Polish vet Jakub Kotowicz never thought he would suddenly be helping hundreds of animals being rescued from the war close by.

Kotowicz has always been an animal lover and knew he wanted to spend his life helping them any way he could. Since Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24th, Kotowicz and the other staff have been sleeping little and helping many animal refugees.

Kotowicz works with the ADA Foundation located just 30 minutes from the Ukraine border in Przemysl, Poland. ADA foundation is a no-kill animal shelter. These brave heroes and many others are risking their lives to drive animals out of Ukraine and help empty shelters as the war surrounds them.

Violence and destruction have been happening throughout Ukraine, leading many people to flee with their pets. Shelters and zoos have been struggling to evacuate to bordering countries with their large groups of animals. Charities like the ADA are helping these shelters get these innocent animals out of these war zones. The Facebook page is full of touching videos of the foundation helping different dogs and giving them lots of love and pets.

They also help find shelter for the endless flow of Ukrainian animals crossing the border. Many animal lovers have helped to adopt these pets from the charity, and the foundation has posted many heartwarming videos of these animals finding their forever homes.

The foundation is offering space and veterinary services to the pets of refugees that cannot keep them or carry them over the border to safety. Shelters are often full of animals, and the small staff cannot get the animals out of the country and transport them. Many shelters are running out of food, and the animals are in danger of being abandoned and starved.

Dr. Kotowicz, along with his staff, is helping so many animals, including animals that are severely dehydrated, traumatized, and infested with mites. Some of the animals are so dehydrated he has a hard time finding a vein.

Recently, a woman from Ukraine brought them a poor, broken tiny goat. The goat, Sasha, would have starved to death if they had left him in Ukraine. The woman reportedly dropped him off as she fled far away from Ukraine and made sure that the shelter knew that she would be back for him.

The team at ADA has been helping Sasha, who has a problem with his legs, and his front legs are bound with gauze tape, but apparently, he is still rambunctious.

“This lady [said], ‘I love so much this animal, and this animal is part of the family. We want him back when war will end,'” said another staff, Dr. Fedaczyńsky.

ADA foundation officials have confirmed that they have plenty of food for the mound of animals they have coming in, however, they may need help with other supplies. This includes medical equipment, medicine, and funds for transporting the animals.

The Network for Animals is a charity helping support the ADA foundation and other local shelters to secure funds. These people are going without sleep to help all of the traumatized animals escape the war, and they are truly heroes! Donate to Network for Animals here to help the ones often forgotten about as victims of war: animals.

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