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Heartbreaking Discovery of Four Puppies in Ukraine Ignites Outrage and Compassion

In a disturbing yet heartening tale of survival, four young puppies were found abandoned inside a crudely assembled box, dangerously situated between a vast open field and a bustling highway in Ukraine. This shocking discovery casts a spotlight not only on the cruel reality of animal abandonment but also illustrates the profound impact of communal and individual responses that can foster hope and lead to positive outcomes. Left to fend for themselves in such perilous conditions, these puppies chose not … Read more

Dog Rushes Into Burning Ukraine Home To Save Helpless Kitten

For some reason, people often assume that cats and dogs are enemies. Sure, some dogs and cats might not get along, but others can become best friends. Some dogs would even risk their lives to save a feline. A few years ago, an explosion occurred in a defense industry building near Donetsk City, Ukraine. Fire and smoke spread to nearby areas, putting lots of people at risk. As people rushed out of burning buildings, they made sure all their beloved … Read more

Ukraine Stray Craving Human Contact Skulks From Bushes As Woman Puts Container Down

Since the invasion in the Ukraine, families have been forced to evacuate, leaving countless pets behind. It’s truly devastating. The once-beloved pets have mixed in with strays to form larger packs. Volunteers with rescue groups are busier than ever providing food and clean water to animals living on the streets.  A volunteer with Stray Furry Friends walks down a particular street she knows is overrun by hungry pups. She places a container of food down and several dogs come out … Read more

Ukraine Dog Coaxed Out Of Apartment After Deadly Missile Strike

Dog in destroyed Ukraine apartment

Sadly, tragedy continues months after Russia first invaded Ukraine. Many buildings have been demolished as people seek shelter. With so many deaths and injuries, lots of pets have been left behind in the rubble, fighting for their lives. A recent missile strike in Mykolayiv destroyed an apartment building and left several people dead or injured. One of the survivors was a Labrador Retriever who was trapped on the fourth floor of the building. Rescuers shared heartbreaking footage of them saving … Read more

Poland Animal Shelter Rescues Traumatized Ukraine Dogs & Hires Refugees

Aaron Jackson has made a huge difference in the world thanks to his organization called Planting Peace. Some of the incredible work they do involves protecting rainforests, planting trees, and encouraging equality. Ever since Russia first invaded Ukraine, the organization has expanded to help there as well. So, Jackson traveled from Florida to Poland to help find housing for refugees, especially those struggling to find pet-friendly accommodations. However, he recently learned that dogs from Ukraine cannot stay at shelters with … Read more

U.S. Drone Pilot Uses Infrared Camera To Save Trapped Ukraine Pets

Ukraine drone pet rescue

Doug Thron travels around the world to save abandoned pets during natural disasters. Amid events like hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires, he uses his drone to locate life in destroyed buildings. He recently moved his rescue work to Kyiv, Ukraine, to save all the innocent pets that are trapped in the rubble. The infrared camera on the drone allows Thron to see pets in the building that would’ve been missed otherwise. So, the Florida resident is now rescuing and finding homes … Read more

Brave Veterinarian And His Daughter Risk All Traveling To Ukraine To Help Refugee Dogs

vet goes to ukraine

Dr. Cliff Redford is a passionate veterinarian that has traveled the world for the sake of helping animals. With his experience in volunteering around the globe, he knew he had to get to Ukraine when the devastating war began. Dr. Cliff owns a veterinary practice in Ontario, Canada, but his love for his work has no borders. He has traveled to countries including Egypt, India, Jamaica, and now even Poland and Ukraine. Not only does Dr. Cliff travel to regions … Read more

Scared Dog Abandoned By Russian Troops Joins Forces With Ukraine Soldiers

Russian dog joins Ukraine troops

Max the Belgian Malinois was trained to assist Russian soldiers during the invasion of Ukraine. But now, he has switched sides and is helping protect Ukrainians instead. He had a long journey between his two roles, but he seems genuinely happy in his new position. Russian soldiers left the three-year-old working dog behind in Ukraine. The exact reason is unknown, but Max seemed scared and malnourished all alone. So, Ukrainians didn’t hesitate to reach out to him and show him … Read more

