There are so many homeless animals in need everywhere around the world. As you may already know, our rescue helps animals in need both locally and internationally. We can’t save all furry lives, but with your continued support, we continue to work hard to save as many lives as we can.
I want to share a short story about a forgotten place, that once was a fully operational animal shelter for the homeless animals in the area of Lughansk, Ukraine under the name “Дай Лапу” which literally means “Give Paw”.
A true story told by a volunteer, Olga, who dedicates her time to the homeless furry animals in need at this shelter:
"In a town that does not exist, a country without a name, a city where until recently there were horrible sounds of shell explosions, this serves as a reminder between the destroyed school buildings and houses there is a shelter called "Dai Lapu” (meaning “Give Paw”) in Lugansk and there is an immediate need to help those which need it most. Almost 100 former homeless furry tails live in this shelter currently, for this place has now become a HOME. This is the only place in the area which provides shelter, where they are loved, cared for and provided the necessary medical care. Many of them lived in the shelter for most of their lives as the average age of the dogs is 7 years or older. It is difficult to explain with words what the shelter had to go through to not only survive, but also to start living with hope.
Everything that once gave life to this shelter is destroyed. Entrepreneurs who financially supported the staff, maintained the territory of the shelter in order, built and repaired the enclosures, and provided the shelter with heat and light have left completely making it difficult to provide the necessary support. There is no banking system that allows you to seamlessly receive financial assistance from anywhere in the world, the borders are closed, and thus resulting in difficulty bringing the necessary shelter medicines or equipment to the city. Trains do not roam the tracks and planes do not fly. But despite all these obstacles, the furry residents of the shelter and the people working in it do not intend to give up. Every day they prove their right to live a meaningful life.
All worries about the shelter fell on the shoulders of two women - volunteers who are trying they're best to revive the shelter “from the ashes”. With a meager salary, we managed to assemble a team of employees who surround the shelter animals with care every day. On top of the normal furry residents in the shelter, there are puppies and disabled dogs, who need specialized personal care on a daily basis.
To feed dogs, every day it is necessary to prepare firewood from a nearby planting, kindle a stove and boil 180 liters of porridge in the field kitchen, then spread this porridge into open-air cages, wash dishes and pour water to everyone. And if someone is sick, then you need to give medicine, give injections, put on IV treatment ... and this is also done by the employees of the shelter themselves, because the shelter does not have their own transportation to get to the clinic.
The local community members have worked tirelessly to explain the seriousness of this depleting shelter to the local government but to no avail. As previously mentioned, resources are limited across the city. At the same time, thanks to the help of many caring citizens, the shelter helps to sterilize dogs and provide overexposure to those who turn to the shelter for help.
Unfortunately, the possibilities of the shelter are very limited. With only one building, fifty enclosures, and the field kitchen, these are the only parts that provide help to the animals in need and are in need of major repairs, but unfortunately the shelter does not have sufficient funds for this.
That is why the shelter continuously has to ask for help from everyone who is not indifferent to the problem of homelessness and has the opportunity and desire to help. All funds received by the shelter are accountable and you can always find out where your help went. Not only to find out, but also to see what has been done at the shelter. And we have something to show. Over the past two years, they have had light at the shelter, made heating and built several aviaries. But this is a very small step towards the big goal.
We ask you to help and support our fragile world called Shelter "Dai Lapu" in Lugansk.
Regards, Your 100 plus furry friends"
If you would like to follow the journey of this animal shelter, please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dailapulugansk/
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