We receive a lot of enquiries from members of the public. To save time on responding to individual enquiries, we have put together a list of most Frequently Asked Questions and our answers to them.
LAPA: Unfortunately, no. We are a small charity fighting a huge problem in a big country. We do not have financial and human resources to respond to every request for help we receive. Our work is confined to our programmes and we only work with a small number of rescue groups and shelters who are our long-established partners. If you want to help the animal you have found, you will have to be prepared to help them yourself. We can assist by advising on what is needed.
LAPA: Unfortunately, no. We are a small charity fighting a huge problem in a big country. We do not have financial and human resources to investigate and otherwise get involved in every case of animal abuse in Russia. sadly, hundreds of thousands of animals are abused every day. Our work is confined to our programmes and we only work with a small number of rescue groups and shelters who are our long-established partners. You can help indirectly by supporting the work of charities like ours so that we can help more animals and reduce the amount of animal abuse. You can also write to the provider of the site where you saw the abuse and seek their help.
LAPA: Unfortunately, no. We only work with a small number of rescue groups and shelters who are our long-established partners. We conduct extensive due diligence on them and monitor their work closely. These rescue groups and shelters must comply with our ethical and professional standards in order to receive our help. Please be aware that there is a lot of fraud in Russia, especially relating to animals. There is also a lot of inefficiency due to low professional standards and lack of knowledge among many Russian volunteers. That said, there are also many brilliant and committed volunteers/rescue groups in Russia, but we cannot help them all as our resources are limited.
LAPA: No. It is your responsibility to look after your pet and ensure that when you have to go back, you can take your pet with you. If you are unable to do this, you should not have a pet. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to respond to every case of pet abandonment in Russia.
LAPA: No. We do not provide animal transportation services to third parties. You can transport your pet by air cargo – there are good pet relocation companies both in Russia and in the UK who can help you with this. We are happy to provide a recommendation. Please beware of transporters by road from Eastern European countries as most of them do not have the requisite licences and insurance to transport animals. Also, please check with DEFRA APHA the legal requirements for travel documents applicable to your situation. We are aware of cases where animals from Russia are brought into the UK in breach of legal requirements.