'Animal Rescue in a War Zone'

'Animal Rescue in a War Zone'

'Animal Rescue in a War Zone'

In-Person Remote
Gluck Center Auditorium 1400 Nicholasville Rd. Lexington, KY 40546

Last Revised: May 30th, 2023

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Seminar title: 'Animal Rescue in a War Zone'

On February 24, 2022, a full-scale invasion of Ukraine brought indescribable pain and suffering for Ukrainians – humans and animals alike. The whole world has seen the consequences in the news and on social media. Destruction and devastation on a massive scale. Countless lives lost. Buildings destroyed. People displaced from their homes and separated from their families. And animals abandoned.  But the world has also seen something else – the unbreakable spirit and incredible resolve of the Ukrainian people. One example is an image that went viral of a woman from Irpin, a suburb of Kyiv, fleeing the shelling with a large group of dogs, several of whom are in wheelchairs. And across the country, other Ukrainian heroes risked their lives to either stay with or evacuate with, the animals in their care.  One group of such people formed ZooPatrul, an animal rescue organization recently awarded the Heart of Gold for outstanding volunteer organizations from president Volodymyr Zelensky. In addition to rescuing animals from the war raging around them, ZooPatrul built an animal shelter in Irpin and coordinated with local volunteers to establish a community spay/neuter program.  During this seminar, Dr. Romano will discuss the critical importance of such programs in the midst of a war, including profound impacts on public health, animal welfare, and the human-animal bond.   

Presented by: Dr Megan Romano, Department of Veterinary Science, UK

CE eligible: No


Contact Information

Dr. Surendranath Suman
Interim Director, Gluck Equine Research Center

405 W.P. Garrigus Building Lexington, KY 40546-0215

(859) 257-3248