Animal Charities in the Ukraine

All our thoughts and prayers are with the people and animals of the Ukraine.   To those in the shelters and rescues, thank you for doing what you’re doing to look after the animals.   Things are changing fast as everyone in surrouding countries and further afield scrambles to help and lend a paw. There are desperately sad reports of animal shelters being hit and animals losing their lives, along with some amazing people who stayed to care for them and also who were taking or had just taken food and supplies to rescues.  Please everyone stay safe.  We are thinking of you all xxx

I will keep adding to it and updating it.  If you want to adopt an animal from these charities, please check their Facebook pages/websites to see what help they need.  One thing you could do is to help charities in Romania and Poland by adopting a cat/dog etc which would leave space for a Ukrainian animal coming in, for example.  


These orgnaisations don't just save/help cats and dogs but I had to try to get this page into some sort of order somehow...

Network For Animals have funded the creation of an emergency adaptation centre for dogs and an emergency shelter for cats. They have partnered with 6 organisations in Poland.  They are working to help the 420 dogs and 80 cats at Droog in Oleksandriia, 5 hours outside Kyiv, where conditions are just absolutely awful.   Donate here   Facebook   Twitter  

Breaking the Chains now have 6 vehicles on the ground, plus a mobile vet clinic which they take around shelters giving free onsite medical care to animals there. They have taken over a shelter in Romania which has capacity to care for 1,200 animals while they are being prepared for onward travel to rescues in Europe and they are setting up a centre in Ukraine.   You can donate via Donorbox or through War Paws and they have a Just Giving crowdfunder .  They are working with War Paws, Purrfect Pet Transport and Dogbus which has all the information about helping. . And they are also sponsoring a spay/neuter van in Romania to help tackle the stray problem, as a thank you to the Romanians for all their help.  They are applying for charity status.   Find out more and donate - they urgently need funds - so far they have got 3,000 animals out of conflict areas.

A Ukranian animal rights organisation helping animals in the Ukraine. They are doing incredible work and they have daily updates of what has happened, the good news and the bad. They are sending food and supplies across the Ukraine and please join their #savethedefenseless campaign.  They are helping animals and organisations all over the Ukraine, and the best thing is to  visit their Facebook page for their daily updates.  Do visit it, it is amazing to see far they are reaching in Ukraine. One thing they are also doing is to help evacuate animals from Feldman Ecopark.

UAnimals has been very active sending supplies to shelters in Ukraine, including the Save Fox in Dnipro.  They were also involved in Yasnogorodsk farm where I think most of the animals have been evacuated

Viva! Poland has already taken 110 cats and dogs. They've donated 3 tons of food for cats and dogs, they're co-ordinated assistance providing transport of food and animals and delivery food and accessories for animals to reception points.  Donate here

Andrea Cisterino has a shelter in Kyiv with 450 animals and desperately needs donations.  An update on 2 April gave us the news we'd all been waiting for - supplies had got to Andrea and the shelter.  Thank you to them all for holding out.  Supplies were able to get through because the Russians left the area.

PETA Germany (backed by PETA entities in the US, in the UK, and elsewhere) has brought mountains of food into Ukraine – more than 160,000 kilograms – delivering it to animal shelters in Lviv, which, in turn, are helping to distribute the supplies to other desperate facilities. By 27 March, hundreds of dogs and cats from Ukraine have been taken out of Ukraine, and that PETA Germany, alongside Viva! Poland and White Paw had completed two rescue missions in Ukraine.  On 7 April a press release said they had got 20 cats out of the Korosten shelter.  Find out more & donate

Shelter Friend helps sick and injured stray animals in Dneproperovsk city,Ukraine and they need donations as they have taken in 45 dogs from anothe rescue.  Visit their Facebook page

IFAW have partnered with a couple of shelters in Ukraine in Donetsk and Gorlovka.   They have been offering support on the ground along the Ukraine-Polish border, distributing pet food, harnesses and carriers to refugees who fled with pets.  Get the latest news from IFAW's site and donate here

Naturewatch Foundation
They have been working in the Ukraine since 1994.  Find out about their plans to help the animals and people of the Ukraine  They have been reporting problems getting animals into Poland on occasion and turned back to Ukraine.

ROLDA works to provide humane solutions to the huge homeless dog problem in Romania and cares for over 650 dogs in two shelters in the south east.  It is using its large animal shelter in Galati on the boarder to send food, money and offers of shelter and vet care to aniamls trapped in Ukraine.  They have agreements inplace iwth Inessa (Korosten shleter), Give a Paw, Friend (Zaporizhehe) and Anastasia Aniaml SOS in Odessa.  Visit their Facebook page


Feldman Park in east Ukraine also say that the kangeroos were evaucated, the turtles too - the tirtles didn't hestitate to leave.  Tapirs  Dalma, Pinto and Dolly were out.   Over 3,500 people responded to their requests for help to evacuate, treat and give food for the animals.  Sadly, the Russians killed two bison, leaving a little one without parents.  UAnimals is helping to get animals out e.g. big cats and some of the animals are going to Odessa Zoo.  Foxes, badgers, caracals and cockroaches have all been evacuated, despite constant shelling - teams are doing what they can to get animals out when they can. They say they are receiving offers of help from all over Europe.   

12 April 2022:  However, things are getting very urgent and Animal Survival International have emailed to say they are joining forces with UAnimals to help get as many of the 6,000 animals out as they can of Feldman Ecopark.  You can donate here through their website

Kyiv Zoo Please visit their Facebook page for updates.   Kyiz Zoo says all their animals are on site under the 24-hour supervision of their zookeepers and veterinarians.  There's a video here   The pelicans have been back to the pond and they've recieved ifood for the animals - vitamin fees, vital for animal health.  And on 7 or 8 April Four Paws International got 5 tons of food through for different species and 7 tons of hay specially for Horas the elephant.

