What we are doing in Ukraine


In Ukraine, the harrowing impact of the war on its animal population continues.

In March 2022, Save the Dogs began assisting a small number of partners near the border with Romania (particularly the associations in Odessa and Izmail).

As the war continued, the operation expanded to other areas where there were large numbers of animals in distress.

Today, the operation has spread to an even larger area of the country, including Kharkiv in the north-east, Mykolayv in the south and Kherson, just behind the Russian front line.

Save the Dogs si unisce a Eurogroup for Animals per continuare a proteggere gli animali più vulnerabili in Ucraina
Save the Dogs si unisce a Eurogroup for Animals per continuare a proteggere gli animali più vulnerabili in Ucraina


Since the beginning of the conflict, we have:

  • provided more than 1,000 people arriving at the border fleeing with their animals with basic necessities, assistance and information on the documents needed to continue their journey in European countries
  • welcomed 30 dogs evacuated from a shelter in Odessa to our shelter in Cernavoda, Romania
  • ensured a continuous supply of feed, 1,100 tonnes, plus blankets, kennels, to shelters and volunteers in Ukraine
  • neutered, microchipped and vaccinated against rabies 4,167 animals (dogs and cats) in Odessa, Mykolayv and Izmail.



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