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AWAMO sends assistance to Ukraine animals impacted by war

Aussies urged to help raise funds for Ukrainian refugee animals in need

The Australian War Animals Memorial Organisation (AWAMO), in partnership with PETstock Assist is helping to facilitate a delivery of more than $200,000 of essential pet care supplies to animals impacted by the war in Ukraine next month.

The United Nations estimates as many as 3.7 million Ukrainians
[1] have already fled the country, and many of them are pet owners, forced to flee to bordering countries with their beloved pets without essentials such as food, medicines or apparel items.

AWAMO’s emergency response aid operation will oversee essential supplies being distributed by local charities on the ground in neighbouring Poland to the regions with the highest priority as soon as it reaches its fundraising goal of $20,000, the amount required to cover all operational costs to transport the cargo.

AWAMO President and Project Lead, Nigel Allsopp, says right now much-needed basic care products are running out across the country, impacting the distribution and administration efforts by many animal shelters caring for the animals of Ukraine.

“There are hundreds of thousands of pets suffering from abandonment or dispossession alongside their owners in Ukraine – and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to access these high demand items – so they can provide a basic level of care to their pets.

“Thanks to the Petspiration Group and its partners, enough supplies to fill the shipment have been generously donated, however, we’re still in need of urgent funding to cover shipping costs so we’re making a plea to animal lovers across Australia so we can make it to Ukraine,” says Nigel.

The Petspiration Group’s CEO, Shane Young, says, we know just how important the bond between pets and people is.

“Any donation, big or small, will help this initiative take flight and make a direct impact to thousands of pets and their owners in Ukraine.”

Items waiting to be delivered include
 over 500 kg of premium pet food donated by The Petspiration Group, 500 kg of dog coats donated by Vanilla Sugar and over $150,000 collars and leads donated by EzyDog and packed by volunteer staff.

How you can help:

✔️ By donating to AWAMO's Ukraine Animal Project via the official Go Fund Me page

✔️ By donating via AWAMO's official website page

100 per cent of donations throughout July and August will directly support AWAMO‘s Ukraine animal food and essential supplies relief project.

For further information on how to donate please contact AWAMO or head to the website here


About Australian War Animal Organisation (AWAMO):

The Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation Inc. (AWAMO), a registered not-for profit Incorporation is made up of community members from diverse backgrounds that have the like minded aim to recognise the deeds and sacrifices of all animal species, who have given their lives and their loyalty, serving alongside their human comrades.

AWAMO has four main core activities which include: the establishment of memorials, fiscal and material sponsorship to veteran Service dogs, education and sponsorship to various animal projects assisting veterans or animals.

About Nigel Allsopp:

Founder and President of AWAMO, Nigel Allsopp is a recognised author with areas of expertise in war and service animals and captive zoo animal management.

Nigel is a passionate and much sought-after speaker as he's able to engage listeners with stories and factual experiences from his years of both practical and researched experiences in this field. His expertise is called upon by the Defence Department and government agencies such as Veterans Affairs, RSL Headquarters and Commonwealth centenary committee plus numerous Universities.

Nigel was awarded Australia's RSL – ANZAC of the Year Award 2017 which recognises the efforts and achievements of Australian's, who have given service to the community in a positive, selfless and compassionate manner.

About PETstock Assist:

PETstock Assist (soon to be rebranded Petspiration Foundation), a registered charity run by The Petspiration Group is committed to helping pets and people to live better. Through its partnerships and programs, the charity raises awareness and changes perceptions to make a positive impact today and leading change for a better future.

Since its inception in 2007, it’s raised more than $6.6 million, found homes for more than 13,000 rescue pets and donated more than $80,000 to support flood affected areas in 2022.
PETstock Assist is contributed to by the fundraising initiatives of all Petspiration brands, donations by business partners and employees as they come together for the pets that inspire us. 100% of funds raised go towards its charitable partners and projects with all operating costs covered by the business.

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