"In Yasinovataya, a town in Donetsk region, there's a factory that used to have an animal shelter that was housing several thousand dogs some time ago," Vita continues. "The shelter is now abandoned just like the factory itself. There are, however, about 200 dogs who still remain on the factory grounds. We have received information that this shelter does not have any employees left and the dogs are starving; some have shrapnel wounds because the area is now close to the combat zone.
Nowadays because of military situation in our city all your donations are spent on food for the dogs (on dry food and oatmeal)" Vita Bryzgalova explains from the front gate of the shelter in Donetsk. "Every day we need about 100 kg of oatmeal and 140 kg of dry food for the dogs. There are about 900 dogs in the shelter at this moment."
"This poor little soul came today to our shelter," said Viktoria Vasileva of the PIF shelter in Donestk, Ukraine. The girl was injured in Debaltsevo, one of the hot spots where military conflict is still going on. Most likely a fragment of a shell caused her injuries. She has no nose and her both jaws are mostly gone.
In the Ukraine, a very special animal shelter needs our help. "We have no road to shelter,” FRIEND shelter's founder Marina Dilly explains. “The shelter is cut off from outside world from autumn until spring. Every day we walk 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) to bring food to the dogs and the people at our shelter. Some of the food we can store before winter, but with 500 + dogs, we can’t store a lot and also rats become a problem.”
“I feel that for the last two months I constantly have tears on my eyes and it is not from happiness,” said shelter founder Marine Bolokhovets who is also a young mother. “We tried to call friends in Luganks at the animal shelter from which we rescued 6 dogs, but there was no connection. Lugansk is wiped from the map. Volunteers and my friend from Donezk shelter don’t leave but bombs are exploding and animals and people have nothing to eat.
Harmony Fund initially helped this rescue group to purchase their land several years ago. We couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve achieved. But poverty is a very big issue in Ukraine now and our help is needed to keep the shelter accessible this winter. Most of the dogs arrive here in an awful state, just skin and bone. They are counting on us to keep the shelter up and running, even during the most severe storms.