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AWAbosnia is a group of animal welfare advocates who live outside of Bosnia Herzegovina but who are dedicated to assisting and supporting animal welfare groups within the country.
What we do:

  • Raise awareness about the suffering of all animals in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Raise funds for local animal welfare groups to alleviate the suffering of animals in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Help locate long-term homes for rescued dogs and cats
  • Create and engage in specific international initiatives to highlight the plight of animals in the country and to collaborate with other animal welfare organisations, NGO’s, the European Parliament, Bosnian authorities and the Bosnian public to bring about a humane approach to animal welfare and animal control in the country

AWABosnia have assisted rescuers in finding homes for over 60 rescues from Bosnia Herzegovina. Some are now living in the UK, Germany, Slovenia and Spain, others as far away as the U.S.A. There are many still rescues needing forever homes. Please visit the Facebook group for more information. We also help run a Virtual Adoption programe and you will find details here.

We are beginning to fundraise for spay-neuter-release projects in Sarajevo. To start with we have a YouCaring for a group of strays who live around a factory: Fix the Factory Dogs

NEWS JUNE 2014: “Cyclists on the Ark is a wonderful fundraising venture that includes AWABosnia as one of their beneficiaries. Živoslav Stević, a 71 year old man and his daughter Milena, aged 35, are cycling 6500km across Europe in aid of the animals of Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. Their Facebook page contains information and daily updates of Zile’s and Milena’s trip. ”The kilometres you buy, we are going to cycle for you: as your deputy on site and on bike”. Donors receive as a gift in return three beautiful paintings sponsored by Matteo Sica’s ‘Colour Wave Art”. Article in Huffington Post 

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Zossy’s Amazing Journey

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In August 2012 ‘Zossy’ was just another kitten living rough on the streets of Sarajevo. Clearly handicapped by a severe eye infection, his rescuer Dzenana knew that there was little chance of Zossy surviving on the streets. With the help of the generous donations from his AWAB supporters, Zossy was operated on, though sadly the infected eye could not be saved.

A one-eyed cat would be particularly vulnerable back on the streets and finding a home for her in Bosnia was not going to be easy. Zossy’s life though was about to change forever. The little cat was offered a home in Los Angeles, USA! The only problem was that funds had to be raised for preparing Zossy and his travel costs to the US.

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Zossy at an early age

Again, our amazing supporters came to Zossy’s aid and via a Chipin account, raised enough to enable Zossy to fly to the US. In December 2012, Zossy accompanied by Jelena flew from Sarajevo to Ankara, Turkey where Zossy’s new carer Autumn took over responsibility of this very special passenger and Zossy and Autumn flew on together to Nevada, USA.

Although Zossy’s final destination and his forever home was to be Los Angeles, Autumn’s mum fell in love with our one-eyed friend and asked if she could adopt him. Fortunately his intended adopter in LA was in agreement as they had just taken on another rescue animal and were unsure if the two would get on anyway. So, the decision was made, Zossy’s new home was to be with Autumn’s mum in Nevada!

It’s now 3 months since Zossy (now renamed ‘Bunny’) arrived in the US and he’s loving every minute. Autumn says “Zossy/Bunny was just so charming, we all fell in love with him within hours! He’s the happiest little guy with the world’s SOFTEST fur. He also has short legs and a rather stumpy tail and loves to bounce, so that’s how he became Bunny.

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Happiness is a furry friend!

Our mournful old dog, Petey –another shelter rescue– has bonded with Bunny, and “protects” him when the other cats try to play. Bunny and Petey often sleep curled up together; sometimes Bunny will even throw a leg over Petey’s back!

Most of all though, Bunny loves human chins. He likes to snuggle his head under your jaw, and put both legs over your shoulders. He also loves to lick and nibble fingers. He’s so sweet and cheerful and trusting and affectionate, it’s hard to believe that just a short while ago, he was living injured and abandoned on Sarajevo’s streets. His bright little spirit has brought so much joy and love into our house. We’re grateful to all the people, particularly Jelena, who helped him find his way across the world to us”.

His bright little spirit has brought so much joy and love into our house. We’re grateful to all the people, particularly Jelena, who helped him find his way across the world to us.

Zossy is one of the lucky ones who now has a warm, loving home on the other side of the world. Sadly, he had to leave many of his equally deserving friends, back in Bosnia to their fate. AWAB is trying to make a difference in the country. Our hope is that with the help of our supporters, we can continue to contribute to the welfare of all animals in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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If you would like to help Bosnian animals like Zossy via either adoption, fostering or sponsorship, please see our How You Can Help and Adoption Guidance pages.

Thank you from Zossy!

Loppy and Billy are home!

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Two dogs rescued last year from the streets of Sarajevo have made it overland via Hungary to their forever homes in England. They arrived on the 10th of February and are settling in beautifully.

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Loppy and Billy enroute from Sarajevo to England.

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Loppy

If you have been reading our Vucko blog you will remember the story of Loppy, rescued in Sarajevo by Ismir Musić last September. He’d found several dogs including a mother dog and her puppies in an abandoned yard near his home. One of the puppies was very weak and died shortly afterwards. Ismir tried to keep the others safe and with funds raised he provided food for the dogs. Unfortunately some of the dogs – including the mother and her remaining puppies – disappeared and it is possible some of the dogs died due to an outbreak of canine parvovirus. But Loppy stayed in the area, and survived the outbreak. Ismir was able to keep an eye on him.

