We’ve been thinking about pets affected by the Ukraine crisis and how best to support those that are trying to look after them. So far we’ve found 3 people who have gone out to help. We’re now in contact with them and have asked for updates and what help they need Here’s their details:
Lucie Mountain (above) from Paw Runner has been in touch with a charity called 'Network for animals' who are helping the dogs and cats of Ukraine. They have reported that pet food is now becoming scarce in the shops and neighbouring countries are running very low on pet food supplies in their supermarkets.
Lucie is a 'woman with a van' so she is going to put it to good use and drive pet supplies and pet food to the Ukraine border where she will meet Foundation ADA and 'Network for Animals' who will take the goods into Ukraine.
She is asking for donations of dog and cat food, collars and leads, blankets, harnesses, dog bowls and pet cages to safely transport dogs across the borders.
‘We are raising money to help us purchase pet food and supplies from those of you who don't live local to us, and to help towards the cost of our travels from the UK to Poland to deliver the goods.’
Piers is a Scuba Diving Trainer who lives in Surrey. He was featured on BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show on Monday 14 March.
Desperate to help he brought a van, loaded it with much needed provisions and drove out to the Polish Ukraine border where he arrived on his birthday on the 11th March. He has been using donations raised to transport refugees to safety. As a dog owner he has also been buying dog food for animals that have fleeing to safety. Working with others Piers says he will stay as long as possible to help those in need.
We are in contact with Piers via twitter @piersgrundy so that he can provide updates.
UPDATE - 29th March 2022:
Piers has been busy helping refugees escape on the Ukrainian border and supporting their animals as the conflict continues.
Check out these videos from his Twitter coverage:
Marc from Whitchurch in Bristol is travelling to Poland every 7 - 10 days taking supplies for the animals left behind. They ideally need beds, blankets plus dog and cat food. If you would like to donate contact Emma below. Here's their story.
Peter age 75 who lives on border of Ukraine feels he is too old to leave his home, He has decided to stay put and look after the pets that have been left. He has taken in dogs and cats and together with other neighbours they are going around looking after pets that have been left behind.
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And they are:
doing pick-ups on the border.
They are in contact with many organisations and other facilities homing animals, to get continuous updates about their situation.
If you would like to support their animal relief efforts, please donate so that they can ensure that the supplies that are most needed, reach those who need it the most.
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