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Saving Suffering Strays Sarajevo
Founder Milena Malesevic
Rescued Sarajevo Strays 

During the war in Bosnia, many people could no longer care for their pets, resulting in many dogs ending up on the streets. Since 1998, Milena Malesevic has dedicated her life to rescuing and rehoming the most vulnerable dogs on the streets of Sarajevo, working 24 hours a day to care for and feed them. Many of the dogs are rescued from kill shelters and others are simply abandoned on the streets. Milena is supported by a wonderful team of dedicated volunteers based in Bosnia, the UK and Europe, including well known animal warriors Peter Egan (actor) and Maria Slough (photographer and filmmaker) whose aim is to support Milena’s work and give the dogs she rescues a life free of misery.


Saving Suffering Strays (SSS) was officially set up in 2015 by Milena, and now more than 550 dogs have been rescued and found their forever homes. In the Christmas of 2018, OAT decided to support SSS with a grant that enabled 100 dogs to be relocated from Sarajevo to Just for Dogs rehoming centre in the UK - OAT 100 Campaign.  OAT continues to provide general support for this project.

What SSS Project does

  • Rescue vulnerable dogs ​from the streets of Sarajevo

  • Feed and care for relatively healthy dogs living on the streets

  • Rehabilitate rescued dogs to prepare them for rehoming, including registration, vaccinations & passports

  • Manage the rehoming process including transport to homes and adoption centres across mainland Europe & the UK

How Olsen Animal Trust helps

  • Contribute to core funding

  • Created the OAT 100 campaign that enabled 100 dogs to come from Bosnia to the UK for rehoming

  • Provided match funding for the SSS Amazon "wishlist" that provided a variety of practical needs for the project​​

Project Images - hover over for details

Bosnian street dog
Milena with rescued dog
Maria Slough & rescues
Ozzy before
Ozzy after
OAT 100 campaign
OATOKE in Sarajevo
Reality check
Loading the 'Happy Bus'
EU Forum
SSS team

For further information on the work of SSS please visit

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