For many months, danger and chaos have been a part of daily life at the Gorlovka animal shelter in Eastern Ukraine. And then one day, things got even worse.
Armed gunmen invaded the shelter and stole any supplies they wanted. They beat all of the shelter workers and fired their weapons at the animals.
None of the shelter workers was badly injured, but a shelter dog named Aisya was wounded by a bullet. Shelter workers did their best to comfort her and calm the other dogs until the gunmen left.
I received the news via email the same day of the attack ... our whole team was horrified. We reached out immediately with words of encouragement and support.
They sent word quickly that there was no loss of life for which we are so very grateful. The Gorlovka shelter director, staff and volunteers are more committed than ever to keep their shelter running strong and overflowing with compassion in these dark days.
They refuse to abandon their mission of helping those less fortunate in Gorlovka and many surrounding areas.