Saving Arca

While my focus these days is to tell you about the horrific plight of dogs in state ‘shelters’ (please see Horror Camps for Animals in Bosnia) every day there are crisis  cases found by Jelena Paunović and the other animal welfare activists. One that particularly touches my heart is Arca.

Arca is not even a year old. She was found on Sunday the 18th of November near one of Sarajevo’s gymnasiums. Her left rear paw is gone, dropped off from some awful injury (who knows what, probably a car accident), but healed, by itself, apparently without veterinary assistance. On the street.

But… she was found with a several day old terrible injury on her right rear paw. This injury had dead and infected tissue. The visible part of the bone had changed the color to gray, which is not a good sign or a good prognosis.

Throughout her body there are are less visible wounds, scratches and contusions. She could only move using her front legs, dragging her hind legs behind her. She was brought immediately to the vet and to King Pension which has an excellent record for caring for very injured dogs.

On Tuesday the 21st she was operated on. The wound was cleaned, withered tissue removed and much of the wound has closed. That which could not be closed will be treated daily until healed. Another veterinary investigation is scheduled for Friday.

Funds were raised to cover initial veterinary fees and her stay at King Pension (the latter costs 120 euros/ $155 a month), but she will need more funds to ensure she makes a complete recovery and can stay the winter at King Pension. As per usual in Bosnia, there are no foster homes available for this poor dog, but she needs such ongoing care that she is better off right now at King Pension. She will also need her vaccinations and to be spayed. Spaying costs approximately 80 – 100 euros, vaccinations 10 – 20 Euros each. She may also need a dog ‘wheelchair’ to help her get around if the new injury does not heal.

If you think you can offer Arca a forever home, please contact me. It is possible to adopt dogs out of Bosnia, into the USA or other parts of Europe. It’s difficult, but possible. Tinchicy, a disabled dog who was in a state shelter in Sarajevo, was adopted by Tracy Fry in Victoria, Canada, and Loppy – who you can read about here – will be soon in the UK with Sheila Prestwich. It takes a lot of fundraising and effort, but where there is love, there is a way.

Please donate to ensure that Arca receives all the care and time she needs and for a possible re-location outside of Bosnia (this costs from $500 – $1000), even just one dollar or euro will help.

UPDATE November 22: Enough funds have come in for 2 months pension and her veterinary care! Thank you everyone!

UPDATE February 22, 2013: Arca has been adopted in Slovenia, in a lovely home where she has the company of two cats and two dogs. All of them have some handicap, and are taken very good care of.

______________________________________________

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.

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, 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 slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

Oldie needs a home…

I’ve mentioned Oldie before, the dog saved from drowning in a river in Sarajevo. We managed to raise enough money to put him in pension for a couple of months, and perhaps longer if the monthly donations promised come through. However, he needs a long-term home. We don’t know what his earlier life was like, but most likely not good. It is almost certain he was left in the river to die deliberately.

He has been pronounced fit to travel, even though he is a little slow and hard of hearing and his sight isn’t so good. He’ll need  his vaccinations for his Pet Passport and so on, so we need to fundraise for that. I might be able to get him to the UK via Germany, and I estimate the cost to be around 700 euros total, maybe a bit more.

Please donate, even just one dollar or euro will help. And if you think you can offer Oldie  a home, please contact me.

______________________________________________

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.

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, 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 slideshow requires JavaScript.

Help Save Laki and Mima

Laki is behind, Mima in front. Both these lovely dogs were run over by cars at the age of 2 months in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Mima

Mima was run over intentionally, along with 3 of her siblings. Two of her siblings died, the other was rescued. The rest of her four siblings were taken away by a man and never heard of again, except for Mima who was rescued by Arijana, one of the freelance animal welfare volunteers in Sarajevo. Arijana raised funds for Mima’s operation, and she now has a bar in her leg, but she manages just fine. She is now about 6 months old, living in King Pension which costs 120 euros a month.

Mima when she was first found and her wound:

Mima as she is now, aged 6 months:

LAKI

Laki has the same story: a 2 month old puppy run over by a car, his front leg crushed. No one wanted him and he was left on the street until Arijana rescued him. He was also operated on, thanks to donations, and he also has a bar in his leg. He and Mima are best friends and he lives in King Pension, is now 6 months old.

When he was first found, and after his operation:

Laki as he is now, in King Pension:

puppies together

Arijana does not have the money to keep Laki and Mima at King Pension. They are looked after very well there, this pension is the best in Bosnia. But now Arijana does not know what to do.

If you can sponsor Laki or Mima or if you would like to adopt them, please contact me.

Please contribute, even just one dollar or euro will help keep these dogs off the streets.

______________________________________________

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.

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, 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 slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Beautiful dogs need loving homes!

Jelena Paunović is a tireless savior of stray and abused dogs in Sarajevo. She has given foster homes to the following five dogs. These dogs need permanent homes, and if you adopt one of them, it will enable Jelena to rescue more dogs. The dogs are healthy, happy and will make loving, loyal pets. Please contact me or Jelena directly via her Facebook page.

It’s easy to adopt animals from Bosnia and have them brought to most countries in the EU. Even if you live in the US or elsewhere the procedure is not complicated. You can find out more details here at Pet Travel.

Shugy is a wonderful, two-year old female lassie mix dog. She was attacked by other dogs when she was a little puppy and was saved, just, by veterinary surgeons. barely. Jelena met her at the vet and decided to give Shugy a foster home. Since then over a year has past and she still is looking for a long-term home. She is playful, smart, likes cats, children and toys.

__________________________________________________

This is Tugomir. He is about two years old. He lived on the street before Jelena saved him.  He lives with four other dogs, also saved by Jelena. Tugomir is a wonderful dog who knows how to live in the house. He is looking for a home where he will be happy and loved. If you adopt Tugomir you will enable Jelena to save another dog.

__________________________________________________

This is Mother Puppy. She has this name because she is mother of Puppy – a puppy Jelena adopted. She is about three years old. She is calm and shy and very loyal. She is 46cm tall, her waist is 61 cm and from the base of her neck to her tail she is 52 cm long.

__________________________________________________

This is Bubi. She is one year and a half. She is a very friendly and playful dog. She likes to run and jump around. She will be a perfect dog for someone who has a big backyard. She likes to be petted and she likes other dogs and people of all ages. Bubi is 46cm tall, 57cm around her waist and from the base of her neck to her tail she is 60cm long.

__________________________________________________

__________________________________________________


~

Other animals needing homes can be seen on Jelena Paunović’s Facebook page; Av-Mau’s Prihvatilište KS-Prača dog shelter’s Facebook group here, Av-Mau’s  Facebook group, AVLIJANERI Association for Animal Protection and Welfare in Bosnia and Herzegovina Facebook group and Milena Malasevic’s Saving Suffering Strays Facebook page.