From December 1st to January 1st, we have evacuated 809 animals, performed surgeries for 42 animals, and provided help to 7996 animals overall. This brings our animal welfare spending to $579,039, which has reached 78,480 animals since March.
Let’s put some muzzles to these statistics:
Elza & Altai
Elza and Altai were part of a necessary, but difficult and dangerous evacuation mission from Kherson. The day after their evacuation, a missile hit and destroyed their kennel in Kherson. Our donors made their timely escape possible.
They arrived at an experienced and loving foster home in Irpen. Their foster mom adored them, and shared her joy both in real life and through social media. Elza’s and Altai’s majestic beauty did not go unnoticed, and a potential adopter all the way from Zakarpatia came to get to know them. A few visits in, she could no longer bear to leave without them. Elza and Altai now reside in the safety of western Ukraine with their new family. They get to frolic in the fields, enjoy snacks, and run errands with their new family.
26 little muzzles were evacuated to Kyiv in the last month. Only 16 of these puppies were planned, the rest hitched a ride to safety when they saw the opportunity. We have come to accept this as a given – evacuation missions consistently come back with almost twice the amount of anticipated puppies.
We don’t leave anyone stranded and focus on continuous support. Upon arrival all of the pups go through spaying and neutering, vaccinations, and any other necessary treatments before being put up for adoption.
Winter in Ukraine can be brutal. Many regions have already seen snow for weeks. With continuous blackouts across the country, shelters are losing access to heat, water, and light. This has tremendous effects on shelters, sometimes with devastating long term consequences:
- Refrigeration: many animals in Ukraine continue to eat homemade food, or a mixture of kibble and stew. This requires refrigeration for meat products and vegetables. Although kibble is more convenient, in many areas it may not be an option because:
- Grains, vegetables, and meat trimmings are more economical in rural areas than kibble.
- Delivery of pet food is not possible or extremely expensive in unoccupied areas, and warm zones nearing the front lines.
- Animals that are unfamiliar with manufactured pet food commonly refuse to eat kibble.
- Medicines: many medications require climate control. This means a consistently cool, dry, and dark environment for vaccines, antibiotics, and other medications. Without proper storage, they can quickly spoil. In the winter, we utilize outside temperatures when possible, however, fluctuation in temperature can also kill live vaccines and damage other medications.
- Veterinary machines: discontinuation of infusion pumps, breathing apparatuses, heaters for kittens and puppies, and other machines can yield immediate and severe health results for already compromised animals.
Nova Ukraine has provided seven generators to six shelters to keep animals healthy and comfortable in these terrifying conditions.
- Two generators have gone to support operating rooms and the ICU for post-operative care
- One generator went to support 45 horses at stables in Kharkiv
- 4 generators went to keeping the heat on and the refrigerators running for 671 animals in four different shelters
Without the help of our kind donors, none of this would be possible. We are grateful for every dollar we have received. As the war continues, and there is no end in sight, we urge you to continue your support so we can scale and continue to grow, covering more and more ground, and bringing more and more animals to safety.
Please indicate “Animal Rescue” in your donation to direct funds towards our animal rescue efforts.