On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in an escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that started in 2014. The invasion became the largest attack on a European country since World War II.
We all watched on TV the devastation being caused to this country by the Russian troops and witnessed the suffering of its people.
At the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, we cared deeply about the effect this was and still is having on the people and pets of Ukraine. Animals are the forgotten victims of war – they do not understand war or conflict, and we wanted to support the people of Ukraine as they had to flee their country, often with their beloved pets.
In March, we sent £5000 to Poland to help and support the rescue efforts and launched an appeal to aid these people and their cats in the oncoming days.
Through donations and collections at shows we raised £13,246.32 which was matched pound for pound by the GCCF so we were able to send £26,492.64 to the Ukraine to support their animals.
We chose to send this money via Nowzad and the photo attached shows some of the great work they are doing. The last shipment that went out to Ukraine provided food, medicines and flea and worm treatments for 2000 cats.
We would like to thank everyone who donated and hope you find the photographs interesting.
Sadly the war rages on and the people and pets in Ukraine still require aid and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy stands behind Ukraine and condemns the actions taken by the Russian government.
You can still donate to our Ukraine appeal via this link – https://gccfcats.enthuse.com/profile