Ukrainian Animal Crisis Fund at Helen Woodward Animal Center Exceeds Target

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

The Center says that to date, $117,000 in financial support has been raised and is being donated by our animal lovers to theirs.

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

Unfortunately, the safe passage of furry friends is just one of the many challenges facing Ukrainian animal lovers. Some pets have been lost in the race to flee the war-torn country; shelter volunteers were killed while trying to care for the shelter’s remaining animals; food, money and heat are desperately lacking; and Ukrainian shelters face destruction and violence.

True to its mission of people helping animals and animals helping people, last week, Helen Woodward Animal Center pledged $50,000 to Ukrainian animal welfare efforts with a heartfelt appeal to local animal lovers to match the pledge for a total of $100,000 in assistance.

“The response has been outstanding,” said Mike Arms, president and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center. “It’s something we see time and time again. Those who connect and understand the love of an animal, also connect and understand other animal lovers, regardless of distance or language barriers. They want to help.

In just one week, the request for matching the Centre’s $50,000 pledge has exceeded $67,000 and more donations continue to come in.

Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton shared the Helen Woodward Animal Center campaign on social media with her more than 2 million followers. The social media-famous kitten Smush also shared the campaign with his more than 688,000 followers.

Currently Helen Woodward Animal Center is in contact with Tallinn City Government Chief Specialist Hellika Landsmann from the Estonian Animal Welfare Society and TOZ General Secretary Danuta Mikusz-Oslislo from the Polish Society for the Protection of Animals .

They connect with Animal Associates, a Ukrainian non-profit animal rights organization, working valiantly to help struggling animal welfare groups trapped in war-torn areas, as well as pets Ukrainian refugees who arrive in Poland, Latvia and Estonia with little more than a single suitcase and their furry friends. Funds raised through the Ukrainian Animal Crisis Fund at the Helen Woodward Animal Center are divided among these three groups to help with relief efforts and to ensure that loving pets receive food, warmth and comfort. medical care.

For help or for more information, click on: www.animalcenter.org/ukraine. You can also call 858-756-4117 or visit the Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

Benjamin M. Yerger