Sanela is one of the original founders of Hope Vms Dogs alongside sister Maya. Sanela is a real inspiration with her work with the dogs, she decided a long time a go she could no longer turn a blind eye to the suffering of the animals in Bosnia and set out to make a change to their lives. Sanela is a fighting force for the dogs and chief beautician for them as she uses her skills as a trained hairdresser to give the dogs makeovers and get them presentable for adoption
Maya is one of the founders along side her sister Sanela, of Hope VMS Dogs. Maya lives in Bosnia, she has always had a passion for animal rescue and just felt the absolute need to help the dogs. Maya can tell you everything about every single dog in her care. She really is a remarkable young woman and an inspiration to us all.
Adnan is Maya’s husband and now a real driving force for the rescue. Adnan is a paramedic in Bosnia so cares for humans in his work life and dogs in his private life. Adnan has been a real support emotionally and physically to Maya and Sanela and is one of our chief fundraisers.
A mutual love of all animals drew Don and Elaine together over 40 years ago. After a career of supporting animal welfare causes
as California State Officers and owners of a veterinary hospital and Animal Service Centre in the States, they became focused on the horrible plight of animals elsewhere in the world, especially Eastern Europe. Searching the internet, they became aware of the work that Maya and Sanela were doing for dogs in Bosnia. Elaine and Don say "Under distressful situations, these dedicated rescuers, joined by Maya’s husband, Adnan, has been a shining light in the never ending need to find homes for these dogs. We now support Hope VMS Dogs by donations and whatever administrative assistance we can offer".
Tina grew up loving animals and having cats, dogs, bunnies and turtles as family members. She fell into Rescue when she adopted her labraweinie Curtis (half lab, half mini dachshund) as he was posted for free near her home. He changed her whole life and she’s been donating her time, money, admin abilities, fostering and arranging transport for dogs ever
since. In about 2012 Tina started sponsoring dogs in Bosnia as she realized how awfully they are treated. After her firstsponsor dog was adopted, she was hooked! Tina met Maya and Sanela from Hope VMS Rescue and says her life changedagain. Since then they’ve become a great team, working together to fundraise, and have kept over 160 dogs safe and
have had 98 adoptions!
Cath grew up with rescue dogs and her mum is still rescuing now. Cath works in HR and when she started working from home she knew it was the right time for her to have a dog again. A friend of hers put her in touch with Claws and Paws so she went to see
them with a view to adopting Masa, now Cali. Holly, now Suki, (seen in the picture) was also there. So unable to to make a choice between the gorgeous girls, Cath decided to adopt them both! Cath says "It’s the best thing we’ve ever done. I was so touched by everyone at Hope VMS Dog, who originally rescued them and by the team of fosterers of Claws and Paws and all that they do that I wanted to help in any way I could." Cath decided to join the Hope VMS Dogs admin team and uses her amazing HR skills to help fundraise and promote the rescue . Cath says "I want everyone to know about Hope Vms Dogs and the wonderful work they do." Cath has become a power house on the fundraising team.
Tracy says "My mum said she knew I would always have dogs when I was only 2 years old, as I was crazy about them. Over the
years nothing has changed." Tracy first got involved in foreign dog rescue after she adopted a puppy from Romania. Finding out about the suffering the stray dogs abroad endure made her determined to help in anyway she could. In 2015 she was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work in dog rescue in Sarajevo Bosnia. There she found her dog Honey ( in picture) on the street, injured and sick. She knew from that second she would devote herself to helping these dogs. Tracy was introduced to Sanela and Maya by Tina and found them an inspiration. Now Tracy does home checks for potential adopters, helps
fundraise, keep the adoption albums up to date and anything else needed. Tracy says "It is an honour to help these wonderful people and incredible dogs"
Back in 2013 Rebecca visited Bali on a retreat and was deeply disturbed by the neglect and abuse of street dogs there. In early 2014 Rebecca moved to Bali to volunteer with BARC (Bali adoption rehabilitation centre). It was during her time in Bali that she realized the root of all the problems was unwanted dogs and if they could sterilize more dogs, then less dogs would be born to suffer a life of neglect on the streets. During her 2 ½ years in Bali she focused her efforts on the BARC sterilization program. Rebecca stayed with BARC till mid 2016, when she moved with her rescue dog to the small island of Koh Samui in Thailand. On Koh Samui she met up with a Russian vet and her boyfriend who had started their own small
group called Pariah Dog and their main focus was sterilizing! Rebecca joined their team and has gained some hands on experience actually performing sterilizations. Rebecca made the acquaintance of Don and Elaine during a US project for BARC and they told her about Hope VMS and the struggles they were facing so she agreed to join the team and provide
help for their facebook and website communications. Rebecca is responsible for designing our art work and merchandise and helping us with all the technical things required to make the rescue a success like scheduling posts etc.
Ever since she was old enough Gaby cared for dogs in her neighbourhood. She has rehomed dogs there, and runs home checks for potential adopters. Gaby works with a local rescue (they are her landlords as well). Gaby met some of the Hope VMS support volunteers back in 2014 when she was helping a Serbian rescue group. In 2015 she started to help with Hope VMS Dogs. Gaby helps a few different rescue groups in Bosnia and has helped several Hope Vms Dogs find forever and foster homes in Germany where she lives. She visited Bosnia in October 2016 and met the core Hope VMS rescue team. She visited the shelter twice in 2016 and is planning to return in 2018 to visit again. Gaby has three rescue dogs,one from Spain, one Serbian and a little old and blind Sarajevo boy. She has always had rescue dogs and her fur-babies
are the centre of her life.