Our work in Ukraine16 Feb, 2023
Since day one of the war in Ukraine we’ve focused our efforts and resources on provding animal shelters and volunteers on the ground with means to save and help as many animals affected by the war as possible.
We make sure they are able to rescue, feed, treat and care for thousands of cats, dogs, horses, bears and even a lion Ruru, read his story below!
We also helped rescue and rehome Tomac, a former circus pigtaile macaque, abandoned because of war. We found him a permanent home in one of the best primate sanctuaries in Europe, where he will live with other primate companions without stress, fear and abuse, loved and cared for by competent people. Scroll down to read Tomac’s rescue story.
1860 animals have been neutered as of January 30th, 2023 through our free sterilization campaigns in cities like Kharkiv, Kiyv, Dnipro, Kherson, Mariupol and many others.
We are the only organisation providing neutering in Mariupol and Kherson, cities no foreign charity would work in as it’s a Russian territory. Neutering reduces the number of puppies and kittens ending up on the streets, alleviating the workload for volunteers who stayed behind in destroyed cities.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, we’ve lost nearly all foreign grants and funding for projects in Russia and are unable to maintain them fully operational due to the lack of resources and the possibility to fudnraise. In order to preserve the precious work done to imptove the plight of animals in Russia over the past 10 years, while we wait for the geopolitical situation to improve, we’ve been trying to support our local volunteers and staff in Russia to the best of our abilites as we are certain that the situation will change and we will be able to continue all our previous projects in Russia and launch more projects to help animals.
Here are just some of the heartwarming stories of animals we’ve helped in Ukraine:
The first time we became aware of 7 horses, several rescue cats and dogs on a farm who needed help back in March. Their rescuer Natalia from Chernihiv, stayed behind to care for them them despite shellings.
We provided food and basic necessities for the animals for two months and later Natalia rescued 12 more horses from the shelled and burnt stables, while other 8, were, sadly, killed by bombs or ran away and are nowhere to be found. Newly rescued horses were wounded, dehydrated, malnourished and very traumatised. Once again we helped Natalia and her animals to survive. We are proud yo keep supporting people like Natalia and helping their animals survive, until the situation improves.
So far we have helped nearly 30 cat and dog shelters and volunteer groups to feed and care for their thousands of animals. Apart from companion animals, we provided support to wildlife shelters with rescue big cats, bears, horses and other wild animals.
Besides financial support our team spends countless hours coordinating help and evacuation, helping to rehome animals and looking for housing for people escaping the war with their animals and simply comforting volunteers in Ukraine scared for their animals.
Tomac, the 20 year old pigtailed macaque was left alone when his owner died during the war. We found a great sanctuary in Spain AAP Primadomus, where Tomac will spend the rest of his years surrounded by his primate companions and by love and care of competent and experienced people. The long and tedious work to prepare all the documents, built a transportation crate and get Tomac ready to go to his new home took many weeks. We are extremely happy and proud to report that today Tomac is finally enjoying his new great home! Pictured: Tomac just rescued in Ukraine and Tomac arriving to his new home to meet his new carers and make new primate friends!
Meet Ruru, the lion we thought we’d lost. Abandoned by the owner, Ruru was cared for by Asya Serpinska (pictured above) along with her rescue cats and dogs. We have been supporting Asya and her animals since day 1 and of course we helped care for and feed Ruru as well. Brave Asya made sure Ruru survived, sneaking to bring him food and water risking her life as the Russian army has booby-trapped the shed compound and the entry was forbidden. Later Ruru has been rescued and rehomed to a European sanctuary. Pictured: Ruru in Ukraine, alone in his small cage and today exploring his new home soon meet the rest ot the pride (second picture from AAP Primadomus)