It is estimated that there are over 200,000 abused and neglected dogs desperate for loving homes in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Let's put this into perspective.
A small country in South-East Europe, Bosnia & Herzegovina was devastated by war little more than 20 years ago.
Unfortunately, horrible effects are still felt today. For the many Bosnian people who want to make a difference and move forward, social and economic circumstances are a huge obstacle.
Bosnia is smaller than Newfoundland.
Its population of 3.829M is only 10% of Canada's.
There is 1 stray dog for approximately every 20 people in Bosnia. Compared to Canada’s stray population, which is roughly 1 dog for every 700 Canadians, this number is shockingly high. Furthermore, the vast majority of strays in Canada are waiting for adoption in safe and humane shelters.
Duga is a second chance.
Without any government support, Tinka Anic, her family, and a small handful of volunteers opened Duga Home for Strays just outside of the small south-eastern city of Livno. They dedicate themselves to changing the lives of as many stray dogs and cats as they can. Currently at Duga there are 30 dogs and 7 cats.
The welfare of these innocent creatures rests in the hands of people like Tinka who dedicate their lives to fostering and finding loving homes for strays. These lucky pups are finally given the chance to experience a life of which they are worthy—one filled with health, comfort, love, and true happiness.
“Duga” (pronounced “dooga”) means rainbow.
In Greco-Roman mythology, the rainbow was considered to be a path made by the goddess Iris between Earth and Heaven.
Where our DONORS come in…
Without generous help from people like you, Duga cannot exist. The Duga Doggies are completely dependant on donations.
Food is always in short supply. One month of food to feed everyone is $800—which increases as more dogs come to Duga. It is very difficult to bring dog food into Bosnia from countries like Germany where dog food is cheaper. Instead, Tinka relies on monetary funds to buy dog food within Bosnia.
Like food, shelter and warmth are necessities but also huge expenses. Duga is located outside of Livno, which is in the Bosnian Alps. Winter in the mountains is very harsh, snowy, and cold. The Duga shelter compound is modest—a tiny and old house for people, and a dog house. Straw is used as insulation and is constantly needed in large amounts. One day the Duga team hopes raise enough funds to properly insulate their dog house.
Veterinary Care & Medication
Providing veterinary care and medication for everyone at Duga is very expensive. To control population growth, all the dogs that come to Duga are sterilized. Every summer, Dr. Serge and Dr.Nevena travel to Bosnia and spend a week spaying, neutering and performing other medical procedures and treatments for sick and injured dogs. However, veterinary care is needed all year round. Bosnian vets find most of their work with livestock on farms, and very rarely treat small animals like cats and dogs. Rouge Valley Veterinary Hospital and Duga work together to build and educate a network of caring and passionate vets who will be able to treat and sterilize strays in Livno.