The war in Ukraine continues to cause immense suffering and destruction across the country to animals and humans alike. It is estimated that around 700,000 companion animals have been separated from their families – orphaned, abandoned, lost during the fighting – since the war began.
But as always, there are kind-hearted people who are saving lives.
In response to this urgent need, Animals Australia is assisting Sirius Shelter through our Emergency Grants program. Situated in Fedorivka near the capital Kyiv, it is the largest animal shelter in the country, caring for over 3500 vulnerable animals.
Our Emergency Grants response is providing critical funds to rebuild lifesaving housing. Stressed by the sights and sounds of conflict and relentless bombings close to the shelter, scared resident dogs have panicked and tried to escape, sometimes seriously injuring themselves and damaging or destroying shelters.
New enclosures are urgently being built and providing protection from bitterly cold winter snow and rain. Adequate shelters give comfort and warmth to countless dogs in desperate need.