Animals in need in Ukraine are not forgotten by Scituate Animal Shelter

As the situation in Ukraine continues to escalate, the people at Scituate Animal Shelter felt compelled to do something to help their counterparts in the war-torn country.

Many shelter workers have chosen to stay with animals in shelters.  In this photo, Marina Dilly cuddles a dog at the Friend Shelter in Kiev.

“While our mission is to help animals locally, we are all concerned about the situation in Ukraine – for people and for animals,” said Lisey Good, former SAS president who currently manages communications for the shelter and is volunteer. dog walker. “We put ourselves in their shoes and thought, what if all of a sudden the Scituate Animal Sanctuary had five times as many animals because people had fled the area and left their animals behind? And then, what if there was no money to feed them? We just couldn’t sit back and let this happen without at least trying to help.

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SAS board member Stacey Weaver suggested the animal shelter consider donating to an organization that specifically helps Ukrainian animals, Good said.

“The council voted unanimously to do so.”

send love and money

The SAS donated $5,000 to the Harmony Fund for its efforts in Ukraine.

“In this part of the world, $5,000 can go a long way in terms of buying supplies,” Good said.

Dogs at the Nikolaev shelter.  Pet supplies in Ukraine are becoming more expensive and dangerous to obtain.

A non-profit organization based in Holden, Harmony Fund is a small charity whose main goal is to raise money to help small animal rescues and charities in areas of the world where there are very few resources for animals, or where animals aren’t culturally loved or cared for, Good says.

“They are unique in that they not only support large animal charities, they also help individual rescuers, for example a woman who lives in Turkey and takes care of street cats,” said she declared. “In Turkey, cities and towns routinely use poison as the only method of animal control. It’s barbaric. So, this woman used to try to take care of the cats by feeding them, finding homes, etc. Now, with the help of Harmony Fund, she can get neutering and neutering surgeries to help humanely control the population. This means that she can also provide a better life for the other cats in her care.

Animal shelters in Ukraine take care of all types of animals, like these horses at Ugolyok Farm Rescue in Dnepr City.

Good, who sits on the board of the Harmony Fund, is the link between the Harmony Fund and the SAS.

A desperate need for help

Good passed on a quote from Laura Simpson, executive director of the Harmony Fund.

“I was just talking with Alexandra Levitska at the Ugolyok refuge. She was hiding in her basement with her very young autistic daughter and many dogs. His association has three shelters for hundreds and hundreds of horses, cows, pigs, sheep, donkeys, dogs and cats.

The workers are with the animals at every location, but they are all scared. Naturally, some animals do not eat. Alexandra said supplies are becoming more expensive and more dangerous to obtain. Our conversation ended on such an unsettling note that I asked her to please, please stay safe. As a mother and lifeguard, I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in her place right now. Thank goodness the whole world is watching Ukraine, and together we can try to bring some comfort.

Scituate Animal Shelter donated $5,000 to the Harmony Fund which will use the funds to help animals in Ukraine, like this sheepdog puppy at the Ugolyok shelter.

In Ukraine, the Harmony Fund helps in several ways:

  • He supports shelters in Dnepr City, Kyiv, Kherson and Nikolaev by sending funds so they can buy food
  • He is working with a Romanian animal charity partner to provide food and supplies to refugees crossing the Romanian border with pets and livestock. It works with this same partner to transport truckloads of supplies (kibbles for dogs and cats as well as animal feed) and cross the border with Ukraine whenever there are ceasefires and/or It’s certain. They will also bring in veterinarians to help injured or sick animals.
  • He is trying to send funds to a wildlife rehabilitation center that is in desperate need of funds.

“We know our friends donate to us because they love animals and are moved to action when they hear animals are suffering,” Good said. “We hope they will be happy about it, and those who have heard about it so far say they are very grateful and relieved.”

While many people fleeing Ukraine took their pets with them, many could not, and animal shelters are in desperate need of food and supplies to care for all those left behind.

The SAS is a solid organization lucky enough to be able to help animals in other parts of the world from time to time, Good said, such as when they held a supply drive for Texas pet owners affected by the coronavirus. Hurricane Harvey in 2017, or when they collected supplies to help wildlife injured in the Australian bushfires in 2020.

For more information about the Harmony Fund, visit HarmonyFund.org. For more information about the Scituate Animal Shelter, visit scituateanimalshelter.org

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