Pets in Ukraine are improving.
It's nearly impossible to think about anything other than the tragedy in Ukraine right now. As if a global pandemic wasn't bad enough, there's now a war engulfing civilization and impacting the lives of innocent people and animals. All of this is due to a delusional ruler who is a bully.
Many people find it difficult to believe that they are being attacked. The consequences and loss of life for pets, livestock, and wild creatures will be devastating. The environmental impact is incalculable.
It's terrible to see photographs of Ukrainian folks clutching their pets and dogs and screaming for help. Consider some of the difficulties that these people face. You see photographs of people clutching their pets in bomb shelters and train platforms. What a difficult and stressful situation these creatures must be in. What about bathroom visits?
Or during nighttime blackouts caused by bombing, when all lights must be turned out for 12 hours. Simultaneously, sirens blare. Some folks are fortunate enough to be able to flee to their basement, while others are not so fortunate. There are several stories about newborn pups who demand a lot of attention, or dogs that are ready to whelp, or other veterinary needs.
The roads are congested, and gasoline is scarce. Supplies are rapidly depleting. There is a scarcity of pet food. I've seen reports that major pet stores and brands have closed, leaving no one with food.
In Ukraine, there are animal rescues, some with hundreds of animals in need of care. These are being shelled, and carers who do not abandon the animals are being slaughtered, according to reports. The number of animals physically left behind in closed flats or boxes is one of the saddest things. Some even came up short.
What about folks who are attempting to evacuate with their dogs by car or on foot? It may be easier with little pets, but anyone with a larger animal would have a much harder difficulty. For starters, you'll still need to bring food and drink.
Neighboring nations, including as Poland, Romania, and Moldava, are doing everything they can to assist individuals evacuating with their dogs, and will accept pets without documentation.
One Labrador retriever breeder required assistance transporting 50 dogs from her kennel. A customer of mine once bought a stunning purebred Labrador puppy from Ukraine.
Dear friends from around the world who are emailing and asking 'how can we assist,'until today, all we could do was demonstrate good will, reads an excerpt from the plan to save these pets. We can, however, aid Lily Zierova and her 50 dogs and puppies due to some brave people (Polish and Romanian drivers) who are willing to drive into Ukraine and transport them to safety.
Our first priority is to purchase a large quantity of gas, as it is impossible to obtain in Ukraine - the drivers must enter with their own funds. The shipment is scheduled for Monday and is being organized by Beata Urbanczyk Zajac of Poland, Malmesbury Kennel, and myself.
The Facebook group (www.facebooki.com/groups/279320244341426) is full of posts from people who are in need of assistance as well as others who are willing to help.
Sanctions, condemnation, and boycotts have been imposed on Russia, but is this enough?
The International Canine Federation (FCI), also known as the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), is the world's largest international collection of kennel clubs. The FCI and its general committee officially oppose the Russian Federation's military forces' invasion of Ukraine, they said. Nobody can be unaffected by the violence and aggressiveness, and we are all concerned, unhappy, and enraged. The Russian Army's invasion of Ukraine has thrown entire families of our dog community into disarray. The Russian Kynological Federation (RKF) will not be able to hold any events where FCI titles or prizes are awarded on Russian territory from March 1 until further notice.
In order to give our Members/Contract Partners and any other persons the opportunity to express their solidarity and help towards the Ukrainian people, their dog lovers/breeders/keepers, the FCI will open a bank account, specifically for this purpose, where all donations will be welcomed and forwarded, with full transparency, to help the Ukrainian Kennel Union (UKU) and Ukrainian breeders badly affected by the war and in serious need, living either in Ukraine or elsewhere, the FCI will open a bank account, specifically The FCI will make a significant contribution to this fund. In the next days, we'll provide more information.
Crufts 2022, the world's most prestigious international dog show, has barred any canine competitors from Russia.