Here’s a list of initiatives (which will be constantly updated), mostly acting in the borders, but not only:
1/3/22 – “Το Greek forum for refugees opens its premises and its heart to the Coordination Committee of the Ukrainian Communities in Greece in order to organise, cordinate and support the initiatives of the Ukrainian communities.
Our office, Stournari 57 at the 3rd floor in Omonoia, Athens, will be open every day from Monday to Friday and from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm for the organisation and the coordination of the upcoming activities.
The Greek Forum of Refugees as an association of refugee and migrant communities is in constant contact with the State authorities and the relevant stakeholders to contribute by any means.
Hungarian civilians self organizing to bring help to the borders – Facebook Group
The zoo in Poznan currently hosts some big cats, an African wild dog and some primates who were before at a wildlife resuce center in Ukraine. They will soon also go to Odessa and rescue two more lions. Some of these animals will soon be transfered to Spain at Stichting AAP’s premises and for the rest, the same organization will find other appropriate sanctuaries.
VERY important information from Poland, regarding pet owners:
Facebook group “Help to Ukrainian dog owners / breeders” where people offer to people and their pets from Ukraine accomodation and transportation . It’s not limited to dogs and cats, some offer space for horses as well for example.
Facebook group “Ukraine refugees and animal transport offers wanted”.
More countries have announced that pets from Ukraine don’t have to be fully vaccinated or have their documents up to date. A thorough list here of all such countries here (excellent job by Kabul Small Animal Rescue). Furthermore, Bulgaria follows too as well as Finland accepts dogs without the rubbies vax need .
Romanian organization that helps people with their pets (not only cats and dogs but also “farmed animals”) to find accomodation and all they need. Facebook page here. They need volunteers to rotate shifts because they got exhausted…
UK-Romanian initiative that will go to the borders collect 60/70 animals. They organize the action in that fb group.
Non human animal sanctuaries / vets / voluntary groups who have stayed in Ukraine with the animals
The team Vegans UA started cooking vegan dishes at Lviv for whoever needs some food.
Dog shelter (but also with donkeys, cats and goats) in Ukraine called Shelter Friend Ukraine, check video post on fb here. They can’t evacuate, too many animals. Visit the post for info about donations.
Οpen Cages UA – Vegan initiative in Ukraine, having postponed for now their actions, obviously. Instagram account here.
Shelter Ugolyok – huge farm sanctuary in Ukraine (32 cows, 14 horses, 42 cats, 22 dogs, 197 gotas and sheeps). Today, the Russian army arrived to her doorstep. They cannot leave… Instagram accounts here, here and here . Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fundraiser page here.
Couple of vets in Odessa accepting all animals for accomodation and care.
Penny Marathon from Australia arranges a crowdfunding for the initiative Love Furry Friends in Odessa. It’s a team of people who takes care of strays in the area. You can see their actions on that youtube channel. More here. If you want to send direct help to their paypal here.
Unfortunately, some people left the country by leaving behind their pets:
Regarding the stray dogs in Chernobyl which now is occupied by Russians, things are not well since their caretakers had to leave the area. Here is an announcement.
Some more initiatives that provide help οn site, by Darya (Ethical & Easy) who is from Ukraine, so she is better informed by me, here.
Since 2015, I run this facebook group for non human victims in war torn countries through which back then, we arranged to send some financial help to Syrian activists who were taking care of strays. Nowadays, I post updates and needs from Ukraine.
Disclaimer: In purpose I didn’t add accounts that collect money for army or weapons. I am sure we prefer to support humanitarian or animal care causes, instead of the war itself.
One more -very thorough and human centered- list from the historian Tim Snyder here.
If you know other trustworthy small initiatives operating in borders or in Ukraine, please email me so I add it: email@example.com or Dm me on Instagram.
(Shoutout to Alli Cairns who have gathered the info on the animal care organizations and for Susanna and Marianne who revived my group by sharing the info about which countries are allowing pets with no papers.)