In 2022, Russia initiated a brutal military invasion of Ukraine, sparking a devastating conflict that continues to affect countless civilians and animals in the region. Network for Animals was one of the first animal welfare organizations on the ground, and we remain dedicated to providing emergency aid to innocent, four-legged victims amid this ongoing crisis.
Your donations are used to provide critically needed food, shelter, medications and vital veterinary care for the vulnerable dogs and cats of Ukraine. At the time of writing, we are actively working with four partners on the ground in Ukraine to reach war victim animal victims in desperate need.
The Animal Guardians Program (AGP)
Anzhela Sheveleva is the coordinator of the Animal Guardians Program (AGP), a project that aims to provide food and veterinary care for thousands of street animals in and around the regions of Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Dnipro. The good-hearted ‘guardians’ who assist Anzhela are pensioners (the oldest is 80!), disabled or very poor. They emerge from shelter when there is a lull in the fighting to help animals, often taking numerous cats and dogs into their own homes to care for them. NFA supports the AGP by covering the cost of pet food, medicine, sterilizations, other emergency veterinary treatments and fuel to transport animals to and from clinics. We have also helped provide the AGP with building materials to repair infrastructure affected by shelling and household items such as refrigerators and water tanks so that the animals can continue to have access to fresh food and water.
Vetmarket Pluriton manufactures pet food in the Khmelnytskyi region and has become a vital NFA partner. Together, we manufacture NFA-branded food and distribute it free in extremely dangerous areas, via a delivery van that we purchased for the team. With our financial support, Vetmarket also conducts critical rescue and evacuation missions in some of the worst-hit cities in Ukraine.
Ecoprotection of Starokostyantyniv/Ekozahust (EPS)
EPS is an open-air shelter situated near a military training base in the city of Starokostyantyniv near Khmelnytskyi. EPS takes in animals from some of the worst-affected areas in Ukraine, including Mariupol, Kyiv and Kharkiv. The shelter currently has 330+ dogs and 40 cats. NFA has supported EPS by arranging deliveries of pet food through our partner Vetmarket Pluriton, provided funds for the building of additional enclosures and kennels and financed sterilizations and veterinary treatment. We also covered the transportation and construction costs for a well to be installed on shelter property so that the team would not have to face the danger of traveling by car every day to collect water for the animals.
Kyiv Animal Rescue Group (KARG)
Before the war, KARG operated purely as an animal rescue service in and around the region of Kyiv. The team now supports about 32 small shelters, feeds and treats abandoned animals and provides pet food for impoverished residents, feeding some 2,000 cats and 600 dogs. We also assisted KARG by purchasing a new rescue van for its feeding and rescue missions.