Bosnia to Germany dog move: Shuttering the shelter



This blog is the first in a series chronicling the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s transport of dogs from a shelter in Bosnia-Herzegovina to foster homes in Germany. --The eds.

The animal shelter in Jajce — a small town in Bosnia-Herzegovina — is a dreadful place.

Dogs are kept at the end of chains with poor shelter and no bedding, no regular veterinary care, and little hope of being adopted. Some of the dogs have been here for years. Some were even born here.

Fortunately, the town of Jajce has decided that the shelter must be closed, and the dogs placed into new homes.

We’ve been working with community members in Jajce for the past couple of years to help them solve dog-related problems. Like many places around the world, Jajce is faced with public safety issues caused by roaming dogs.

In a town where children are afraid to walk to school for fear of being attacked by a dog, we’re working with local stakeholders to implement education programs about dogs’ needs, promote adequate guardianship, and prevent abandonment. The town hopes to not only reduce the numbers of dogs on the street, but change the attitudes of the people who live there. We’re helping people, so that they can help animals.

Together with our partners at the United Nations Development Programme, we’re putting the town through IFAW’s Humane Community Development process to develop and implement a plan for the dogs of Jajce.

And we’re seeing great results.

The town simply lacks the resources to make the shelter a functional, comfortable, and happy place. Low local adoption rates mean that dogs placed into a shelter face a bleak chance of finding new homes.

Rather than continue using it as a storage space for unwanted dogs, they’re searching for alternative solutions to addressing dogs on the street. With IFAW’s support, those dogs will be placed into new forever homes in Germany and the shelter will be closed for good.

We’ve partnered with the German organization Streunerglück (literally “stray luck”) to find these pups new homes. Streunerglück has an amazing record of adopting dogs from a variety of circumstances. They’ll be coordinating the fostering and adoption of the dogs once they have made the journey from Bosnia.

Moving dogs across borders is always complicated. But with the determination of our partners in Bosnia and Germany, we know we’ll be able to successfully rescue those dogs, and place them into happy and loving homes.

Moving these dogs will take several months – and all the help we can get. We’ll keep you updated during different phases of the move, as well as how you can help out.

Stay tuned.

RELATED: Bosnia to Germany dog move: From shelter to quarantine


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