The EAZA  (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) has an emergency appeal for Ukrainian zoos and updates. Funds raised will be used to help Ukrainian zoos to provide food and care to animals in conditions of relative welfare and safety, and give support for care staff and management at the zoos.  The EAZA has direct contact with Myikolayiv ZooKharkiv Zoo and Kyiv Zoo, and indirect contact with other zoos via the Ukrainian Zoo Association and the contacts of its Members.  They are working with a group eastablished by the European Alliance of Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries to co-ordinate efforts to remove non-domestic animals from facilities.                        

Both Myikolayiv Zoo and Kharkiv Zoo have sadly suffered fatalities. 

12 Months Zoo near Kyiv (Demydiv) - help got through and Breaking the Chains have an incredible story about how Tom sat with gorilla John (bars between them) and a keeper gave John his banana.  John immediately offered half the banana to Tom.   The monkeys were evacuated, hopefully the gibbons and gusarbons will follow.  11 April:  employees at the zoo finally got to be able to go home to see relatives.

Zoo Poznan in Poland were involved in the evacuation of some animals from the White Bear Shelter near Kyiv and other animals to Spain and Belgium via Poland so please visit their Facebook page for more updates.  

For bat lovers, take a look at the Ukranian Bat Rehibilitation Centre and their Facebook page here.  On 24 March 2022 they managed to reach the Ecopark and rescued 1,000 bats!  Visit them on Instagram

Warriors for Wildlife have rescued Masha the bear (who very sadly has since died of a stroke) and Mir the lion with very long, risky journeys for both. Lion Simba joins Mir shortly and both  Mir and SImba are I believe headed for South Africa.   Donate here

Four Paws Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr - Four Paws have 29 rescued bears at their sanctuary in Western Ukraine and Four Paws say their colleagues there are looking after the bears.   The sanctuary was closed to visitors at the time of writing this.  Facebook:  Four Paws Bear Sanctuary have taken in the 7 bears from the White Rock Bear sanctuary near Kyiv (read about it here).  I gather the bears (or some of them) have now gone on to Germany.  Read their updates & donate on their website  And Four Paws stray animal team is helping pets who have been separated from their owners. 

This Facebook group Ukranian Rescue Appeal has a whole huge amount of information with help for those fleeing Ukraine and more. They have info about individual animals about needing help, requests for transport (not necessarily within the Ukraine) and people willing to help or help needed requests.   Amongst those offering help is Zuzu Express Transport who say they have already contacted 2 big shelters in the Ukraine to see if they can help with animal transport out.

Shelter Ugolyok
This is a rescue farm saving animals from Ukraine’s slaughterhouses.    They have a fundraiser called At the Edge of War.  Visit them on Instagram and Facebook

Nowzad are also involved, preparing a storage facility in eastern Poland so that they can stockpile supplies ready to get to Ukraine.   Find out more and donate here

The Kabul Small Animal Rescue were very quick to set up sources of help, despite the considerable pressures they work under. 

A fundraiser launched by Darya Shcherbanyuk has now closed but it lists a number of charities you can donate to directly.  Find out more and donate here

AnimaInternational also have a list of organisations to support

Please also check out Ukraine Animal Rescue Information which is an incredible network of people needing/wanting and offering help, more on an individual basis per animal/owner, and Help Animals Ukraine


Help Ukranian Horses is a Facebook group  with help and information for anyone who wants to help/can help/needs help with horses.  And there's a JustGiving fundraiser

There's also the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation who are reigstered in Belgium and who are aiming to help the Ukrainian equestrian community during the crisis.  They are setting up a 40 box facility for horses in transit in Lviv with the FEI Solitarity Fund and a second 60  stable facility has been opened in Mirihoshcha, funded by UEF-CF (donations).  The first horses arrived in Mirihoshcha on 11 April.  UEF-CF have now supplied over 80 stables in the Ukraine.They have a number of ways you can help horses and buy feedstuffs in Polaned to get to their supply point.   British Dressage  had a list of things which are needed URGENT Horse transport needed  They are asking horse lovers to set up fundraising events/anything to raise money and are sending supplies e.g. help for 300 horses in the Hippodrome in Kyiv.  

World Horse Welfare in the UK says on their website "We are raising funds on behalf of British Equestrian and the UK’s equine sector to provide emergency support for the equines, and their owners and carers, affected by the devastation of the conflict in Ukraine.  We will be working initially with local partners, including the Ukraine and Polish Equestrian Federations, and with other partners as the situation progresses."  Find out more/Donate here

Your gift will help buy desperately-needed feed, bedding and veterinary supplies. Any donation, no matter how small, will make a real difference to Ukrainian horses, right across the country’s equestrian sector, from sport and leisure horses and all other horses who need our help.

There are a lot of incredible companies joining in to help such as Bailey Horse Foods.  Horse Aid UK are about to become a registered charity.  

In addition...

The NSPCA is making donations to animal shelters in the Ukraine.  NSPCA is in South Africa.  Visit their web page here.  They ask that if you donate you put a reference "Ukraine"

International Animal Rescue don't have a project in the Ukraine themselves but they are sending emergency funds to organisations working in the Ukraine to support their work helping animals caught up in the conflict.  They have information about evacuating Ukraine with pets here

Compassion in World Farming have put a statement up entitled Standing in Solidarity with Ukraine.  The charity has been liasing with its representative in Ukraine who has done a lot to advocate for better animal welafare there in recent years.  You can read more here

I will keep adding more as I find them. 

All prayers and thoughts are with the people and animals of the Ukraine, and that includes the wildlife who will inevitably suffer as well as a result of such destruction.