Meet Aaron Jackson, founder of the non-profit Planting Peace who traveled from Florida to Poland shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine. He planned to help displaced refugees and discovered that”If you were walking through the camps, there were just so many refugees that had brought their dogs over. And that only makes sense. It’s an extension of their family.”
But he quickly learned that dogs coming from Ukraine weren’t allowed in local shelters because of fears of diseases. So, when he discovered an empty animal shelter in Poland, he petitioned to take it over.
Turns out, these women had rescued numerous dogs in Ukraine by racing to get them in between bombings and bringing them to the bomb shelter. They only left the bomb shelter when they couldn’t find fresh water. When they reached out to a rescue in Poland, they helpfully directed them to Jackson who was happy to take in all the dogs they had rescued.