FOUR PAWS continues Animal Welfare Initiative in Ukraine
Evpatoria the next city to adopt Stray Animal Care
Evpatoria / Vienna, 5 April 2013 FOUR PAWS continues its successful animal welfare initiative in Ukraine: Following the agreement between FOUR PAWS and the City Hall of Evpatoria, a new stray animal care project was launched in the Ukrainian town on 26 March 2013, bringing hope and salvation to many thousands of stray animals.
The programme started with an awareness and information campaign on the city streets. At the press conference that followed, Oleksandr Sokolov, Deputy Mayor of the city administration, stated that he is very happy to have the team in his town and welcomed the humane solution in reducing the stray animal population in Evpatoria. ‘’I visited the FOUR PAWS team in Mykolayiv in 2012 and was very impressed with their work. Consequently, I invited them to our city’’. According to Sokolov, the city is looking forward to learning from FOUR PAWS and eventually implementing their own stray animal care programme.
FOUR PAWS Project Leader Dr. Amir Khalil was pleased with the warm welcome from both The Deputy Mayor and local citizens. He says: ‘’We are happy to be in Evpatoria. In the coming summer months, many tourists will visit the city and see the success of the project. Evpatoria from now on will not tolerate any more dog killings and will implement our sustainable, humane solution of neutering and treating the dogs.’’
Dr. Khalil said that he was delighted with the efforts and support of both citizens and municipal authorities. He also thanked the local veterinary clinics for giving help to make this project possible.
The FOUR PAWS team will be in Evpatoria for one month. Dr. Khalil took the opportunity to ask all citizens for help: “Please join our team and bring the stray animals to our mobile veterinary clinics for neutering and vaccination against rabies!”
The stray animal care programme has been very successful so far in Ukraine with over 8,000 stray animasl neutered and vaccinated in several cities between March and December 2012.
FOUR PAWS bear rescue also to continue
The bear rescue initiative will also continue. So far, FOUR PAWS has already rescued 5 bears in Ukraine that were kept privately in terrible conditions. The case of the young bear cub Nastia went around the world: Nastia had been brutally snatched by animal traders, rescued and transferred to the FOUR PAWS Bear Rescue Centre Nadiya in Zhytomyr in November 2012. Today, she is doing very well. Dr. Khalil: “Nastia is a happy and healthy one-year-old bear now and her natural instincts grow stronger each day. In her enclosure, she built a winter den to rest during the cold period from which she has recently emerged to welcome spring time.”
The FOUR PAWS research and rescue initiative will not stop here. According to government estimates, over 80 Ukrainian brown bears remain in poor captive conditions.