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Ways to Provide Humanitarian and Animal Welfare Support to Ukraine

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The whole world is watching as Russian President Vladimir Putin continues an unprovoked, senseless and relentless siege on the independent Republic of Ukraine. Untold numbers of Ukrainian civilians have been killed, with millions more elders, women, and children forced to flee — leaving tens of thousands of people, as well as beloved pets, zoo animals and farm animals, trapped or abandoned in embattled war zones.

Below is a list of secure non-governmental organizations, charities and non-profits working on the ground or within reach of Ukrainian people and animals in need of your assistance — as well as eastern European media reporting on their behalf to the free world.

Doctors Without Borders (International medical first-responders to victims injured by Russian bombs and snipers): http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

UN Refugee Agency (Assists with Ukraine refugees resettlement now taking place around the world): https://give.unrefugees.org/

Core Response (Provides cash assistance and hygiene kits to refugees entering into Poland, a key refugee portal): https://www.coreresponse.org/ukraine-refugee-crisis-relief

Global Empowerment Mission (Aiding dislocated Ukrainians fleeing to Poland): https://www.globalempowermentmission.org/

#StandWithUkraine (An international coalition united against the Russian invasion and violence in support of the people in Ukraine): https://standwithukraine.live/


Humane Society International (On the ground rescuing abandoned and injured animals in Ukraine): https://www.hsi.org/issues/aid-for-animals-ukraine/

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (Raises money to rescue animals in zoos impacted by the Russian invasion): https://www.eaza.net/

Pawsitivity (Minnesota-based animal welfare group working to rescue and re-home abandoned pets in Ukraine): https://www.pawsitivityservicedogs.com/tags/ukraine

Happy Paw (Ukraine-based animal welfare organization): https://happypaw.ua/en/

Pro-Democracy Russian Media

In early March, the Russian Parliament passed a law controlling all anti-Russia war media coverage. Editors, reporters and television producers found guilty are being arrested and incarcerated in prison. Two key news groups which have fled yet continue to report who are in need of financial support are Moscow Times: https://www.themoscowtimes.com/, and Meduza: https://meduza.io/en


Ukrainian National Federal Credit Union (New York based bank providing aid to Ukrainian Armed Forces): https://www.ukrnatfcu.org/


Canopy NWA (Arkansas refugee resettlement organization):

Ozark Literacy Council (refugee and immigrant education center):

To learn more about secure giving visit Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for Ozarks at Large.