Man Spots Stray Dogs In War-Torn Ukrainian City Lining Up For A Meal

The war in Ukraine disrupted millions of people across the country, and many people were forced to flee. In the chaos, it wasn’t just humans that were impacted in a big way, but animals as well.

Wild animals, stray animals, pets, and farm animals couldn’t escape the effects of the war. In the aftermath of war-torn towns, many people are attempting to help the animals that were left behind.

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One such person, Nate Mook, has been actively working to support Ukrainian pets that no longer have homes or families to return to.

Speaking with The Dodo, Mook said: “We’ve seen a huge need for support for the animals. Dogs and cats who used to have homes.”

Photo: Pexels/Ayaan Sulaiman

With the help of donations, Mook and other volunteers are entering areas in Ukraine that have been heavily touched by the Russian invasion and they’re helping the pets in those areas get what they need.

On Twitter, Mook said, “Food need is huge in liberated areas, but also for vets and evacuating pets from the frontline. Volunteers are risking their lives rescuing cats & dogs.”

One way that Mook and his team helped the displaced animals was by installing a pet feeding station in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. The station automatically releases food for dogs in the area to eat from and it seems to be a huge success!

In fact, the feeding station was so popular that it attracted a large line of dogs. Miraculously, the dogs seemed to wait patiently in the line as each pooch took its turn chowing.

Mook took to Twitter to share his disbelief. He said, “I’ve never seen anything like this. Yesterday we installed a displaced pet feeding station in Kramatorsk (with your support!). This morning, the Ukrainian dogs waited in line to eat.”

Beyond installing the pet feeding station, Mook is also working to provide food for local sanctuaries.

He recently donated 500 pounds of pet food to a pet sanctuary in Sviatohirsk. The sanctuary houses and feeds pets that are found wandering the streets with nowhere else to go.

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