Helen Woodward Animal Center raises $174,000 for Ukraine

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — A San Diego County animal center has raised nearly $200,000 to help people and animals in Ukraine.

According to a statement from officials at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, less than two weeks after asking San Diegans to donate to the cause, the center has reached its goal of a $50,000 game. On Monday, the Center announced that a total of $174,427 in aid had been donated to organizations that will help people and animals in Ukraine.

“It is important that donors understand that 100% of everything we have received has been sent directly to support the Ukrainian animal crisis,” explained Mike Arms, President and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center. “The Center even covers the cost of any bank fees charged when transferring funds so that animal lovers who donate to this cause can be assured that their money is being used to help with relief efforts and to ensure that loving pets receive food. , heat and medical care.

The center originally announced a match of up to $50,000, making way for a $100,000 donation to the cause. However, after the appeal was shared by Oscar winner Diane Keaton and others on social media, donations from people across the United States topped $124,000.

The Center transferred the funds to the Estonian Animal Welfare Society and the Polish Society for the Protection of Animals, with both organizations currently working to provide valuable care and resources to people and animals in need.

“Yesterday we transferred half of the donation to UAnimals. The other half we used for shelter animals in need of rescue from Ukraine and for pets who fled Ukraine with their owners. We are working with Lithuanian organizations to agree that their country will let the animals in and keep them in quarantine,” a representative from the Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals said. “We will help them pay for transport, vaccinations, etc. Our Agriculture and Food Council visits the pets that have fled here and we let them know that if the animals need more vaccines or other help, we will help pay the bill. .

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Benjamin M. Yerger