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Tuesday, June 21, 2016



Training of sappers of the DPR Ministry for Emergency Situations. The Labrador named Gerda is the only four-legged sapper in the unit. The number of dogs is planned to be increased up to eight.

Vets treating the dogs in DPR

18th of June, 2016. Donetsk People’s Republic, Novorossiya.

The staff of the PIF dog shelter in Donetsk – the only large institution of this type in the Donetsk People’s Republic – continues to help stray animals despite the war and the economic blockade. The shelter runs off donations only. However, this didn’t prevent the volunteers from saving about 600 dogs injured in shelling.

As the director of the institution Victoria Afonina told a correspondent of the Donetsk News Agency, injured animals were taken to the shelter from various hot spots: Yasinovataya, Debaltsevo and even the Kiev-controlled city of Kramatorsk. Here, four-legged patients were provided with the necessary medical assistance.

“About 500-600 injured dogs have been taken to our shelter since the beginning of the war. There were cases when animals had their paws ripped off or suffered head injuries. They survived by sheer luck,” – Victoria Afonina said.

According to her, more than half of the injured dogs have already been adopted. Donetsk volunteers find new homes for about 12-15 animals a month. In 2016 alone, about 100 dogs were adopted.

“Many dogs are adopted by residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Besides, animals, mostly disabled ones, find new homes in Germany. We keep in touch with each family. Some of them still send us pictures of their pets. About 30 dogs were adopted by the DPR army,” – the director of the shelter added.

The animal shelter is located in the western part of Donetsk. About 800 dogs and 10 cats live there. The cats were taken in out of kindness, since the institution focuses exclusively on dogs. The staff consists of 26 people. Besides, about 15-20 volunteers help them on a regular basis. A vet clinic and a training area are located within the shelter.

Due to the fact that the animal shelter is far from the contact line, it didn’t suffer damage as a result of hostilities.

Children in DPR playing with dogs.

Since the beginning of the war, the ‘PIF’ dog asylum in ‪#‎Donetsk has rescued some 600 homeless dogs who sustained injuries in shellings. After treatment, more than a half of them, including those who were heavily injured, have already found new masters.

Some 30 dogs were even “conscripted” into the military service as guards.


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