The conflict in Ukraine has brought attention to the link that exists between humans and their dogs.
EFE reports from Warsaw, Poland, on March 20. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees have fled to safety while carrying their pets, indicating that animals are also members of the family and should not be abandoned.
Jane, 29, is in Warsaw with Mika, a little white poodle who interrupts the talk with frantic barks and appears shocked by the station's commotion.
On the bus, she was really worried. It was suffocatingly packed. We were on our own. My grandparents are adamant about not leaving. They claim that's where their home is, she tells Efe.
Jane arrived in Poland from a town in central Ukraine where it's quiet and we haven't had bombs, but we heard the sirens every day and every night.
Since the conflict began on February 24, European countries have made it easier for pets to travel from Ukraine.
Polish NGOs are also offering packages of food, kitty litter, leashes, harnesses, muzzles, and small blankets to families traveling with pets, in addition to basic items.
Pet food was packed by a retired couple, 64 and 65, when they left Kyiv, but they acknowledge they haven't had time to think about their pets' vaccines.
They're taking two Yorkshire Terriers and their 16-year-old grandson with them on the trip.
Despite the fact that the breed is known for being noisy, the dogs wait peacefully for the train that will transport them to Berlin, where they will stay with family.
Olga and her kids, who are also from Kyiv, claim they did not hesitate to leave the capital with their family cat, Namur.
Olga's husband has stayed behind to fight in the conflict, and their home is at risk of being shelled because "others two blocks away have been completely demolished," she says.
Pet food and veterinary supplies have been sent to Ukraine by the Red Cross and Humane Society International (HSI) to help injured animals that have been left behind or are unable to be evacuated.
Hundreds of animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and rescue centers, as well as thousands of families with pets who remain in Ukraine, are struggling to find food for the animals in their care, the organizations said in a joint statement. Providing veterinary care for injured or sick animals is becoming increasingly difficult as supplies are at risk of running out.
There are enormous numbers of pet dogs and cats roaming the streets who have become separated from their homes; they are disoriented, scared, and in need of help, said Andreea Roseti, director of HSI Europe. The tragedy of war doesn't care if you have two or four legs.
Other groups are working to save zoos, but larger animals, such as elephants, are difficult to relocate.
The Dutch NGO APP relocated four small lions and an African wild dog to a shelter in Spain.
During the fighting, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria is also attempting to smuggle food into Ukraine.
We got provisions for zoo animals thanks to the efforts of our special food brigades and suppliers: a range of fruits and vegetables, raisins, nuts, flour, butter, oil, fish, meat, eggs, biscuits, cereals, pasta, liquids - we have a supply for two weeks, Kyiv zoo announced on March 9.
The zoo welcomed a new member to its family at the beginning of the month, as the battle raged.