Woman flees Kyiv with 20 French bulldogs crammed in her car

Olena Lukash and her husband Alexander have helped rescue dozens of French bulldogs from Kyiv in Ukraine.
Olena Lukash drove hundreds of miles with her incredibly precious cargo (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
When shells began to fall across Ukraine , Olena Lukash’s first thought was the safety of her ‘four-legged children’. The animal lover crammed 20 French bulldogs into her car and sped across the border to Poland. After dropping the animals off at a friend’s, she then made the dangerous trip back to Kyiv to fetch another 30 dogs . She rushed them to safety in Vinnitsa, in central Ukraine. Brave Olena has now vowed to return to the warzone to save more ‘defenceless animals’.

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The dog breeder, 53, said: ‘My dogs are my children. My job is my dogs.

‘I didn’t believe a war could start. The first week I thought that everything would end quickly, then shells began to fall near the house and I realised that I needed to save my four-legged children.’

PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: OLENA LUKASH, 53, FROM NEAR KYIV, UKRAINE, WITH ONE OF HER BELOVED DOGS) These TWENTY French bulldogs were pictured crammed into a car while their Ukrainian owner fled Russian bombs - but she is bravely returning to the warzone to save more 'defenceless animals'. Olena Lukash initially 'didn't believe a war could start' in her home country until Russian shells began to land near her house, just outside of Kyiv. However the 53-year-old soon realised she would have to save her 'four-legged children' from the terrifying threat as she decided to flee her home and head for Poland. DISCLAIMER: While Kennedy News and Media uses its best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied and the publication of images is solely at your discretion. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266.
The breeder will return to the conflict zone in order to save more animals (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: 53-YEAR-OLD OLENA LUKASH'S FRENCH BULLDOGS IN BACK OF HER HYUNDAI TUCSON AS THEY FLED UKRAINE TO POLAND) These TWENTY French bulldogs were pictured crammed into a car while their Ukrainian owner fled Russian bombs - but she is bravely returning to the warzone to save more 'defenceless animals'. Olena Lukash initially 'didn't believe a war could start' in her home country until Russian shells began to land near her house, just outside of Kyiv. However the 53-year-old soon realised she would have to save her 'four-legged children' from the terrifying threat as she decided to flee her home and head for Poland. DISCLAIMER: While Kennedy News and Media uses its best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied and the publication of images is solely at your discretion. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266.
Olena escaped Ukraine with 20 bemused bulldogs crammed into her car (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
But as fuel prices skyrocket, Olena is struggling to afford both petrol and pet food.

It costs her £378 each week to feed the dogs.

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Olena said: ‘Now we are 300km away from the hostilities but I plan to take all my dogs to a safe place in Europe.

‘I love my dogs very much. I am ready to do a lot to save the lives of defenceless animals.

‘So far I have returned to Ukraine once. I need to do two or three more trips.

‘I need to raise money for the long haul and find families for my puppies.’

Information on how to donate to Olenacan be found here.

Olena has even rallied groups across neighbouring countries to ensure dogs rescued from Ukraine can find a safe long-term home.

Keep a pet-friendly home. Your dog or cat is a part of the family. If she’s a kitty, she needs her own litter box in a quiet, out-of-the way corner, a scratching post or tree, her own toys, and a nice cozy spot for napping.

She said: ‘First I have to provide a safe place for my dogs in Europe then I will help other dogs from Ukraine.

‘We have already created groups and selected people to deliver animals from Poland and Romania throughout Europe, but they also need financial assistance for fuel.

‘It is a lot of work and I have very little energy now.’

Olena Lukash and her husband Alexander have helped rescue dozens of French bulldogs from Kyiv in Ukraine.
Many of the pups slept during their long trip – blissfully aware of the terror they had escaped from (Picture: Facebook)

Ukrainians have stopped at nothing to bring their pets to safety amid the conflict.

Student Rishabh Kaushik refused to leave his Kyiv bunker until safe passage was guaranteed for his rescue dog, Maliboo.

Keep an Eye On Your Dog Around Water (Especially Pools). Not all dogs are great swimmers, and when it comes to pools they can be very dangerous for a dog. Keep an eye on your dog if they’re out in the yard by the pool and make sure your dog knows where the steps in & out of the pool are.

Vet Konrad Kuzminski has also worked to save dozens of cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits and even a chameleon.

Driving a converted ambulance, he crosses the border every day to help animals stranded in Ukraine.

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