On Friday April 14, the government announced that until May 14 at the earliest, no dogs, cats and ferrets from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland or Romania can be imported into the UK, including animals from rescue.
Computer consultant Phill Berry, 40, and his wife Nikki, a 40-year-old assistant manager, want to draw public attention to a petition opposing the ban, pointing out that with the current crisis in Ukraine, more animals need a safe. home than ever.
The couple have been volunteering for Lucky’s Legacy Rescue, a UK charity which works with several Romanian animal sanctuaries, since they adopted their own Romanian rescue dog, Maia, three years ago, and claim the ban seriously hamper the rescue mission.
Phill said: ‘It’s based on people, we don’t know who or where or when, falsifying vaccination records so they can get the dogs here faster, but rather than penalizing a person or a charity, they made a blanket ban for everyone, and it even got to the point where dogs that were already in transit had to be turned back at the border.
“There are so many dogs that really need homes, that are vaccinated and ready to travel, but now they’re just being turned away and we’re getting to the point where charities are overflowing. The Luckys themselves used to help get food and supplies to Ukraine, and brought dogs back with them, and now because of that, they can’t move them, they’re running out of resources, and they have no somewhere to go. dogs, so he crams too many into a small space.
“They said that initially the ban is for one month, but it looks like it’s going to be extended to at least three months, and even just three months really hurts the system, and if it comes into full effect , then you ‘we run the risk of closing charities.
The couple came across Lucky’s when they were looking for a new dog to help them after their previous rescue passed away, and Phill now runs their website, while Nikki is helping them in Romania later this year.
Phill added: “Reading the stories of Lucky’s dogs, some of them have been through absolute hell and back. When Maia was found she was with a litter of puppies and one of them had been knocked down, and unfortunately when they were picked up all the puppies died while she was with them as well so she didn’t didn’t have a good lap.
“These dogs need a second chance and I feel like that chance has been snatched from them all.
“I can’t do enough to recommend the charity, but the petition is the most important thing we want to push so we can try to get the government to listen. Ultimately, we want as many dogs as possible to have the same opportunity as Maia.
“You see so many dogs going to a big house and filling families with happiness, so it’s such a shame that the government can’t see further.”