FOUR PAWS is teaming up with Animal ID and Dogs Trust Worldwide for a new aid project to help hundreds of Ukrainian animal shelters. The new project is called UPAW for Ukrainian Pet Association Worldwide.

UPAW will accept monetary donations to purchase food for shelters and pledges the “distribution of dog and cat food to hundreds of shelters in war-torn Ukraine.”

The Vienna, Austria-based organization is working on a website for the aid project and is beginning to set up warehouses that will help distribute the food to animals throughout the war stuck country. In a Facebook post by UPAW, they said the joint project has already been able to provide “over 176 tons of pet food to over 100 shelters in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and many other cities have been distributed. This equates to feeding over 100,000 dogs and cats!”

FOUR PAWS has been involved in Ukraine since 2013 and has treated nearly 20,000 stray animals in over 60 communities throughout the country.

“The team in Ukraine typically operates a mobile clinic that carries out capture castration, vaccination and repatriation projects in various communities across the country. Due to fighting and roadblocks, it is too dangerous to carry out these activities on the street.” The organization told Newsweek.

“The health and safety of our co-workers in Ukraine is of the utmost importance to Four Paws. The SAC team will continue the important work of treating, neutering and vaccinating stray cats in Ukraine as soon as it is safe to do so again.”

They will continue to help Ukraine and all of the animals in any way possible, and this is a fantastic team effort to continue assisting the shelters that aren’t able to obtain supplies at the moment. Check out their Facebook page to find details on how to donate to their incredible mission! Sign this petition to stand with Ukraine!

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