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​Inspiring images: People risk their lives saving animals from devastating Balkans flood

Published time: May 24, 2014 00:21
Edited time: May 26, 2014 06:08
A Serbian emergency services worker evacuates a dog from floodwaters in the town of Obrenovac, 40 kilometers west of Belgrade, on May 16, 2014. (AFP Photo/Andrej Isakovic)

A Serbian emergency services worker evacuates a dog from floodwaters in the town of Obrenovac, 40 kilometers west of Belgrade, on May 16, 2014. (AFP Photo/Andrej Isakovic)

Unprecedented floods have raged across the Balkans affecting over a million people. Fleeing in panic, in packed boats and trucks, many owners could not bring their animals along – but others courageously risked their own lives to save beloved pets.

Raging floodwaters made saving pets dangerous.

Photo from Twitter/@ChaosAddicted

But efforts have been underway to rescue any animals that survived the calamity, and reunite them with their owners.

Photo from Blic / Dusan Milenkovic

People used whatever improvised means they could to save their animals…

Photo from Twitter/@njofranjofra

And banded together to save multiple pets.

A Croatian rescuer with two dogs in a boat on a flooded street in the village of Gunja, in eastern Croatia, 18 May, 2014. (AFP Photo)

Even the military is helping to save animals

Photo from Twitter/@alna_anna

Although some animals have been left to fend for themselves.

Photo from Twitter/@JuliaDavisNews

Farming is a way of life in many of the poorer, hardest hit regions...

Sheep are seen on the terrace of a flooded house in Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, May 20, 2014. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

So saving livestock is a matter of life and death.

A man climbs on the roof of a house to feed pigs they rescued during heavy floods in the village of Vojskova, May 19, 2014. (Reuters/Srdjan Zivulovic)

Some of the dog shelters in Serbia have focused on reuniting pets and their families.

And animals are grateful to their courageous saviors

Photo from Twitter/@KacicaBicBoziji

Stunned by the scale of the natural disaster and the courage of locals trading their own safety to rescue their beloved pets, people are uniting online under the hashtags #HelpSerbia, #HelpBalkans #HelpCroatia, #HelpBosnia and others – to spread the word and try to secure some help for those in distress.

Many reputable organizations are accepting donations, including Red Cross Bosnia, Red Cross Croatia, Red Cross Serbia, Novak Djokovic Foundation, Government of Serbia and Association Pomozi. Serbian embassies around the world are also collecting donations.

Comments (33)


Pradeep from SriLanka 26.05.2014 13:15

I am so glad that there are still humans on this planet.
We need to make our World as a beautifull place together for everybody. Not only Humens even for Animals.

Re spect for Good people.


dangiela13 26.05.2014 00:19

Could look on Facwebook for Jovan Memedovic - Sasvim prirodno (All natural) reporter who made episode about saving animals, there˙s lots of pictures if people still think it`s propaganda. Yes some pics dunno who posted them viral are not from here. And there are many pages updating info about lost and found animals during the flood and some of them already reuinited with their owners.


Nina 25.05.2014 04:05

Justice 24.05.2014 20:49

You MUST be Croatian! Your wonderful west didn't even report on the floods, and Russia had already sent the rescue teams and sent help!
SHAME on you.


That is correct, the west did not even mention the floods until Novak spoke about it. By the time people in the West heard about the floods from their media, Russian rescue teams were already rescuing people and animals.

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