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.
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.
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.
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!
At home in Nevada
In Bosnia with a friend
A grown-up Zossy in Nevada