When Lidyia fled Ukraine to Romania with her beloved cat she thought they would both be safe.
At 14 years old, Marisya had every right to expect a peaceful old age. But the war in Ukraine changed everything. Lidyia was forced to flee with her elderly and anxious pet. The pair then embarked on a long and difficult journey to Romania.
But, when they arrived at Bucharest airport, Marisya’s voyage ended abruptly. Because of the current boarding regulations of low-cost airlines, pets are not allowed to travel in the cabin with their owners who are fleeing the war. Would Lidyia be forced to abandon her friend at the airport?
That’s when charity Save the Dogs And Other Animals stepped in. Save the Dogs were able to welcome her at their shelter in Cernavoda and promised they would subsequently reunite her with her owner in Germany. For several days, she was looked after and kept safe at the shelter. Then, she was driven to Germany by Save the Dogs team who were also dropping off several dogs that had been adopted.
Marisya and Lidyia were finally able to be together again! If Save the Dogs had not stepped in to help, Lidyia would have had no choice but to part with her cat forever.
Savve the Dogs is one of several local charities receiving assistance from the Blue Cross Ukraine Pet Welfare Fund. Petplan Charitable Trust has donated £25,000 to the fund to help support this vital work.
(Main image shows Save the Dogs team member with Marisya)