On March 5th 2022, Yannick left Germany and made his way towards Ukraine, without knowing what to expect. His goal: take care of animals and save as many as possible from the war.
He spent his first few weeks helping different animal rescue organizations, until he decided to continue his efforts on his own.
In April, he found himself in Bucha, together with his friend Robin. Among a field of destroyed Russian tanks, and bodyparts of Ukrainians who sadly lost their lives, he found a dog. As they started interacting with this dog, they immediately bonded.
As they were getting ready to leave the area, the dog jumped straight into their car when Yannick opened the door. ‘It was like he was saying: I’m coming with you!
Besides running his shelter with Koda by his side, Yannick frequently drives into recaptured Ukraine cities to pick up injured and homeless animals, and to deliver aid from the border deeper into the country. As many are struggling to feed their pets, the suffering is immense. That’s why he also sets up feeding stations in the streets, which are vital to keeping at least some from starving to death. He has launched a community initiative which sees locals refilling the feeding stations installed by him, to help the Ukrainian stray population.
Because of your support, we have achieved a lot since we came to Ukraine in March of 2022:
"My animal rescue work is a 24/7 commitment, and I cannot do this alone. I rely on the kindness of your donations, for which I am beyond grateful. Please consider donating."