Why are there so many stray dogs in Bosnia?

 

These dogs are the unintended consequence of a war-torn country. As Bosnian families were trying to survive the Sarajevo siege, snipers, and genocide more than 20 years ago, their pets were unfortunately left to survive on their own -- taking residence on the streets.

 

Now, as Bosnia's social and economic growth is arguably frozen in a pre-war state, generations of those displaced war pets have either been thrown back out on the street again, or have raised litters of new generations on the same streets in which they were born.

  

What breed are Bosnian dogs?

Bosnian dogs come in any shape, size, color, or type "pawsible!" They are primarily a mix of common breeds, such as GSDs (German Shepherds), hounds, retrievers, and labs. But we've also rescued dogs the size of a small poodle or Yorkie, so it jsut varies. You can see examples of our #proudbosnianrescues on our "Furever Stories" page, as well as our "Doggie DNA" Facebook album.

What behaviors can I expect?

We provide all potential adopters with notes on possible characteristics they may notice when their pet first arrives. Please keep in mind as you read those docs, that not all dogs have all of those behaviors, it’s really dependent on their previous living situation (streets, house, shelter, etc.). 

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I have cats. Will my Bosnian pet get along with them?

 

Most of the Bosnian rescues don’t have a lot, if any, interaction with cats.  While they both share the streets, so to speak, the cats are usually up hiding or walking on walls.  We do have some dogs living with cats currently, and will state in their adoption page their compatibility. If you have questions about a specific dog and cats, please email us.

 

So far only 4 of the Bosnian rescues we brought to the USA have cats in the family. One of those dogs did not like the cat but tolerates it now, and the other 3 are more curious and don’t really mess with the cats. It’s hard to predict, really. We advise potential adopters if the pet they'd like to adopt hasn't been cat tested, and they’d be up for working with the their new pet on cat tolerance, then they would probably adjust; however, if that isn’t something you would want to do/have the time for, we are not 100% comfortable telling you that they would get along.

I live in (country). Can I still adopt?

Please review our COVID-19 information before applying. Prior to COVID-19, TTP has transported Bosnian pets to the following countries:

  • U.S.A.

  • Germany

  • U.K.

  • Switzerland

  • Austria

  • Netherlands

  • Denmark

Due to increased import restrictions and expenses since COVID-19, as of July 15, 2021, we are no longer able to transport animals to Canada. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

*Please note - Due to higher costs, U.S. transports are contingent on substantial donations from adopters.

How will you get my new pet to me?

 

Where you live is the driving factor of how your new pet will be transported to you. Our most common modes of transportation by country are:

 

Air Travel

  • U.S.A.

Ground Travel

  • Germany

  • U.K.

  • Switzerland

  • Austria

  • Netherlands

  • Denmark

How much does adopting a Bosnian dog cost?

Effective July 7, 2021, while we do not have an adoption fee, we do request an adoption donation of $600 USD. This donation covers administrative expenses associated with processing your application and coordinating your pet-to-be’s transport. Since we are a public charity, your donation is tax deductible! This donation is generally collected when you sign and submit the adoption contract, but often we wait until we can confirm the animal's departure date.

Your adoption donation, however, doesn't not cover the transport cost itself. Our team will launch crowdfunding campaigns to cover those expenses; however, there is no guarantee that all funds will be raised. Although we have a wonderfully dedicated donor base, prospective adopters should plan to cover any costs remaining after the fundraiser closes. Otherwise, we won’t be able to proceed with your adoption.

 

The cost of your pet’s transport is dependent on the country in which you live:

  • U.K.: Prior to COVID-19, it would typically cost about $400 USD for a dog to travel from Bosnia to the U.K. Since COVID-19, however, the U.K. now requires animals to stay in quarantine for two weeks after leaving Bosnia, then for two days after arriving in the U.K. This requirement has significantly increased the cost to bring a pet to the U.K., where now it costs about $800 USD.

 

  • Germany: It typically costs about $450-$550 USD for a dog to travel from Bosnia to Germany. COVID-19 has not significantly impacted transport costs to Germany.

 

  • Austria/Switzerland: Prior to COVID-19, it would typically cost about $450-$550 USD for a dog to travel from Bosnia to Austria or Switzerland. However, since COVID-19, we have not transported a dog to either of these countries, but predict the costs may increase slightly.

 

  • USA: Due to higher costs, U.S. transports are contingent on substantial donations from adopters. Since the dogs are still in Bosnia, we either transport animals via a “flight partner,” which is someone already traveling to/from Bosnia and the USA, who can “escort” the dog with them; or via cargo, where they are “unescorted.” Traveling with a flight partner is significantly less expensive, as the costs are just the airline’s fee for the dog traveling. Depending on their size, they’ll either be allowed in the cabin or will travel in the cargo hold. If they travel “unescorted,” the adopter is responsible for 75% of the costs (which can be done through a personal GoFundMe type of fundraiser). Since COVID-19, a medium-sized dog can travel to the USA for roughly $2,000-$2,200. This includes $600 in internal administrative expenses, the cost of cargo travel, a travel crate, a driver to the airport, gas, etc. Please note this is just an estimate. 

 

  • Canada: Due to increased import restrictions and expenses since COVID-19, as of July 15, 2021, we are no longer able to transport animals to Canada. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

 

Please send us a message! We look forward to hearing from you!