Woman from US flies to Ukraine to rescue disabled dogs: ‘I felt it in my gut to come here’

The ongoing war in Ukraine has upended countless lives, not only of humans but also of animals. From pets separated from their families to zoo animals fighting in war zones, innocent animals have been put in grave danger.

Fortunately, there are also people who step up to help. Like a woman from the US, that she flew to the Ukraine to save disabled dogs.

Emily Franco, a 27-year-old woman living in Monroe, Connecticut, flew to Ukraine two weeks after Russia’s invasion with the intention of helping disabled dogs in the war-torn country.


“I felt in my gut just a call to come here,” Emily told the Stamford Advocate.

Emily, originally from Scotland, has experience helping disabled dogs: she previously worked with Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Northeast, and was known for her compassion for animals in need. Her pets include four senior cats and two special needs dogs.

“The crisis happening in Ukraine is unimaginable, and it doesn’t surprise me in the least that Emily headed there to help people and animals,” said SNARR Northeast founder Courtney Bellew.


Emily flew to Europe, bought a car and trailer, and drove to Ukraine to rescue abandoned disabled dogs and bring them to safety across the border. It’s a tough and dangerous job, but Emily is one of the few people who cares for these special dogs.

“I only rescue disabled dogs,” Emily told the Advocate. “A lot of organizations don’t, and if they do, it’s like one in 100.”


Unfortunately, Emily is running out of money and will soon have to finish her mission and return to the United States. Her vehicle was also damaged during a recent rescue mission.

But even if her mission ends, she can take pride in the dogs she helped along the way. According to a PA Caring Hearts post, she saved a dog that had been shot in the spine by a Russian soldier, driving 18 hours each way to “give him a chance at a better life.”

While Emily is able to return home, her defense of the animals of Ukraine will continue. Traveling the world and spending so much time in a war-torn area is really trying her best to help, but those who know Emily are not surprised by her actions.

“Emily has a unique heart that guides her and drives her to feel empathy for abandoned animals, those ignored or even people who see them as ghosts, they don’t even see them,” her husband, Christopher Franco, told the Stamford Advocate. .