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Helping Pet Shelters in Times of War

The U-Hearts Foundation is a non-profit charity organization that aims to help homeless pets in any condition. In simple terms, it is a strong team of enthusiastic volunteers who unanimously make a powerful contribution to saving our four-legged friends. The main mission of our foundation is to help pet shelters cope with all the challenges that are met on their way while helping stray animals.

How Do Animals End Up in a Pet Shelter?

It’s not a secret that since the war started, the number of stray pets has significantly increased. The reasons are various, we would even say that there is a huge quantity of them.

Firstly, the U-Hearts Foundation team will present the basic ones (those can occur in any lifetime condition). And other arguments will be provided as the ones, which are related to wartime situations. Nevertheless, each of the reasons confirmed that day after day people should become aware of the threats that can be made to poor animals, and the dreadful consequences which can be caused by leaving fluffies without any sources for survival.

  • Sudden financial issues

    Pet owners may face financial difficulties which make it difficult to take care of fluffies.

  • Moving or Relocation

    Among the aspects are changes in housing, job relocations, or other life circumstances.

  • Pets that are lost

    Animals may become lost and end up in pet shelters if they cannot find their way back home, and their owners are not able to find them.

  • Behavioral issues

    Not all pet owners can address or successfully manage an unwanted behavior problem.

  • Health issues and medical expenses

    Suffice it to highlight that there are pet owners who can’t take responsibility for financing the medical care for their pets.

We would say that almost every mentioned reason for leaving the pet has appeared due to the fact that pet owners were not able to critically measure their efforts and readiness for taking care of a pet. And unfortunately, this problem is still present.

We would say that almost every mentioned reason for leaving the pet has appeared due to the fact that pet owners were not able to critically measure their efforts and readiness for taking care of a pet. And unfortunately, this problem is still present.


Factors related to wartime situations

Displacement and Evacuation:

  • During times of war, people may be literally forced to evacuate their homes, leaving behind their pets due to logistical challenges or restrictions.
    Although, unfortunately, there are also people who just come up with excuses, while worrying only for themselves but not for their faithful fluffy companions.
    This heartbreaking fact was confirmed when we saw photos of caring people who didn’t leave their animals even in terms of the war. These humans were taking their fluffies with them, not paying attention to the pets’ weight or the length of their route. Even on the border with Poland, many Ukrainians were noticed, staying with their beloved pets. That’s what unconditional love means.

Economic Hardships:

  • War can lead and generally leads to economic instability, making it complicated for people to afford pet care. Therefore, financial issues still play a threatening role.

Logistical Challenges:

  • Movement restrictions, limited resources, and unsafe conditions can make people hesitate about taking their pets with them during wartime displacement.

Loss of Infrastructure:

  • Destruction of homes and communities can result in the loss of pet-friendly infrastructure, making it challenging for owners to keep their pets. Moreover, the war takes the lives of many people, so their pets become abandoned.

Emergency Shelters:

  • Some people may leave their pets behind, hoping they will be taken care of by animal welfare organizations or emergency shelters. Although, not all of them make at least some effort to place them in the cat and dog shelter to ensure pets’ safety.

As a result of such human behavior, shelters have become overflowed, and nowadays there are an enormous number of them. Fortunately, many people possess a huge desire to help any cat and dog shelter, but not everyone can fully support every pet. Another nuance is that not all initiators know much about the prospect of helping non-charity animal organizations. Therefore, we have carried out a detailed instruction for you.


How Can You Help Pet Shelters (if you are not ready to adopt an animal)


  • Wonderful news! You can offer your time and skills by volunteering at a local pet shelter. Tasks may include such activities as feeding, cleaning, walking dogs, or assisting with carrying out adoption events.

Making donations

  • Shelters often rely on donations to cover expenses connected with buying food, providing medical care, and developing facility maintenance. Making monetary donations or contributions to pet supplies are valuable ways to help pet shelters.

Educating other people

  • You can raise awareness about the significance of supporting responsible pet ownership, spaying/neutering, and the benefits of adopting from shelters. Education can help prevent pet surrenders.

Advocating for Legislation:

  • Moreover, it is always necessary to help homeless pets by supporting or advocating for legislation that promotes animal welfare, responsible breeding practices, and anti-cruelty laws.

Promoting Adoption Events:

  • You can help organize or promote adoption events in your community. These measures are likely to attract potential adopters to the cat and dog shelter and increase the visibility of animals.

Provide Skills and Services:

  • Offering some professional skills or services is also a powerful way to help pet shelters. For instance, if you’re a photographer, donate your time to take some quality photos of animals for adoption profiles.

Participating in Fundraising:

  • Don’t hesitate to support or organize fundraising events for pet shelters. This could include charity walks, online crowdfunding campaigns, or charity auctions, and all in all – help homeless pets.

Promote Responsible Pet Ownership:

  • Encourage responsible pet ownership practices, such as proper training, regular veterinary care, and providing a loving and stable home environment.

By taking the following steps, individuals and communities can contribute to the well-being of fluffies in shelters, help reduce overpopulation, and support the rewarding work that pet shelters to care for and rehome pets in need.

A Pet Shelter Helps Another Pet Shelters

The main issue is the lack of funds, and most Ukrainian shelters are unable to buy everything the pets need. That’s why charitable organizations like ours and our partners come together to support pets in almost every pet shelter. Right now, they need our help more than ever.

These shelters really need heaters, food, warm beds, sometimes medication, and toys for furry friends. We’re trying to supply all of this to every corner of Ukraine. With the cold weather, the needs to become even greater 🙏🏻

We persist in our efforts to benefit these furry companions, and your support is incredibly important to us! 💙 If you’d like to help Ukrainian shelters, you can donate via the link in the bio.

Any help you can provide to the cat and dog shelter is rather precious!

Posted by:

Communications specialist at U-Hearts Foundation

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