• Abi Kroupa

Reputable Ukraine Relief Charities to donate to - Humans, Horses, & Pets

Russia’s war in Ukraine is entering its third week. Most western powers, including the United States, have imposed heavy economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine, hoping that crippling its economy will slow down or end the war. Already, 2 million people have fled Ukraine, but as many as 5 million could be displaced as Russian troops continue to advance toward major cities. For animal lovers, there are hundreds of thousands of domestic pets and over 100,000 horses we call Ukraine home.

But so far, the violence has only intensified. Many of us are watching from afar and wondering how we can help ordinary Ukrainian people whose homes, cities, and lives are being destroyed before our eyes. Many people around the world want to help Ukrainian refugees, however, there are just as many scammers trying to capitalize on the tragic unrest.

I know I have a diverse group of friends and followers on my blog and social media. I wanted to put together a list of the most reputable charities to donate to that have relief funds, aid, and supplies going directly to Ukraine. I picked these charities with a focus on a high percentage per dollar (if not all donated monies) going directly to emergency aid. Whether you have a special place in your heart for people, children, pets, or horses, the below list has a charity for you to donate to today!

Humanitarian Relief

Samaritan’s Purse - Samaritan's Purse has established an Emergency Field Hospital on the outskirts of Lviv, in western Ukraine, to care for those suffering as war rages on. The initial patients arrived on March 14. Donate Here

United Nations Children Fund - Protect the children of Ukraine. Children are the least responsible for war in Ukraine, but they suffer most from its consequences. Your 100% tax-deductible donation will help UNICEF ensure that Ukraine's children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education, and protection Donate Here

Care - Ukraine Crisis Fund Urgent aid. This international humanitarian group is providing food, water, and other items to families fleeing violence in Ukraine. Donate here.


Harmony Fund - Help the animals of Ukraine. Right now the Harmony Fund Disaster Relief is being used to help animals in Ukraine where war has broken out. They are currently helping four shelter locations and more may soon be added. Your donations will provide food, transportation, vet care, and housing for newly abandoned or injured animals. Donate Here

IFAW - Since the conflict started, IFAW has supported multiple partners helping animals and people in Ukraine and the surrounding countries. Their team has now deployed to Poland and will continue to work with local shelters and government authorities. Their first priority on the ground is to understand the scale of unmet needs for shelters, animals, people and their pets. Donate Here

Equestrian - Horses

Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation - The Ukrainian equestrians and their horses urgently need help to survive and sustain hope through these terrible tragic times.

Mykhaylo Parkhomchuk, General Secretary of the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation - "There are more than 100,000 horses in Ukraine, many of the horses are caught up in the war, with no possibility to flee and seek safety, with no shelter and care. Horse owners, riding schools, athletes, breeders, and professionals are in desperate conditions without any resources of saving their horses. By making donations or offering help, you will provide the Ukrainian equestrian community hope for a better future and save lives of the Ukrainians and their loved ones." Donate Here

United States Equestrian Federation - US Equestrian will be joining the FEI in their recently announced efforts to provide support to the equestrian community of Ukraine by establishing the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund. One-hundred percent of funds collected will go to the FEI solidarity relief fund and directly to those in need of support. The FEI is liaising closely with the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation (UEF) and neighboring countries to facilitate support. The USEF Board of Directors has committed to allocating additional relief funding. Donate Here