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Old 5th March 2022, 11:29 AM   #1
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Ukrainian Cat Cafe Stays Open To Care For Its 20 Residents Even During The War

People who love cats are the best people in the world...

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Ukrainian Cat Cafe Stays Open To Care For Its 20 Residents Even During The War
Caitlin Jill Anders

“I have a small team of several close people who have been working with me for several years and have become my closest friends,” Serhii Oliinyk, owner of Cat Cafe Lviv, told The Dodo. “The cats have also gotten used to these people, who help to take care of them and who play with them when there are few guests, because our fluffy residents love people's attention.”



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Old 5th March 2022, 02:14 PM   #2
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A way to help

I'm not posting this as a way to advertise for the humane society, but because it's nice to know that some people are thinking of the animals. They suffer just as much as humans do during wars...

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How Humane Society International Is Taking Action for Ukraine and Its Animals and How You Can Help


Fri, March 4, 2022, 8:51 AM

Amid the conflict in Ukraine, shelters, rescue groups and veterinary clinics in Ukraine are trying to keep their operations going, making every effort to provide safety and urgent care to animals caught up in the conflict. Relief workers and organizations are also doing all they can to clear the way for emergency entry into neighboring nations for Ukrainians with pets.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Humane Society International (HSI)'s partner, family-owned Mars, Inc., HSI is in a position to respond right away to the needs of Ukraine’s animals and those seeking to help them. In previous collaboration with Mars, Inc., a worldwide COVID-19 relief effort, HSI was able to help more than 280,000 animals in 36 countries on five continents, providing desperately needed food, veterinary care and other support.

With no time to waste, HSI is prioritizing support to shelters, rescue groups and veterinary clinics in Ukraine. It is vitally important to sustain these institutions in their efforts to maintain operations and services. In many cases, they are helping individuals and families who cannot flee but are trying to hold onto and care for their pets and other animals. In addition, some groups are caring for animals on the streets. The demands and needs of the moment are substantial and will continue to be significant in the future.

To assist these organizations, HSI is collaborating with a partner in Ukraine, UAnimals, to assess and prioritize the needs of shelters and clinics actively engaged in relief. HSI in Germany is working with Berliner Tiertafel to provide refugees with pet food and necessary supplies for their animals as well as veterinary care if needed...

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Animals also suffer during natural disasters and forest fires, but not many people think about the animals when they read about a forest fire going out of control, but that's the reality.

The Humane Society does it's best to help out in as many situations as possible, but they don't have unlimited resources.

https://www.humanesociety.org/
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Some people think war only affects people, but thankfully not everyone is like that...

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Here’s How You Can Help Support Animals in Ukraine
Anna Jacoby 02/28/2022

As refugees, pets, shelter animals, and even zoo animals face war, displacement, and tragedy, the following groups and organizations are working tirelessly to keep them safe and fed.

Happy Paw

https://happypaw.ua/ru/contribution

UAnimals
UAnimals is an animal rights advocacy group currently working with shelters across Ukraine that are in dire need of food and supplies.

https://www.patreon.com/uanimals





Sirius
Sirius is one of the largest animal shelters in Ukraine.

https://dogcat.com.ua/en/

Casa lui Patrocie
Cassa lui Patrocie is helping refugees and animals (regardless of their species) crossing the Romanian boarder. A Facebook post reads:

“We will use our best efforts to find accommodation, shelter, or veterinary care for the animals in need of support, and we repeat – regardless of their species (dogs, cats, horses, bulls, cattle, poultry).”

https://casaluipatrocle.ro/donatie-casa-lui-patrocle/

NSPCA
The NSPCA is donating R30 000 (about $2,000 US) to start relief efforts at animals shelters in Ukraine.

https://nspca.co.za/donate/

International Fund for Animal Welfare
“IFAW is providing emergency aid to Shelter Pif – located in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, which is home to more than 800 dogs – and the Holivka Shelter, located in Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine with 300 dogs. The latter rescue was recently hit by shelling, resulting in the death of one animal. Despite the damage, staff have remained at the facility to continue caring for the animals.” – Plant Based News

https://vcahospitals.com/contact-us/
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People who love cats are the best people in the world...
Shared to my own message board where kitty pics are the coin of the realm.
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If only western Europe felt about Ukraine the way cat people feel about cats. Even Putin would think twice about confronting a cat lady.
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Zoo animals probably have it the worst, because they are trapped in cages...

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Staffers and their families have lived with nearly 4,000 animals in the Kyiv Zoo since Russia's invasion
Lauren Edmonds (2022-03-05)

Kyiv Zoo employees are living there with their families and the animals, Reuters reported.

Staff and families have bunkered at the zoo for nearly eight days, according to the outlet.

Zoo director Kirill Trentin wrote in a blog post that Russia's invasion of Ukraine is stressing the animals.

Employees at the Kyiv Zoo in Ukraine are living there with their families amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

While some Ukrainian residents have fled the country as Russia's invasion continues, director Kirill Trentin and other Kyiv Zoo staff have stayed behind to help the animals, according to Reuters. The Kyiv Zoo houses nearly 4,000 animals and 200 species.

The outlet reported that staff and their families had lived together on the property for nearly eight days...

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"Tracer ammunition was flying all over the zoo," Trentin said, adding that the fighting has stressed out the animals.

"And in the morning after, we have to look if anybody was hurt," Trentin told Reuters. "But there were no obvious signs of injuries, and no one's dead."

However, Trentin noted that some birds were injured because they hit themselves on the cage barriers.

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Even the animals are lending a hand...

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Meet Rambo: The stray puppy protecting Ukrainian soldiers
By Kathryn Rosenberg (2022-03-04)

Images of a stray puppy protecting Ukrainian soldiers are warming hearts around the world

Footage of a stray puppy protecting Ukrainian soldiers has gone viral after it was uploaded to YouTube in late February. Little Rambo was found on the street by a group of servicemen who decided to adopt the puppy as their newest recruit.

“We felt sorry for him. It was freezing outside,” the soldiers explain on camera. “We took him into our post, and he stayed with us.” While he may be dwarfed in the company of the rest of his regiment, Rambo is known as their ‘protector’ who alerts them to any signs that a stranger might be nearby.

Although Rambo might be able to offer little at this stage in the way of physical protection other than alerting his friends to potential danger, he is offering those around him something they feel is much more valuable - preserving morale and keeping spirits up.



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Leaving their pets behind is not an option for these caring folks...

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Ukrainian animal shelter owner says he'd rather die than abandon his pets
By Steve Wright (2022-03-05)

Despite the danger, animal shelter owner Andrea Cisternino is refusing to leave his animals

In the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the catastrophes that have followed, up to 1 million people have already evacuated the country. One person who won’t be joining them is Andrea Cisternino, an Italian national who owns an animal shelter in the capital city of Kyiv.

Home to over 400 animals, including cats, dogs, and sheep, there is currently no way to safely evacuate them. Knowing this, Andrea has vowed to stay behind with them.

“I will die here for my animals”, said Andrea over on his Facebook page. “I have to think about saving a refuge and its 400 guests who deserve to be protected at any cost.”



