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Fundraiser to assist convey 41 cats and canines from war-torn Ukraine to Eire

A Ukrainian lady dwelling in Dublin helps spearhead a marketing campaign to convey 41 animals from the war-torn area to Eire.

ena Marchenko (35), initially from Kyiv, however dwelling in Swords, helps Viktoriia Morev (53) and her husband, Alex (57), who’s taking care of the cats and canines in Donetsk.

Lena, who’s been dwelling and dealing in Dublin for 5 years, is now hoping to rescue the animals and produce them to Eire. She’s asking the general public to assist increase €10,000 to cowl transport prices.

“I’ve taken this trigger near my coronary heart,” Lena advised Unbiased.ie. “I might see how sturdy the will to avoid wasting animals was for this couple. Alex truly stayed behind to take care of them.

“So many individuals have been so terrified they fled with out their animals, however this man has refused to depart them. However the fee to move the animals is so excessive, they need assistance.”

Lena stated one of many canines, named Lord, just lately died as a result of trauma it suffered through the struggle.

“The canine was terrified of the shelling,” Lena stated. “Its coronary heart simply stopped. It’s so unhappy. Animals really feel the trauma of struggle too. I simply need to assist get them to security.”

Lena, who’s additionally a volunteer with Ukrainian Motion, has helped many refugees as they settle into life in Eire. She’s even helped Ukrainian troopers who’ve travelled to Dublin for medical remedy.

For the IT employee, helping with campaigns similar to this makes her really feel she’s doing her bit for her nation.

“The invasion has impacted my life consistently,” she stated. “I can’t cease feeling this driving emotion. Perhaps it’s guilt that I’m secure in Dublin and people at residence in Ukraine will not be.

“Lots of the folks I do know are in nice hazard, being bombed and shelled. I need to do what I can to assist the folks of Ukraine, however I’m not magic.

“All I can do is donate cash, which I earn in Eire, to assist folks escape the struggle and settle right here.

“Serving to Alex and the animals get right here safely is simply one other a part of that. I’m simply doing what I can to assist.”

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


Lena travelled to Italy to rescue her cat, Kevin, from the struggle

The cat was additionally traumatised from struggle when he arrived in Dublin however after just a few weeks, Lena witnessed the cat settle in. He now even sleeps in her mattress.

“I really like him, I by no means thought I’d love a cat however I do. He’s so vital to me,” she stated. “It made me so unhappy to think about all of the animals deserted in Ukraine attributable to struggle.

“An animal is the very last thing most individuals would take into consideration when attempting to flee with their kids. But when there’s only a manner to assist them, I feel it might make such a distinction.

“To suppose that Alex has nonetheless stayed to take care of the animals, is unimaginable. I hope as many individuals as potential will help get the animals right here. Alex stated he received’t go away with out them.”

Lena’s personal mother and father fled the struggle and lived along with her for months, earlier than just lately returning to Kyiv.

“I attempted to influence them to remain. It was so exhausting to observe them go away and I fear on a regular basis. However ultimately, I couldn’t make them do one thing they didn’t need to do,” she stated.

“They needed to go residence to Ukraine. They stated they had been too previous to maneuver to a different nation. I perceive, however it is extremely exhausting. All I can hope for is that quickly, the struggle ends.”

The Go Fund Me has raised over €1,000, however has an extended solution to go. It’s being run together with Joan’s Animal Rescue in Cavan.

The couple are arranging to begin a brand new shelter in Cavan, the place the Ukrainian animals may even be cared for. If you’ll be able to assist you possibly can discover the fundraiser right here.



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