Ukraine Refugee Pets And Their Humans Seek Shelter Thousands Of Miles Away

Ukrainians traveling with pets

In early May 2022, a flight of 166 Ukrainian refugees landed at the St. John’s International Airport in Canada. But they weren’t alone because 11 pets (3 dogs and eight cats) came along. The people couldn’t leave their furry friends behind, so they didn’t hop on a flight until they knew their pets could join them. The Ukrainians and their pets have been welcomed with open arms in Newfoundland and Labrador, and many other Ukrainian pet parents are hoping to … Read more

Man & Dog Walk 140 Miles To Safety Across Russian-Occupied Ukraine

Man and dog cross Ukraine

During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 61-year-old Igor Pedin refused to go anywhere without his nine-year-old Terrier mix named Zhu-Zhu. The man and his dog were in Mariupol, which is currently a Russian-controlled area in the southeastern part of Ukraine. He had family in Zaporizhzhia, which was a Ukraine-controlled city about 225 kilometers (140 miles) away. Despite the risks, Pedin knew he had to get himself and Zhu-Zhu to safety. The only way he could get there was by foot, … Read more

Dog Trainer Risks Everything To Fly 35 Military Dogs Out Of Ukraine

Dog trainer saves Ukraine German Shepherds

Chris Jimenez is a dog trainer based in San Diego, California, but he had 35 German Shepherds located in Kyiv. The dogs are trained to assist military and law enforcement, but when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the dogs were trapped in their kennels. Jimenez realized that the dogs wouldn’t survive long on their own, so he flew to Ukraine to rescue them. Transporting 35 large dogs was easier said than done. Jimenez had to raise $40,000 for a … Read more

Ukraine President Awards Medal To Heroic Bomb-Sniffing Dog

Patron, the two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, has become a hero in Ukraine after sniffing out hundreds of bombs. He’s continuously saving lives and looking adorable while doing so. Plus, he has even built up quite the fan club with over 200,000 Instagram followers! So, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has given this courageous pup a medal. It was an adorable ceremony, even though Patron had no idea what was happening. He remained on high alert during the ceremony because he’s always … Read more

American Vet Continues Saving Animals After Returning From Ukraine

Vet helps dogs in Ukraine

After the COVID-19 lockdown, veterinarian Dr. Krista Magnifico promised herself that she’d no longer be afraid to do things she’s passionate about. Of course, one thing she always feels compelled to do is save animals. So, when she heard about animals struggling during the Ukraine invasion, she followed through with her promise. Magnifico spent two weeks in Ukraine, trying to help as many animals as possible. While she made a big impact, there’s still so much to be done. Despite … Read more

Sled Dog Racer Is Evacuating Hundreds Of At-Risk Ukraine Pets

Dog sled racer saves dogs

Igor Tracz from Poland is known for winning championships in sled dog sports and bikejoring. He’s used to traveling with dogs, so he has the right resources for transporting those in need. Thus, he knew he had to help out when he heard about animals struggling in Ukraine. Tracz is currently transporting as many at-risk pets out of Ukraine as possible. Thanks to donations from dog lovers around the world, he has been able to save over 250 dogs and … Read more

Dog Biscuits For Ukraine: 9-Year-Old Bakes Tasty Treats For Children In Need

A nine-year-old boy in Pike County, Pennsylvania, is making a pawsitive difference in his community by putting his bark-worthy baking skills to the test. Young dog lover Owyn Bills has decided, with the help of his family, friends, and neighbors, to sell homemade dog treats in an effort to raise money to support children in Ukraine who have been gravely affected by recent global events. “Dog biscuits are being used as more than just a reward for man’s best friend … Read more