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Victims of the war in Ukraine refuse to leave their beloved pets behind
By Kathryn Rosenberg (2022-03-03)

In images that serve as a reminder of the power of love and family, pet parents are fleeing Ukraine with their furry, feathered and finned friends in their arms

It was a conflict they never wanted and didn’t start and now heartbreaking images of the victims of the war in Ukraine fleeing their homeland with their faithful furry, feathered and finned friends tucked under their arms has brought the world to tears.

In a week that has shown just how remarkable the human spirit is at pushing back in the face of darkness, we have yet more to admire and respect about the immense dignity and courage displayed by the Ukrainian people as they adopt a mantra that no person or pet should be left behind.

People have been leaving the country in their thousands, but what has perhaps stood out most in the images that continue to roll in is the ones showing evacuees clutching dogs, cats, pet carriers and fish tanks as they attempt to make their way to safety.



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Picture of Ukrainian man protecting his cat in shelter goes viral
By Cynthia Lawrence (2022-02-28)

The image of Ukrainian man protecting his cat whilst taking shelter from the conflict touches hearts



The Russian and Ukraine conflict has rocked the world, touching the hearts of many. In the midst of Ukrainians seeking shelter and comfort, this picture shows that even pets need protection in a crisis.

The poignant image, shared on Reddit by user CombAgreeable, shows a group of Ukrainians taking shelter in a Metro station, while a man is stood with his eyes closed, affectionately cuddling his cat. The caption alongside says, ‘Wow, this one got me, Ukrainian's taking shelter in a Metro station, and a man protecting his cat .’ The user also stated that the original photograph was taken by Marcus Yam, a photojournalist with the Los Angeles Times

After just one day of posting, the image quickly went viral, garnering over 76k views, and 903 comments so far. Interestingly, the picture generated much discussion about how to carry felines pals in the case of an emergency evacuation. One netizen posted, ‘Honestly been thinking about this. I want to prepare an emergency bag for my cat’, while another user stated, ‘I have four cats. I should purchase a wagon or other form of wheeled cat vehicle. I do have a carrier for each of them in case of disaster.’ Another netizen stated, ‘This is making me reflect too. I'm not even close to this type of conflict, but I have three cats and only one carrier (I take them to their check ups in turns). Time to buy more and prepare for something that would likely never happen!’

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Ukrainian Soldier and Her Cat


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People who love cats are the best people in the world...

You mean weirdest. Cats should be phased out of existence.
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You mean weirdest. Cats should be phased out of existence.
What took you so long?

ETA: Are you against dogs too, because they're just as badly affected by war?
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If only western Europe felt about Ukraine the way cat people feel about cats. Even Putin would think twice about confronting a cat lady.

Indeed! Not just cats and cat people. And not just Western Europe:
Pet charities working to help abandoned animals in war-torn Ukraine (RadioSweden, March 4 2022)

Meanwhile:
Africans and Indians Report Racism and Hostility While Trying to Flee Conflict in Ukraine (MSNBC on YouTube, March 5, 2022)
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War is hell and sometimes it's nice to know that not everyone is the devil...

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Polish animal charity rescues over 100 pets in war-torn Ukraine
By Ashleigh Gibbs (2022-03-10)

Polish animal charity Dioz has been helping to transport abandoned animals in Ukraine since the- invasion begun

A polish animal charity has rescued over 100 pets including cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, and a chameleon since the invasion began in Ukraine in late February 2022.

Dioz, a non-profit animal rescue service, has been dedicated to saving the lives of stranded pets caught up in the war, making regular runs into the country to safely transport pets out of harm's way.

"We've been in Ukraine since the second day of war," the organization wrote over on social media. "We are there for the animals and wonderful people who live in constant fear of Russian armed aggression."



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Animal rescuer Konrad Kuzminski has been saving dozens of stranded pets from Russian shelling, driving a converted ambulance alongside his fellow volunteers to help pets stranded in the war zone.

"A lot of them are in a bad way, they are sick, hungry or suffering from broken limbs we collect every animal we find and bring them back to our shelter to be looked after," the courageous volunteer told The Daily Mail.

Since the conflict began, Dioz has been encouraging Ukrainian citizens to reach out for assistance to get their pets out of the country but as Kuzminski says it hasn't always been possible.

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Finding bad news is easy, but sometimes, I need a little good news to help me make it through the night...

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Ukrainian Veterinary Volunteers Stay Behind to Help Kyiv's Abandoned Pets
Tue, March 15, 2022, 10:34 AM

A Ukrainian journalist traversed Kyiv Oblast to look at the ways veterinarians and volunteers are caring for animals who have been left behind as Ukrainians flee the area due to Russian attacks, as seen in footage released by Ukrainian Witness.

The video, released on March 15, follows Vitaliy Deyneha, the founder of the Ukrainian Witness project, as he visits people in Kyiv Oblast who stayed in the region to look after its pets.

He says the video was “about people remaining humane in the most complicated situation,” according to a translation provided by Ukrainian Witness. Addressing the viewer, he says, “I don’t know, I hope it melts your heart a little.”

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The person who runs the Welsh cat charity that we got Timmy and Tabi from is separately raising money for Eastern European cat charities which are supporting Ukrainian refugees and their cats.

IMO she is an extraordinary person whose day job as a palliative care nurse would already be enough.
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The person who runs the Welsh cat charity that we got Timmy and Tabi from is separately raising money for Eastern European cat charities which are supporting Ukrainian refugees and their cats.

IMO she is an extraordinary person whose day job as a palliative care nurse would already be enough.
She's a hero in my eyes.

I'm trying to post articles that reflect what is actually being done, because it's just too easy to say, they're saving animals.

The article below is good news, but I'm also trying to find some more of the ones that explain exactly what's going on.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), I've found a full-time job, and I don't have the time to do much research.

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Helen Woodward Animal Center's Ukrainian Animal Crisis Fund Surpasses Goal
Times of San Diego (2022-03-18)

Last week Helen Woodward Animal Center asked for support for the Ukrainian people and their animals. In a heartwarming display of compassion and kindness, American friends not only answered the call but surpassed the $50,000 requested match.

The Center says to date $117,000 in financial support has been raised and is being gifted from our animal-lovers to theirs.

Three weeks ago, Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in an escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014. The largest conventional military attack on a sovereign state in Europe since World War II, millions of Ukrainian citizens have fled their homes with only their most precious possessions, including their beloved pets.

Unfortunately, the safe passage of furry friends is only one of many challenges Ukrainian animal-lovers are battling. Some pets have been lost in the scramble to escape the war-torn country; shelter volunteers have been killed in their attempts to care for the remaining shelter pets; food, money, and warmth are in desperately short supply; and Ukrainian shelters are facing destruction and violence...

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“The response has been outstanding,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms. “It’s something we see time and time again. Those who connect with and understand the love of an animal, also connect with and understand other animal lovers, no matter the distance or language barriers. They want to help.”

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There's a lot more than just this, but it's a good starting point...

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

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 a chameleon.

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Kuzminski also wants to set the record straight about abandoned animals during the invasion.

“There has been a lot of fake news and uncorroborated stories that Ukrainians are killing abandoned animals, that is just not correct. We have been involved in many rescue missions over there, rescuing animals that we have been told about or who have been taken to shelters.”

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Kuzminski shared one heartbreaking story with Daily Mail about a Ukraine resident who sought his help looking after his beloved dog.

