The Belgian Prince Laurent Foundation announced on Tuesday that it would be offering free help to animals of Ukrainian refugees who flee to the country in six of its centres.
According to the latest figures, some two million people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on 24 February. The charity, whose motto is "helping man through animals," wants to help people in distress by helping with the care of their pets.
"Everyone knows that the war in Ukraine has left people in a state of extreme distress and although we don't think of it as much, their animals are also in this state," a statement from the charity read.
They referred to the images that they received and have been shared on the news and social media platforms, showing people fleeing with their pets. "When they arrive in Belgium, the Prince Laurent Foundation wants to help them," according to the statement.
Children do not leave their #pets behind under any circumstances.Here are the photos of how children fleeing the escalating #conflict in #Ukraine take their #cats and #dogs with them.👇 A furry companion can make a big difference to a child's #mentalhealth in times of crisis. pic.twitter.com/8KyVoiZLrn — UNICEF Europe C.Asia (@UNICEF_ECA) March 6, 2022
Ukrainian people who fled their country can get free animal care at six of the foundation's centres, located in Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, Hasselt, Hornu and Liège. "Here, curative veterinary care will be offered to them completely free of charge," the charity announced.
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Aside from the free veterinary care, the charity will also make various items for their pets available, such as baskets, cat litter and food.