Save the Dogs was set up 20 years ago, with their biggest presence being in Romania, but they also work in Ukraine and Italy. They have a state-of-the-art shelter accommodating around 200 dogs, plus other animals, in Cernavoda, a rural area of SE Romania.
Save the Dogs believes that humans have a moral duty to protect animals; and their commitment is to act with empathy and compassion, protecting the dignity and wellbeing of animals in need. Their objective is to reflect on the strong bonds that exist between people and animals, a bond that is so powerful that it cannot be broken, even by war.
Since the invasion of Ukraine began, as well as helping people and their pets daily at the Isaccea border crossing, along with welcoming 30 Ukrainian dogs into their care, Save the Dogs have been providing life-saving support to over 4,000 animals in Ukraine. The organisation is sending food every month to more than 20 shelters and contacts in the Odessa & Kharkiv regions, for distribution by a network of over 400 volunteer street feeders. To date, they have delivered over 700,000 kilos of food via this outreach work.
“The food, blankets, dog houses, and other supplies we are delivering every month are essential for the survival of these animals. Countless animals in Ukraine are alive only thanks to our help.” Gregg Tully, Country Director of Save the Dogs Romania.
Save the Dogs and their partners in Ukraine also rescued dozens of dogs after the devastating floods in Kherson. Water swept everything away in its path; dogs who were fortunate not to be chained, were found huddled on rooftops trying to save themselves from the advancing water.
Whilst feeding the abandoned animals of Ukraine has been the main priority, and we are supporting in this capacity, it is now crucial to prevent them from reproducing uncontrollably, and to ensure that one emergency situation doesn’t lead to another, even bigger one.
Sterilisation is the only effective way to combat a growing stray dog population and Save the Dogs have recently begun a sterilisation programme in Odessa, with the goal of sterilising 1,000 animals in six months across this region and others in Ukraine.
We are proud to be supporting this initiative by funding 50 sterilisations, along with Rabies vaccinations, in Ukraine per month from August 2023.