The plight of animals in south east of Ukraine

The situation in south east of Ukraine is critical and it will have a long term impact on people and their animals.
Millions of people abandoned their home, heading to West countries and many took the pets with them. Ukrainians are crossing Romania by car, train or even by foot, walking in a march of desperation. Many left behind their old parents, their husbands who remain to fight, as well as house and are worried they will find nothing when and if they will ever return home.

Dogs are in danger of being shot. Shelters are in danger of being completely destroyed if a bomb accidentally falls in the wrong place.

Shops are empty, stocks of animal food and emergency supplies are running out and humanitarian aid hardly reaches the south east of Ukraine, especially occupied or war zones.

From the beginning, ROLDA team located just 8 km from border with Ukraine and Moldova was busy to find the best way to help people and animals affected by the war which happens very close to us.

We want to help the best we can the refugees and their pets who arrive in Romania but most importantly, the dogs who are left behind on the streets of Ukraine, in shelters in bombarded cities who lack vital resources and where the animal rescue activity can’t continue as before the war.

ROLDA is determined to find ways to channel food and essential supplies to countless abandoned animals who face death by bomb blasts, airstrikes and enemy fire. Regardless of bullets and bombs, we promise to fight as hard for the animals as the Ukrainians are fighting for their homeland!

Presently, the war continues in south east of Ukraine.

With international support, ROLDA hopes to be able to continue providing financial and logistic support to 10 shelters who looks after a total of 5000 dogs and cats. Together, we can reach more.

Your donation put at work to save Ukrainian animals

(last update 08 June 2022)

Financial aid sent to Korosten, Kiev zone, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Dnepr, Poltava, Kharkiv

Note: ROLDA signed collaboration agreements with the following shelters from Ukraine to be able to transfer money for dogs. As per agreement, the Ukrainian shelters have full responsibility on how they spend the money received. ROLDA is not affiliated with/doesn’t endorse any shelter from Ukraine.

● Kherson Chance 600 dogs
● Korosten Hachiko 70 dogs
● Kiev (Sirius and other small shelters) 3100 animals
● Zaporizhzhia Give me a paw, friend 250 dogs and 70 cats as well as:
● Melitopol 200 dogs
● TOG shelter 370 dogs
● Orekhov 50 dogs
● Stepnogorsk 75 dogs
● Matveevka 75 dogs
● Claire Mallet Poltava 200 animals
● Friend Shelter Dnepr 100 animals

What we currently do

Collect funds to be sent directly to shelters in need across Ukraine

We aim to continue to send financial aid to shelters and rescuers we signed a protocol with and also identify new partners especially in the south east of Ukraine.

Evacuate as many dogs as possible from Ukrainian shelters and rescuers

We aim to reach the dogs from shelter in danger of closing because of lack of resources, or dogs in danger of becoming captive in occupied territories. We aim to transfer them to safety at ROLDA where they will get papers necessary to be transported to our partners in Europe, US, etc.
Galati is strategically located near Kherson (who sadly presently is on occupied territory) and Odessa.
We are just 8km from the border (Reni checkpoint) and can take animals in immediately. Your support will enable us to pay for the transport for rescue missions as well as veterinary and shelter care provided to dogs saved from Ukraine.

Long term collaboration with shelters from Ukraine

Everyone reading these lines is aware that Ukraine will need support even after this war ends.
People returning and finding their homes a ruin have other priorities then supporting local animal shelters. At ROLDA, we want to offer a long term commitment to those Ukrainian shelters that need our support. Without ending up overcrowding our own shelter, we want to evacuate a number of dogs on regular basis (and we are willing to work with other European charities from Sweden, Denmark, Germany etc) who are invited to adopt these dogs so we can make room for more to be saved.

Offer veterinary support and food for refugees’ pets arriving in Romania, Reni-Giurgiulesti and Isaccea

Thanks to our volunteers, we manage to translate leaflets in Ukrainian and distribute them at the border, in Giurgulesti-Reni and Isaccea checkpoints which explain that ROLDA provides hygiene supplies, food for refugees’ pets as well as free medical assistance.

