Nate Mook was navigating the streets of Kramatorsk, Ukraine when he noticed something that made him pause.
A line of displaced canines was patiently waiting in a straight line across the pavement to eat from a pet feeding station that Mook had helped set up the day before.
Mook tweeted, “I’ve never seen anything like this.
I’ve never seen anything like this. Yesterday we installed a displaced pet feeding station in Kramatorsk (with your support!). This morning, the Ukrainian dogs waited in line to eat. 🇺🇦🐕 pic.twitter.com/5aEDCvUE2n— Nate Mook (@natemook) October 20, 2022
According to The BBC, the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused the displacement of over five million people to neighboring countries and over seven million people within the country itself. Mook has been actively involved in efforts to support Ukrainian pets who have lost their homes during this time.
Mook told The Dodo, “We’ve witnessed a big need for support for the animals. “Dogs and cats with previous residences.”
Numerous volunteers have already offered their assistance. However, the need for funds and resources is rising.
Another tweet from Mook stated that “food demand is enormous in freed regions, but also for vets & removing dogs from the frontline.” Volunteers are putting their lives in danger to save cats and dogs.
Food need is huge in liberated areas, but also for vets & evacuating pets from the frontline. Volunteers are risking their lives rescuing cats & dogs. So we’re going to establish a fundraiser to help cover costs. In the meantime, I setup a PayPal link: https://t.co/bJd3nMq8ya 👇 pic.twitter.com/x0r1xSdyIf— Nate Mook (@natemook) October 16, 2022
Mook also helped bring 500 pounds of donated pet food to a shelter in Sviatohirsk that houses animals discovered walking the streets of the recently liberated city in addition to erecting pet feeding stations.
UPDATE about the 🇺🇦 cats (and dogs)! Today I visited Sviatohirsk to deliver 500lbs of pet food. This is Irina’s house where she takes care of 38 cats & many dogs. There are pets wandering all over Sviatohirsk & other newly liberated cities in eastern Ukraine—and help is needed.👇 pic.twitter.com/APOcXVd1nV— Nate Mook (@natemook) October 16, 2022
Unimaginable difficulties continue to be faced by the Ukrainian people. However, through campaigning and group efforts on behalf of courageous volunteers like Mook, locals are witnessing glimmers of hope in the shape of appreciative displaced dogs that are content to wait their turn and pleased that someone is watching out for them.