Florida shelter opens facility in Poland to help Ukrainian dogs

A Loxahatchee Groves animal shelter is opening a new facility away from home designed to help abandoned dogs in Ukraine. “We’re not talking about street dogs,” said Lauree Simmons, president and founder of Big Dog Ranch Rescue. “These are pets that were left behind by people who died in war or had to flee suddenly.” Stay informed: WPBF local coverage 25 NewsSimmons says Big Dog Ranch has been helping dogs in Ukraine since the war began. They have worked with a shelter in Romania to house pets who have nowhere to go . “Those dogs are starving out there,” Simmons said. “They have no one to take care of them. The refuge in Romania is now well above capacity. Simmons said the simple truth is that there are way more dogs than there is room. So she decided to create more space by opening a new Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Poland. The first dogs arrive at the shelter on Tuesday. “There are Ukrainians picking up the dogs, the pets that were left in the devastated areas, and bringing them to us,” Simmons said. Crisis in Ukraine: How Floridians can help Simmons leaves for Poland on Wednesday. She will be there the first days of the opening of the refuge to ensure its proper functioning. She will also spend time at the shelter in Romania and travel to Ukraine to pick up dogs. Simmons said she was a little nervous about being so close to war, but thinks it’s something she needs to do. “How do you say no? These dogs have lost their families. They lost their home,” Simmons said. “They are starving. They are not street dogs. They don’t know how to fend for themselves. Simmons said she plans to operate the haven in Poland for about 6 months. She said ideally the war is over and they can reunite the dogs with their families or at least place them in loving homes. Big Dog Ranch Rescue has set up a specific fund to collect donations to help their efforts in Ukraine. Follow us on social networks: Facebook | Twitter | instagram

A Loxahatchee Groves animal shelter is opening a new facility away from home designed to help abandoned dogs in Ukraine.

“We’re not talking about street dogs,” said Lauree Simmons, president and founder of Big Dog Ranch Rescue. “These are pets that were abandoned by people who died in war or had to flee suddenly.”

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Simmons said Big Dog Ranch has been helping dogs in Ukraine since the war began.

They work with a shelter in Romania to house animals that have nowhere to go.

“Those dogs are starving out there,” Simmons said. “They have no one to take care of them.”

The refuge in Romania is now well above capacity. Simmons said the simple truth is that there are way more dogs than there is room.

So she decided to create more space by opening a new Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Poland. The first dogs arrive at the shelter on Tuesday.

“There are Ukrainians picking up the dogs, the pets that were left in the devastated areas, and bringing them to us,” Simmons said.

Crisis in Ukraine: How Floridians Can Help

Simmons leaves for Poland on Wednesday. She will be there the first days of the opening of the refuge to ensure its proper functioning. She will also spend time at the shelter in Romania and travel to Ukraine to pick up dogs.

Simmons said she was a little nervous about being so close to war, but thinks it’s something she needs to do.

“How to say no? These dogs have lost their families. They lost their home,” Simmons said. “They are starving. They are not street dogs. They don’t know how to fend for themselves. »

Simmons said she plans to operate the haven in Poland for about 6 months. She said ideally the war is over and they can reunite the dogs with their families or at least place them in loving homes.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue has set up a specific fund to collect donations to help their efforts in Ukraine.

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