“Last weekend I had a call from a guy who was in Ukraine, and he said he was living on his own but had a dog and he wanted us to look after because he was going to fight the Russians. We arranged to meet just over the border, and he was in tears as he handed his dog over to me but I said we would look after him and he could collect him when all this was over.”

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and here's another one from more than a week ago...

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UKRAINE: DOGS AND CATS RESCUED FROM BOMBED CITIES
3/8/2022 1:06 PM PT



The mass exodus from Ukraine has created a crisis with the pets residents had to leave behind, but in the middle of Putin's brutal war, some Ukrainians have stepped up to save the animals.



Katya Kurletz is on the ground in Ukraine, leading the efforts to track down dogs in destroyed cities and transport them to safety in Poland and Romania ... and she joined us on "TMZ Live" Tuesday to tell us about her dangerous mission.

In the face of constant fear of encountering advancing Russian forces, Katya says she and others are doing everything they can to save Ukrainian pets from the rubble.

Katya tells us there are hundreds of dogs being evacuated ... and her group, Transform a Street Dog, still needs help transporting dogs and cats and finding them new homes.

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You've just gotta love this company...

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Company collects 11,000 pounds of dog food to help feed pooches in Ukraine
By Ellie Forbes via SWNS
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A dog transport company is helping to feed pooches in war torn Ukraine – after collecting nearly 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) worth of dog food.

Daisybrook International Pet Transport is collecting dog food donations from around the UK and has been inundated with 300 bags. The firm, based in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has already dropped off 190 bags to a contact in Germany who has it picked up and delivered to the Polish border.

Owner Matthew Hunt, 52, drove their specialized dog van, crammed to the roof with food, to Germany on Tuesday, March 15, and plans to make the trip once a week.



Transport manager Charlotte Carpenter, 28, said her house is stacked with the bags of food and hopes it will help raise awareness of the plight of pooches in Ukraine.

The company, which collects show dogs for buyers across Europe, has also delivered boxes of collars, leashes, coats, beds and toys, as well as cat food...



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Some bomb-shelter kitties have gone viral...

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Meet the Abandoned Cats Living Inside a Bomb Shelter in Ukraine
Alice Gibbs (2022-03-23)

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine enters day 28 and President Joe Biden heads to Europe for a series of summits, the impact of the war continues to shake the world.

Some of the cats being cared for in the shelter in Shostka, Ukraine (left), and Toffee the cat – one of the residents of the shelter (right). The internet has praised a couple in Ukraine who are caring for abandoned pets in a bomb shelter.



The United Nations estimates that 3.5 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict, and as people escape to safety, it is often impossible for them to bring more than essential belongings. For this reason, pets are being left behind.

A video of how stranded cats are being cared for in one Ukrainian city has gained attention online, with thousands reaching out to offer messages of support.

Posted on Tuesday on Reddit's popular forum r/Cats, journalist Anna Yaremenk--who uses the Reddit handle Kusias_mom--shared the video with the caption: "How cats are going through war in Ukraine." It now has over 26,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments.

By sharing the video, Anna is helping her friends Tania and Valerii—a couple who live in Shostka, a city in the northeast of Ukraine close to the Russian border.

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Dads will sometimes do anything for their little princesses, even during a war...

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A girl and her hamster: Half of Ukraine's children flee war
By CARA ANNA, Associated Press

MOSTYSKA, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia’s invasion has displaced half of Ukraine’s children. On a hospital bed in a town close to the border with Poland, a little girl with a long blonde braid and dressed in pink is one of them.

To get there, Zlata Moiseinko survived a chronic heart condition, daily bombings, days of sheltering in a damp and chilly basement and nights of sleeping in a freezing car. The fragile 10-year-old became so unsettled that her father risked his life to return to their ninth-floor apartment 60 miles (90 kilometers) south of the capital, Kyiv, to rescue her pet hamster, Lola, to comfort her.

The animal now rests in a small cage beside Zlata’s bed in a schoolhouse that has been converted into a field hospital operated by Israeli medical workers. The girl and her family hope to join friends in Germany if they can arrange the paperwork that allows her father to cross the border with them...



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A long article on pets and other animals during wartime, but it's worth the read...

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Animal welfare in wartime
Kenny Torrella (2022-03-26)

Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine one month ago, at least 977 Ukrainian civilians have been killed and at least 3.6 million have fled to other countries, though the true numbers could be far higher. But the war has also upended life for Ukraine’s animals.

By one estimate, Ukraine was home to some 750,000 dogs and 5.5 million cats as of 2014. In the desperate rush to flee war, many of those animals were left behind by their owners, especially larger dogs.



“We cannot judge because we don’t know how people feel when there is a real risk that you can be killed,” Olga Chevganiuk of UAnimals, a Ukrainian animal welfare organization, told me. (She is currently working in Indonesia, where she was staying when the war broke out.)

Chevganiuk says UAnimals is focused on providing feed and other supplies to animal shelters and street animals, as well as evacuating animals to safety in neighboring Poland.



“The most horrible part is when you’re not able to reach a place and you know animals are suffering there,” she said. “It’s not possible to reach all the areas, or it’s pretty difficult because of the danger, so you have to find real brave people who will agree to go near these areas in danger.” The organization is also operating a support hotline, fielding questions around animal rescue and connecting fellow Ukrainians to resources for animal care...

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Some fear that it's already true...

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Fears Russian soldiers are eating dogs and cats spark Ukraine pets rescue effort
By Phil Cardy Senior reporter (2022-03-26)

Charities launch rescue operation to save dogs and cats from Ukraine warzone and re-home them in Poland as reports claim starving Russian fighters 'eat animals'

A huge effort is under way to rescue thousands of pets from Ukraine – amid reports starving Russian soldiers have resorted to eating cats, dogs and rabbits.

In one shelter in Krakow, Poland, 120 rescued dogs are waiting to be re-homed.

Iga Glazewska, Poland director for Humane Society International, said: “At the Polish/Ukraine reception points we’re continuing to see people arriving with their canine or cat companions in their arms or riding along in their backpacks.



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Leonid Stoynov, 36, and wife Valentina 28, have almost 100 animals, including a monkey, 30 dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards and snakes.

Leonid said: “We bash down doors because owners message us begging us to help.

"We send them photos when their pets are safe.”

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A little update about the Cat Cafe...

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“We Would Never Leave Our Country”: Ukrainian Cat Café Stays Open Amid War
Eglė Radžiūtė
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The present day has been filled with dread, uncertainty, and confusion throughout the globe. The escalating Ukraine-Russian conflict is on most of our minds and the safety of the Ukrainian people is in question. People are leaving their homes, oftentimes with their pets, in the hopes of finding a safe place to shelter until the end of the war.

However, we must always remember that where there is a black cloud, there is a silver lining and this story provides just that. Because truly, what could be better than a cat? Let me tell you—20 of them in a café!

Serhii Oliinyk, owner of Cat Café Lviv, opened the café over 6 years ago and it’s become home to 20 felines and, of course, cat enthusiasts. As Serhii told The Dodo: “I have a small team of several close people who have been working with me for several years and have become my closest friends. The cats have also gotten used to these people, who help to take care of them and who play with them when there are few guests, because our fluffy residents love people’s attention.”

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You can find bad news anywhere, because reality is filled with it, but sometimes I need a little good news...

