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Koda’s Mission: Save the Animals of Ukraine

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Hey, I’m Yannick. I’m the founder of Koda’s Mission. I run a small animal shelter and rescue based in Yavoriv, Ukraine. I am raising funds to continue my work here in Ukraine.

As the war began, I decided to take action and make my way to Ukraine. By 5th of March 2022, I arrived at the polish border with a van full of aid gathered in my hometown of Hamburg. Within days of my arrival in Ukraine, I realized that organizations rescuing and transporting animals out of the war zones were not coping. By the time the transports were reaching the border, animals were exhausted. Many were becoming sick, or even dying.

That’s how the idea to create a shelter near the Polish border was born. A place where animals could rest and rehabilitate, before continuing their journey. With the help of my friends, I was able to make this dream a reality. I founded a safe haven for animals affected by the war. It’s now a connection point, between war and safety.

In 2023, I have the dream to start a Catch-Neuter-Release program, to help control the stray population and improve the lives of more animals in Ukraine.

So, why “Koda’s Mission”? It's named after Koda, a dog I rescued following the liberation of Bucha. He has become my soulmate dog, who travels with me on all rescue missions. He is one of the first dogs who started this for me, and one of the reasons why I continue my fight to save as many animals as possible.

The animals I have been able to help so far have been direct victims of the war. Running the shelter has been absolutely life changing. Your donations have made all of this possible, thank you!

As the global interest in the war in Ukraine is decreasing, it is becoming more and more difficult to raise the funds needed to continue my work here. But my work is far from done. Running this shelter, and going on rescue missions is my dream, and we I not want to give it up. In fact: after the last months, I am more determined than ever to do more!

Spending examples:
  • Rent for the shelter - this provides the animals with a safe roof over their heads.
  • Fuel needed to pick up animals in danger and bring them back to my shelter. To take aid to those who need it elsewhere and for vets’ visits. Fuel is in short supply and expensive.
  • Urgent medication, (specialized) pet food, medical shampoos, beds, bowls, crates and other animal healthcare materials.
  • Any building materials that are needed to improve the shelter / kennels.
  • Trips to recaptured cities and frontline areas to bring insulated dog- and cat houses, set up feeding stations and deliver emergency aid.

This is a 24/7 commitment and I cannot do this alone. – I rely on the kindness of your donations.

You can:
 Thank you!



  • Caroline Dougherty
    • €25 
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  • Simone Szijarto
    • €25 
    • 7 d
  • Lara Steinke
    • €150 
    • 7 d
  • Sandra Inge Kienzle
    • €20 
    • 9 d
  • Anonymous
    • €25 
    • 9 d


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