Ukrainian refugee turns around, goes back to save dogs

Animals & Nature Dec 11, 2023

In the midst of the turmoil in Ukraine, amid all the chaos and displacement, a story of bravery and compassion emerges. It’s the tale of Marina, a remarkable woman making a difference in the lives of forgotten companions.

While many were fleeing the conflict, Marina, driven by courage, returned to the danger zone. Her mission wasn’t for herself, but for the animals left stranded. Families hastily departing had to leave their pets behind. After securing her own kids in Poland, Marina founded “Shelter Friend Ukraine” – a refuge for abandoned dogs.

“I’m taking in all the animals left on the streets. We’re really full, but we keep helping,” Marina declares, transforming her shelter into a sanctuary with seven rooms filled with care and warmth for these four-legged friends.

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However, the path is far from easy. Marina faces the challenge of scarce supplies – insufficient food, medicine, and beds, all compounded by the war-torn surroundings. The stress is real, but her commitment remains unwavering.

Looking ahead to the future, Marina envisions a better tomorrow. “After the war, I’ll express my gratitude to the Polish people for helping my kids, then bring them home and find good homes for the animals. I dream of building warm kennels for more animals in the future.”

In the face of adversity, people express gratitude for Marina’s selflessness. A supporter conveys, “You’re special for taking care of these animals and risking your life. Thanks for caring for these cute animals. Stay safe!”

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Marina’s journey stands as a beacon of hope in challenging times, illustrating the resilience of the human spirit and the profound bond between humans and animals. Our thoughts extend to Marina and all the unsung heroes safeguarding innocent lives amid the conflict.