Animals are also victims of the war in Ukraine. They lose their homes, die at the hands of their aggressor, or die of starvation or disease. The correspondents of the program “Note! TVN” reached out to those who, during the turmoil of history, decided to help the weakest and those who depend on people.
Helping animals from Ukrainian shelters
The war in Ukraine is a great tragedy for a nation of over 40 million people. Animals are also among the victims of this nightmare. Some are brought to Poland, others are left to their fate, often hungry, terrified by the howling of sirens and the falling of bombs.
– Przemyśl became the focus of events due to the fact that we are operating directly on the Ukrainian border. About 700-800 animals passed through our institution over the course of a month – confirms Radosław Fedaczyński, a veterinarian from the institution “Ada”.
Animals come mainly from Ukrainian shelters to Poland.
Fedaczyński explains that the people who work there want to deliver the animals to us in order to take charge of transportation from within their country.
Animals from Ukraine also come with refugees. Changed to be friendlier Regulations allow you to bring even unvaccinated pets without a passport. There are volunteers at the stations and at the border.
People who run away with pets often don’t have any accessories with them. They have no food, no litter, and no ligament. And we have what it takes. We donate and help – says volunteer Karina Daniszoska-Sroka.
Attack on Kharkiv Zoo
In the first days of the war, the Kharkiv Zoo suffered. The orangutans and two chimpanzees died, as well as people who tried to feed the animals. The Russians claimed that there were military targets. The zoo was shot several times.
– As of March 1, the Association of European Zoos issued a statement in full support of the sanctions against Russia. This means that transfers to and from Russian zoos have been suspended, explains Małgorzata Chodyła of the Pozna Zoo. He adds:- We asked the Russians if they knew what was going on with the Kharkiv Zoo. They replied that nothing happened.
Large animals that are evacuated from zoos depend on the help of experienced organizations working for their rights.
– So far, there have been four animal transports from Ukraine, we took them at the border and repacked them in our cars. Most of the animals went to Belgium and Holland. Transporting animals safely, especially from outside the European Union, is a very complex procedure. Under the conditions of the war, it is impossible to complete the documents – they refer to Małgorzata Chodyła.
It confirms the impact of the reality of war on animals.
– New places, new people, constant mobility, lack of nutrition. He points out that getting a few kilograms of fresh meat for tigers is very difficult.
Helping animals in Ukraine
Most shipments to Poland are for dogs and cats that have been lost, escaped or abandoned.
– I have visited Ukraine five times since the outbreak of the war. In one direction bring food and medicine, and in the other direction bring animals – says Karina Daniszoska-Sroka, volunteer.
During volunteer flights, bomb alerts appear.
– Each of us, when entering war zones, must remember that something can happen. The roads to Kyiv, Bokza and Alexandria are very dangerous – Karina admits.
All organizations use funds for fundraising. Without this, their activity would not be possible.
– We will continue to lead and help. We have a three-year plan. Even if the war ends, animal problems will begin. People will focus on rebuilding the country, and there will be other priorities – Radosław Fedaczyński believes.
– Animals have no nationality. If I can, I help every animal – Karina Daniszoska-Sroka concludes.
The entire report can be found in a note! TVN.
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