A Colorado guy drives to the Ukraine border to help people escape with their dogs.
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO (AP) — A veterinarian from Colorado traveled all the way to the Ukraine/Romania border to help people fleeing with their dogs.
Jon Geller, a veterinarian from Fort Collins, took his love for animals to the Issacea Border Crossing station in Romania, where he put up a mobile vet tent to provide medical care to animals so they could travel securely.
I wanted to help like everyone else, Geller said, but I knew it would be a jump out of my comfort zone since I didn't know what I was getting myself into.They want to leave, and they want to bring their pets with them, says one source. However, there are a lot of restrictions for them to pass through Eastern Europe with their dogs.
His organization, the Street Dog Coalition, is based near the crossing point, which sees hundreds of families every day.
It provides pet immunizations, pet passports, and anything else that families require to ensure the safety of their furry animals.
They're quite concerned about their animals.They'd be lost without them for some of them, Geller added.
The Issacea Border Crossing Station has grown into a safe haven for families, with volunteers from all over the world pitching in to provide a hot meal and a place to rest.
After we finish with their dogs, they get warmed up, have some lunch, and board a bus that will take them usually to Bucharest, but possibly elsewhere, Geller explained.
Geller's life has been forever changed as a result of the encounter.
It's amazing to see how unifying this war has been, even though it's a horrible event, he said.
Street Dog Coalition, based in Colorado, assists homeless people and their pets.