Since the start of the war in Ukraine, with our help, our Polish partner ADA Foundation in Poland has been taking in tragically abandoned dogs and cats every day. Many are once-loved pets left behind as people were forced to leave them as they fled for their lives - others are shell-shocked street animals who had to fend for themselves during bomb blasts and flying bullets.
As the war progresses, animals arrive in increasingly bad condition: dogs and cats are starving, injured and totally traumatized. One thing is clear: it will be a long and difficult road to recovery for these poor animals, but we and ADA Foundation are committed to helping them.
A 24-hour adaptation center will give grief-stricken and traumatized animals the care and treatment they urgently need, and warm, welcoming arms to hold them and love them.
This center, for refugee animals evacuated from Ukraine to Medyka on the Polish border, is FADA’s most urgent need. Animals arrive day and night; they must be treated, and given care and comforted.
The center will be run by animal experts and have dedicated treatment zones, comfortable areas for the animals to stay while they recover and even an area for ADA Foundation staff to sleep so that the animals can always be given constant love and affection as they heal. The sleeping area will ensure that no matter what time of day or night distressed animals arrive, there will be someone to welcome them and give them immediate treatment and comfort.
Many of these animals survived abandonment by their beloved families who were forced to leave their pets behind and faced days of terror on the streets, where they battled hunger and injury, and dodged missiles and cruel Russian soldiers. Some animals are truly broken. This adaptation center is the very least they deserve as they try to recover from the devastation they’ve experienced.
We have identified a building and are ready to start the conversion into an adaptation center as soon as we raise the funds. Please, can you help us today?
We must not delay! Right now, ADA Foundation is doing the very best it can with the resources it has, but it is struggling because it had to expand so quickly because of the war. We have already provided an emergency cattery, and now we desperately need to create this center for dogs who so greatly need comfort, love and care right now - we’re reaching out to you because we know you’ll agree and want to help.
We have already sent $11,000 (£8,300) to kickstart this project, and if you donate today, we are confident that work on this center will be completed very soon; we are aiming for completion within a few days. Please, donate right away and help us bring a little hope to the hellish lives these animals have experienced during the war.
Our partners on the ground in Ukraine continue to rescue hundreds of dogs and cats daily. Help us give these animals all the chance to heal and be adopted one day. Please help us support their recovery and keep them safe!
Thanks to your continued support during this tragic time, we have been able to ensure that animals in some of the worst-hit areas of Ukraine have had full bellies and care. Here is a quick update on your donations at work…
- Oksana Zhurba of Ecoprotection of Starokostyantyniv (EPS) says they continue to receive an increasing number of abandoned animals, and hundreds have been taken to its shelter. Wonderfully, they’ve found families for 20 dogs in the past 3 days alone. Your donations are helping them to construct more kennels to take in more dogs.
- With our financial help, the Kyiv Animal Rescue Group (KARG) has been able to buy another 1.3 tons (1,300 kilograms) of pet food which they have delivered to 10 shelters and 30 mini shelters.
- Vetmarket Pluriton, which has to conduct mercy missions between bombings, has received another shipment of pet food which it will distribute to small local shelters when there is a lull in the fighting.
- Anzhela Sheveleva, of the Animal Guardian Program, says many of those caring for abandoned animals are disabled or elderly pensioners who have been unable to flee. Some survive on small monthly pensions. Today they asked for money to buy a refrigerator so they do not need to venture out so often for fresh food for the animals. We said yes immediately, and the money is on its way.
YOUR compassion is enormously helping Ukraine’s animals. Without help, they would be doomed - your support has saved SO MANY ANIMAL LIVES!
Since the start of the war, we (YOU!) have helped to feed, treat, evacuate and save thousands of animals from war-torn Ukraine.
The adaptation center is another vital piece of animal care
that your donation will help create it.
Please, help us give these desperate animals the love and kindness they deserve after all they’ve endured. They didn’t ask to be left to fend for themselves in a war - they are truly voiceless, helpless victims. Anything you donate will be gratefully received by these innocent animals, who ask for nothing but a warm place to sleep, food in their bellies, and a little love during an awful time of war.
For the animals,
Brian and Gloria Davies (and Max and Flora!)
Network for Animals
P.S. We promised regular updates from our partners. Our ambulances continue to work 24-hours a day taking animals from Ukraine to safety in Poland. One day we hope they will experience the warmth and comfort of a loving family home. But right now, we and animal lovers like you are their best hope. Please, donate right now and help us give these poor creatures a second chance at life!
Image credits: Banner: REUTERS_Mikhail Palinchak, Image 1:Sergi Mykhalchuk_Getty images, Image 2: Marcus Yam _ Los Angeles Times, Image 3: Reuters_ reporterdoor.com, Image 4: Uğur Yıldırım, Image 5: Reuters_Bernadett Szabo