Who we are

LAPA (Helping animals in Russia) is a registered UK animal welfare charity founded in early 2013. Our aim is to reduce the number of stray animals in a humane and responsible way, to end animal suffering and to improve animal welfare standards in Russia.


We have paid for the neutering of 2,929 animals, and more than 2,000 animals received medical care in Russia.


Through our Rehoming Programme, which started in 2019, more than 70 abandoned Russian animals have found loving homes in the UK.


We have reached out to 36,437 children through our Educational Programme on responsible and safe treatment of animals.

Our Programmes

Rehoming in the UK

This a small but a very meaningful project for us. It gives some Russian dogs a chance of finding a happy forever home  in the UK.

Shelter Support

Veterinary Treatment


Kids' Education

Ray House

We adopted Cooper in January, the process was smooth, safe but wonderful – at no point did we feel under pressure. The people we dealt with were fantastic, understanding and explained everything clearly. It was evident they were incredibly passionate about their animals and the work the charity does. We are most thankful for being allowed the opportunity to adopt Cooper. He is our world, best friend and an absolutely brilliant dog. 

Debbie Wade

Mum of Cooper
I highly recommend LAPA. It is reassuring to take a rescue dog which is in a foster home and the discussions which you have about the dog are so helpful and reassuring. We love Prosh and thank everybody involved in rescuing him from Russia where he was found at the side of the road with a broken leg. He is now a much loved member of the family.

Joanna Weil

Mum of Prosh
Highly professional charity, that genuinely cares about each and every animal they are able to rescue. I cannot recommend highly enough. Our rescue dog to be, had several visits to us to make sure that we and the dog were a suitable match. Inoculations, passport, and a folder of our rescue dog’s story were all provided. The charity takes a genuine interest in your rescue dog’s progression, even after a year.

Melanie Aster

Mum of Marsha

We are a small charity, and for us literally every penny counts. That is what your donations, on average, can do.


1.5kg bag of cat food


Neutering of 1 cat in Russia


Neutering of 1 dog in Russia


Standard treatment of a sick rescue animal


Preparing and bringing 1 animal into the UK


Food for a shelter with 50 animals per month (or £16 per day)