25 February 2022
With tensions involving Ukraine having descended into war, we find ourselves in deeply troubling times and stand in solidarity with everyone affected.
If you would like to support those protecting the animals caught up in this conflict, here are organisations working in Ukraine:
Deutscher Tierschutzbund – Shelter Tierschutzzentrum Odessa
Vier Pfoten – Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr
Help from Romania
The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries has shared a list of Romanian Animal Shelters who are accepting refugee animals from Ukraine (some offer shelter for any species, including farm animals):
- Save our paws, Iasi Romania
- Association Riga si Berlin, Bucharest, Romania
- Animal Society
- Adapostul Speranta (Hope Shelter), Bucharest
- Casa lui Patrocle, Suceava (very close to the Ukrainian border – also accepts farm animals)
The National Veterinary Health and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) also informs about the temporary abolition of compliance with certain conditions for the entry of pets from Ukraine to Romania.
Due to the exceptional conditions generated by the situation in Ukraine and in order to avoid possible difficulties with refugees coming from this country with pets, in accordance with Article 32 of Regulation (EU) 576/201 3 on the repeal of the conditions for non-commercial animal movement as a company, Romania authorizes non-commercial traffic on their territory as follows:
Animals that meet the conditions for entry into the EU (identified, vaccinated, with/or without the title of antibodies) will be allowed to enter.
For animals that :
- are not correctly identified by microchip/tattoo,
- are not vaccinated against rabies or whose vaccination is no longer valid,
the responsible person will fill in the animal tracking form, which can be downloaded from the ANSVSA website.
The owner of the animal will be able to carry out all formalities and procedures after his entry into Romania.
To facilitate the access of refugees from Ukraine with animals, ANSVSA has sent instructions on the territory and at the border crossing points.