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One American left safety behind to care for abandoned animals in Ukraine
Danielle Campoamor (2022-03-28)

It's been over a month since Russia invaded Ukraine, and more and more Americans are volunteering to help with ongoing war and humanitarian efforts. One Maryland man has joined them, caring for abandoned and orphaned animals in a shelter in Lviv.



Jeff Praul, 28, was waiting tables at a restaurant in the eastern shore of Maryland when the first Russian bombs fell on Ukraine. Three days later, he was on a plane to Warsaw, Poland, determined to help Ukrainians any way he could.

"When Russia invaded Ukraine, that entire day my heart just felt heavy," Praul told TODAY Parents via Zoom. "I was just feeling like there was nothing I could do. It was weighing on me a few days, and then I saw a clip of (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelenskyy saying, 'Friends of Ukraine, if you want to come and help, help.' That flipped the switch in my mind and I realized there was a way for me to get over here."

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Stepan the cat raises money to help Ukrainian pets in need
Sara Walker (2022-03-30)

The Ukraine’s most famous feline celebrity Stepan the cat has raised a large sum of money for animal charities working to help pets in the war-torn country.



While the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine is taking a terrible toll, the victims aren’t just human. Although millions of Ukrainians are making every effort to take their beloved pets with them when they flee, hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats and other pets are ending up at shelters.

Stefan shot to fame last year when a video of him posing with a glass of red wine and a Stevie Wonder song playing in the background went viral. Since then, he’s amassed millions of devoted fans on social media...

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Ukrainians Are Only Leaving If Their Pets Can Come Too
By Lily Feinn (2022-03-04)

Here's how you can help animals in Ukraine

As over a million Ukrainians flee their country, many are refusing to leave without their pets by their side. Across social media, photos have popped up of people and their animals attempting uncertain border crossings or huddling in bomb shelters and subway stations.



According to recent reports, most neighboring countries are allowing Ukrainians to bring pets across borders without veterinary paperwork. However, there are still many animals in Ukraine in need of food, medicine and care. Heroic volunteers and zoo and shelter workers are staying behind in the face of missile strikes to care for these animals.

Rishabh Kaushik, a student at Kharkiv National University, refused to join his family in India if it meant leaving his rescue dog behind. "I decided then that if my dog can't leave, I won't either," Kaushik told The Times of India. I know that there is [a] risk in staying on but I can't just abandon him. Who will take care of him if I go?"

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Lots of bad news, but also a little good news too...

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Ukrainians try to rescue exotic animals from abandoned zoo
(2022-03-30)

A group of Ukrainian volunteers is attempting to rescue animals from a private zoo near the capital that was abandoned after the Russian army bombed and occupied the area.

Vitaly Mukhanov told ABC News that he had volunteered to help bring supplies to Ukrainian soldiers when he came across the Yasnohorodka family ecopark, about 30 miles outside Kyiv.

The park appeared to have been damaged by shelling, Mukhanov said. Animals, including camels and ostriches, were left with no food. Some were injured, while others were dead, he said...



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"The town nearby was liberated from the Russians two days ago, so the owner is now returning to the zoo and they hope to evacuate the animals in the next couple of days," he said.

As of Wednesday morning, Yasnohorodka family ecopark posted on their Facebook page that the animals were being rescued and evacuated from the area.

Mukhanov explained that due to the area being bombed and occupied by Russian forces, the owners and staff were in fear of their lives and had to flee the zoo as quickly as possible, forcing them to leave the animals behind...

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Simba the lion, wolf safely evacuated from war-torn Ukraine
By STEPHEN McGRATH AND ELDAR EMRIC Associated Press
(2022-03-23)

A lion and a wolf have been evacuated from a zoo in war-torn Ukraine and brought to safety in Romania in what an animal rights group involved in the operation says was a four-day mission “full of dangers” further hampered by border entry bureaucracy

RADAUTI, Romania -- Simba the lion and a wolf named Akyla have been evacuated from a zoo in war-torn Ukraine and brought to safety in Romania in what an animal rights group involved in the operation says was a four-day mission “full of dangers” further hampered by border entry bureaucracy.

The adult male lion and the gray wolf, who were fully awake during the dangerous journey due to lack of tranquilizers in Ukraine, arrived Monday at a zoo in Radauti, from a zoo in Zaporizhzhia in southeast Ukraine.

Now at a safe distance from the conflict and after spending four days in cages in the back of a van, the two animals were recovering from the journey in their new enclosure Wednesday, regaining their strength as they lounged in the shade...

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'Loosely organized chaos': Founder of Jacksonville animal-rescue group joins Ukraine pet effort
Beth Reese Cravey, Florida Times-Union (2022-03-25)

For 10 days a Northeast Florida animal rescuer was in Poland helping European shelters and rescue groups bring pets from war-torn Ukraine to Polish nonprofits.

Mike Merrill, founder and executive director of Jacksonville-based Florida Urgent Rescue Inc., or FUR, was part of multiple group trips that crossed the border into Ukraine rescuing a total of 44 dogs and six cats, then returned to Poland. He said he was never fearful of attack. His focus was on the animals.

"Although many Ukrainians with pets are taking their animals with them when they evacuate, some animals are being turned away at buses and trains," said Merrill, who lives in St. Augustine. "They have to make the heartbreaking decision to get their family to safety or leave their pets behind. As rescue groups operating in Ukraine try to get these animals to safety, we all want to see them reunited if at all possible."



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FROM: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbe...ued/ar-AAVKIrL

Cat Found With Taped Paws, Mouth Superglued Shut and Bloody Eyes Rescued
Aristos Georgiou (2022-04-01)

An abused cat that was found with its paws taped together and its mouth superglued shut has been rescued in Washington County, Tennessee.

Jonesborough-resident Anna Stanton and her mother discovered the kitten off Interstate 26 in March after spotting a small pet carrier on the side of an off-ramp.

"Something told us we needed to stop and check to see if there was an animal inside," Stanton wrote on a GoFundMe page. "When we went to check we saw that there was something inside."

"We thought it was a cat but we were too scared to open the cage up."

Stanton said she initially thought whatever animal was inside the pet carrier was dead.

"We stood there for a minute and I think I saw it move. It gave out the smallest little, meow. Just almost like a cry for help like, 'Help me. I'm not dead. Please get me some help,'" Stanton told WCYB...

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Kitten found glued to Oregon road, rescued by man driving to work

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All Creatures Great and Small
By George Packer

The country the Russians came to destroy, in fighting for its life, has become one that extends solidarity and love beyond its human citizens.

It’s striking how many stories and pictures from the war in Ukraine involve animals. One of the first Ukrainian civilian victims was a woman killed by Russian shelling as she tried to bring shelter dogs to safety near Kyiv. During the evacuation of the city, railway platforms and trains were crowded with pets of all kinds. A woman carried her infirm German shepherd a dozen miles on foot to cross the Polish border. A Ukrainian soldier took time to bandage the head injuries of a stray dog wounded by shelling. Every Ukrainian platoon seems to have a pet dog, some of them actually serving in the military. A man risked his life to rescue a vanload of kangaroos from the Kharkiv zoo; then he returned for the tapirs. A girl in the back seat of a passenger car was shot by Russian troops because the pet carrier in her lap, with her wounded cat inside, kept her from bending over when her mother yelled “Get down!” (The girl, her mother, and their cat survived; the fate of the volunteer driver is unknown.) An old woman remained in a war-torn town to care for the cats left behind by neighbors who had escaped...

