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In Bosnia, this shelter has no more kibbles for its 90 dogs, they will starve to death!
We went on the spot on October 6th, following Nejira's plea for help.
While diseases are raging at the shelter, the stock of kibble is almost gone.
Winter is coming, and the dogs have been malnourished for a month, we have to help them.
We would like to send 2880 kg of kibble as a matter of urgency.
Volunteers do their best to look after the dogs at the pound, but new arrivals are constant, they cannot prevent the development of diseases: "New dogs come in all of the time, because this is a public shelter. On every call workers must go and catch dog from street, woods, etc..."
As a result, diseases remain very present in the pound, and are encouraged by malnutrition. Weakened, dogs are more sensitive to diseases and viruses, and do not have enough strength to survive them...
In recent months, there has been a steady stream of medical emergencies: accidents, tumours or parvovirus... emergencies that only Nejira and the few other volunteers take care of!
Beyond medical treatment, Nejira must now pay the pension fees for several dogs, far too weak to return to the pound.
She has no more money to pay for the kibbles, which will be over in a few days only...
Despite frequent calls for help, volunteers have enormous difficulties in raising funds for ongoing expenses: not only kibbles, but also pension costs for the most vulnerables, which they can no longer face alone....
"Month after month, it is getting harder as always the same people are donating money for food, it seems as if they get tired of it, so very often it comes to begging for it. I am concerned about how to find and get food for all those dogs, if we don't get food from this appeal, the dogs will go hungry," Nejira explains.
Last July, the Animal Webaction community rallied to send 2160 kg of kibble to the pound, but this stock has been used up since September.
Volunteers have done their best to manage on their own, but they can't: bread and bones are distributed because there are not always enough kibbles, and the ones they manage to buy are of poor quality...
Dogs already have skin disorders, as well as digestive problems, some are thin: they need kibbles to face winter.
For three years now, the town hall and the employees of the pound have been doing their utmost to move forward hand in hand with the volunteers, and to ensure the best care for the dogs. But the municipal budget at its disposal is extremely low, and only allows for the payment of employees.
All medical care and food is entirely dependent on Nejira and other volunteers, who are no longer able to cope with it...
We can take action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before October 21st.
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.
Located in a former military base in a mountainous area, the pound is exposed to extreme cold in winter.
Pallets, makeshift kennels and straw are all elements brought by volunteers to allow dogs to warm up, but this is not enough without kibbles!
From Germany, the association Wir fuer Pfoten e.V. supports Nejira in her fight to the best of her ability, especially with regard to adoptions, boarding fees and medical care.
But it is impossible for them to meet the pound's needs for kibbles, and no other foundation agrees to intervene...
Thanks to Nejira and her volunteer companions, the dogs in Zunovnica's pound have been living in much better conditions for the past 3 years, but this is the result of a long struggle, and requires a significant sacrifice from them.
Nejira uses a large part of her salary to finance the dogs' needs, and spends all her free time with them or seeking help to support them.
Very anxious about the current situation, she fears that her efforts will be wasted if she cannot find solutions to find kibble...
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.
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...
This collection is organized by the association Humans foR thEM. The 2880 kilos of food will be delivered to its president Nejira to feed the 90 dogs at Zunovnica's pound.
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