Jelena Paunović, activist, rescuer and journalist in Sarajevo needs our help. Please read about her here. Jelena is one of the main reasons anyone outside of Bosnia Herzegovina knows about the dire situation for strays. During last year's attempt to change the BiH animal welfare laws she was fully engaged with helping organise demonstrations against these changes.
She has investigated the 'horror shelters' and shared the story, often putting her own life in danger.
If you have read in this blog the appalling situations in the so-called dog shelters, and in particular with the dog 'shelter' in Hresa, it is primarily due to Jelena's investigative work. No one will ever forget the photograph of the starving dog, taken at the shelter.
Jelena has had no paid work for well over a year now, but still has managed to continue her advocacy work. She has been trying to find a job in all possible ways but... in Bosnia 60% of young people are unemployed. She is just one more of them (please read her blog, "Fuck this Country" http://journalistsforanimals.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/fuck-this-country/ ).
Jelena can't go on like this. She has one option, to sell her small, but now utterly ruined apartment. It's ruined because of all the rescues she's fostered, and because she's had no income to fix things.
To put the apartment on the market, she has been forced to put into pension (kennels) the cats she rescued over the past eight years and has been fostering, but she has no income to pay the cost of this pension, but also no choice to do this. She is in a terrible situation because of this. She has no possibility of a bank loan, no one in her family who can help and all her friends are in a similar situation: struggling to survive while also struggling to save the animals.
Many of the dogs you've seen on these blogs that were rescued and eventually found homes for outside of BiH were fostered by Jelena in this apartment. Surely we can thank her for all the fine work she's done by helping fund the cats until she can sell her apartment?
The cost to keep the cats in pension is 3 euros per day per cat, about 530 euros per month. She's managed to raise some of this, but for this month alone still needs at least 250 euros. Can we raise this and one month in addition so she can focus on selling the apartment and not worry every moment about how she will pay this debt?
And if you think you can offer a home to one of these lovely cats, please email her directly.
If you can help with the pension debt, you can donate directly to Jelena via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org - mark 'for cat debt' -
or if you prefer, via AWABosnia's Paypal: email@example.com, please mark 'for Jelena's cat pension debt'.
Thank you! Any amount will help, perhaps you can offer to pay one day for one cat (3 EU/4 USD)?
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