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Ukraine reminds us that animals suffer during wartime, too
By Pamela Constable (2022-03-29)

During a conflict, those who love and care for animals must make agonizing decisions

As I write this, sipping coffee and listening to Miles Davis at home in Virginia, a toothless tabby named Scar is curled up next to me and a frail ginger cat named Pancake is napping upstairs. Ten years ago, Scar was starving in a garbage dump in Kabul. Five years ago, Pancake survived a suicide bombing there that blew out the window in my office where she always sat in the sun.

Scar and Pancake are the lucky ones, plucked by chance from harsh and dangerous conditions in a foreign war zone, long ago. I think about that every morning when I read the latest horrific news from Ukraine, where thousands of desperate people are making extraordinary efforts to save their pets — cats, dogs, rabbits, goats, even turtles — as they flee from Russian guns and missiles.

The military assault on Ukraine, in addition to destroying bridges and roads, theaters and schools and hospitals, is also destroying something less tangible. It has shattered the small pleasures and habits of a peaceful, democratic, upwardly mobile society, one characterized in part by its compassion for animals...

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Despite the danger, some Ukrainians have decided to remain at home to care for animals — and have found a redeeming sense of purpose and fulfillment in doing so. Staff members at the city zoo in Kyiv moved into the facility last month to help reassure captive creatures terrified by air raid sirens, shelling and gunfire. For weeks, a keeper slept near a nervous, 17-year-old Asian elephant named Horace. In Kharkiv, a woman whose neighbors fled the besieged city said her life now revolves around feeding the dogs and cats they had to leave behind. In the city’s subway, now being used as an underground shelter, some families have set up camp with their pets. They say it helps distract their children during the day, comforts them at night, and keeps a sense of humanity alive in a dark and frightening time...

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A polar bear at a zoo in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, on March 14. Rockets landed on the grounds of the zoo on Feb. 27.

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An especially bad week for animals in Ukraine, but I'd rather quote from what little good news is available.

For those who prefer the bad news first:

300 Dogs Found Dead at Ukraine Shelter After Going Without Care amid Russia's Invasion, Animal Group Says

Didn't anyone think to let the dogs go? Just leaving them there to die was beyond cruel. It was serial killer evil, in my opinion, but then again, your mileage may differ from mine...

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Days After Being Lost Due To Violence In Ukraine's Bucha, Pet Joyfully Reunites With Her Owner
Isha Sharma (2022-04-07)

While the world is shaken by the atrocities of Russian troops on Ukraine, a tale of reunion is warming the hearts of many. A viral video shows a pet reuniting with her owner after being lost for days in the war-struck area of Bucha in Ukraine.

In the video, the canine called Nessie is seen rushing to hug her owner as she

The video shared by the Battalion named after Kastus Kalinovski — the Belarusian military unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine — is melting the hearts of many on the internet.



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Ukraine: Man Rescues Eight Kangaroos From Kharkiv Zoo As It Comes Under Intense Russian Attack
Basit Aijaz (2022-03-28)

Footage going viral online shows the man carrying the eight animals in the back of his van as he transported them to safety.

Kharkiv, which lies just 40 km from the Russian border, has been under heavy shelling from Russian troops since the invasion began.

A man has been hailed a hero for making a daring run to rescue a mob of eight kangaroos from a zoo in war-torn Ukraine.

The animals were trapped in Feldman Ecopark in the besieged city of Kharkiv when the thoughtful man took the onus on himself to rescue them. The zoo has come under heavy shelling in recent weeks and many animals have been killed.

Footage going viral online shows the man carrying the eight animals in the back of his van as he transported them to safety...



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Paws of War helping Ukrainian pets
(2022-04-07)

Information provided by Paws of War

More than 10 million people have fled Ukraine over the past few weeks, many of them taking their beloved pets. As they cross the border, escaping to safety, they need all the help they can get for themselves and their pets.

The majority fled with just a few possessions and nothing to care for their pet. Paws of War has teamed up with its overseas partners to be there at the border, ready to provide refugees with what they need to care for their pets. They are desperately seeking financial donations from the community to help support their refugee relief efforts.

“The flood of refugees crossing the border has overwhelmed the limited resources available,” Paws of War Co-founder Robert Misseri said. “Many organizations have come together to help with the crisis, Paws of War has focused on caring for people pets.

“For some their pet is all they have left and it would be devastating for them if they could not care for their pet or were forced to leave it behind...



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A hopeful yet sad update on the shelter where 300 dogs starved to death, followed by some scary good news and more pictures...

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150 shelter dogs that survived starvation in Ukraine denied entry to Poland
Christina Capatides (2022-04-08)
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Less than a week after more than 300 dogs were found dead in an animal shelter near Borodyanka, Ukraine, where they starved to death without any food or water for more than a month, a representative from Naturewatch Foundation tells CBS News that the dogs that survived are now being turned away at the Poland border due to regulations that stipulate animals can only cross with an owner.

"These dogs are starved, traumatized and now stuck in a war zone," said Kate Parker, a wildlife crime campaign manager at Naturewatch Foundation.

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The 150 dogs survived for weeks without food or water and now require comprehensive treatment. While that treatment is not currently available in Ukraine, it would be in Poland. In fact, Parker tells CBS News that there are veterinarians waiting to help at shelters across the border. However, only a handful of dogs have been let in.

She says the official government vets stationed at the Korczowa border into Poland are turning these dogs back into Ukraine on the basis of the fact that they are street or shelter dogs and there are regulations in place against that type of animal for disease control...

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Group Defies Bullets To Save Family Pets In War-Torn Ukraine
CBS Miami (2022-04-08)

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In and around Ukraine’s capital, rescue workers clear the rubble, searching for signs of life, and hidden in destroyed homes, four-legged family members that were left behind.

A dog is trapped inside a home in Irpin, frightened by the sounds of war.

“We are responsible for them. They are like small children who nobody can help them.”

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Ukrainian dog reunited with 86 year old owner after travelling 1,800 miles
Kathryn Rosenberg (2022-04-13)



The heartwarming story of a Ukrainian dog who has traveled 1,800 miles to reunite with his beloved owner is putting smiles on dials around the world - which is exactly what we all need right now.

Black Labrador-cross Tasha was left with friends in Romania after her owner, 86-year-old Ukrainian refugee Violetta, realized she was too weak to carry her canine companion any further.

Fleeing the war immediately after Russia invaded, Violetta and her family made their way to Ireland in early March, the distraught grandmother fearing she would never see Tasha again...

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Watch: Rescuers Pull Puppy From Rubble Of Destroyed House In Eastern Ukraine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u_abk8ELxU

Donetsk Regional Police service shared a video Wednesday of what it said were rescuers recovering a puppy from the rubble of a house in Mykhailivka, in Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast.
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Dog therapy brings solace to displaced Ukrainian kids
(2022-04-14)

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (Reuters) - A "therapy dog" is providing some sorely needed comfort and entertainment for traumatised Ukrainian children displaced by the war raging in their country.

At the "Dr. Doc" therapy centre in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, the kids are invited to stroke Evsei, a friendly spaniel, shake his paw and play games with him, while volunteers sing and dance to entertain them all.

"It is important for them because the child’s psyche is very vulnerable to the war going on now... Some children are very scared — we bring them out of this state," said Olga Pivtoratska, 22, one of the volunteers.



