Last Updated on April 25, 2022 by Pets Feed
This brave vet and his team rescue animals from Ukraine and bring them to safe places to find them new homes.
A Polish veterinarian, named Jakub Kotowicz, together with a group of volunteer colleagues, decided to intervene in the face of the number of animals suffering unnecessarily from the bombardments that the Ukrainian country is facing. So, he organized a rescue expedition to the neighboring country, in order to help as many animals as possible.
On each trip, the van that transports them is filled with animal cages and food. Thanks to this, he saved about 200 cats and 60 dogs from Lviv.
Some of the animals they rescue were so badly injured they had to be euthanized, but many more will be moved; and a few cats have even been reunited with their Ukrainian families.
Brave vet saves animals from Ukraine
The trip to Ukrainian cities is extremely dangerous, not to mention that the animals are in critical condition in most cases, but all the efforts of Jakub and his team are worth it.
Although the rescued animals are very frightened and under great stress, they manage to recover from their ordeal by being picked up by volunteers or members of the rescue centers where they are relocated.
The vet and his team rescued a dog with a bullet lodged in the spine and a dwarf goat with leg issues. They also rescued a Chihuahua puppy who was accompanied by his mother and a curious sphynx cat wearing a knitted sweater. All this during one of his first excursions into the disaster areas.
Jakub plans to adopt the dwarf goat with leg problems, named Sasha, who was rescued from Lviv at just two months old. Sasha shares a bed with chihuahuas and vets from the ADA Foundation, the animal rescue charity Jakub founded when he was just 17.
On top of that, the center will get a wheelchair for seven-year-old dog named Vira, who has a bullet lodged in her back.
Jakub told Metro UK:
The journey from Lviv takes a day and we crossed the border with a diplomatic laissez-passer, but the queue from Ukraine was very long. We prepare the animals for an adoption process. We bought two cars and paid £12,500 for one.
The Ada Foundation also has a private veterinary clinic in Poland, but the non-profit organization depends solely on donations.
According to Jakub, the organization plans to purchase another ambulance and turn a pizzeria into a shelter to house rescued animals while they are placed in a forever home, thereby encouraging people to adopt.
Jakub and his team have done a great job and put in a lot of effort, but they are aware that there are still many animals in Ukraine that need to be rescued as soon as possible.
The vet added:
The next convoy could be next week, because it’s very dangerous.
Despite the many difficulties along the way, Jakub and volunteers around the world remain willing to risk their lives to save animal victims of a conflict they don’t understand.
Images: Facebook / Jakub Kotowicz