As the humanitarian crisis continues, individuals, foundations, and the veterinary community are responding with an outpouring of generosity. The AVMF has raised more than $615,000 which is being used to provide food, medical care, medical supplies, and emergency support to organizations on the ground providing care.
Here are just some images we've received showing how your contributions are making a difference in the lives of animals and those who love them.
While in Poland, Dr. Julie Ryan-Johnson, veterinarian, and Greater Good Charities board member, comforts a stray dog from Ukraine with a severe skin condition that was going to receive veterinary care.
Pet owners in need are grateful to receive the food to keep their pets fed and healthy thanks to your generous gifts.
Volunteers went to work immediately to provide medical supplies to veterinarians who cared for animals despite damage to their facilities and the danger of traveling.
Agriculture is a critical industry in Ukraine. Farm animals are able to receive the veterinary care they need despite economic impacts.
Creatures big and small are affected by the violence in Ukraine.
“We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to AVMF for assisting this response.” – International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
“My name is Veronika and I'm a Ukrainian veterinary surgeon. When Kharkiv was shelled, I was forced to move my family. I saw the suffering and despair of the animals and my fellow Ukrainians, and I didn’t think twice — I had to do something. I joined the Polish veterinary team at the Przemyśl train station for four months on 24-hour shifts to help give animals basic health checks and support with vaccinating, chipping, and arranging official documentation for the pets to enter Poland with their owners. In the first few weeks after the war began, several trains came in every 24 hours, each carrying hundreds of people and pets. We would spend two to three hours processing all the animals non-stop. Most of the animals coming through were dogs and cats, and the one thing they all had in common is that they were very, very stressed. I wanted to offer some comfort to the refugees.
I am so happy to be able to continue helping my country and the animals that so desperately need our help. So I want to say thank you — because supporters like you made it possible for me to be there.”
Veronika Herasymenko - Veterinarian