Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raises $20,000 – and Counting! – For pets in Ukraine

TUKWILA, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Darwin’s Natural Pet Products continues its tradition of helping animals in need with a recent fundraising campaign to help animals displaced by conflict in Ukraine. In partnership with Harmony Fund, Darwin has set out to raise funds to support animal rescue efforts in Ukraine via an email campaign to match donations of up to $10,000. The Darwin community responded with an outpouring of generosity and the campaign reached its corresponding goal in less than 10 hours. The current total is over $20,000 from over 300 donors.

“We are pleased with the speed and scale of the response, but frankly, knowing what our Darwin family thinks of animal welfare around the world, we are not surprised,” said Gary Tashjian, CEO of Darwin. “The donations keep coming in and Harmony Fund has been a great partner in getting these funds to the animals and field volunteers in need.”

With the influx of donations, the Harmony Fund hired a tractor-trailer to travel from Kyiv to Bucharest and back. On his first trip, he was so full of food and vet supplies that they had to leave a few pallets for the next trip.

“I’m so surprised and grateful for the quick response from so many caring people,” said Laura Simpson, Founder of the Harmony Fund. “We have animals with skin conditions, injuries, seizure disorders and many more who really need the medications we bring. Thanks to the generosity of Darwin’s and its customers, thousands of at-risk dogs and cats in Ukraine will be free from hunger. until the end of May with our next delivery.

While Harmony Fund coordinates the costs of food, supplies, and transportation, the team on the ground is made up of animal lovers from a few organizations, including Breaking the Chains, which handles security, transportation, and animal care; the Sache Vet Clinic, which provides veterinary supplies via Romania; TobiHelpUA, made up of brave young volunteers who deliver aid and supplies; a team called Help for UA Animals, which handles the delivery and unloading of supplies; and a team from the Centarus Foundation in Poland providing shelter for homeless animals and delivering supplies.

“Darwin’s is proud to partner with the Harmony Fund, which has been able to grow these dollars from day one, having already established infrastructure and contacts in Ukraine,” said Tashjian. “We wanted to have an immediate impact, and the Harmony Fund was perfectly positioned to achieve that.”

Now, with Russian troops in the Eastern Region, there is a second wave of evacuees leaving behind pets and also animal shelters in dire need of food and supplies. Last week, Harmony Fund was able to send a month’s worth of food for the PIF shelter in Donetsk, which houses more than 1,000 animals and serves as a distribution point for more than 40 small shelters in the region. The mission to help them is underway.

To learn more about the campaign or to donate, visit harmoniafund.org/donation/help-ukraines-animals-darwins/.

About Darwin’s Natural Pet Products

Darwin’s Pet Products mission is to help pets and their owners enjoy more years of healthy companionship together. They do this by making raw, minimally processed, nutritious pet foods that are convenient and cost effective. But this is only the beginning. While Darwin’s commitment to animals begins with customers and their pets, it goes deeper, to all dogs and cats, especially those in need and those who help us through their service. . And even further, to ensure the humane treatment of the animals that Darwin feeds on. Learn more about darwinspet.com.

About the Harmony Fund

Harmony Fund is a reputable charity based in the United States, providing a lifeline to neglected animal rescue teams across the planet. Harmony Fund partners are small but incredibly brave animal rescue teams that operate in parts of the world where animal welfare is quite poor. Harmony Fund supporters are having a dramatic impact on thousands and thousands of animals that might otherwise go without food, shelter and veterinary care. More than fondsharmonie.org.

Marie R. McCraw