Tiny Bomb-Sniffing Dog Finds Over 150 Explosives In Ukraine

Jack Russell Finds Bombs

When most people picture a working dog, they think of German Shepherds, Belgian Malinoises, or other large, strong breeds. Jack Russell Terriers are probably far from what you might expect. However, a bomb-sniffing Jack Russell named Patron is likely the most famous working dog in Ukraine. Amid the war, Patron has located many explosives, saving people’s lives. He might not look tough, but he plays an important role in keeping Ukrainians safe. He has also gained a significant fanbase while … Read more

Charity Sets Up Feeding Stations For Homeless Pets Across Ukraine

Pet Feeding Stations in Ukraine

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, many pets have become homeless. Families were forced to leave their furry friends behind, and shelters are struggling to care for the animals they have. Some Ukrainians have decided to take in more pets than they can handle to hopefully save their lives, but doing it alone is near impossible. So, New York-based charity Paws of War is stepping up to do everything they can. They built and placed emergency feeding stations for pets across … Read more

Squealing Puppy Pulled Out Of Ukraine Rubble, Reunited With Elderly Owner

Ukraine puppy in rubble

Many people have been injured or killed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The horrors haven’t stopped since the attack started on February 24th, 2022. Despite the hardships, many people continue working hard to keep themselves and their loved ones alive and well. That includes their furry friends. After a recent shelling by Russian troops, a 77-year-old man and his puppy barely made it out alive. But sadly, the tiny pup was nowhere in sight, so the man feared the worst … Read more

Over 300 Shelter Dogs Dead Amid Russia’s Horrific Ukraine Invasion

Ukraine Shelter Dogs Dying

WARNING: Content contains disturbing topics and images.  Many people have stayed behind in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion to keep animals safe, but sadly, not all animal advocates have been able to do so. When the invasion began at the end of February 2022, an animal shelter in Borodyanka had 485 dogs in its care. But Russian soldiers were near the shelter, so the dogs were all alone for weeks. Now that the Russian troops are moving away from the … Read more

Polish Vet Risks His Life Crossing Into Ukraine To Rescue Hundreds Of Animals

The ADA Adoption Center and Animal Clinic in Przemysl, Poland, is just over the border from Ukraine. As the closest rescue organization to the war-torn country, Dr. Jakub Kotowicz and his colleagues are devoted to saving as many innocent animals as possible. So far, the 32-year-old vet has crossed into Ukraine three times, rescuing more than 60 dogs, 200 cats, and a handful of other animals, including a pygmy goat named Sasha. Just six miles from the Ukrainian border, the … Read more

American Puts Himself At Risk To Save Helpless Ukraine Dogs

American Man Helps Ukrainian Shelter

After more than a month of Russia invading Ukraine, many people want to help but don’t know how. The idea of traveling to Ukraine to make a difference is terrifying for many individuals, but one man didn’t need to think twice about it. Jeff Praul, a 28-year-old waiter from Maryland, knew he wanted to help out as soon as he heard about the war. Of course, his family warned him because they feared that he wouldn’t return. But Praul knew … Read more

UK Man Who Refused To Leave Ukraine Without His Dog Crosses Border On Foot

Originally from Sutton, Surrey, Gavin Guest worked for years as a teacher at the British International School in Ukraine. While abroad, he rescued Eli, a two-year-old West Siberian Laika mix. On February 12, 2022, the Foreign Office advised all Brits to get out of Ukraine. For Guest, leaving the country wouldn’t be so simple. He would need special permission to bring Eli with him, and there was no chance he was leaving without Eli. Prior to the Russian invasion later … Read more

Ukraine Soldiers Adopt “Trench Puppies” To Help Sense Russian Attacks

Puppies protect Ukraine

When most people think of a working dog, they often picture a large, strong pooch that isn’t afraid of conflict. A round, wiggly puppy is the opposite of what you’d expect. Yet, Ukrainian soldiers have added some unique members to their team amid the Russian invasion. The soldiers publicly introduced two tiny puppies, each with a unique backstory. Even though the puppies can’t walk far or put up a fight, they’ve been helpful in other ways. According to the Ukrainian … Read more

Student Refused To Leave Ukraine Without His Rescue Dog. Now They’re Safe!

