As the German Animal Protection Association announced on Wednesday, 59 animals have been successfully evacuated from the Odessa animal protection center in recent days. 44 dogs and 15 cats that were cared for at the center were brought from Ukraine to Romania through the Republic of Moldova.
“All dogs and cats arrived safely in Romania. We are relieved that they are finally safe,” said Thomas Schröder, president of the German Association for Animal Welfare. The remaining stray dogs and abandoned or abandoned animals that were not evacuated would continue to be cared for at the site.
Sufficient food is still provided today. The German Association for the Protection of Animals opened the Odessa Animal Protection Center in 2005. According to their own statements, the number of stray dogs in Odessa has dropped from about 80,000 to about 3,000 since its opening.
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“I would like to thank all the animal rights activists at our center who continued to be there for the animals during the difficult days of the war and everyone who helped and finally made the evacuation possible, which seemed impossible for a long time.” Schroder said. on Wednesday. However, concerns remain about the center’s staff who are still on site due to the worsening situation.
Evacuation to Romania
Tierhilfe Hoffnung, a member of the German Animal Welfare Association, received the evacuated animals in Pitesti, Romania. After the prescribed quarantine period, the dogs and cats will be distributed to the facilities of the German Animal Welfare Association and animal shelters in Germany in the coming weeks.
The dogs and cats are stray animals that have been neutered and medically treated at the Odessa Animal Protection Center. “For these animals, we will strive to place them in private hands,” says Schröder. “However, some of our Odessa stray animals don’t know how to live with humans. Here we will find other solutions. We do our best to give them a good life.”
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Meanwhile, a spokesman for the zoo near the Ukrainian capital sent out a plea for help over the Russian attacks in kyiv. According to the Unian agency, Mykhailo Pinchuk appealed Tuesday night for a safe corridor to support the animals: “We can’t get the rhinos and giraffes out of there and we don’t even have medicine to put them to sleep,” Pinchuk said. , the zoo spokesman.
Animals in Ukrainian zoos face death from cold and hunger
Without a safe corridor, death from cold and hunger awaited the exotics on Demidiv. According to Pinchuk, the four-legged friends survive only thanks to a few helpers who give the animals “the leftovers of the leftovers.” There is an urgent need to bring fuel and food to the zoo to heat and feed the animals.
Support is also currently coming from the Berlin Zoo and Tierpark, which supplies food to Ukrainian zoos. As Tierpark Berlin announced on Twitter on Tuesday, almost 20 tons of animal feed had arrived in Ukraine. The shipment contained around 750 kilograms of zebra feed and more than a tonne of giraffe and rhino feed.
After a stopover in Warsaw, the staff of the Warsaw and Lodz zoos organized loading onto minibuses. These were then transported by Ukrainian carriers to destinations in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odessa, among others. At the same time, another transporter with bandages, food and other relief supplies left for Ukraine.
“We quickly got over our initial bewilderment and did everything we could to provide quick and effective help,” zoo and animal park director Andreas Knieriem said last week. In recent days and weeks, more than 80,000 euros have been donated to zoos received in Ukraine. (with dpa/AFP)