PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – May 10, 2022 – As the people of Ukraine struggle in horrific conditions, their beloved companions often find themselves in shock, abandoned, alone and homeless. With requests for help from overcrowded Ukrainian shelters housing abandoned war-damaged animals, Big Dog Ranch Rescue is opening a fully operational rescue near the Ukraine-Poland border. Many dogs belonged to Ukrainians who were killed in the attacks or who were rushed off without their beloved pets. The facility is a former Polish shelter that was not in use. The mission is to house and care for war dogs before they are rescued to Sweden, the UK and America to be adopted into loving homes. Three staff members, including a veterinary technician, will ensure the rescue. Aaron Jackson and Planting Peace have joined forces with Big Dog Ranch Rescue to amplify rescue efforts.
A truck carrying more dogs from Mariupol will arrive in Medyka Poland at the Ukrainian border during this mission. The dogs will be medically treated and housed in the new shelter.
To help set up the new shelter and oversee rescue missions, BDRR Founder and CEO Lauree Simmons will fly to the region on May 12 and stay in Eastern Europe for 7 days. Simmons says, “It’s heartbreaking to see this tragedy unfold for the animals. Just as we respond when national disasters strike, we will take care of as many dogs as possible and may even be able to reunite Ukrainians who have lost everything with a companion they had to leave behind.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue has been sending food and supplies to the area for weeks. As well as opening rescue and missions, a shelter in Romania has also asked for advice on how to handle the huge influx of homeless dogs. Simmons will also spend time at this rescue to help them develop and implement the best policies to deal with the wartime situation.
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