640,000kg of pet food distributed in Ukraine by UPAW
1 August 2022
UPAW (Ukrainian Pet Association Worldwide) was created on the first day of the war in Ukraine, in partnership with Animals ID, Dogs Trust Worldwide and Four Paws. It is a logistical platform that unites and coordinates the efforts of 18 Ukrainian animal welfare organisations.
In the past four months the organisation has distributed 640,000kg of pet food, taking care of the challenging logistics in Ukraine.
This platform serves the purpose of redistribution of the pet’s food all over the country, addressing the needs of animals. To this end, the volunteers taking care of unowned animals, breeding kennels, individual pet owners and shelters can apply and receive help thanks to UPAW, whose recognise that “In this tragic situation all pets are equal and hungry in the same way”.
In the future, UPAW is hoping that its purpose will be threefold:
- Drive systemic changes in Ukraine, which will benefit animals, in cooperation with NGOs and veterinarians.
- Implement international best practices for the development of local animal welfare organisations.
- Help national authorities create a policy on animal welfare and good veterinary practice in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the war is imposing different priorities and the whole team of UPAW is focused on reaching red zones of humanitarian catastrophe and front lines in order to feed as many animals as possible. The estimated amount of necessary pet food is 1,300 tons per month.
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