The final stop of Marc Abraham’s [TV's Marc the vet] trip to the Ukraine to see the work of international animal welfare charity Four Paws was Svetlana's animal shelter just outside Kiev, home to over 700 dogs and cats. As it is not possible to return all strays to the streets they are given a home and many are eventually adopted. Marc was pleased to see the cats in their comfortable homes - rooms with sofas and an open window to an outside area, and yet more happy dogs safe from being rounded up and killed. It was an intense trip covering over 1000 kilometres in just 4 days but everywhere we went we were offered a warm welcome and a message of hope for animals the world over. The work that Four Paws do, and the dedication of their team of staff and volunteers, is awe inspiring.
The Four Paws Ukraine project with stray dogs was set up to help control the population of stray dogs in the Ukraine. Previously the dogs had been rounded up and ruthlessly slaughtered. International animal welfare charity Four Paws stepped in to help and negotiated with the government to be allowed to set up a neutering campaign - the dogs are collected, neutered and given a health check and vaccinations then released back to their own territory. Marc Abraham [TV's Marc the vet] went out to visit to help raise awareness of their work.
For more information on the work of Four Paws go tohttp://www.four-paws.org.uk/
and Marc the Vet http://www.marcthevet.com/
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