Mission croquettes. Two Landaises, volunteers at the “Coeur à 4 pattes” refuge in Gabarret (Landes), take the wheel this Thursday, March 17, 2022, for a rather special mission. They leave for Ukraine to help a shelter that can no longer feed its animals at the moment because of the conflict and who appealed for help on social networks. “They have 300 dogs and 90 cats and they have nothing to feed the animals. When we saw the images, for us it was like a duty to go there”explains Valérie Hériaut, one of the two volunteers.
Before leaving, donations were therefore collected from other shelters in France to feed animals in danger: croquettes and pâté for dogs and cats. The refuge in question is difficult to access, being in Kharkiv in the east of the country, regularly bombarded by Russian troops. The trip was therefore organized with the help of Ukrainians who will show them the routes to take. They will also be accompanied by an interpreter. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to get there, the goal isn’t to go under the bombs. If we’re told at the border that it’s too dangerous, we have relays who can bring our stocks But in absolute terms, we would like to be able to drop them off ourselves, and see the state of the shelter”she adds.
We are in direct contact with an orphanage
The mission does not end there. On the way back, a refuge in kyiv will give them a dozen catsalso in danger in the Ukrainian capital. “We will bring them safely to a Polish refuge.” Finally, the mission is also humanitarian: in addition to kibble, the convoy also leaves the trunk full of nappies and food for Ukrainian refugees. “We are in direct contact with an orphanage and will drop off all our food for babies and children there.”