Efforts to Save Pets in Ukraine, No Easy Task


From the start of the war, it’s striking how many images included family pets. The full-scale Russian invasion has changed the life of every Ukrainian, but it also impacted animals’ lives. From the first days of March 2022, Kormotech – a Ukrainian manufacturer of food for cats and dogs – pledged to coordinate efforts to help save animals and created the Save Pets of Ukraine initiative. Kormotech has, so far, provided 200 tons of its own dog and cat food. The company began establishing a global chain of aid under the framework of the project, bringing together nonprofits and commercial institutions globally, including Purina which quietly has been providing pet food for desperate families.

Save Pets of Ukraine has received over 21,000 requests for help from pet owners, animal rescue volunteers, shelters and breeders. The Save Pets of Ukraine team works to bring assistance by purchasing food, providing logistics, and organizing deliveries of humanitarian goods throughout Ukraine, primarily on the front-line zones. In this way; they aim to meet the needs of all those who have asked for assistance.

Sadly, the war has left many pets without owners or proper, constant care. Shelters, especially near the more intense war zone and in Eastern Ukraine, are now overcrowded, and under-resourced for food and veterinary care. In some places volunteers or even employees are (understandably) very hard to find.

This story from the Washington Post is one of countless reports of  reckless war crimes against not only innocent humans but also innocent animals.

The purpose of the Save Pets of Ukraine initiative is to provide comprehensive assistance for animals through food, basic veterinary care and ensure loving humans.  At the same time, Save Pets of Ukraine are working to form a wide-scale animal rescue volunteer network, which, in the future, will support pet owners in different regions, and thus simplify the way in which humanitarian support is received. This is not an easy task.

Millions of Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries many have taken their animals with them but many have not. Just as many people are trying to find safety within the country.

In many places, therapy dogs and psychologists help children and adults cope with the post-traumatic experiences of war.

Here’s what Humane Society International is doing.