Animal Rescue Bosnia
… is a project of the EMKA Group to rescue and replace dogs without a home in new and loving hands in Europe. For this purpose we are currently building a dog rescue shelter according to European standards in Goražde in Bosnia. The first buildings are in place and numerous dogs are already accommodated with us. The first dogs have already been adopted. Animal Rescue Bosnia started its work in 2019.
Hundreds of street dogs live in the region around the Bosnian town of Goražde. We have made it our mission to help these dogs by concentrating all available efforts and resources on this project. To stop the uncontrolled proliferation of street dogs we prioritize in castration and sterilization of the animals. These dogs will return to their familiar environment after medical treatment. Even from a distance these dogs can be recognized as infertile as they are chipped or have a little tattoo.
In the veterinary clinic located on our property, every dog owner is welcome to have his dog castrated or sterilized. Injured, abandoned, sick and needy dogs are also treated and cared for.
We find new homes for dogs that either came to us as puppies or for injured ones that we nursed back to health. Some of them wouldn’t have been able to survive without our help.
Another important part of our project is to inform the Bosnian people about the background of the street dog problem. This is done e.g. by our veterinarians who addresses pupils in local schools and speak about the topic on public occasions. Our goal is to avert animal torment, abuse or even killing and create a viable human-dog relationship in the region. This goal can only be achieved through educational work or by going public.
Our facility – the first step into a better live
Animal Rescue Bosnia’s facilities include several shelters with underfloor heating for the dogs and four rows of separate sleeping cabins to relax from raving with the group. Animal Rescue Bosnia has room for 100 dogs in the shelters and additionally 3,500 m² of exercise area. In addition, we run a veterinary clinic on the 6,000 m² ground. Specialized veterinarians take care of the dogs’ medical needs. For all social needs, the dogs are assisted by a number of loving and sensitive animal keepers who take care of every one of them.
The EMKA Group – Our partner
The EMKA GROUP is the world leader for locking systems, hinges and sealings, which are used in cabinets and control cabinets for electronics and electrical engineering. In the areas air conditioning technology and transport, EMKA is one of the leading manufacturers of locking technology. In addition to its numerous subsidiaries, EMKA has several production sites, for example in Goražde with a ground area of around 35,000 m² and around 700 employees. As there are many street dogs in Goražde, the EMKA GROUP has decided to generously support Animal Rescue Bosnia.
Already before the Balkan wars EMKA was closely connected to Bosnia. When the war broke out in Bosnia in 1992, the whole production of EMKA was transferred to Austria for safety reasons – including machines, employees and their families. After the end of the war they moved back to Goražde. The damages were reconditioned and destroyed halls were rebuilt. Since then the EMKA production sites in Goražde have evolved into the largest production facilities of the EMKA group.
The EMKA Group also pays particularly attention to the professional training of young people there.
To date, EMKA has already provided a vocational training similar to the one of the German system for 400 young people in Bosnia to help them to get a good start in their professional lives.
In addition to numerous other projects to support the city of Goražde, such as the promotion of schools and kindergartens, the renovation of governmental buildings and the acquisition of waste vehicles or other pending ones, the founder of the EMKA Group, Mr Friedhelm Runge, is also committed to the rescue of street dogs. His commitment to animals is a matter close to his heart.
Take a look around on our website and convince yourself of our professionalism and seriousness. We are happy to answer all of your questions. Please, get in contact with us!