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In Bosnia, Amila is out of kibble to feed street dogs, those in shelters will soon have nothing to eat either!
We visited the shelter on May 13th.k
To spare food, street dogs are only fed once a week, or even less: they will starve to death!
The 35 dogs hosted in the association's shelters, many of whom cannot be adopted, have no other hope: what will happen to them without kibble?
We want to help them by sending 2 000 kg of kibble as soon as possible.
At the head of 3 small shelters hosting a total of 35 dogs, Amila and the few other volunteers are very involved with the street dogs they cannot gather. But with a stock of dry food that is shrinking every day, with no prospect of being renewed, Amila had to make the difficult decision to stop most stray feedings....
"We feed stray dogs when we have spare food. Lately it is MUCH less than we would like to" says Amila, President of the association.
Because they have more difficulty finding food, Amila only continues to feed dogs outside the city, on average only once a week: "I don't know genders. If i start hanging with them, i will break mentally, cause i cant take them to safety." she says.
"We barely make it from month to month. Also, we have HUGE problems fundraising for food in Summer months - we simply have NO donations for anything trough june, july, august and september. These months are very hard for us." Amila explained, deeply concerned by the current situation.
Day after day, she sees the stock of kibble getting lower, knowing that she will not be able to get more once the last bag is used...
Due to lack of space, the shelter only hosts dogs in deep distress, unable to survive on their own in the street. While those who heal are often adopted thanks to Amila's efforts, some have physical and/or psychological consequences that are too strong: the shelter is their only way out.
"We have 80% of not adoptable dogs, different medical cases and mental traumas, and we have to provide for them for a lifetime" says Amila.
For several years, Amila has benefited from the support of an association in the Netherlands, making it possible to finance certain care, equipment, but also kibble. Unfortunately, this small association can no longer support Amila financially, because its resources are not sufficient, and it already supports another shelter at 100%:
"With the shelter in Orasje, holding an average of 160 dogs, we needed to make decisions. We can't spend little donations twice." said Suze Steenbergen, a member of the association. "We are in regular contact with Amila, and we think they do a great job. We visited locations where they care for their dogs. And it is all good quality of care."
We can come into action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before May 24th.
If the collection fails, we will not be able to pay, the departure of the truck will be cancelled and none of the collected kibbles will be delivered...
If the collection fails, we will refund all donors.
Relatively small, the association is also located in an isolated area, in which no one wants to intervene: "We are small and no orgas want to visit us." says Amila.
She only manages to get by thanks to the support of individuals located in Denmark, who have formed a dedicated association. Inger Skibsted, President of the Danish association, contacted us in the first place to ask for our help: "At the moment we can hardly cover our dogs needs, and it leaves us little or no food at all to feed stray dogs. Please consider helping us, any kind of help would be highly appreciated." she told us then.
Unfortunately, no association or other organization has yet accepted to take actions...
In 1995, when the war in Bosnia ended, the streets were full of stray dogs: the crisis and famine no longer allowed the inhabitants to support them.. A dark period then began for street dogs that had proliferated massively: harassment, torture and violent mass slaughter had become the daily lot of abandoned dogs.
In 2009, in order to stop such a massacre, the government enforced a law prohibiting the capture and murder of dogs in pounds without prior veterinary advice.
But here's the thing: if this law tasted like victory to some, the lure of profit led some private pounds to charge the government for the purchase of phantom equipment.
Today, pounds catch, torture and kill stray dogs illegally in order to collect state subsidies. Corruption is not reported in the media, and private shelters try to save dogs that pass through the nets of illegal pounds...
"Everything came from the love of animals, and especially dogs," explained Amila, who is still surprised at the way things have turned out. Initially involved in the field without an associative framework, Amila helped street dogs in Bosnia for years, before the association was founded.
Over the years, Amila's field work and the network established in Denmark have enabled the adoption of more than 300 dogs, mainly in Denmark and the Netherlands.
Mother of a 3 year old girl, Amila devotes all her time outside to her commitment to the association and the dogs of Bosnia.
This collection is organised by Marianne's dog food bank. The 2000 kg of kibbles collected will be delivered to Amila, to feed the 35 dogs hosted in the shelters, as well as street dogs who cannot be gathered.
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