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.
“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.
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 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 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.