561879_503777669632514_794692054_nSheila Prestwich in Essex, England, found out about the situation from one of our Facebook groups and she took Loppy to her heart and committed to adopting him. With help from other donators, Loppy was taken to King Pension in Sarajevo where he was given a full veterinary check up and all his vaccinations. Sheila fundraised for several months for his care in this pension and for Loppy’s eventual travel to England and now Loppy is finally with her, where he has plenty of playmates – Sheila’s two boys Jake (13 yrs) and Alfie (4 yrs), Supie the cocker spaniel and Chocolate their hamster.  Loppy has never lived in someone’s house, but he’s adapting well and with Sheila’s love and dedication is already learning how to be housetrained.

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Loppy’s first meal at Sheila’s: a roast chicken dinner

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Loppy making friends with little Alfie

 

 

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Billy was first seen at the end of November last year, see our blog post: A Day in the Life of an Animal Activist in Sarajevo.

Jelena Paunović was searching for a dog who had been sighted with a terrible injury: his lower jaw shot off. Sadly the dog was only found days later and by then it was too late, he had died. But while Jelena was looking she did as she always does: feed strays. A beautiful labrador type dog climbed into the car window and didn’t want to leave. She had to let him go, but Julie Henretty from Gloucestershire saw his photo on the blog and read his story and felt she had to do something for a dog who seemed to be determined to be rescued.

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Billy and Loppy travelled together, driven overland from Sarajevo to the Hungarian border by Jelena and Ensar, and from there taken to England by a friend. It seems probably Billy was deliberately abandoned by someone, as he is so friendly with people.

He is young, very energetic and and doing very well at Julie’s.  He loves racing round in the snow throwing his tug toy up in the air and catching it. He has had his neutering operation on Tuesday, and is booked in for his first obedience class tomorrow.

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Billy with Jelena, enroute from Sarajevo to the UK

 

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Billy at home in England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more photographs of Loppy and Billy here.

If you think you can adopt, foster or sponsor a rescue from Bosnia-Herzegovina, then please view all the dogs who are desperately needing homes here. We have arranged transport from Sarajevo to the UK and can proceed as soon as 10 dogs are approved for adoption. Countries other than the UK can also be considered. Please contact us for more information and see our Adoption Guidance here.

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Safe haven for dogs and cats needs your help

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Fedin Gunić and his parents built a private shelter for dogs and cats in the Kozarac and Prijedor municipality of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a place where during Bosnian war in 1992 some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity occurred in Europe since WW2.

Fedin’s family were refugees in the war and only returned to their farm in 2002. Kittens and puppies were all the time being dumped on their farmland. They could not watch them starve or get run over by cars so they took them in and cared for them. In 2004 they built the shelter that now provides care for almost 60 dogs and 40 cats. The three of them do all this without having any material or financial benefit. They built the shelter using savings and bank loans, and have managed until recently.. read more

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Nova

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Rescued from a city park, Nova is calm, playful and loves a cuddle!

Name:
Dog/Cat:
Gender:
Date of birth:
Breed:
Colour:
Size:
Neutered/Spayed:
Vaccinated:
Vaccinated Rabies:
Microchipped:
Health/medical:
Health Certificate:
Character:
House-trained:
Likes other dogs:
Likes cats:
Likes children:
History & other details:
Nova
dog
f
01/07/2010
Mix
Black/beige
Large
yes
yes
yes
yes
healthy
yes
Calm, nice, playful, likes to cuddle
yes
yes
N/A
N/A
Rescued from city park.

How to Adopt Nova
All the dogs featured in our pages are available for adoption in the UK, throughout Europe and beyond. Please see our Adoption Guidance page for more information on adopting one of these beautiful dogs.

How to Sponsor Nova
Not ready to adopt, but you would like to help Nova?
Simply donate via your Paypal account to donations@awabosnia.org and mention “Nova” in the Paypal message box. For other sponsorship enquiries, please contact Sandra Jensen at info@awabosnia.org.

How to Donate
Please donate via your Paypal account to donations@awabosnia.org.

Where does my money go?
Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia is committed to total transparency in financial accountability. AWAbosnia volunteers are unpaid, therefore ALL donations go to the animals in need in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You can view our accounts here.

Want to know more?
Please join us on our other pages.
http://inmemoryofvucko.wordpress.com/
http://www.facebook.com/AWAbosnia
http://www.facebook.com/groups/AWAbosnia/
http://twitter.com/AWAbosnia

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Mama Puppy

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Rescued from a city park. Mama Puppy is quite timid.

Name:
Dog/Cat:
Gender:
Date of birth:
Breed:
Colour:
Size:
Neutered/Spayed:
Vaccinated:
Vaccinated Rabies:
Microchipped:
Health/medical:
Health Certificate:
Character:
House-trained:
Likes other dogs:
Likes cats:
Likes children:
History & other details:
Mama puppy
dog
f
01/07/2011
Mix
Brown/white
Medium
yes
yes
yes
yes
healthy
yes
Timid, calm.
yes
yes
N/A
N/A
Rescued her from city park in winter.

How to Adopt Mama Puppy
All the dogs featured in our pages are available for adoption in the UK, throughout Europe and beyond. Please see our Adoption Guidance page for more information on adopting one of these beautiful dogs.

How to Sponsor Mama Puppy
Not ready to adopt, but you would like to help Mama Puppy?
Simply donate via your Paypal account to donations@awabosnia.org and mention “Mama Puppy” in the Paypal message box. For other sponsorship enquiries, please contact Sandra Jensen at info@awabosnia.org.

How to Donate
Please donate via your Paypal account to donations@awabosnia.org.

Where does my money go?
Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia is committed to total transparency in financial accountability. AWAbosnia volunteers are unpaid, therefore ALL donations go to the animals in need in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You can view our accounts here.

Want to know more?
Please join us on our other pages.
http://inmemoryofvucko.wordpress.com/
http://www.facebook.com/AWAbosnia
http://www.facebook.com/groups/AWAbosnia/
http://twitter.com/AWAbosnia