Americans are well aware of the images and tragic stories of civilians killed or forced to flee war-torn Ukraine during Russia’s ongoing invasion, but many ignore pets, who must constantly defend themselves by navigating the streets under attack.
That’s why tech founder Dan Fine founded the Ukrainian Animals War Relief Fund (ARF), which aims to protect displaced Ukrainian pets using state-of-the-art technology along with old-fashioned love and care.
Fine, who has been focusing on his passion for animals since retiring from a successful career in tech, went to a Polish town on the border with Ukraine earlier this year and volunteered to walk and feed cats that suddenly became homeless after the Russian invasion. He was close enough to hear the explosion of missiles on the Elviv and on the way, saw devastating wounds to the beloved animals that haunted him forever.
“I’m got a dog from the hospital, I’m taking him for a walk, and he’s got his leg up to urinate and his guts are hanging out. His gut is hanging,” Fine Fox News told Digital. “So I said, ‘Oh, my God,’ I took him back and I was trying to talk to the veterinarian who didn’t speak English, and I pointed them out and he looked down and he grabbed the dog and took it to surgery … we had dogs shot eight times and walking Lost capacity. ”
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“My friend wants to adopt another dog. I’m ready to bring it home. But then the veterinarian showed me his X-ray and there was a shrapnel all over his spine and he had to have surgery,” Fine said. “It’s a terrible, horrible situation, you know, needs attention.”
Fine also discovered making wheelchairs out of pipe and velcro to help transport injured dogs. An early Internet pioneer who developed websites for hundreds of major organizations, he launched Fine ARF to help war-affected dogs and cats in Ukraine.
“When I’ve been there, I’m seen attempts to go human. And I believe it, right? I do not like animals on humans, but you know, the Red Cross, their world central kitchen. They have tons of technology. They have the military. They have. There are buses, they have all kinds of goods, because we are used to doing this. We do it in Syria, we do it in Libya. We do it in Afghanistan. We take care of the people, “Fine said. “But what I found and I researched on this is that animals have no rights.”
He helped put together a portal to connect independent volunteers with warehouses and shelters to bring some order to the Ukrainian shelter system.
“All the shelters are raising their hands and going, ‘Send me the goods’, and then the volunteers go inside and deliver it in great danger, and then, we do not know, some shelters are getting nothing and some shelters are getting too much,” he said. “So we contacted Microsoft and we created a portal that provided visibility to all the shelters, all the drivers, all the warehouses, so we knew it was a real warehouse. They got 600 dogs and 100 cats and how much food it was. We can start using predictive technology to figure out what to fix. ”
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Fine also used his background and connections to establish a technology platform based on Microsoft’s non – profit social initiative, helping to list abandoned pets to help reunite them with Ukrainians who have fled the country.
“Currently there are easily one million stray animals, if not two million roaming around Ukraine for food, and they are about to start mating and they are in unprotected shelters because they do not have enough cages. You face a very big problem,” Fine said.
“So we said, we need to go out there and set up mobile units to spay, neuter, vaccinate these animals. And then we thought, ‘Well, let’s work with Microsoft and put it on the chip or read it. Reassemble their chips and them with their owners. Try, ” he continued. “So we decided … create a kind of giant blockchain on the Ukrainian animal record so that people can go back to their homes or if they set up a new home in Italy, Spain or France, they can connect and reconnect with their dog or cat.”
Fine does not like anyone around the world to think that pets are abandoned because dogs and cats are not loved in Ukraine. He explained that panicked civilians often left the country with children in their arms as Russian forces destroyed roads and bridges. But often, too many people are trying to get on buses or trains, there is no space for luggage, let alone pets. The tragic situation of Ukrainian pet owners having to get out of a dangerous path before it was too late did not offer much choice.
“I can not imagine leaving my child, and they will have to do so,” he said. “I could not imagine the heartbreak … it had a five year old child and I could not imagine leaving them alone to try to figure this out on their own and nurture themselves.”
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When the Feldman Ecopark, a zoo near the city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine, was destroyed by Russian forces, the need for animal rights during the war – which he plans to lobby the government to help – came to light.
“A Russian sniper killed a zookeeper and put him in the bathroom … then the Russians arrived within 48 hours. [later] And, as it was documented, they used the rest of the animals as targets. Now, this is where I got the rub. That’s where I got into trouble, ”he said.
“Their rights are nil, so the Russians can come to them and shoot as many people as they want. And there is zero accountability. It has no accountability, and that is completely wrong. These are people’s pets. We turned them into pets,” he said. . “We owe them the right to look after them and the right to look after them … so what our Ukrainian War Animal Relief Fund wants to do is lobby the government to get animal rights during the war.”
Fine hopes that leading animal charities around the world will work with ARF and use the technology developed by the Foundation to help as many animals as possible from war-affected Ukrainian zoo animals. In the meantime, he hopes to raise awareness and raise money to help displaced pets in Ukraine.
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“It’s a kind of good project because it’s not just a rescue and relief fund. I mean, I’m found it really beneficial, but it’s falling into the bucket, “he said.
“We have to influence a lot more animals, millions. And the only way to do that, to be smart about it, is to use technology. So one of the things we want to do is get people to donate to us and share our information. We’re going to create an NFT .NFT is a non-fungal token on the blockchain, “Fine continued. “As you know, our hope is to have the most complete blockchain database of Ukrainian animals, whether they want to adopt it or whether they want to buy NFT and invest in the crypto world so that people can search. I want to reunite with their animals.”
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Fine’s first trip to help Ukrainian animals was inspired by Lawrence Anthony’s work on the elephant sanctuary, “The Elephant Whisper”, and led to the creation of the ARF.
“On the back of the book he talked about during the Iraq war, he and his son went to the Baghdad Zoo to look after the animals … the suffering they suffered from the bombing around you, PTSD is very sad.” Well said. “So, he went to help and I thought, ‘Hey, I can do this.’