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'We're Helping Rescue Dogs Escape Ukraine'
Kate Parker (2022-04-12)

When Russia invaded Ukraine, the animal welfare charity I work for already had contacts in Ukraine so we could immediately help within the country and get aid there. We have an employee who is Ukrainian and lives in Kharkiv. She spent the first few weeks of the invasion in a basement there with her young baby. When she was able to leave and find refuge in a different part of Ukraine, we began working with a transport network to get animal aid—such as food, leads, bedding and carriers—for people who are evacuating.

Recently we sent over 100 pet carriers destined for Kharkiv. If you have ten cats, trying to stick them in your handbag isn't an option, though I saw a woman who had a cat in her bra at the Ukraine-Poland border.

I run the wildlife crime campaigns for Naturewatch Foundation in the U.K, but my colleagues had identified a need for basic veterinary care at the Ukraine-Poland border. I offered to organize some trips out to the Polish border town of Medyka to help get items to where they are needed.

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Three rescue dogs from Ukraine that were refused entry to Poland.

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The terrapin that traveled from Ukraine to Poland with a Ukrainian family.

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A refugee's dog at a camp in Przemysl, Poland
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FROM: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-u...s-ar_b_9656718

How Ukrainian Soldiers are Using the Health Benefits of Cats on the Front Lines
Curt Storring



We all know cats make us happier and healthier. But now Ukrainian soldiers are relying on cats to boost morale and get back in touch with civilized life on the front lines.

According to the Daily Mail, animals from local abandoned shelters along the battlefield have become a part of daily life for many of the men fighting to defend their territory.

Perhaps the best quote comes from a machine gunner named Pavlo, who said, "Where there is a cat, everything is alright."

Amen!



Cats Help Us Escape Negative Thoughts And Moods

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Cats Are Equally As Important As Friend In Fulfilling Our Social Needs

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Cat Purrs Actually Have Healing Qualities

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Cats Help Give Us Stronger, Healthier Hearts

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There have now been multiple studies that confirm that cats reduce negative moods.


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FROM: https://www.researchgate.net/publica..._on_human_mood

Spouses and cats and their effects on human mood

Authors:
Dennis C. Turner
I.E.A.P./I.E.T., Inst. for applied Ethology and Animal Psychology

Gerulf Rieger
University of Essex
Lorenz Gygax

Previous data indicated that cats influence the moods of singly living people only by decreasing negative moods, while not affecting positive moods. In this study, we asked if such an effect can be 1) replicated, 2) is comparable to the effect of a human partner, and 3) related to the owner’s attachment towards the cat. Two hundred and twelve couples with cats, 31 couples without cats, singly living people with cats (47 women, 45 men) and singly living people without cats (43 women, 9 men) volunteered to participate. We used a list of adjectives (the “EWL”-Questionnaire) to assess their mood, which they responded to on an evening of their choice. The Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS) was additionally completed by the cat owners. Selected adjectives were reduced by factor analyses and labeled bad mood, activity, good mood, and seclusion, according to the highest loadings of mood items within each factor. Each mood factor was explained by cat ownership, presence or absence of a partner, and the person’s sex. Further, sex, partner status and attachment towards cats explained moods amongst the cat owners. Only the partner, but not the cat, enhanced positive moods. Cats alleviated negative moods, and this effect was comparable to the effect of a human partner. This compensatory effect of cat ownership on negative moods was not comparable to a similar effect of degree of attachment towards the cat on human mood. Possible reasons for the unidirectional effect of cats on human mood are discussed...

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Family Member, Best Friend, Child or ‘Just’ a Pet, Owners’ Relationship Perceptions and Consequences for Their Cats

https://www.researchgate.net/publica...for_Their_Cats

Buddy or burden? Patterns, perceptions, and experiences of pet ownership among older adults in Switzerland

https://www.researchgate.net/publica...in_Switzerland

Unanswered Questions and Hypotheses about Domestic Cat Behavior, Ecology, and the Cat–Human Relationship

https://www.researchgate.net/publica..._on_human_mood

“I Can’t Give Up When I Have Them to Care for”: People’s Experiences of Pets and Their Mental Health

https://www.researchgate.net/publica..._Mental_Health

The Mechanics of Social Interactions Between Cats and Their Owners

https://www.researchgate.net/publica...d_Their_Owners

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The following (from late last year) is not Ukraine related, but it's still a good read...


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Man Found Kittens Stranded in Ice—and Had to Think Fast if He Wanted to Save Them
By Colorado Zedd (2021-12-15)

When Canadian oil patcher worker Kendall Diwisch was making his rounds one January day, he noticed something odd in the middle of the open, snowy road. At first, he just thought it was a small pile of garbage, but when he realized it was an animal stranded in the ice, he knew he had to act fast.

Without hesitation, he ran to its help, only to realize that the problem was much bigger that he first thought. With the ice-cold temperatures and no tools, Diwisch had to turn to unconventional methods. Will they work?

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And it looked like the kittens weren’t just huddled up together for warmth, but they actually were stuck in the snow. The closer he got, the more he could hear their sad little meow cries for help. How heart-breaking!



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The cats were all somehow frozen together under the ice by their tails. Kendall began by trying to break away at the ice and release them with his own bare hands. There was one kitten that didn’t seem to be as stuck as deep as the others, and it quickly broke free as soon as Kendall pulled its little, fuzzy tail out of the ice.

However, the other two were still quite stuck, and didn’t seem like they were going anywhere soon.

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Based on the fact that their tails were frozen down below the ice was a good indicator that the sweet, innocent felines had been stuck there overnight. The temperatures were absolutely freezing at this time, and he didn’t want these poor baby balls of love to have to suffer even another second of this cold, harsh winter weather.



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Without hesitation, Kendall grabbed what he needed from his vehicle and calmly made his way back to the kittens. After all, he didn’t want to scare them even more than they already were. They were still crying their little hearts out with their tiny meows, and struggling to make it out of the ice.

So, what exactly was it that Kendall grabbed from his car? The knight in windchill-proof armor decided to bring out his big mug of coffee to battle out the war against the ice!



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Kendall poured his delicious hot cup ‘o Joe on the ice, and waited for the heat from his beverage to melt the ice. But as the ice was melting, the little kitties weren’t trying to escape the area.

At first, the poor shivering kitties sniffed around this pool of mocha liquid that surrounded them—which didn’t seem to be that unusual since cats are known to be curious. But then the little dehydrated and hungry kittens started to lick it. How hilariously heart-melting and precious!



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His plan was a success and the freezing, fuzzy felines were finally set free! Kendall quickly scooped them up so they couldn’t run away, and take them straight into his car to warm them up. But this was still just the beginning of the rescue mission...



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First the very bad news:

Ukraine zoo workers who stayed behind to care for animals found shot to death
By Kelly Hayes - Russia-Ukraine FOX TV Digital Team (2022-04-20)

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They're heroes in my book, but now I need some good news (old or otherwise)...

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Animal Charity Installs Feeding Stations Across Ukraine to Help Pets Abandoned During War
Abigail Adams (2022-04-20)

A New York-based charity is lending a helping hand to pets abandoned during the war in Ukraine by installing emergency feeding stations across the country in an effort to keep animals fed.

