If you have a question on how to help that is not answered below, please email AWABosnia at

There are three ways to help. Donations; advocacy and adopting or sponsoring a rescue and fundraising.

If you search the web, you can raise funds just by using the EasyFundraising search bar: – you can raise 0.5p for Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia Herzegovina everytime you search the web. Also, if you live in the UK and do online shopping, if you join EasyFundraising,  you can allocate “Animal Welfare Advocates For Bosnia” to receive a percentage of your purchase cost, paid for by the retailer – with no extra payment by you. Sign up here:

Please contribute so animal welfare advocates can make a difference to the lives of stray and abandoned dogs. On the website Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation that will then get distributed to the rescuers; or if you prefer to make a one off contribution, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: – Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.



1. Write letters to your embassy representative in Bosnia:

To find your Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina go here:
Finding any MEP in Europe – a ‘Euromap’
Finding any MEP by the alphabetical name list can be done via the following link:


2. Write letters to international animal welfare organisations – google this for email addresses or go here on Wikipedia for information


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. 

To convert Euros into Dollars, use this website.

AWABosnia relies 100% on donations from their supporters around the world. Money is needed for advocacy work, spay-neuter programs, emergency cases of animal abuse or injury, for food for the 11,000+ strays on the streets of Sarajevo and to keep rescued strays safe in pension. All donations are acknowledged by the AWABosnia administrators and all donations go directly to the animals.

Vučko is dead. But you can help something good come out of his suffering by supporting  animal welfare volunteers in Bosnia.

Any amount will help, no matter how small. If everyone who signed the petitions seeking justice for Vučko’s killers, donated one dollar or one Euro, a profound difference would be made to the lives of the abused and abandoned dogs and cats in Sarajevo and other areas of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Right now volunteers are struggling 24/7 to rescue, feed and take care of the strays. If they were given adequate funding they would have more time to continue with campaigning the government to get abuse laws enforced and set up proper groups to ensure the welfare of animals.

If you are able to sponsor or adopt a dog from Bosnia Herzegovina, please see the AWABosnia Facebook page.

A list of relevant costs regarding helping a dog within Sarajevo:

Placing a dog / cat in a pension or ‘pet hotel’. These are much better than putting a dog in a shelter where conditions are usually completely inhumane. One day at the pension costs approximately 5-8 or even 20 KM per day (2,55 EUR, 2,14 GBP, 3.2 US$/ 4,09 EUR, 3,42 GBP, 5.13 US$/10.22 EUR, 8.25 GBP, 12.83 US$) – or 90 – 120 euros /115 – 160 USD per month, including food. An animal can stay at the pension only if the stay is regularly covered and if finding a permanent / foster home for that animal is in progress;

In case you are  willing to adopt a dog /cat or be a sponsor, the overall costs are :

  • 34 KM (17,38 EUR, 12,42 GBP) a vaccine against infectious diseases ( distemper and canine parvovirus). Revaccination costs the same. This vaccine isn’t needed for an animal to enter the EU territory but it is highly advisable for a dog / cat to receive this vaccine. Due to the poor immune system these animals have after a life spent on the streets, it is also highly recommended for an animal to be placed in pension after it has received this vaccine.
  • 20 KM (10,22 EUR, 8,56 GBP) a microchip;
  • Spaying costs between120-200 KM (60 – 100 Euros) depending on size of the dog. Neutering males is much cheaper: around 40 Euros (80KM);
  • 12 euros is the cost of Frontline ampoule (anti flea & anti tick product ) , the price depends on the dog’s size ;
  • 2 euros pill against internal parasites;
  • 3 euros BiH pet passport ;
  • 25 euros Veterinary certificate ;
  • 10 euros, Vet examination prior to departure
  • Transportation costs of a dog / cat is arranged between the persons who adopt the dog / cat and the person who drives the animal to them. From Hungary to UK the cost is around £230, and cost of transporting a dog from Sarajevo to Hungary range from 100 – 200 euros.

For more information on adoption or sponsorship please contact us.


  • Please see ACTION TO TAKE about other ways to help the strays in Bosnia Herzegovina.
  • Please sign the petitions

35 thoughts on “HOW TO HELP

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  2. I’m trying to think how to be helpful to this cause. As I read this I try to think like others might. There are many scams out there, and potential donors become fearful, especially when recipients are out of the country. Can you post more to assure people that any money sent will truly go directly to help animals? Maybe you can think of ways to give people confidence in donating. Potential donors must be certain funds will not be redirected or misused in any way. It sounds like a horrific situation and I believe the key to getting more donations might be what I have written.

    • Thanks Janet. I’m not sure what else I can do – I have stated that receipts will be sent on if required, and anyone on Facebook can friend Jelena and see her album of receipts. If you have any other suggestions please let me know!

  3. Thank you for exposing this. Keep yourself safe and don’t give up. We must petition the EU to get involved. You need a trust worthy body in your country, we have the RSPCA who we trust in the UK. I believe you need the backing of European MP’s to assist you. I will spread the word via face book and ask my friends to also. I will write as you have asked.

  4. I think Janet’s comments are very astute. I share the same concern and am not sure how to address the problem. Has there been any media coverage of these tragedies in Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina? If so, it may be a good idea to offer links to some of this coverage, even if it is in the native language. This may lend some credence to the posts and may allay some of the fears people may have. Personally, I wish I could donate, but I have no money to give. When I do, however, I would like to help.

