Welcome to the Animal Protection
Association Hundehilfe Ukraine e.V.!
It is our utmost concern to establish animal protection at the external frontier of the European community. Our focus is on animal protection projects in the Ukraine and Poland!!!
We work on autonomous projects as well as collaborative efforts with other aid organizations in eastern Europe. Our work has a positive effect on humanitarian conditions also because the fate of humans and animals is intrinsically tied to each other.
We hope information on this web site will motivate people to take action not only financially but also morally and politically. This is the only way of sustainable improvement for the situation of stray animals in eastern Europe.
Stray animals in the Ukraine are brutally captured and killed. Thousands of stray animals live in large cities such as Lviv or Chmelnitzky. There are an estimated 15,000 stray animals in Lviv.
The animals live and sleep at bazaars, gardens, parks, industrial zones, graveyards, adjacent forests and in the periphery of the big towns.
Puppies are sold at bazaars every day. Puppies which cannot be sold are abandoned. Later if the “toy” gets annoying or sick, these animals are also abandoned.
In many cities the abandoned animals are caught by the workers of the Killing Stations. The animal’s owner must contact the Killing Station within five days, otherwise the animal will be killed.
There is a positive and encouraging shift in feeling and attitude about stray animals in the western regions of the Ukraine. More and more people feel responsible for the fate of these animals. They want to provide shelter and care for the weak and ill animals, but they need our help.
For this reason, we decided to partner with the Western Ukraine Animal Protection Association (Lviv) and with the Animal Protection Association “Save the Life” (Chmelnitzky).
* Development of the Quarantine Office in Lviv:
Since 2008, the former Killing Station in Lviv has been changing into a quarantine office. The city council supports this project and provides money for 30 spay/neuter surgeries per month. This is a good start.
We have visited the Lviv quarantine office and witnessed its progress since the beginning of 2008. We also provided financial support for the construction process through many private donations .
Our goal in 2010 is to increase our efforts with the Western Ukraine Animal Protection Association and the LKP “Löwe” by expanding the quarantine office for care of spayed and neutered animals. At the moment, these animals are still kept in the former Killing Station kennels. More animals can be spayed and neutered with improved care in an expanded quarantine office.
* Help and Support for Animal Protection in Chmelnitzky:
The animal shelter “Die Güte” was in a desolate condition and needed support and help urgently (see the August 2009 bulletin). The enclosures were broken and there were nearly no roof shelters or doghouses. Temperatures can drop to minus 30 degrees in these regions.
In the Fall of 2009 we received a desperate appeal from the “Save the Life” organization in Chmelnitzky. We started an urgent collection of donations to build dog shelters so that the dogs could survive the brutal winter temperatures.
We joined with the Chmelnitzky “Save the Life” organization to write an open letter to the town mayor. The letter was spread through several Ukraine media outlets and resulting in intensive communication with public authorities and people dedicated to animal protection to include animal shelter workers, veterinary surgeons, and the city council.
We set a goal to replace the killing with a spay and neuter program. We wanted the dog shelter to change into a service to have animals spayed and neutered.
The “Die Güte” animal shelter has already been transformed into a spay/neuter facility with financial support of the city council. This facility will only keep animals a few days after the sterilization surgery and then set them free.
We also planned in cooperation with the Ukraine Animal Protection Association “Save the Life”, to build an animal hospice in Chmelnitzky to care for old and ill animals. Here we urgently need support during the construction phase, but also later for daily maintenance and operation costs.
We regularly publish our donations and financial statistics on our web site to show donors how their donations are used. We are all volunteers that have “normal” jobs and do our animal protection work during our free time. Our support and help is financed by donations and donation in kind.
Please visit these links for information about our financial status and needs.
* Received donations: Ihre Hilfe – Spendenlisten
* Urgent needs:
o Ihre Hilfe – Sachspenden
o Ihre Hilfe – Geldspenden
!!! Please help support our work for the homeless animals in the western Ukraine !!!
!!! THANK YOU from your team at “Hundehilfe Ukraine” !!!
The main language of our web site is German since we are a German organization. However, please feel free to contact us in English if you have questions or you need the English translation of part of our web site.