Fundraiser to aid convey 41 cats and pet dogs from war-torn Ukraine to Eire


A Ukrainian woman living in Dublin is helping spearhead a marketing campaign to carry 41 animals from the war-torn region to Eire.

ena Marchenko (35), originally from Kyiv, but dwelling in Swords, is helping Viktoria Morev (53) and her spouse, Alex (57), who’s looking following the cats and puppies in Donetsk.

Lena, who’s been dwelling and operating in Dublin for 5 yrs, is now hoping to rescue the animals and bring them to Ireland. She’s inquiring the public to assistance elevate €10,000 to include transport expenses.

“I have taken this lead to close to my heart,” Lena instructed Independent.ie. “I could see how potent the drive to help you save animals was for this pair. Alex basically stayed behind to appear immediately after them.

“So many men and women have been so terrified they fled with no their animals, but this person has refused to depart them. But the expense to transportation the animals is so substantial, they want aid.”

Lena reported one particular of the puppies, named Lord, lately died due to the trauma it endured for the duration of the war.

“The dog was frightened of the shelling,” Lena explained. “Its heart just stopped. It can be so sad. Animals really feel the trauma of war as well. I just want to help get them to basic safety.”

Lena, who’s also a volunteer with Ukrainian Action, has aided lots of refugees as they settle into daily life in Ireland. She’s even served Ukrainian troopers who’ve traveled to Dublin for professional medical treatment method.

For the IT employee, assisting with campaigns this sort of as this makes her feel she’s undertaking her bit for her place.

“The invasion has impacted my existence continually,” she claimed. “I cannot quit emotion this driving emotion. Possibly it really is guilt that I’m safe and sound in Dublin and all those at home in Ukraine are not.

“Many of the men and women I know are in terrific hazard, staying bombed and shelled. I want to do what I can to help the people today of Ukraine, but I am not magic.

“All I can do is donate income, which I make in Eire, to support people today escape the war and settle below.

“Helping Alex and the animals get listed here safely and securely is just an additional element of that. I am just carrying out what I can to help.”

Lena even traveled to Bologna in Italy in July to undertake a cat she now “adores”, and has named Kevin.

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Lena traveled to Italy to rescue her cat, Kevin, from the war

The cat was also traumatised from war when he arrived in Dublin but following only a several weeks, Lena witnessed the cat settle in. He now even sleeps in her bed.

“I really like him, I under no circumstances thought I might enjoy a cat but I do. He is so vital to me,” she explained. “It manufactured me so sad to assume of all the animals deserted in Ukraine because of to war.

“An animal is the final matter most folks would imagine about when attempting to flee with their children. But if you will find just a way to help them, I believe it would make such a variance.

“To believe that Alex has nonetheless stayed to appear right after the animals, is unbelievable. I hope as lots of persons as feasible can assist get the animals here. Alex reported he is not going to depart with no them.”

Lena’s personal mothers and fathers fled the war and lived with her for months, ahead of just lately returning to Kyiv.

“I tried using to persuade them to continue to be. It was so tough to watch them go away and I get worried all the time. But in the conclusion, I could not make them do a little something they didn’t want to do,” she claimed.

“They wanted to go home to Ukraine. They claimed they have been much too old to transfer to another state. I comprehend, but it is quite challenging. All I can hope for is that before long, the war ends.”

The Go Fund Me has raised over €1,000, but has a extensive way to go. It is staying operate in conjunction with Joan’s Animal Rescue in Cavan.

The couple are arranging to start out a new shelter in Cavan, where by the Ukrainian animals will also be cared for. If you are equipped to help you can come across the fundraiser right here.

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