No one can explain the war to them. Aid action “Veterinarians for Ukrainian animals” – Wprost

Refugees from Ukraine who have fled the war with their pets will have access to free veterinary treatment in 38 European countries thanks to the new “Veterinarians for Ukrainian pets” program.

The war in Ukraine. Aid campaign for animals

The campaign, launched by Humane Society International and its partners, covers the costs of treating up to five dogs, cats, horses or other pets, up to €250 per animal. The assistance includes emergency care, medication, vaccinations against rabies and other infectious diseases, as well as chip boarding and medical examinations necessary for safe passage through the EU.

The project is fully funded by the HSI and carried out in collaboration with the European Federation of Veterinarians and the Federation of European Veterinary Associations Associations.

Reimbursements for participating veterinarians will be available wherever the Federation of European Veterinary Companion Animal Associations has members, including the UK, Germany, Italy, Romania, Poland and Ukraine.

As Iga Głażewska, director of the Polish branch of HSI Europe states, “in the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War, millions of Ukrainians had to decide to leave their country and flee the war”. – Along with a small part of their possessions, many also take their animal relatives with them. War trauma and the stress of travel make animals particularly vulnerable to a variety of diseases, so the program aims to remove barriers to accessing veterinary care. It provides much-needed support to families fleeing with their beloved pets. It’s extremely important that families don’t feel compelled to leave their pets behind — she explained.

Relaxed animal rules

Just days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission recommended that member states relax the requirements for importing pets from Ukraine. Since then, at least 13 EU Member States have temporarily lifted or amended restrictions on pet imports, including requirements for rabies. However, there is no uniform policy for importing pets from Ukraine across the European Union. Although vaccinations and animal chip boarding are performed at some border crossing points, not all animals receive such services and therefore do not meet national entry requirements.

The program “Veterinarians for Ukrainian animals” will run until May 21, 2022.

All European veterinary clinics, both individual and corporate groups, can apply.

Care centers wishing to participate in the program can contact the website https://apply.vetsforukraine.com/, which also contains detailed information about the rules for providing assistance.

The HSI hopes the program will become an essential part of the concerted effort of European veterinarians to help refugees from Ukraine and urges all practicing veterinarians to find ways to help where possible, by offering discounts or free care in cases where other funds or charitable donations are needed are not sufficient to cover the full cost of treatment.

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