Shelter Animals in Danger of Being Abandoned and Starving to Death in War Torn Ukraine

Yana Bostongirl

In Ukraine, it is not only the people who are experiencing the horrific impact of the Russian invasion but animals as well.

Marina Dilly. founder of Shelter Friend which is home to 650 dogs and 200 cats had this to say about the situation to the Daily Mail: 'Our city is empty now, no vet hospital. They shut down. There is nothing."

Opened 10 years ago in Dnipro as a sanctuary for disabled and abandoned dogs, she says that more and more dogs are being left at her doorsteps as people continue to flee the war in Ukraine. This is what she had to say about the dire situation: "There is no dry dog food available and rice is rationed. There is a big shortage of cat food. It is not possible to get food or material items to the shelter. We have enough food for a few days, but if nobody helps us and if NATO does not close the sky over Ukraine, I am afraid these dogs will have little chance for survival."

Hundreds of shelter pets are being transported to the animal shelters in neighboring countries in trucks. In Przemysl, Poland, an article published on describes how the staff at ADA Foundation, a no-kill shelter located just 30 minutes from the Ukrainian border, is working around the clock to care for this sudden deluge of shelter pets. They are not short for food but are in urgent need of medical equipment, medicine, and money to help transport these animals.

According to CNN, The Network for Animal, a charity with offices in London and Oldsmar, Florida, is one group trying to raise funds in order to help these shelters.

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