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Goodacity – Dare to be Good

Olha Sahal
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Olha Sahal
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Technical Writer at United Thinkers
I am the author of the Goodacity blog, a journalist, and a translator. For 16 years, I have worked in professional journalism, contributing to regional and national publications, both in print and online media. I have written reports, conducted interviews, reviews, articles on cultural, social, and charitable topics, as well as materials in the style of "solution journalism" and communication materials. Read more
Yulia Didyk
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Yulia Didyk
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Culture Manager at United Thinkers
I am a manager of cultural affairs and a project manager with over 14 years of experience at United Thinkers. I have participated in the organization of numerous successful social and charitable projects and have implemented informational campaigns and communication cases. Read more

Sea of love

300 kilograms of pet food and a sea of love: everything to make the life of homeless animals a little easier and full of care!

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Vision and mood

The Goodacity activists bought food for stray animals and distributed it among Chernihiv animal volunteers, who feed them.

We help those who help our furry friends. Animal volunteers give a lot of energy and time to helping animals, and their help is invaluable! That's why we decided to support them on their path of kindness and care.
— Oksana,
a Goodacity volunteer
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Step 1. Helping is easy

We visit those places where homeless dogs or cats gather and feed them,” Ms. Olena, one of Chernihiv’s animal activists, says.

“The animals already know their “guardians,” so they immediately come running, sometimes even eating from our hands.

Helping is easy! Just paying attention and not passing by when someone needs help is enough.
— Olena,
animal volunteer from Chernihiv, Ukraine

“Putting a bowl of water by the house entrance in summer or letting the animal warm up inside during winter frosts is not at all difficult and does not require a lot of money, but it can save the animal’s life,” Ms. Olena says. “We thank the Goodacity volunteers for the food and the opportunity to find like-minded people at its distributions. It is always easier to feed the animals and help them find new homes and loving owners together.”

“One might say that helping animals is a family matter for us. My husband has a garage, and when stray cats started appearing near it, he immediately became attached to them and started feeding them.

No matter how late he came home from work or how tired he was, he always had something for our fluffy friends to eat. Caring for animals means working without days off because you cannot tell animals that you are tired today and leave them hungry. Although, to be honest, we do not consider ourselves animal volunteers; we are just caring people who want a better life for homeless animals and for our world to be a little kinder. It’s an incredible feeling when you save a furry friend’s life and give him a new home! My husband was so taken with the cats that he made a special cat door for them in the garage so they could freely enter it. In fact, he gave the kitties his garage so they could find a shelter there and spend the winter in warmth.”

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Step 2. Hope for the best

“I was working, I had a good job, so we bought cat food and some meat delicacies to go with gruel for the animals. However, with the start of full-scale military operations, I lost my job, and it became much more difficult to help the animals… So, the Goodacity initiative with their food distribution to those who care about homeless animals is very timely! This is an invaluable opportunity for people who want to help but do not always have the means to do so!”

It is not just food for homeless animals, but hope for them, and it is so important to give it!
— Olena,
animal volunteer from Chernihiv, Ukraine

“Me and my husband, we each always have a small package of food with us, just in case, so that none of the animals along our travels go hungry. Children see our example and grow up to be sensitive and caring — they feed all the cats and dogs in our district.”

“We sheltered as many as seven cats in our usual city apartment. I won’t say that it is effortless, but it is much more difficult to pass by a homeless kitten that was thrown out to certain death,” the woman says.

“They are alive; they want to eat and drink just like us. Likewise, they get cold or scared and feel pain as well. That’s why I can’t just pass by a homeless animal; I do everything to save it. And I’m happy when I succeed!”

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Time to sum it up

Stray animals and their love for life and humans is a great reason to remember that we humans also have these good qualities within us. So let’s share our kindness with them; let’s show them at least a little care. They are always happy to see us, wagging their tails in a friendly manner or gently purring when they meet us. They love humans, so let’s love them in return and show it by caring for them!

Doing good is very simple!

You can afford yourself the luxury of goodness!

Doing good is very simple!

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