Over the past month, many of us have been watching the situation in Ukraine carefully. Like many of you, we are concerned not only for Ukraine’s human refugees, but also for its pets and wildlife. There are many organizations that are trying to help, whether by donating supplies, evacuating animals, or providing food, shelter, and medical care. If you’re an animal lover that has been looking for a way to help, you may want to consider donating to one of them. A Louisville, KY vet offers some tips on how to help below.
Consider International Organizations
Large, international animal welfare organizations are a good bet, because they have experience in getting supplies and donations where they need to go. Some of the ones you may want to consider are International Fund For Animal Welfare, Humane Society International, Animal Welfare Institute, and Warpaws. You can also find many smaller organizations, such as Saved by The Vet and Happy Paw. These little guys are also stepping up, and they need help, too!
Don’t Forget Zoos
Several zoos and rescues have also been impacted by the situation. There’s Four Paws, a bear sanctuary in Ukraine. There are also several zoos that are in dire straits, as their food is running out.
Scammers have figured out some very clever ways to trick people. Be sure that you are going to the site itself. One thing to be careful of is the fake email. Some of these look very convincing!
Spread The Word
Many people want to try to help. Of course, It can be hard to sort through all of the information. Consider sharing information about the charities that are trying to help. Even sharing posts on social media may help!
Save Your Receipts
Many charitable donations are tax deductible. Be sure to save your receipts for your next year’s tax return!
With the situation changing daily, the rescuers’ needs are also shifting. Before making a donation, take a look at the website or facebook page, and see what they need most. In some cases, it may be easiest to order something from an Amazon wishlist.
All of us here at Evergreen Animal Hospital, your Louisville, KY animal clinic, hope that the people and animals of Ukraine are able to reach shelter and safety. In the meantime, please contact us for your own pet’s veterinary care needs.