Hampshire dog rescue charity provides £30,000 of food and supplies to help Ukrainian refugees

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A HAMPSHIRE charity has successfully delivered 3,300kg of pet food and supplies to charities on the Polish-Ukrainian border.

DogsnHomes Rescue have staged three missions since the start of the war – delivering 9,000kg of donated aid, worth over £30,000.

The charity, which operates out of Fleet, rescues unwanted dogs from Portugal and the UK, but when war in Ukraine broke out it decided to expand its role and help people in the need.

Thanks to a fundraising appeal and generous food donations from Pet’s Corner in Fleet and Yora in Haywards Heath, the team and volunteers loaded up their vans at The Tweseldown pub car park in Church Crookham and drove to the border near Krościenko, Poland.

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They left with four volunteers, three vans, 3,300 kg of supplies and traveled 1,717 km.

There they met two Ukrainian animal charities, who accepted food and supplies before transferring them directly to shelters in Kyiv and Kharkiv.

During the return trip, the DogsnHomes team stopped at the main refugee reception center in Przemyśl, Poland, and offered their expertise in the animal transportation process. They also spent time unpacking humanitarian aid, including clothing for the refugees.

The group offered their free van space to take refugees across Europe to any destination.

Eventually, they agreed to take on a family, which they then dropped off in Amsterdam where the Dutch aid agency already had a host family waiting for them.

Charity co-founder and volunteer Gary Baxter said: “We covered 2,740 miles in six days, met some great people and did exactly what we set out to do: provide aid and help a family. Mission accomplished!

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported DogsnHomes Rescue so generously with donations of money, food, supplies and their time. Please continue to support us, every donation counts.”

DogsnHomes Rescue is planning another aid mission in the coming weeks and their progress can be followed via Facebook.

Donations can also be made via justgiving.com/campaign/ukraine-peoplespets.

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