We are sending veterinarian volunteers to work with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Poland. The VIDAS Volunteer Network (Good Fix Vets) also has many veterinarians and technicians ready to deploy for GGC.
Thousands of Ukrainian families continue to flee their country, pets in tow. Those remaining in the country are struggling to care for their pets as the crisis continues to escalate. We’re working with partners on the ground to provide help where it’s needed most.
We’re sending an emergency cash grant to the Federation of Polish Food Banks to help people and pets affected by the current crisis in Ukraine. The Federation is a coalition of food banks in the area, so this allows us to provide help and support the community.
We’re sending funding the International Police Association in Poland to help refugees displaced by the current conflict and organize humanitarian aid shipments.
The situation on the ground in Ukraine is precarious and is deteriorating as Russia continues to target civilian residential areas in large cities around the country. Over 3 million people fled the country, and over 6.5 million were displaced from their homes. Unfortunately, many pets were left behind when their owners escaped from Ukraine. Hungry and alone, they’re left to wander the streets.
Our team landed in Bucharest, Romania to check on our partners at Save the Dogs And other Animals, who have been sending food into Ukraine and helping refugees and their pets cross the border. We’re helping to mobilize these urgent relief efforts as fast as we possibly can. Yesterday a Save the Dogs van brought more than a ton of pet food to the Ukrainian border, which was then distributed to shelter volunteers who feed street dogs and cats. Also, the organization just put up the first of two large tents at Save the Dogs' shelter! Together, these tents hold around 60 tons of pet food, which allows Save the Dogs to accept more donations.
Your donations are making a huge impact on the lives of the animals who are getting out of shelters in Ukraine and the pets of refugees fleeing who have fled their homes. We are grateful that with your support, families who have already lost everything because of this war are able to keep their pets with them.
Today, our remaining team in Poland visited the DPS Rejowiec Women and Children’s Shelter and brought with them 150 pairs of socks and underwear, medicine and first aid supplies like bandages for 200 treatments, and food items enough to provide 150 filling meals. The shelter staff were so grateful that they insisted on our team staying overnight.