# Abandoned pets
The Unsung American Hero Who Traveled to Ukraine to Care for Abandoned Pets
According to a report published in petfoodindustry.com, there were around 750,000 and 5.5 million cats in 2014. However, as millions flee war torn Ukraine, beloved pets are being abandoned and left to fend for themselves.
Shelter Animals in Danger of Being Abandoned and Starving to Death in War Torn Ukraine
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."
Jim Acosta's Duke
Recently CNN's Jim Acosta announced he has adopted a dog, Duke, and thanked Best Friends the largest no-kill sanctuary in the US for bringing Duke into his life. Duke is one pup among the 18 pets found in an abandoned house in Arkansas. In his tweet, Jim Acosta mentioned that all the other dogs have been successfully placed with foster families.