By Sarah Boumghar
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“When he arrived he was terrified and still cowering. It’s hard to believe when you walk through the door of Lessia’s apartment, Clichy-la-Garenne (Hauts-de-Seine), while Cooper celebrates us. The dog has just arrived fromUkraine.
Adaptation despite trauma
“I speak Ukrainian to him, I feel that it reassures him and I see that he understands me”, assures Lessia. Ukrainian herselfliving in France for eighteen years, she got to know Cooper ten days ago.
And obviously, the current is going pretty well. Wherever she goes, Cooper is always in Lessia’s clutches. “Even when I go to the bathroom, he’s waiting outside the door,” she laughs.
“He adapted very quickly, even if he continues to put himself under the bed or under the table, as if he were looking for shelter,” she says. “I think he knew the bombings. »
A journey of several thousand kilometers
It is thanks to the teams of YouCare and his strong network that Cooper was able to find a new family.
Since the start of the war in ukraine on February 24, 2022, the association of Levallois-Perret enabled a dozen dogs and cats to find refuge with host families in Île-de-France.
The animals, which arrived from Ukraine, were recovered from a refuge at the Polish border, overwhelmed. They made the trip to France aboard a truck initially sent to Poland to transport donations for animals collected by the association.
Repatriation and health protocol
“In 48 hours, we repatriated twelve animals. At the same time, we had to find twelve host families,” explains Thomas Moreau, president of YouCare.
The association fully finances the stay of dogs and cats with volunteers. Veterinary care, food and even hygiene products are covered.
“Animals must follow a strict health protocol so that we can be sure that they are doing well, but above all that they do not have rabies,” says Thomas Moreau. After this time, which varies from one animal to another, they can be adopted.
A new home for Cooper
For Cooper, no worries. He has found his new home. “We’ve already grown attached to him,” smiled Lessia. “We agreed with my husband to keep him. »
“After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, I was very, very badly, I couldn’t sleep. I translated in refugee centers, I went to demonstrations, but I had this constant feeling of not doing enough,” she says.
“But since Cooper arrived, I’ve been sleeping again. It’s like therapy. »
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