WATCH: Bosnian village of Lopare first to complete a Humane Community Development plan

IFAW’s work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia-Herzegovina is celebrating a milestone.

In Lopare, a small village in the north of the country, which has had problems with roaming dogs for the past few years, community members have now completed their Humane Community Development plan, and the relationship between people and dogs is beginning to improve.

The community recently celebrated their plan with a grand opening ceremony of their new veterinary clinic, which was made possible with financial support from the Fund Hugo International for Respect and Dignity in the Relationship with Animals, administered by the King Baudouin Foundation.

Beyond the vet clinic, the community’s plan includes:

  • training for their fire department in humane handling,
  • a new trailer to transport dogs,
  • a communications plan,
  • free sterilization of both owned and roaming dogs, and
  • an educational program.

After this initial start-up support, the municipality will be funding the work into the future.

Take a look at the video to get a feel for the joy the citizens of Lopare are feeling now that they have taken ownership over their dog problems and are working together to resolve them!


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Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
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Kate Nattrass Atema, Program Director, Community Animal Welfare
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Shannon Walajtys
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