Shelter in Mykolaiv bombed, cat unit burn out

Horse shelter burn

Milestones

08.06 – ordering supplies for a massive transport to be sent in the next days in Mykolaiv from where to be distributed to dozen rescuers and private shelters

06.06 – first rescued Ukrainian dogs adopted in the US and Sweden

05.06 – sending funds to Irina for building new kennels

27.05 – sending funds to Olga clinic

20.05 – rescue 10 dogs from Kiev private shelter

18.05 – sending funds to Irina shelter in Zaporizhzhia

09.05 – sending funds to Irina shelter in Zaporizhzhia

08.05 – sending funds to Claire shelter in Poltava

26.04 – 4 dogs were transported from Mykolaiv war zone to safety at ROLDA

21.04 – sending funds to shelters in Dnepr, Korosten, Sirius near Kiev and Poltava

21.04 – transporting 5 t of food and supplies to shelters in Mykolaiv and Zaporizhezhe

02.04 – sending funds to Kherson (city under occupation)

29.03 – 15 dogs transported from Korosten (second tranport)
New delivery of food to Inessa shelter in Korosten

28.03 – rescue 4 dogs from Anastasiia Animal SOS Odessa (plus an additional pup from her long way from Odessa to meet me at border to deliver dogs)
Delivery of food donated by SAP to Anastasiia for her animals

25.03 – sending funds to shelter from Zaporizhezhe

24.03 – supplies sent to refugees camp in Tulcea and to border at Isaccea for people fleeing with their pets from Ukraine

23.03 – protocol agreement signed with Irina from Give a Paw, Friend, located in Zaporizhezhe

18.03 – 23 adult dogs collected from Kiev and Cernauti areas

16.03 – 15 adults and 8 pups collected from Korosten shelter run by Inessa
Delivery of food to Inessa to be used for her shelter and giving to pets owners who didn’t flee

16.03 – sending funds to shelter from Korosten

14.03 – protocol agreement signed with Inessa who runs Korosten shelter

08.03 – sending funds to shelter from Kiev

06.03 – protocol agreement signed with a shelter from Kiev

01.03 – ROLDA notified the DSV Galati that we are happy to house permanently dogs evacuated from Ukraine and take care of their health, shelter them and prepare them to be adopted.

Shelter “Chance” in Kherson

Breaking News:
City is still under occupation

Update:
ROLDA send financial support to shelter in Kherson.

Background:
The shelter in Kherson is a house for 600 dogs.
Raising funds for daily needs is more difficult for them because they are under occupation, they can’t receive humanitarian aid or rehome dogs abroad. Svetlana is trying to help the dogs from Kherson finding them homes in Belgium.

Kherson shelter – Angelina

Shelter “Give me a paw, friend” in Zaporizhzhia

Update:
ROLDA send financial support as well as approx 2.5 tones of supplies to shelter in Zaporizhzhia.

Background:
The shelter in Zaporizhzhia was established in 2009 and has a no kill policy, helping disabled, sick dogs as well as animals affected by bullets or explosion in war zone, located 50 km from shelter. Often, they have limited access to food and medicines.
5 people are looking after 250 dogs (from which approx 50 disabled) and 70 cats. They also act like a hub for others shelters located nearby in Melitopol, Orekhov, Stepnogorsk and Matveevka.
Varvarka from Boston put us in touch with Irina, who runs the shelter from Ukraine and she kindly translated the communication.

Shelter in Korosten

Breaking News:
ROLDA succesfully finished the 2nd rescue mission, extracting 15 more dogs from Korosten war zone.

Update:
Early March, our team evacuated the first 23 dogs after a long rescue operation in which a brave driver risk his life to pass nearby Kiev.
A total of 38 dogs were saved so far from Korosten.
ROLDA sent financial support to shelter in Korosten; we also delivered 1600 kg of dry food to be distributed locally to pet owners and shelter dogs.

Background:
Hachiko is the rescue shelter from Korosten run by a brave team lead by Inessa and Lida. ROLDA got in touch with them through Oksana, an animal lover from Ukraine who lives in Spain. The Hachiko shelter is modest, but the local rescuers do the best they can to provide a safe life to 70 dogs.

Small private shelter in Korosten – Inessa and Lida

Dogs from Korosten transported to safety at ROLDA

Food aid delivered

Shelter with 70 dogs in Korosten

Shelter in Kiev

Update:
ROLDA provided financial support to the shelter in Kiev.

Background:
In January 2022, Fox News explained that the city policy is to get rid of strays by 2030. At that time, 230 dogs and 50 cats were housed in the municipal shelter. Kiev was just another place from this Planet were dogs were about to be chased and executed. Soon after, the number of dogs from shelter doubled.

Not long after war started, Kiev was under siege making impossible for humanitarian aid to be sent, or for dogs to be extracted from shelters were they were in obvious danger.

Shelter in Poltava – Claire

The plight of animals in south east of Ukraine

The situation in south east of Ukraine is critical and it will have a long term impact on people and their animals.
Millions of people abandoned their home, heading to West countries and many took the pets with them. Ukrainians are crossing Romania by car, train or even by foot, walking in a march of desperation. Many left behind their old parents, their husbands who remain to fight, as well as house and are worried they will find nothing when and if they will ever return home.

Together, we will fight for the life of every abandoned pet!

Ukraine animals need us TODAY but also after the war will end.

Together with ROLDA for Ukraine animals
Helping refugees pets

Rescuing dogs from war

Ukraine war & animals in danger

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