Saving Suffering Strays

Milena Malesevic

Milena Malesevic has been rescuing stray dogs from the streets of Sarajevo for more than 20 years and has rescued over 1000 dogs. During the war in Bosnia many people could no longer care for their pets and as a result many dogs ended up on the streets. Supported by a team of volunteers Milena works tirelessly to rescue the most vulnerable dogs from the streets and from public shelters, where the dogs are subjected to unimaginable cruelty and hardship. She is the leading recognised legitimate rescuer in Sarajevo and has been the subject of two documentary films, the most recent screened at the European Parliament in January 2018.

Saving Suffering Strays has continued to collaborate with Eurogroup For Animals as they work with European institutions to directly influence the policies that will improve animal welfare across Europe.

What We Do

In the beginning Milena gained exposure for the dogs she was rescuing on social media. In awe of her work and dedication a group of women in the UK set up Saving Suffering Strays in 2012. The UK based organisation consists of over 20 volunteers in the UK and key supporters in Europe and America. Saving Suffering Strays has applied for charity status and is steered by a group of trustees in waiting including their UK patron actor and animal advocate, Peter Egan. Saving Suffering Strays organise fundraisers, find adopters and fosterers to support Milena and promote her work through social media with one goal in mind; to help save the lives of stray dogs in Sarajevo and across Europe and the UK. With that understanding, in January 2020 Saving Suffering Strays launched an awards scheme that grant small financial donations to UK organisations working with stray dogs in the UK.

Our Kennel Owners

Milena and Saving Suffering Strays work exclusively with Private Kennels Riad Bubu. Our kennel owners in Bosnia Mersad and his wife Melisa, take care of all the Saving Suffering Strays rescued dogs in our private kennel. They make sure each dog has plenty of food and water, a safe place to sleep and lots of stimulation, all things that most of the dogs have been denied as strays. Some dogs when they are first rescued can be nervous after a life on the streets and Mersad and Melisa spend time with them socialising them and teaching them to trust and interact again, preparing them for a happier life with a new family to call their own.