Reconstruction of the Best Friends animal shelter, twice damaged by air raids and numerous shelling, is underway
Before the full-scale war, Ukraine was in the top 10 countries with the highest number of stray animals. After Feb. 24, 2022, the situation worsened several times. The problem of overcrowding in shelters and a significant increase in the number of stray animals exists throughout the country. The most difficult situation is on the occupied and de-occupied territories and the front line. According to animal protection organizations and volunteers, there are currently about 150,000 animals in need of help in Ukraine.
The reconstruction of the Best Friends animal shelter in the Kyiv region, twice damaged by air raids and numerous shelling after the start of the full-scale Russian invasion, is underway. About UAH 2 million was donated by Suziria Group, which, together with UAnimals, is launching the Tails Changes charity project to save thousands of pets’ lives.
At the onset war, the shelter was home to more than 1,300 pets. Now, the owners are trying to accommodate about 970. The building is severely damaged, so it cannot accept new animals. Nevertheless, as an exception, the shelter has rescued more than 200 cats and dogs evacuated from Bakhmut, Kramatorsk, Kharkiv region, and Donetsk region.
The Suziria Group and UAnimals invite young talented designers and artists to join the renovated shelter and charity project. All, who want to try their hand, can apply and take part in the competition.