The Red Cross and Humane Society International have teamed up to help pets in Ukraine that have been affected by the conflict.
The Romanian Red Cross and the Humane Society International (HSI) are collaborating to transport pet supplies into Ukraine in order to help animals affected by Russia's incursion.
After launching a large-scale invasion on Feb. 24 — the first serious land conflict in Europe in decades — Russia's onslaught on Ukraine continues.
The details of the fighting alter by the day, but hundreds of civilians, including children, have already been killed or injured. According to the United Nations, millions of Ukrainians have also left.
You have no idea where to go, where to run, or who to call. This is merely a panic attack, PEOPLE spoke with Liliya Marynchak, a 45-year-old teacher in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, about the time her city was bombarded — one of many testimonies of Russian bombardment.
The invasion has had a significant impact on pets as well. According to a statement from the Humane Society International, animal shelters, veterinarian clinics, and pet owners in Ukraine are having difficulty obtaining the pet food and medical supplies required to keep the country's animals healthy.
In response to this crisis in animal care, the Romanian Red Cross has decided to include animal life-saving supplies in its humanitarian relief shipment to Ukraine. To aid in these efforts, HSI has contributed almost a ton of pet food to the Romanian Red Cross. According to HSI, the Romanian Red Cross is the first to offer pet assistance in its transportation.
We know that in times like these, not only people but also animals require assistance. We are delighted and humbled to have Humane Society International on board, ensuring that much-needed pet food reaches Ukraine via our convoys. The first ton of dry pet food has arrived at our Sibiu loading dock, and it will be shipped to Ukraine in the next days "In a statement, Raluca Morar, the executive director of the Romanian Red Cross in Sibiu, said.
We appreciate the Romanian Red Cross' recognition that the situation of animals in war is intrinsically linked to the plight of the people who live with them and care so passionately about their well-being. We've contributed one ton of emergency pet supplies to the Red Cross, the first of many to come, to help avert a deepening animal welfare disaster in Ukraine. There are many pet dogs and cats roaming the streets that have been separated from their families; they are befuddled, traumatized, and in desperate need of assistance. The sorrow of war knows no bounds, and in collaboration with the Red Cross, we will provide assistance to individuals in Ukraine who are frantically seeking assistance to keep their animal companions alive throughout this crisis." Andreea Roseti, the Romania director of Humane Society International/Europe, added.
HSI is collaborating with local animal welfare groups in Germany, Italy, and Poland, as well as Mars Incorporated, to assist pet-owning Ukrainian refugees escaping the crisis in their nation by delivering emergency pet supplies at refugee reception centers.
As we respond to the Ukrainian crisis, it's evident that people's plight is frequently intrinsically related to animal plight. Whether it's refugees fleeing with their pets in tow or those staying behind to care for animals in shelters, rescue centers, and veterinary clinics, these people require assistance, which we can provide through our critical relationships Humane Society International's CEO, Kitty Block, stated.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has sparked international outrage and increased economic penalties against the country.
Various countries have committed aid or military support to the resistance as NATO forces mass in the region around Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine called for peace talks, which have so far failed, while also pushing his country to strike back.
Putin maintains that Ukraine has historic ties to Russia and that he is acting in his country's best interests. Zelenskyy pledged that he would not budge. Nobody will be able to break us; we're strong, and we're Ukrainians, he said in an early speech to the European Union, adding, Life will triumph over death. And the light will triumph over the darkness.