From the UK to Ukraine - Stuart quit his job and gave up his life in the UK to save animals in one of the most dangerous animal rescue efforts in history

Last month we gave a grant to Stuart, former hunt sab and founder of Roaming Sabs, to purchase a vehicle in order to rescue and re-home animals in Ukraine. He is currently working with a group called Breaking the Chains who are taking on ‘one of the largest and most dangerous animal rescue efforts in history’

"I've been out here with Breaking the Chains 2 months now and before that a month transporting refugees.

I've given up my job, house and life in the UK and have moved out here for as long as needed.

We go into the dangerous areas of Ukraine to extract all sorts of animals, we also supply vets, shelters and households around Ukraine with food and medicine and help people also.
Currently building a shelter inside Ukraine as well to help house the animals we extract, have a vet clinic onsite and are entirely volunteer run.
My role here is the shelter manager, so I oversee the compound and volunteers, ensure all the work gets done, hold meetings and allocate workloads, as well sorting out supplies and overseeing any building/maintenance that needs doing."



Last month Stuart got in touch with Keep The Ban about his plans to help rescue animals in Ukraine, many of which have been left to starve. We immediately ensured that he was supported with the means to do so. A grant was given to Stuart so that he could carry out this vital work and a vehicle was bought (as seen below).As you can imagine this was a significant amount of funding and we can only continue the work that we do thanks to the unbelievable generosity of our supporters and so we're asking our supporters to help us recoup this amount. The cost was £3000 and any additional funds raised over this amount will go straight towards fuel and running costs for activists working for Breaking the Chains in Ukraine.


British Army veterans extract nine lions facing starvation at a Ukrainian zoo

Just two weeks ago the Daily Mail reported on how Stuart helped rescue nine lions from a Ukrainian zoo as part of an operation undertaken by animal rescue groups Breaking the Chains and Warriors of Wildlife. The daring mission took place in the war-torn Black Sea port and is believed to be the largest ever big-cat rescue from an active war.The nine lions were facing starvation at their home in the Biopark, Odesa, where supplies of meat were running dangerously low because of the war.

The group travelled thousands of miles across three borders over 72 hours to carry out the rescue.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban

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