Ukraine: PETA Germany Is on the Ground Helping Animals

Since Russia invaded Ukraine and continues to attack, hundreds of thousands of people have fled the country. More than 130,000 people are on the run. Many already traumatized people have been and are being faced with the impossible decision of leaving their beloved dogs, cats, and other family members behind due to the protocol for non-commercial movement of companion animals into the E.U. On Friday, a team from PETA Germany traveled to the Polish border to provide on-site assistance: The team has managed to get across the border and is in and around Ukraine, shepherding animals safely out.

Immediately after arriving at the Polish border, PETA Germany’s team helped Crimsee, the cat photographed above, who was carried by their caring guardian more than 37 miles from the war zone. The woman was so exhausted that she could barely stand.

They are both now safe and receiving support from PETA Germany.

PETA Germany’s team also responded to a call for help where several dogs were crossing the border with their human guardians and needed urgent care. All involved were debilitated and frightened.

PETA Entities Call For Safe Passage For People and Companion Animals Into the E.U.

The current regulations for bringing companion animals into the E.U. and the U.K. are impossible for refugees to follow in a state of war: Animals such as dogs and cats must be vaccinated and microchipped to enter the E.U. Unfortunately, many of those who have been forced to flee are not.

But PETA entities worldwide have appealed to the E.U. to temporarily suspend the legal entry requirements for animals at E.U. borders. And mercifully, Hungary, Poland, and Romania have apparently agreed to make entry for animals less bureaucratic. While implementation remains complicated on the ground, PETA Germany is doing everything it can—even befriending guards who display a soft spot for animals—to make the movement of companion animals into the E.U. as feasible and as safe as possible.

PETA U.K. is urging officials to ease entry restrictions so that Ukrainian refugees may enter the U.K. with their animal companions, too.

Food for Animals in Need

Ukraine stores are closed, and supplies are running low, so PETA Germany is bringing food into the country.

In an undertaking with many obstacles, the group has coordinated the delivery of 44,000 pounds of dog and cat food as well as blankets, which will be supplied in the most-affected regions. PETA Germany is doing everything in its power to bring other urgently needed goods into the country as relief supplies.

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Animals From Ukraine Need Your Help

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