Save Pets of Ukraine releases charity book about pets in time of war

12 March, 03:52 PM
The proceeds from the sale will be donated to help animals (Photo:Надано Save Pets of Ukraine)

The proceeds from the sale will be donated to help animals (Photo:Надано Save Pets of Ukraine)

The suffering of not just humans, but their four-legged friends, is the subject of a new book, now on sale via the charity initiative Save Pets of Ukraine’s website.

The book, called Saving Four-Paws (and Humans) in Ukraine, contains stories about pets and their loving owners who fled the war, and about the volunteers helping them. It went on sale on March 10.

The collection of inspiring stories, all with happy endings, feature cats, dogs, their owners and volunteers who were forced to evacuate from the war, while supporting each other.

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The stories feature, among many, two women managed to evacuate 47 cats from Kyiv to Germany at the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion; Soldiers and their dogs at the cutting edge of the war; A couple who rescued pets from abandoned locked apartments; A lady who has over 60 dogs; Cats who warmed up and calmed down their owners in the most despair; and a girl who slept better thanks to her puppy.

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It is also about people who take care daily of lots of pets who were left alone on the streets – about people who rescue pets, who in return rescue these caring people.

The book aims to draw attention to the issue of stray animals in Ukraine, the number of which has grown significantly in the past year. According to a survey, this number has increased by 20-30% in the rear areas and by 100% or more in the regions near the front line.

In total, 25,799 dogs and 19,473 cats are under the care of shelters and volunteers. The survey was conducted by the Socioinform, an independent center of sociological research, at the request of Kormotech, the largest Ukrainian manufacturer of cat and dog food, which founded the national initiative Save Pets of Ukraine in 2022.

The book also presents stories about the adoption of pets that might inspire readers. After all, the adoption of stray animals into families is the best and most humane way to reduce the number of animals in shelters and on the streets. For example, a few weeks before the book's publication, when an editor of a national TV channel learned about it, he made an appointment for an interview to adopt a cat.

All proceeds from the book Saving Four-Paws (and Humans) in Ukraine will be used to help dog and cat shelters. The price of the book is a donation of UAH 200 ($5.45) or more. The book is distributed via Save Pets of Ukraine website or the initiative's social media.

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