Paws of War has distributed over seven tons of food and supplies in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in late February, according to a Wednesday press release from the nonprofit.

To do so, Paws of War — founded in 2014 in Nesconset, New York — built and placed hundreds of emergency feeding stations across Ukraine. The organization "quickly made" the feeders in the wake of Russia's attack on its western neighbor but is struggling to keep them filled due to high demand...



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FROM: https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-60...6f99eb73415b38

How animals in Ukraine are being rescued during war
By Manish Pandey (2022-03-03)


One of the shelters being supported by IFAW in Ukraine

More than 2.5 million people have now fled Ukraine and the UN has called it the fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War Two.

The focus is rightly on the humanitarian disaster - with people having to make agonising decisions about what to take with them.

And that includes what happens to their much-loved pets...



Many can't face the idea of leaving their pets behind

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Volunteers are bringing rescued dogs across the border into Poland

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This man is one of the thousands of people forced to abandon their homes in Irpin

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Two dogs rescued from Ukraine now being cared for in Poland

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FROM: https://beta.opendemocracy.net/en/od...-pets-ukraine/

‘I had no fear’: The volunteers saving people and pets from Irpin
Kateryna Iakovlenko (2022-04-13)

Three volunteers talk to openDemocracy about putting their lives at risk to rescue abandoned dogs, cats and birds from a city under attack.


Some of the pets who have been evacuated by Anastasiia Trishkina

“What matters is that you’re alive,” my relatives and friends tell me since I evacuated from Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv. But it was not enough. Every time I look at photos of the city I used to live in, my heart sinks. When Russian troops launched a brutal assault on the city, hundreds of people faced the choice of staying in their homes or leaving – and needed help to do both. But animals also faced horrors. In the neighboring town of Hostomel, Russian soldiers are reported to have set fire to a stable, burning more than 30 horses alive. Conversely, one man travelled 94 kilometers from Irpin to the town of Korostyshiv, in Zhytomyr, with his two cows. While fleeing Irpin, many people took their pets with them, but some were not able to.

In the days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Dima Naumovich (27), Mariia “Masha” Kryvenko (27), and Anastasiia Trishkina (25) volunteered to help evacuate civilians and animals. During that period, Dima travelled 50 kilometers from Kyiv to Irpin every day to assist with evacuations – until he was hit by a sniper. Fortunately, the sniper missed, only grazing his temple. Today, Irpin’s residents are clearing the streets after Ukrainian forces re-took control of the city. I spoke to the three volunteers about how they saved animals while Irpin was brutalized daily by Russian forces...



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FROM: https://www.cambridgeindependent.co....n-tow-9250799/

How I escaped war in Ukraine with my cat in tow
By Alex Spencer (2022-04-22)



When 23-year-old Yulia Lapko realised she would have to try to escape the war in Ukraine one thing was at the front of her mind - how would she bring her beloved cat?

The graphic novel artist, from Kyiv, was being urged by her parents to leave the country while she could still travel relatively safely. But everything is more complicated with a pet and there was no way she was going to leave five-year-old Penny behind.

Yulia said: “We didn’t have a bomb shelter but we would go down to the basement and I would take my cat with me. Then we just started going to the corridor outside the flat when we heard the bombs to make sure there were two walls between us and the outside. But it’s so weird and surreal because after a while you get used to it in a strange way. So, sometimes you can't be bothered to go there anymore. Sometimes you just don't care anymore. I guess the mind adapts to everything...



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Ukraine Rescue Update from Paws of War:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vuU0BssMws&t=76s

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Ukrainian Cat Adopts Two Abandoned Baby Squirrels:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cze05-ymt0

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Ukrainian Cat Adopts Two Abandoned Baby Squirrels:
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I like to focus on animals and the Ukrainian war, but it's also about cats!

Pusha the cat had just given birth to her own four kittens at the park in Bakhchisaray, Crimea, where she lives when her human friends asked for her help. Four baby squirrels had lost their own mother and needed someone to care for them. With the help of the humans, the baby squirrels got over their fear of their new mom, and Pusha now nurses, bathes and plays with them alongside her own kittens. The big happy family proves that a mother's love knows no bounds, even across different species

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3Bkdwobulc

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Cat Is SO Gentle With His Squirrel Brother | When this couple found an injured baby squirrel, they took him in and introduced him to their cat -- and it was the start of the funniest, most magical friendship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEqdRvVrhjk

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Things aren't getting any better in Ukraine, especially for the animals, but once again, here's a mix of good news (and photos) from Ukraine and the rest of the world, including some from the past...

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A shelter in Ukraine saved hundreds of cats and dogs -- and a lion
Louisa Loveluck, Kostiantyn Khudov, Joyce Koh, Heidi Levine (2022-04-26)

HOSTOMEL, Ukraine -- As Russian tanks neared Kyiv earlier this year, the capital’s suburbs were emptying fast. Terrified residents poured out; roads were gridlocked.

Asya Serpinska walked the other way.

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The 77-year-old had spent two decades keeping her animal shelter going in Hostomel, a town northwest of Kyiv. With the threat of Russian occupation now looming, she thought, there was no place in Ukraine that needed her more.

Shelling boomed out as she arrived at the shelter. Through the gate she recognized the howling and whimpering of various animals.

“I knew it was my responsibility to look after them,” Serpinska recalled.

With three colleagues, she kept most of the 700 dogs and 100 cats alive — and even rescued a lion — as Russian and Ukrainian forces exchanged shelling overhead, and as Russian forces repeatedly entered the property and threatened their lives...

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A Ukrainian Cat Escapes War and Reunited With His Owner in the U.S.
Aila Slisco (2022-04-27)

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Persik the cat rejoined his Ukrainian owner, Larysa Frisby, who was in Arkansas when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, after first fleeing to Poland. Frisby's cousin in Odesa helped move the white, fluffy, longhaired cat, whose name means peach in Ukrainian, to Warsaw before HSI arranged for his trans-Atlantic flight.

"With the outbreak of hostilities on February 24 in Ukraine, it was hard to believe how this could happen," Frisby said in an HSI release. "My plans collapsed with the advent of the war to return home to Ukraine and visit my relatives and take the cat with me."

She added, "I had to make a lot of efforts in order to find a person in difficult circumstances during the hostilities in Ukraine who agreed to take the cat out of Ukraine and now, by the grace of God, the cat is in my home with love and care."

Kelly Donithan, HSI's director of animal disaster response, connected with Frisby on social media and arranged the reunion just before she was about to leave Poland to fly home to the U.S., according to a YouTube video and a release from the Humane Society of the United States.

The animal welfare group has been assisting Ukrainians separated from their pets during the war while operating from nearby countries, including Poland, Romania, Germany and Italy...

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FROM: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/...ter/ar-AAWFMVt

Four kittens were found inside paper bag near animal shelter
WOAI San Antonio, SBG San Antonio (2022-04-27)

SAACS wants to advise the community that dumping pets anywhere, even if it is near the shelter is not ok.

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SAN ANTONIO – Four little kittens were found inside a brown paper bag across the street from the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services (SAACS). Luckily one of the SAACS team members on their way to work, noticed the bag, heard little meows, and found the kittens.

The kittens were found when an employee was on their way to work, and they noticed the brown bag and little meows coming out of the bag. When the kittens were discovered, they were messy and instantly taken to get cleaned up.

