Ukrainians fleeing war “cannot leave pets behind”

The corridors leading from Ukraine are littered with piles of abandoned clothes and other personal belongings. The farther people carry things, the harder it gets, so they leave them behind, Ludmila Sokol said. Physical education teacher running away from Zaporizhia In the south.

But their pets, they are with them.

anywhere escape More than 2.3 million people run away Russian invasion Pets that people couldn’t leave behind are birds, rabbits, hamsters, cats, and dogs.

People fleeing the outskirts of Kyiv were crowded under the destroyed bridge, carrying small luggage and dumping cars on the road. But their pets remained with them.

A woman carried her dog across an improvised bridge over the Irpin’s River during her evacuation. Another at the Polish train station snorted her orange cat from her nose to her nose.

Wrapped in an aluminum-plated blanket, the girl hugged two Chihuahuas as she traveled to Medica, Poland.

And in Siret, Romania, a young mother hugged a white chihuahua and helped a toddler drink from a paper cup. Nearby, a Maltese puppy peeked out of a plastic bag filled with toothpaste, shampoo and hand lotion.

An elderly woman who grabbed a fluffy white dog and arrived in Romania was exhausted and collapsed in a ballroom dance converted into a refugee shelter.

Victoria Trofimenco said he felt a duty to keep his pets safe as well as his family.

A few days after the war began, the 42-year-old told the Associated Press that she had no plans to leave Kyiv.

But when missiles and explosives fell, she thought about her 18-year-old daughter, a 69-year-old mother, and her duty to protect the dog Akira and the cat Galileo.

She bought a ticket for the train heading west and finally arrived in Prague. However, she said she first arrived in Hungary and thanked Akira for her protection.

“You can’t leave a dog or cat. I have to take responsibility,” she said.