Stray animal neutering project in Ukraine will continue
More than 6,000 animals neutered and treated
Phase 1 of FOUR PAWS’ stray animal neutering project in Ukraine was a full success: That’s how we can summarize our initiative up to this point. At a Press Conference held at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources in Kiev yesterday, FOUR PAWS confirmed its continued engagement in Ukraine. Dr. Amir Khalil, Director of FOUR PAWS Ukraine, presented the results of in the stray animal care and bear rescue initiative as well as future plans and objectives for the coming months.
Between the 23rd of April and 31st of July 2012 more than 6.000 stray animals, predominantly dogs, were neutered, vaccinated and treated in five cities across Ukraine – Kyiv, Lviv, Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Lutsk. Not only FOUR PAWS, but also the Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Dimitriy Mormul called the project great success. He thanked FOUR PAWS for its engagement and stated: “FOUR PAWS is a professional animal welfare organisation with high quality work that the Ministry will continue to support in whatever way we can, particularly in legislative issues concerning animal welfare”.
Also present was Mr. Gennadiy Davidoff, Deputy of Main Commission of Municipality of Ecology and Natural Resources of Kyiv State Administration, who stated that the City of Kyiv supports the work of the welfare organisation and is waiting a request to continue the Stray Animal Care Program in the city of Kyiv and Kyiv region.
The FOUR PAWS team was supported by more than 150 volunteers, veterinarians and experts from over 18 countries around the world who were very happy to have assisted the many animals in need.
The 31st July also marked the end of phase 1 for the team working in Zaporizhzhya and Donetsk. At the FOUR PAWS press conference in Zaporizhzhya two days ago, Svirkin Dmytro, First Deputy of the Mayor, also expressed his gratitude: “The people from our town are animal lovers and they want us to solve the stray animal situation in a humane way. We are very satisfied with the results of the project and we will do our best to continue the great work FOUR PAWS started here”, he said.
Project coordinator Anca Tomescu is happy about the achievements of the team: “Zaporizhzhya is one of the best examples of a success story when talking about our Stray Animal Care projects. Everything went very well and the team managed to do its job properly and efficiently. We spent a month in Donetsk and were also very touched by people’s feedback on our work”, she says. As you can see on the photo, people gave the team presents and even a special diploma was awarded to Anca by a local NGO.
As already mentioned, this was only the first phase of the project. FOUR PAWS is going to continue its work in Ukraine, neutering stray animals in and by our mobile clinics. The focus will be on training veterinarians and cooperating with NGOs, shelters and cities that are committed to the FOUR PAWS method of solving the stray animal issue in a sustainable and humane way.