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WUFAW heads to the Poland Ukraine border

A few weeks ago, when Russia invaded Ukraine, one of our founding members, Dr. Natalia Soto of True Care for Pets, kept seeing all the images of the dogs and cats being affected by the war.  Some were being left behind, some were injured and others were already in shelters being abandoned and at risk of dying.

She approached us about wanting to go to help because she could no longer sit back and watch from afar, especially since she had the skill and experience to make a difference. Once she made the decision to fly to Poland, putting a team together was easy. People from all over the world wanted to join her team, putingt their well-being aside to save as many animals as they could.

Dr Soto reached out to the Ada Foundation in Przemyśl, Poland (30 minutes from the border) to see if they needed help, as they were crossing regularly into Ukraine to bring dogs and cats to safety. They welcomed the help and requested that we also bring medical and non-medical supplies. So, we put out a call-to-action to support the mission, created an Amazon wishlist, posted on our website for donations, and fundraised on social media platforms.

Three other veterinarians signed on to go, along with six volunteers, including one from Mexico and another from Egypt. Our group of ten was set to leave on April 11th. They would fly to Warsaw and then drive to Przemyśl where they planned to work in shifts at the Ada Foundation. They also planned to visit the local refugee camp set up at a Tesco shopping center, where thousands of refugees and their pets passed through and received assistance, with hundreds now currently residing there. 

As time drew closer to our departure date, we managed to raise over $13,000 and collected 24 suitcases of supplies, some donated and some purchased. Dr Soto, Dr Wu, Dr Braham, Dr Alwen and team were ready to go.

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WUFAW heads to the Poland Ukraine border

WUFAW heads to the Poland Ukraine border

WUFAW heads to the Poland Ukraine border

WUFAW heads to the Poland Ukraine border