Locals provide aid to Ukrainian animal welfare campaign

Local pet suppliers have joined forces with Project Red Shed as part of a campaign to ship much-needed aid and supplies to animals affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  PetMania and Wag ‘N’ Tails in Roscommon town are playing their part in efforts to Red Shed, an animal welfare organisation currently on the ground at the Ukrainian/Hungarian border.

  Founder of Red Shed and Roscommon town resident, Sandy Sheerin, says all donations are welcome as the group continues to work with an influx of animals from war-torn Ukraine.

  “We are running a huge campaign in partnership with PetMania and Wag ‘N’ Tails in Roscommon town and encouraging people to drop donations or supplies to these businesses, which are then being shipped out to Ukraine directly. Everything we raise is going directly to these animal shelters in Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and Poland. Our current goal is to send up to seven pallets full of supplies,” she said.

  Sandy, whose family originally hailed from Tremane and Athleague, highlighted the current difficulties faced by those working in the animal shelters.

  “We are focussed on the welfare of animals at shelters along the border and trying to clear pets for adoption so that we can take more animals in. We are dealing with everything from abandoned pets to strays,” she said.

  Sandy said animals are dying of starvation at some shelters due to the effects of the war and the rationing of foodstuffs.

  She praised local volunteers at the Ukrainian border for their “incredible” efforts and thanked all those who have donated to the cause so far.

  “A massive thank you for your genuine care for the welfare of all of the displaced animals during this horrific crisis,” she said, before praising the efforts of local donors and those helping to transport goods to the Polish border, including local businessman Joe Fallon.

  Red Shed is currently raising funds on behalf of multiple charities, rescue centres and sanctuaries, allowing them to provide food, shelter, and medical care for animals affected by the war. The organisation hopes to rebuild animal shelters in Ukraine when it is safe to do so. Donations can be dropped to Petmania and Wag ‘N’ Tails in Roscommon town.