The 5th President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and his wife, Marina, recently visited the flooded city of Kherson to help the people. A catastrophic dam collapse has caused life-threatening flooding with people and pets trapped and in need of rescuing.
The former president took to Instagram to share what he witnessed and also to share that he took home one of the many homeless dogs in the area.
“Marina and I, when we went to Kherson, realized that we need to help not only people, but also animals. So brought 500 pounds of dog food, housing and much more to the volunteer shelter.”
They met a brown and white dog who they instantly fell in love with and decided to take him home. He was named Kherson.
“Kherson’s fate is very difficult, the dog is only one and a half years old, but he survived the loss of his home, moving and the death of his mistress. His home then became an animal shelter organized by local volunteers,” Poroshenko wrote. “We saw Kherson immediately. He looked with such sadness and peace that we decided to take him to Kyiv and give him a new home.”
Photos of the happy family were shared on Instagram which showed everyone, including the rescue pup, smiling.
While this is great news, there are so many more that need help. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of such dogs in the city and the region now. Some of them are in animal shelters, some are walking the streets, and some are still waiting for help on the roofs of flooded houses.”
A state of emergency has been declared in the surrounding area and Ukrainian people and pets need your help. They have endured so much already. Greater Good Charities’ Disaster Response Team is delivering food to displaced people and pets and working with partners throughout the region — including the Kherson police — to facilitate emergency animal evacuations as flood waters continue to rise.
Donate now to help feed displaced people and pets and save lives.