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Vets Beyond Border is raising funds for Ukraine animals

Posted in Guest Blogger @ Mar 29th 2022 5:02pm - By Robert Leach, Programs Manager, Vets Beyond Borders
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Australian veterinary charity raising funds for Ukrainian animals

The crisis in Ukraine highlights the power of the human-animal bond. Every day thousands of people flee from Ukraine with only what they can carry: often this is their pet. Australian veterinary charity Vets Beyond Borders (VBB) is raising funds to support Ukrainian animals receive veterinary care, food and bedding.

URGENT APPEAL FOR UKRAINE ANIMALS

Reports received by Vétérinaries Sans Frontières (VSF) from the Polish border at Medyka ascertain around 30% of refugees are bringing their pets with them, which in turn requires veterinary care. As a member of VSF International, VBB is working directly with its Czech counterparts to raise funds for these animals in need.

Seeking Refuge Together

Seeking Refuge Together is VSF-Czech’s initiative assisting Ukrainian refugees and their animals. The organisation is helping network suitable veterinary clinics, offering interpreting services for veterinary clinics taking care of Ukrainian refugees, running an information hub where incoming refugee pet owners can find relevant information, and also providing financial aid to allow pet owners to take care of their pets. 

Rabies is still present in Ukraine, in contrast to many European countries, which are free from rabies. The sudden influx of non-vaccinated pets may pose serious threats to public health and highlights the importance of veterinary intervention and support.

In 2021, VBB became a member of VSF International, sharing VBB’s One Health vision aimed at improving the health of people, animals and their shared environment. VBB is working with its global counterparts to raise much needed funds to assist those fleeing the warzone with their beloved pets.

Your donation will help save animals in crisis and provide vital relief for their owners, who after losing everything are desperately trying to source the essentials to survive, for themselves and their cherished pets. All funds raised will be urgently transferred to VSF-Czech who are working on the ground with the Ukrainian refugees.

For further information on this program go to Seeking Refuge Together (vsf-cz.eu).

Please donate to help those in need: URGENT APPEAL FOR UKRAINE ANIMALS

About VBB

Vets Beyond Borders (VBB) is an Australian-based animal charity, in operation since 2003, working to improve the lives of animals and humans around the world.

Through its VetMatch and VetTrain programs, VBB deploys volunteer veterinarians, and veterinary nurses to our Partner Organisations around the globe. We deliver animal health services, participate in, and manage humane animal population control programs, and engage in educational programs, to empower local communities and improve animal welfare at home and abroad.

In 2020 VBB launched VetMatch-AU - the Australian arm of the flagship VetMatch program. Through partnerships with Australian welfare organisations our veterinary volunteers provide vital assistance to animals and people in disadvantaged and remote communities.

VBB’s AVERT (Australian Veterinary Emergency Response Team) program is a nationwide database of volunteers standing by, ready to help animals when natural disasters strike or in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.

For more information about our programs and how you can help, please visit our website www.vetsbeyondborders.org

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