  5. What is wrong with Crazy People who abuse & torture little Pets Animals in our World??? They are such innocent Pets & Animals and God’s Creatures!!!! God is watching!!!! I’m so Saddened to see and hear about this!!!! ❤ Ruby

  6. Extremly sad:(. I will never understand what causes humans to do thi to Gods beautiful gifts. I could not imagine my life without my kitty,, and i Pray that one day soon, there will be tough laws to END ALL Animal cruelty.. This has gotten so out of hand.. God Bless The Suffering babies all over this world..

  7. This whole chain of stories are the most disgusting thing about humans I have heard in quite some time. I realize the country has/is going through some tough times but after hearing these atrocities I would hope all the humans would kill each other off. For weather or not they were involved they should have stopped it because people knew it was going on. I hope the poor dogs you rescued all recover and find kind loving people to give them a happy forever home where the can learn to be happy and play.
    Best of luck and hope for the Dogs and bless you for the work you do. I am sorry I don’t barely have enough money to live or I would sponsor or if it is possible since I live in the US adopt one.

  8. so glad someone is the voice of compassion and reason for Bosnian animals. heartbreaking. i live above bosnians here in the u.s. and we had a couple of adorable woodchucks w a burrow under the porch. i used to talk to them and feed them peanuts. i especially remember the baby, at first shy, but I reassured him and he listened to me and realized i was his (her?) friend. Then they disappeared. One terrible day I was walking nearby and came upon a dead woodchuck on the road, there was a string tied around him and he apparently had been dragged to death and left to die. his mouth was open in pain and the agony of a painful death. I asked the bosnians downstairs if they knew what had happened to the woodchucks and they said no. in June last year they slaughtered a young sheep on the property, against my pleas not to. I didn’t see it, thankfully, but smelled blood on the ground when I went in the backyard for some time. When I spoke to the mother, she informed me people kill animals all the time. I of course know that. other behavior and things make me wonder what kind of people they really are. they can be really nice to people, but nice people can be barbaric at times. is it a muslim precept to be cruel?? I wish I could help w money but have barely enough for me and my birds. I will help in other ways, thank you for caring and helping these innocent victims.

    • Thanks Linda. Sadly cruelty to animals happens in all countries, by people of all faiths. The situation in Bosnia is complex – it’s no excuse but we do have to take into account the horrific wars and genocide that has occurred here — for centuries, and that day-to-day living is very hard – most people live under the poverty line and struggle just to put food on the table. Add to this that corruption is rife everywhere. It’s an awful situation for animals and people alike. And because the situation with strays has got so out of hand, there are packs of them roaming the cities – people are afraid, and fear makes people do terrible things.

  9. First of all – any dog from a third world country has to be quarenteened for 30 – 90 days. They are placed in holding compartments in Canada and are checked out by a Vet. This cost is past onto any adpoting family. It is a precaution to all Canada about the spread of any diseases. Is that fair to any of the animals? Secondly: The cost passed onto the adoptive famaily can be very high. On top of paying for shipping to have this added on
    is Unbelievable. And to think they could have gone to the local S.P.C.A. and gotten a dog of any size for a fraction of the cost. Healthy, neutered or spayed with shots and a collar with tags. The same rule applies to the United states. Perhaps Europe is the place for them and the climate is not so severe as Canada and the United States. I am only thinking of the animals. We have plenty of dogs and cats and rabbits right here to take care of. I suppose it is a case of “Not In My Back Yard”!!!!

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

    • Miriam, thank you. You will soon receive an acknowledgement letter detailing what the money is used for. If you wish it to be used for a particular case, cause, dog etc, then do let me know. We work with a number of activists in Bosnia and if you need receipts from them to show what the money is used for we can obtain these too.

      • Hi, please just end the cruelty to dogs. Dogs save lives of humans, they help the blind.
        Please teach people just this. I hope I will receive some good news from you.
        take care, and hug all the dogs from me. I love them, I love you,

  11. R.I.P. Vučko.
    You are in my Heart. And you, you and you too… and many other Vučko too.
    My Heart is crying for Vučko, for all the Vučko everywhere in the world.
    You are suffering and dying in the name of human folly.

    Love You.

  12. Today I am planning to do a fundraising/collection in my local supermarket foyer. Never done this before, so learning what to do, and how. Hopefully it should happen quite soon, when I can get it all set up. The shelter in Gladno Polje made me cry for those sweet dogs. And I know the volunteers are helping all they can. Blessings to all those who care about these animals, and are giving so much to help them.

  13. I have to wait until 10 January to do the storefront fundraising. But am looking for other opportunities also & will let you know in advance what I am doing. I am in UK by the way. Just want to do something to help these dogs & volunteers. Blessings to all of you who help them.

    • As having 4 dogs as a member of my family, 2 are rescue I applaud you for your effort and dedication. I am a Vietnam disabled Vet and am not in a position to help financially or I certainly would but you have my spiritual an morale support in your efforts. I wish you all the best and success in the great work you are doing.

  14. Kindness and compassion is so needed, Stephen. The love from your heart towards these poor souls and those kind humans on ‘the front line’ there, will help them all. Blessings to you and your dogs xx

  15. Hi I am horrified with your situation and try my best to help sending emails etc but you are right no one cares it’s so sad I send a small amount weekly that’s all I can do but good luck to you I am glad that you care and someone is helping these poor dogs xx

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