In just the two hours that they were there, a foster home was found for them. Their foster mom reports that the kittens are doing much better. In a few weeks, these cute little kittens will be available for adoption through San Antonio Pets Alive...




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Of course, the following news item may sound strange to cat haters, but anyone with half a brain knows that it's not the cat's fault...

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FROM: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...hem/ar-AAWDjSx

Woman marries cat to stop landlords from separating them
(2022-04-26)

other stories from the stranger side of life...

A woman married her pet cat to prevent future landlords from separating them. Deborah Hodge, from Sidcup, south east London, claimed she had previously been forced to rehome three animals by landlords who did not allow pets in their properties. To keep hold of her current cat, five-year-old India, she held a civil ceremony to tie the knot. Hodge wore a tuxedo while India donned a bow tie and cape for the ceremony, which was conducted by a friend who is legally ordained, reported the Daily Star.

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Dogs Love Playing with Squirrel Sibling Rescued From Hurricane...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT1l9NhhxaM

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Americans Raise Money For Ukraine Pets...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s565cf4MIss&t=5s

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Ukrainians, international volunteers join forces to save abandoned pets...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mee1USq4deg&t=2s

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It's getting harder and harder to find any good news about the pets left behind in Ukraine, but here are three interesting stories followed by a short photo montage...


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FROM: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...kiv/ar-AAXjfwS

Ukraine Deploys Gun-Toting Mannequins to Drive Russians From Kharkiv
Scott McDonald (2022-05-15)

Ukraine has a new line of defense in the war against Russia. Standing posts dressed up in everything from tactical gear to dresses, Ukraine has deployed mannequins in certain areas north of Kharkiv as Russian troops continue retreating from the city back to the nearby border.

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The mannequins are well-armed with fake rifles and other makeshift weapons aimed at whomever decides to attack them.

The mannequins are positioned north of Kharkiv, which is in northeast Ukraine and only a few miles from the Russian border. The mannequins appear to aim weapons as Ukraine moves homemade improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to the frontline of the battle.

This comes as there are multiple reports of Ukrainian fighters defending the city and driving the Russian troops back.

Mannequins might be easy to find in Kharkiv, which has endured a heavy shelling by Russian forces since the war began in February. Many malls and department stores have been destroyed in the process, leaving much behind in the rubble...

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Pro-Russia Mayor of Ukraine's 'Crime Capital' Turns His Back on Putin
Andrew Stanton (2022-05-17)

The formerly pro-Russia mayor of Ukraine's "crime capital" has turned against Vladimir Putin in the third month of the war.



Gennadiy Trukhanov, the mayor of Odesa, a major tourist destination in southern Ukraine, was known for his support of Russia, as well as for allegations of corruption, according to online newspaper The Kyiv Independent. His city was even called the "crime capital" of Ukraine by the country's former interior minister because of an illegal construction boom, the Independent said.

But since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in late February, the mayor has changed his stance, now defending Ukraine's right to sovereignty. His shift indicates how unpopular the invasion is even among Ukrainians who were previously sympathetic to Russia.

Trukhanov defended his pivot in a Tuesday interview with the English-language Independent. He explained that when he became mayor of Odesa, Ukraine's third-largest city, he "took an oath of allegiance" to the Ukrainian people, which he said is important to him.

"My perception has changed, unfortunately," he said. "I did not expect that the Russian people would hate us, Ukrainian people, so much. It's shocking to me."

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The volunteers saving animals in Ukraine – photo essay

Organisations and volunteers are coordinating daily rescues to transport thousands of animals to EU countries, despite the lack of safe evacuation routes. Photojournalist Javier Fergo looks at how they are doing it
by Javier Fergo

More than 5 million people have fled Ukraine and millions more have been internally displaced since the start of the Russian invasion. But volunteers have also been coordinating daily rescue missions to save thousands of the country’s non-human population too – pets, farm animals and zoo animals.

Organisations such as the Polish Centaurus Foundation, the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation, or the Lviv animal shelter are trying to save animals from the war on a daily basis.

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A view of Borodianka, a town north-west of Kyiv, destroyed by Russian fire.



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They have a large and valuable army of volunteers, as well as funding through online crowdfunding and private donations.

It is impossible to determine how many animals have been moved or made it out of the country since the start of the war. What is certain is that there are numerous daily departures to EU countries in public transport, vans, trucks, and private cars...

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Zenia, a three-year-old cat whose owner had to flee the village of Andriivka, near Bucha. She survived burns and starvation. Ken Dillon, a former paramedic from the US Marines, provided first aid to Zenia, who was later reunited with her human family.

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Here's some good news mixed in with the bad...

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Maryland Vet Who Went to Ukraine To Rescue Pets Sees 'Barbaric Cruelty'
Robyn White (2022-05-23)

A Maryland vet who went to Ukraine to rescue pets has described the "barbaric cruelty" she saw while in the war-torn country.

Krista Magnifico, from Jarrettsville, traveled to Ukraine in April after she felt "compelled" to do something to help.

The vet spent weeks with Ukrainian animal rescue shelter, Breaking the Chains, treating animals found injured and abandoned amid the war. Breaking the Chain is an animal compound dedicated to traveling into the "red zones" in Ukraine, to save animals caught in the crossfire.

The war in Ukraine has now raged on for three months, ever since Russia invaded on February 24. Animal welfare efforts are widespread across the country, with many shelters working with neighboring countries to transport pets and animals across borders.

Magnifico told Newsweek that she had been "very much" concerned for her safety...




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Sturgeon Bay woman helps save dogs in war-torn Ukraine
Megan Kernan (2022-05-27)

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Members of a Florida animal rescue recently returned from a seven-day trip establishing a shelter in Poland for abandoned dogs from Ukraine.

One of those members lives in Sturgeon Bay. Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer is on the board of directors for Big Dog Ranch Rescue based in Palm Beach County, Fla.

“These are pets that were simply left behind, not by fault of the owners who are in the midst of a war. All they’ve been hearing is bombs and shaking. Their whole world has been turned upside down,” Ziegelbauer said.

Ziegelbauer and the founder and CEO of Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Lauree Simmons, rescued 20 dogs near the Ukrainian border, many of them from a bomb shelter.

“There were two -- that one had his leg blown off by a bomb and one had severe burns on his back -- and we had trouble getting them across the border. It really traumatized not only the people but all of the dogs left behind, and those were some of the lucky ones,” Simmons explained.

“When that van pulled into our shelter in Poznan, Poland, and that door opened up and you saw those dogs in the crates, your heart just sank. It was a miracle venture, and I feel very fortunate that I was able to do this,” Ziegelbauer said...




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CT woman went to Ukraine alone to save disabled dogs: ‘I felt it in my gut just a call to come here’
By Brianna Gurciullo (2022-05-28)

About two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, Emily Franco flew to Europe with a mission: save as many disabled dogs in the war-torn country as she could.

Emily Franco, a Monroe resident who previously lived in Stamford, went to Ukraine to rescue disabled dogs, like Topaz, an Anatolian Shepherd.
Franco said that during the next two months, she drove a car and a trailer — which she bought with her own money — from Poland into Ukraine and back with dogs in tow.

“I felt it in my gut just a call to come here,” Franco, 27, said from a hotel in Poland earlier this month...




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Here's a website where you can adopt a dog rescued from Ukraine:

https://dog.rescueme.org/ua

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