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Meet the strays of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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.

Bosnia is a small country in South-East Europe.

Unfortunately, the horrible effects of the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia are still felt today. 

Intolerance and division hold the country back from economic growth. Poverty and lack of education are causing decades-old social problems to resurface. For the many Bosnian people who want to make a difference, these 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.

Where Duga comes in...

Duga is a second chance.

Without any government support, Tinka Anic, her family, and a small handful of volunteers opened Duga home for stray dogs in Livno, Bosnia. 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 commit their lives to 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.

With the help of a few generous volunteers, Tinka's father built the Duga dog house and fences using donated material.

 With the help of donations and volunteers, the team at Duga was able to build their first large dog house to keep everyone warm during the cold Bosnian winters.

With the help of donations and volunteers, the team at Duga was able to build their first large dog house to keep everyone warm during the cold Bosnian winters.

Tinka and Sivko. Sivko and 4 of his sisters were found in a box on the streets of Sarajevo and brought to Duga as tiny palm-sized puppies. Look at him now! He needs a LOT of food!

“Duga” (pronounced “dooga”) means rainbow in Bosnian.

In Greco-Roman mythology, the rainbow was considered to be a path made by the goddess Iris between Earth and Heaven.

 Tinka has dedicated her life to rescuing stray dogs, but she can't do it by herself!

Tinka has dedicated her life to rescuing stray dogs, but she can't do it by herself!

Photos from Duga

Where our DONORS come in…

Without generous help from people like you, Duga cannot exist. The Duga Doggies are completely dependant on donations.

Food

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. 

Shelter

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 his daughter, 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.

 There are A LOT of hungry mouths to feed at Duga!

There are A LOT of hungry mouths to feed at Duga!

The dog house provides the dogs with a shelter from the elements, but not the cold. Every winter the house must be filled with straw for insulation.

The Duga dog house being built.

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This puppy was poisoned and had to be rushed to an animal hospital in Bihac, approximately 200km away from Livno.

This is little Elly at the vet. Elly came to Duga with an irreversibly injured hind leg that recently had to be amputated. Money is always needed to provide life-changing medical care and surgeries like this.

Please help Duga TODAY.

100% of your donation will go toward food, veterinary care, and shelter. With your help Duga can continue to save stray dogs in Livno and all over Bosnia.

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