Throughout the war in Ukraine, countless animals have been left homeless or abandoned as terrified people have fled or taken shelter. The Russian onslaught shows no signs of abating - in fact, the situation is getting steadily worse for the animals of Ukraine as the days of war turn into weeks and months of fighting.
Animals who have managed to survive this long on the streets are injured, starving and deeply, severely traumatized. Most heart-breaking of all, countless dogs and cats have given birth on the streets in the middle of a war. Puppies and kittens, the most helpless animals of all, are desperately fighting for life as their mothers dodge bullets and bombs, scrounging for scraps to eat, with barely enough strength to keep themselves alive, let alone feed their babies.
It’s a tragedy, but we have promised to do as much as we can to help, for as long as the war continues, and that’s why we are writing to you today.
RIGHT NOW, 35 dogs and a newborn kitten need URGENT TRANSPORT to safety at our partner shelter in Ukraine.
A good Samaritan in Bucha, outside Kyiv, has saved 35 abandoned dogs and a newborn cat from the streets. All the animals were starving, terrified, and utterly alone desperate for help. Many of them, especially the newborn, require urgent medical attention.
Our Ukrainian partner, Ecoprotection of Starokostyantyniv (EPS) in the Khmelnytskyi region, immediately agreed to take them in - adding to the 330 homeless animals already in its care. But EPS has asked for our help in covering the transportation and fuel costs: the shelter is roughly 360 kilometers (220 miles) from Bucha and given the soaring cost of fuel in Ukraine as a result of the war, this is a huge financial undertaking for a shelter already stretched to breaking point.
Please help us save these dumped animals from a hellish life on the streets of Ukraine.
Your donation will help get them to safety with our partner, EPS!
Dmytro, the man who rescued the 35 animals, is an ordinary citizen going on daring missions to save abandoned Ukrainian animals, using all his own money to do it.
He reports that some of the dogs he has saved had previously fled during bombings and chaos. They had returned to their homes only to find them destroyed and their humans gone. What must these poor, heart-broken animals have been thinking?
Hungry, thirsty, and confused, they must have felt totally bereft at the loss of everything they’d once known. Kind-hearted Dmytro has managed to save 35 of these animals, and now we have an opportunity to get them to a safe haven. With your help, we will be able to pay for the fuel and make sure the animals are treated, fed, and given the love they must be desperately craving right now.
Please help us give 35 homeless animals the chance at being reunited with their owners or to find loving forever homes. Your donation right now WILL change their lives!
Network for Animals supporters have already helped us to support EPS’ incredibly worthy work. Since late February, we have provided this shelter with many tons of food, as well as funds for more kennels and shelters as it has rescued increasing numbers of animals. Now, we urgently need your help to pay for the fuel and transport costs for these tragically abandoned animals.
With your donation right now, we will be able to save 35 more lives during this terrible war. We must raise $2,000 (£1,500) to get these animals to the haven. This is their only hope!
Oksana and her team, with the help of Network for Animals, promise to provide the best possible care for the animals until they can be reunited with their owners or eventually placed in loving forever homes. All we need to do is get them there.
Please help us get starving, scared, helpless animals to safety in Ukraine? Please donate now and help us give the animals the second chance they deserve.
For the animals,
Brian and Gloria Davies (and Max and Flora!)
Network for Animals
P.S. We have worked closely with Oksana Zhurba of EPS since the start of the Russian invasion. During this time, her shelter has taken in hundreds of abandoned animals, many of them injured, terrified, and rescued from the most appalling conditions. This wonderful organization has even managed to find loving homes for many of these animals despite the war raging on around them. We are proud to support EPS and the heroic work it is doing, and with your support right now, we will be able to help even more animals fortunate enough to be in its care. Please, make your donation now, and change the lives of 35 abandoned animals of war.
Image credits: Images supplied by Ecoprotection of Starokostyantyniv (EPS)