Thought I’d check in and say hello. (“Local Man is Saving Animals in Ukraine,” June.)
I am currently in Kyiv at a home of two fabulous people who went from contacts to friends. They ran a pet hotel before the war and now it’s a refuge shelter for dogs and cats. It has become a safe house for the Kitty Cat Underground Railroad that has evolved.
The cats come from a shelter in Dnipro. To get them out of Ukraine into Poland and beyond, the cats must have an animal passport and a Ukrainian owner. The cats are examined at border control and if documentation is in order for them as well as the Ukrainian owners, we can bring a maximum of five cats across at a time. Then we meet in Przemyśl, Poland, with someone who takes them to Vienna for adoption.
The catch is that a Ukrainian owner can only do this once. So, every time I cross the border, I have a different Ukrainian with me. So far none of them speak English and it gets very interesting spending four or five days together.
Tom Bates, Lakebay
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