Who We Work With
Our main kennel partner in Europe Riad Bubu is run by Mersad and Melisa Sehic. We have worked with them for 7 years and they work tirelessly to care for the dogs that we rescue, help rehabilitate them and get them ready to travel to their new homes. Honey the resident cat is kept very busy sifting out which dogs can go to new homes with a cat in residence. Mersad and Melisa support us when we get calls from members of the public about dogs in immediate danger on the streets as well as dogs on death row. Working with local vets and their two sons they travel to save the dogs from wherever they need to be rescued from and are always happy to work with us on special cases like Bobi who was found on the streets bleeding from her mouth due to a form of cancer. She is now cancer free and settled in a new home in the UK.
The Retreat Kent
Saving Strays are lucky enough to call Billy Thompson, founder of The Retreat Farm Animal Sanctuary in Kent, their dear friend. His incredible facility is home to beautiful sentient animals that have been rescued from abuse or slaughter. Billy has always had a love for dogs and we were thrilled when 12 months ago, he agreed to work with us to help rehabilitate some of our more nervous dogs from Bosnia, who we inherited from Milena, and who need a little more work than the others, and a few that we have rescued from death-row, are now living happily with Billy as their foster dad. Our Trustee Maria Slough visits them on a regular basis delivering food and beds and toys for them. The dogs that live with Billy have the most amazing life, surrounded in peace and calm and love . Billy and Saving Strays share a likeminded passion, perspective and attitude for dogs in need. You can learn more about the sanctuary here.
Saving Strays are very excited to announce a new collaboration with U.K. based Clinical Animal Behaviourist Emma Phillips. We are always looking for ways to support our dogs and the familes that adopt them and better understand the wonderful sentient beings that we rescue. In October 2023, Emma undertook a self funded trip along with our Co-chair and vet trustee (also self funded), to meet all the dogs in our care in the UK and Bosnia and we now have tailored plans to support each and every dog’s rehabilitation.Emma has worked with animals for over 20 years working with dogs for a decade. With a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training Emma is currently studying for an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training. Emma holds Clinical Animal Behaviourist status with the APBC and ABTC and is a registered expert witness. You can visit her website.
We are so thrilled to have Emma on board.
Saving Strays first met the team at D4R in early 2020. Dogs4Rescue is a unique, independent dog rescue in a semi-rural part of Manchester where the dogs live together in a kennel free environment run Emma Billington. The dogs spend their days getting all the exercise, socialisation, stimulation, love and care that they need. They are free, happy and sleep in warm beds at night, completely unaware they are homeless dogs. D4R have helped rehome several of our dogs and undertook to rehabilitate some of our more nervous dogs inherited from Milena by providing lifetime care for them until they are ready to be rehomed. You can learn more about their work at their website.
Prebanic & Jusufbasic - Goloman
One of the larger lawyers’ offices in the Bosnia and Herzegovina legal environment, which is specialised in legal services in the area of commercial and civil law. The Office’s specialisation includes corporate law, M&A transactions, banking, privatisation, competition law, labour law, energy sector and telecommunications, as well as dispute resolution and other related areas of legal practice in which the Office has acquired an indisputable reputation for outstanding quality of the services rendered to its foreign and local clients. Our lawyer Arela Jusufbasic-Goldman handles all our in country legal matters and our NGO application. Arela is on hand to advise us on all matters so we always abide by the laws of Bosnia.
Audley Chaucer Solicitors
Audley Chaucer Solicitors is a leading law firm providing practical legal advice on all aspects of the law. John Szepietowski, a highly experienced solicitor who covers a wide area of law including litigation, crime, HMRC matters, finance and banking, insolvency, wills trusts and probate assisted Saving Strays with the re structuring of our adoptions contracts and other key forms that make up our working infrastructure. They have advised saving strays in the UK on the creation of new adoption and fostering contracts, creating them to provide legal protection for the dogs and the doctors, as well as sourcing notaries when needed and liaising with our lawyers in bosnia on any matters needing dual input.