More than 600 pets have been brought into the Republic of Ireland since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.
ith the vast majority of cats and dogs, the pets and their 485 owners have made Ireland their new home.
The government confirmed the figures on Wednesday, with Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue pledging Ireland will continue to operate an open-door policy to Ukrainians and their domestic animals.
According to the figures, 333 dogs and 285 cats have traveled to Ireland with their owners from Ukraine, alongside a number of smaller pets.
Ireland has so far taken in almost 25,000 refugees from the war-torn country.
The Department of Agriculture is responsible for processing the arrival of domestic animals into Ireland and ensuring that all health checks are followed.
Mr McConalogue said: “Ireland has always shown itself to be a kind, caring and compassionate country. Our first instinct is to help people who need it and the way we have opened our doors to the people of Ukraine shows how much a considerate nation we are.”
All pets arriving in Ireland are subject to a veterinary examination.
Microchipping, tapeworm treatment and rabies vaccinations are also performed where appropriate.
Department officials are asking anyone who has a pet to notify the Department of Agriculture in advance and bring as much documentation about the pet as possible.
A quarantine period is required, which the department can confirm wherever the owner is staying.
Administrative information is provided in Ukrainian.
“We quickly recognized the need to ensure that people could move to Ireland and start a new life with as little stress as possible,” said the Donegal TD.
“That is why we have taken the lead in allowing arrivals to bring their pets once they have followed a few simple steps to reduce the risk of bringing disease into Ireland.
“Pets play a big part in so many people’s lives.
“They are friends and companions and I really wanted to make sure pets could travel with their owners.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/hundreds-of-pets-have-made-ireland-their-home-with-ukrainian-refugees-41569720.html Hundreds of pets have made Ireland their home with Ukrainian refugees