Lela started rescuing animals when she was a young child, often bringing sick or injured animals home to look after. Her caring nature continued into adulthood, still helping as many animals as she could in her spare time. It was not until she saw the conditions of the kill shelters that she decided to dedicate all of her time to the Bosnian strays. Lela has since rescued over 400 dogs, finding them wonderful homes with various rescue organisations in the U.K. and the rest of Europe.
Lela is Fetcher Dog’s main rescuer and we are endlessly appreciative of her dedication and love for all animals.
I've always had dogs and cats in my home. They are my world. I always worried about the dogs on the streets, but they were relatively safe there until a few years ago when they started catching all the dogs, taking them to the kill shelters and killing them. I rescue as many as I can from kill shelters and care for them until they can find loving homes. It means so much to me when they are safe and find their forever homes.
Dzenana has been an active animal activist since 2012 when the nine puppies that she fed behind her building in Sarajevo were taken away by the dog catchers and put in the kill shelter 'Praca'. She had never been to a public shelter in Bosnia but went to Praca that day to find her dogs. Dzenana was shocked
by what she saw in Praca and could not sleep for days thinking about how she could help her nine puppies and the other dogs she saw there. She decided to join some Facebook groups and ask for help from rescue organisations. She received one response, and got her puppies out of the shelter and to safety. She then helped to organise adoptions for all of the puppies and the rest is history.
From that point, she rescued as many dogs as she could from the public shelters and the streets of Bosnia. Since 2012, she has rescued and found homes for more than 1500 dogs all over Western Europe. In her private life she is married, has three daughters, two dogs and she is a BSc Mechanical Engineer.