Pet Industry Leaders Team Up for Save Pets of Ukraine Initiative
Updated: Mar 30, 2022
Kormotech, the largest pet food manufacturer in Ukraine, is strengthening its Save Pets of Ukraine initiative by partnering with U.S. 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 February 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.
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 U.S. are 100% tax deductible, as allowable by law, and 100% 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 visit greatergood.org/savepetsofukraine
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 U.S. or Europe interested in making a product donation, please email 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.