Man and dog escape Ukraine

Amid the horrific Russian invasion, many Ukrainians have been able to leave with their furry friends by their sides. But some people are still having trouble getting to safety. Rishab Kaushik, an Indian student in Ukraine, has been struggling to get his rescue dog named Malibu approved to fly. Kaushik was trying to evacuate to India amid the war, but he refused to leave without Malibu. The government kept denying his flight without the dog’s paperwork. So, he posted a … Read more

Polish Rescuers Run In And Out Of War-Torn Ukraine Saving Animals

For Ukrainian residents, the Russian invasion has uprooted their entire lives. Many have been forced to flee their homes, which adds another concern: what will happen to their family pets? Polish animal rescuer Konrad Kuzminski has been making regular runs into war-torn Ukraine to safely transport dogs, cats, and other animals out of the country. Since the invasion began in late February 2022, Kuzminski and his colleagues at animal charity Dioz have rescued over 100 dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and … Read more

PETA Is On The Ground Helping Dogs & Cats Devastated By The Ukraine Invasion

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has created a humanitarian disaster that worsens by the day. And not only are innocent men, women, and children caught up in the brutality of war, but these Ukrainian families’ beloved pets are in danger, too. Forced to take just what they can carry as they run for their lives, many people have found themselves and their pets at borders, hungry, thirsty, and unsure of what to do next. With more than 800,00 refugees already … Read more

Heroic Man Would Rather Die Than Abandon His Ukraine Animal Shelter

Ukraine man protects animal rescue

While many people are fleeing Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, one hero is standing his ground. Andrea Cisternino runs an animal shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. He has over 400 animals in his care including dogs, cats, sheep, goats, and pigs. He currently has no way to transport all the animals to safety, so he has vowed to stay with them during these dark times. Cisternino knows that staying in Kyiv puts his life at risk, but he says he’d … Read more

People Fleeing Ukraine Cling To Their Beloved Pets Amid War

Dogs evacuating Ukraine

Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing Ukraine after Russian troops invaded. No one should have to experience a heartbreaking situation like this, but even in the toughest of times, the victims refuse to leave any loved ones behind. That includes their beloved pets. Many photos have appeared on social media showing Ukrainians holding their pets close as they evacuate. This includes dogs, cats, and even fish! Luckily, many people are supporting the Ukrainians’ dedication to their furry friends. Countries … Read more

The Noble and Inspiring Rescue of Jessie and Gina Amidst a Harsh Ukrainian Storm

On a particularly stormy day in Ukraine, relentless rains pelted the landscape, setting a somber scene where two puppies, Jessie and Gina, found themselves heartbreakingly abandoned beside a remote roadside. Far from any familiar territory, these young dogs were confronted with harsh conditions that would challenge their survival. Despite their dire situation, their unwavering affection and innate sweetness never faded, making them extraordinarily lovable and endearing to anyone fortunate enough to meet them. Even in such adversity, their spirits remained … Read more

Wooden Box Sat At Airport For Week, They Pry It Open And Unveil ‘Something Wicked’

An airport pickup box with numerous unfinished holes came without proper labeling. The workplace employees ignored the box and carried on with their tasks. Because it didn’t have the correct tags, it would be stowed among other items in the same condition. The container was roughly 16 inches tall and only said that it was to be delivered to Syria.   Source: Animals Lebanon/Facebook   After a week of waiting in a holding room, the box was improperly labeled. Finally, … Read more

Wooden Box Sat At Airport For Week, They Pry-It Open And Unveil Something ‘Wicked’

An airport pickup box with numerous unfinished holes came without proper labeling. The workplace employees ignored the box and carried on with their tasks. Because it didn’t have the correct tags, it would be stowed among other items in the same condition. The container was roughly 16 inches tall and only said that it was to be delivered to Syria.   Image/Story Source Credit: Animals Lebanon / Facebook       After a week of waiting in a holding room, … Read more