Kormotech, the largest pet food manufacturer in Ukraine, is strengthening its Save Pets of Ukraine initiative by partnering with US entities Greater Good Charities, Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, American Pet Products Association, Pets Around the World and Matrix Partners. The emergency initiative provides pet food and critical supplies to Ukrainian animal welfare organizations and pet parents devastated by the Russian invasion since Feb. 24.
The Save Pets of Ukraine initiative is implemented by U-Hearts Foundation, a non-profit established in Lithuania by Kormotech to advance programming activities aimed at improving pet life conditions in Eastern Europe. Since the start of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, 94.5 tons of pet food have already been delivered to 260 shelters in Ukraine.
“Kormotech has been fulfilling requests with their own capabilities and pet supplies but are running out of inventory and cannot meet the demand being created by the destruction,” said Liz Baker, CEO for Greater Good Charities. “This new coalition around Save Pets of Ukraine will help raise urgently needed cash donations to purchase medicine and supplies in countries nearby, as well as source food and product donations for longer term relief.”
While many organizations, including Greater Good Charities, are focused on helping people and pets fleeing Ukraine, there is a desperate need to provide emergency relief to those remaining in the western section of this beleaguered nation. While pet food and supplies will be needed long term, the most urgent need is for cash donations so that products can be purchased quickly in neighboring countries and shipped in. With Kormotech’s presence in the country and its partner’s ability to source donations, Save Pets of Ukraine is uniquely positioned to help those remaining in Ukraine.
Save Pets of Ukraine provides a mechanism for Ukrainian animal welfare organizations and individuals to request these critical items and so far, has received thousands of requests. The most requested items are:
- Pet food for cats, dogs, birds, rodents and other pets
- Supplies, including collars, leashes, muzzles, cages and carriers
- Medications for animals
How to Help Now
- Greater Good Charities is collecting cash donations on behalf of Save Pets of Ukraine. All donations made in the US are 100 percent tax deductible, as allowable by law and 100 percent of donations received will support the initiative. U-Hearts Foundation will coordinate the purchase and distribution of supplies into the country. Those interested in donating are invited to click here.
- Greater Good Charities is also sourcing product donations and coordinating the shipment of goods to neighboring countries for distribution. If you are a company in the US or Europe interested in making a product donation, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initiative gives priority to pet volunteers and shelters, as well as humanitarian aid to points under constant fire. The group also endeavors to connect pet stores in cities not currently affected by the Russian invasion with individuals seeking help.