfter the photos appeared on the Internet of the head of the dog, animal rights activists went to the scene and found a horrible sight. Headless corpse of a dog was lying abandoned on the ground. Among the activists was Jelena Paunović, vice president of “Život“, who appealed for the discovery and punishment of the perpetrators of this heinous act. “This is another in a series of heinous crimes of abandoned animals. Animal rights activists are daily witnesses to violations of Bosnian animal welfare law. violence against animals is just one step away from violence against people. When someone who is considered ‘normal’ uses a sharp object to behead a three-month puppy and then leaves the body and the head as a trophy, it remains only to wonder what this man tomorrow might do to a child. We have reported the incident to the Hadžići police and hope that in this case, the offender will be punished,” said Paunović for the portal Klix.ba.

554150_10200730329043389_796843319_nDogs are routinely brutalised in Bosnia-Herzegovina and found with horrific injuries  – see the recent post It just doesn’t stop…. Sarajevo, and of course the story of Vučko, whose torture by firecracker was never brought to justice.

What can be done? It seems that the police are not interested in investigating such crimes. The general view about dogs in this country is very poor and the fact that there is such a terrible problem with strays does not help. Ultimately there needs to be a concerted effort by the government to instigate humane dog control programs and public education about responsible dog ownership and the humane treatment of all animals.

In the meantime funds are needed to care for advocacy work and to care for injured animals. We are also sponsoring 23 rescued strays in ‘pension’ and funds are desperately needed to keep these beautiful dogs safe off the street – and safe from people who want to hurt them –  until we find caring forever homes.

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DONATIONS
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the 23 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.

 

End of a Year

This website was started in June 2012. I’ve just received year-end statistics from WordPress: 41,000 views. The most views are on this home page/blog of the site, with “HOW TO HELP” as the page with the next greatest number of views. I feel heartened by this. Perhaps it is possible to make a substantial difference to the lives of stray dogs and cats in Bosnia.

I can say ‘we’ now: in the past months a small group of people have joined forces with me to help. I am very grateful for this, and very grateful for all the support and encouragement and financial donations made to visitors of this site.

We now have a group and page on Facebook:
Animal Advocates for Bosnia – group – best for discussions
Animal Advocates for Bosnia – page – best for being able to ‘share’ posts
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And shortly we will have a new website focussing on adoptions.

This is one of our priorities: to find forever homes for nearly 30 dogs that Jelena and her animal welfare activists have rescued and put into pension or foster care. The monthly cost of keeping these dogs safe off the street is very high: well over 1500 euros ($2000 USD) per month, and this does not include any veterinary care.  Too much time is taken up trying to raise the funds to keep the dogs safe – time that could probably be better spent in advocacy, education and outreach programmes. As soon as the new adoption website is up I will make an announcement, but in the meantime photographs of some of the dogs up for adoption can be found on the Photos pages of the Facebook group and page.

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Jenny, Arca and Grace – all needing forever homes

Many of you have been very generous with donations. Thank you.

Unfortunately there is still so much to be done, and I cannot but help think the only way is if we can involve international organisations in spay-neuter programmes. The 11,000 strays in Sarajevo will only increase. We have been working on involving such organisations, but it’s a slow process as the information required by these organisations is not so easily obtained in Bosnia.

I have no news from Dogs Trust Bosnia on the investigation into the Hreša ‘shelter’ ( Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four ), but we are preparing a letter to Dogs Trust UK that will give feedback to them on a meeting between representatives from DT UK, DT Bosnia and a few local animal welfare groups. I will let you know the outcome.

I have some very sad news.

Lilly was put to sleep this morning.
If you don’t know Lilly’s story, please read ‘Saving Lilly’.

In spite of the very best efforts, Lilly was not doing well at all, as you can see by these photographs taken a few days ago. He had an advanced form of distemper.
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Almir Kuduz of King Pension, where Lilly spent his last days under intensive care, wrote the following:

After 32 days of fighting, this morning Lilly received eternal peace through his veins. He came to a point where it was no longer possible to do anything other than let this beauty to embark on his last journey.

Perhaps because of some similarities with my first dog, King, Lilly has had and will always have a special place in me.I’m sorry that Lilly did not arrive earlier, while there was still time for things to turn for the better, but now it’s all over. Sleep peacefully Lilly, proud beauty.

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R.I.P. beautiful Lilly

Sadly there is always another desperate case. Right this minute I have been told of a dog found in Sarajevo with a bullet wound, needing immediate veterinary care.

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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.