We would like donors to rest assured that 100% of donations are being sent on to support the Ukrainian animal crisis.

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Over 4 weeks ago, Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in an escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014. The biggest conventional military attack on a sovereign state in Europe since World War II, thousands and thousands of Ukrainian residents have fled their homes with only their most precious possessions, including their beloved pets.  Unfortunately, the safe-passage of furry friends is barely certainly one of many challenges Ukrainian animal-lovers are battling.  Some pets have been lost within the scramble to flee the war-torn country; shelter volunteers have been killed of their attempts to take care of the remaining shelter pets; food, money, and heat are in desperate short supply; and Ukrainian shelters are facing destruction and violence.

True to its mission of individuals helping animals and animals helping people, on March tenth, Helen Woodward Animal Center pledged $50,000 to the Ukrainian animal welfare efforts with a heartfelt plea to local animal-lovers to match the pledge for a complete of $100,000 in assistance.  In lower than one week, the request to match the Center’s $50,000 pledge surpassed $67,000.  Famous Center friends like Academy Award winning actress Diane Keaton and social media-famous kitten Smush shared Helen Woodward Animal Center’s campaign on social media with thousands and thousands of followers and the donations began coming in, in  an inspiring show of support. On the time of this release, the animal-loving community has donated over $124,000, totaling nearly $175,000 with the Center’s original gift.

Helen Woodward Animal Center has facilitated the transfer of those funds to each Ukrainian refugee pet owners, in addition to shelters in need inside Ukraine through each Tallinn City Government Chief Specialist Hellika Landsmann from the Estonia Animal Welfare Society and General Secretary TOZ Danuta Mikusz-Oslislo from the Polish Society for The Protection of Animals.  Each are communicating with associates from UAnimals, a non-profit Ukrainian animal rights organization, working valiantly to assist struggling animal welfare groups trapped in war-torn areas, in addition to the pets of the Ukrainian refugees who’re arriving in Poland, Latvia and Estonia with little greater than a single suitcase and their furry friends. 

This weekend, Geit Karurahu from Estonia Animal Welfare Society reported the next: “Yesterday, we transferred half of the donation to UAnimals.  The opposite half we used for shelter animals who need saving from Ukraine and for pets who’ve fled from Ukraine with their owners. We’re working along with Lithuanian organizations to agree that their country will let animals in and they’ll keep the animals in quarantine. We’ll help them pay the transport, vaccinations and so forth. Our Agriculture and Food Board are visiting pets who’ve fled here and we allow them to know that if the animals need more vaccinations or other help that we are going to help them pay the bill.”

Together with the updates, photos have been sent from each the Estonia and Polish animal welfare groups to indicate the arrange on the border sites together with distribution areas to assist Ukrainian pet-owners in need.  Helen Woodward Animal Center is devoted to sending more in the way in which of monetary support as long at donations proceed to are available.

“It will be important that donors understand that 100% of every little thing now we have received has been sent on to support the Ukrainian animal crisis,” explained Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms.  “The Center is even covering the associated fee of any bank fees charged within the wiring of funds in order that animal-lovers donating to this cause can rest assured that their money is being utilized to help with relief efforts and to make sure that loving pets are provided food, warmth and medical attention.” 

To assist or for more information head to You may visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. 

About Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a personal, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for greater than 90,000 people and greater than 10,000 animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs each onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center can be the creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, the International Remember Me Thursday® campaign and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from world wide.  For more information, go to:

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