FREE VET CARE TO UKRAINIAN ANIMALS
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Our team is present in Ukraine right now providing free veterinary care to animals in need. We believe it is our duty to help rescue, treat and care for animals during this brutal war. Hundreds of dogs and cats, horses, donkeys, and smaller pets have been wounded. On the ground, vets are dealing with gun shot wounds, trauma from bombs, broken bones, missing limbs, worms, mange, traffic accidents and severe starvation and dehydration, where animals have spent weeks wandering empty streets alone.
We believe every animal should be able to receive treatment and stand a chance at a happy and healthy future. Many animals have been abandoned and are living on the streets, scavenging for food and fighting for survival. The lucky ones are in shelters or under the care of those who have stayed behind despite the risks. In some circumstances owners are struggling to pay for veterinary care due to the war effecting the economy, employment and cost of living. We strive to provide the best treatment possible by doing the following
Providing veterinary care totally free of charge
Working with animals right up to the frontline
Bringing in veterinary donations
Purchasing medications locally
Supporting vets and owners with training and case support
Working with other Ukrainian and international organisations
Our ongoing "Horse Support Grant" allows owners to receive assistance to care for their horses and other people's horses, when they have fled the country.
Thanks to you, we are able to continue this work. Despite being in the headlines less, the war continues to rage and advance across Ukrainian territory putting innocent lives at risk. Russian missiles rain down every day in the South East and this shows no signs of stopping. If you can spare any donation towards this cause, please follow the "donate to help" button above. Your support is much appreciated.
Many of our team have a background in wildlife translocation and medicine. This has been utilised on numerous occasions in Ukraine to help with moving and treating wild species threatened by the war. From advising on immobilisation drugs and movement protocols for ostrich, antelope and carnivores, to carrying out the rescues of animals under attack from Russian forces.
Our most recent procedure was the movement of 9 lions out of Odesa pulling innocent lives to safety from under the Russian’s noses. It took many people, weeks of planning, military convoys and a cool disposition in the face of pressure, but all 9 are now safely across the border. Moving these lions was an important course of action. With advancing Russian forces, not only were the lion’s lives in danger, but if the zoo was bombed and the cage compromised, the escaped lions would pose a huge risk to public safety. Lastly the zoo who housed them in Odessa had run out of funds to feed the pride and so elected to have them evacuated.
Our director Dr Gemma Campling managed the darting and immobilisation of the whole pride. WOW Ukraine - Warriors of Wildlife took over the care of these beautiful cats, with the final goal of sending them to an international sanctuary where they will live out dignified and safe lives, in high welfare enclosures, never to be bred or exploited. Breaking The Chains - Documentaries carried out the logistics of transport and provided the essential manpower behind this operation. What a dream team, fighting for the safety of these stunning animals.
Lifting a 250kg lion on to a head height truck with make shift stretchers takes some skill, but it’s nothing compared to the muscle and nerve needed to do 4 days nonstop travel across 2,000 km, with 6 international borders in a high risk area. Thankfully we were in and out of the war zone as fast as possible and the whole procedure went smoothly.
At the end of November 2022 Dr Gemma Campling was at the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) annual conference in the USA, speaking about our work in Ukraine. As you can see it was brilliantly attended.
It was a privilege to be invited to the conference as a guest speaker for the opening ceremony by ISELP and Foundation of the horse, and to follow an opening speech from Dr David Randall, president of the British Equine Veterinary association.
Speaking about this topic was quite the daunting task; to relay the terrors of war, as well as the hope, gratitude and optimism for the future. A huge thank you to everyone who made it such a wonderful event, to those who have already donated and the organizations and individuals have pledged to support our 2023 work.