Tarn-et-Garonne: the farm-shelter delivers 25 tons of aid to Poland and returns with ten dogs and cats from Ukraine

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Lisa Fernandez, president of the “3-Turkeys” shelter-farm, takes stock of humanitarian action in Poland for Ukrainian refugees and their pets. Back in France, the Tarn-et-Garonne association commissioned specialized shelters with 6 dogs and 4 cats. They will stay there for 6 months, to prevent rabies, before they can be adopted.

“Alone, we go faster, together we go further.” The association “Les 3-Dindes”, which manages an animal shelter in the Honor-de-Cos, could not find a better motto to carry out the actions it leads. Especially when one of these actions takes President Lisa Fernandez and a dozen volunteers far away from Tarn-et-Garonne for a week, on the roads of Germany and Poland … destination Krakow to deliver 25 tons of aid to Ukrainian refugees and their pets.

A journey followed by social media Brut

“We had an extraordinary human adventure,” says Lisa Fernandez. A six-day, six-night journey followed by Brut, the popular French online medium among young people (this Monday, the report had surpassed 400,000 views) … confirming that in this war in Ukraine, the fate of millions of refugees was closely linked to that of the dogs and cats that were part of his family, which explains the number of animals, frightened, sometimes injured, which are seen in the reports filmed in the bomb shelters and on the roads of the ‘exile. This situation, of course, has touched the heart of the “Les 3-Dindes” farm-refuge. “We are not a humanitarian association, but we wanted to make our contribution to this great outpouring of solidarity for the Ukrainian people.”

Therefore, priority is given to medicines and first aid supplies for people, but also food for cats, dogs and horses that Lisa Fernandez and her team transported on board a semi, heavy and a minibus. “We slept in the vehicles, they even diverted the truck’s depot to a rest area,” but Lisa prefers to have touching encounters, “like that of this Ukrainian driver who housed his wife and children in Poland is transporting medical equipment but is forced to stay in his home country because he could be mobilized at any time by the Ukrainian army. “

The dog Hubert was renamed “Poppy” by the vet who cared for him at Montauban

In Krakow, the farm-shelter team also met Hubert Dobrzanski, founder of the Fundacja Pso-TY and Koty shelter. “He is a key figure in the process of rescuing Ukrainian animals victims of this war. He spends his days and nights transporting our collections to Ukraine and repatriating the animals to Poland, facing all dangers,” said Lisa Fernández. , admired. . Hubert’s shelter entrusted him with 6 dogs and 4 cats. “These are animals that had not been able to cross the border with their owners, the latter had had to decide to leave them. In Honor-de-Cos we do not have the structures to accommodate them. Due to the presence of rabies in the Ukrainian territory, there is an important health protocol to follow for six months, so when we returned to France, we entrusted these ten dogs and cats to specialized shelters, in the Paris region but also in Brax, in Lot-et- Garona “.

Lisa Fernandez speaks of “animals terrified by the chaos of the war, some were recovered after escaping from the bombed shelters.” After this quarantine, they will be able to find a new foster family in France. One of the 6 dogs should stay in Montauban. “Our health veterinarian, Dr. Vasseur, fell in love with this dog we had named Hubert, in honor of Mr. Dobrzanski. The vet renamed him Poppy. He will follow up.”

Will other “Poppys” arrive, with or without their owner, in the coming weeks and months? Is possible. In Honor-de-Cos, the farm-shelter is ready. “We are in contact with the DDCSPP (1) in the prefecture. If necessary, we will be there to support the animals of the refugees who would arrive in Tarn-et-Garonne.”

(1) Departmental Directorate for Social Cohesion and Population Protection.

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