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Ukraine Animal Rescue Benefit – THE FIRE CATS Save Something Small
October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$11
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 25, 2023
CONTACT: ROXANNE GOODFELLOW 415-860-3414
SONOMA COUNTY ANIMAL RESCUE AGENCIES BAND TOGETHER
FOR HACHIKO FOUNDATION UKRAINE BENEFIT
The major animal welfare/rescue agencies of Sonoma County have joined together
for a benefit screening of Katharine Parson’s award-winning film, THE FIRE CATS – Save Something Small at RIALTO CINEMAS on Saturday 7 October and Sunday 8 October at 1:00 P.M.
HACHIKO FOUNDATION animal rescue an NGO based in Eastern Ukraine will be the beneficiary.
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County, The Humane Society of Sonoma County, Sonoma County Animal Control and Care and Sonoma CART will hold a panel discussion POST-SCREENING regarding the coordination of animal rescue efforts during natural/manmade disasters, lessons learned from wildfire disasters and the concerted desire to create a roadmap for communities/animals.
The war in Ukraine continues apace and the destruction of all infrastructure for animal rescue is overwhelming. Rialto Cinemas has previously sponsored two benefits for Ukraine – Ambulances For Ukraine through MIRA ACTION and ROOTS OF PEACE, a non-profit focused on landmine clearing.
Rialto Cinemas CEO Ky Boyd, believes “the work of HACHIKO FOUNDATION coupled with the extraordinary work of Sonoma County animal welfare/rescue agencies highlights that the devastation caused by wildfires and war carries a common denominator – pets and people are interdependent and the love they share is universal.”
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Ukraine based HACHIKO FOUNDATION https://www.instagram.com/hachikoua/?hl=enhttps://www.facebook.com/100088825096136/videos/783301493322520?so=permalink is an NGO animal rescue formed shortly after the war began, their work is focused on helping the displaced pets on the frontline in Ukraine.
A key member of the HACHIKO FOUNDATION team is Nate Mook, former CEO of Jose’ Andres World Central Kitchen (WCK). Through his work with WCK, Nate was working in Ukraine setting up infrastructure to feed thousands of people impacted by the war; in August 2023 he stepped out of that role deciding to use his knowledge and experience to tackle another life saving endeavor: feeding and caring for domestic animals left homeless by the Russian invasion.
Nate became a key-member of the HACHIKO FOUNDATION; and through this work and the magic of social media the HACHIKO FOUNDATION came to the attention of local Sonoma County animal welfare/rescue agencies.
In a joint statement the local Sonoma County agencies voice their commitment and support to HACHIKO FOUNDATION:
“Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County, Sonoma County Animal Services, Humane Society of Sonoma County and Sonoma CART are proud to support HACHIKO’s work feeding animals in need in Ukraine. We are all committed to helping animals in distress, and we believe that HACHIKO is doing vital work in Ukraine, where so many animals have been displaced by the war.
HACHIKO’s innovative work delivering food to animals that would otherwise go hungry is incredibly important, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support them. Together, we can make a difference for animals in need in Ukraine.”
HACHIKO FOUNDATION provides animals with food, shelter, feeding stations and medication in the most war-torn areas in Eastern Ukraine; most recently they were a major agency supplying people and pets with food/water/medicine when the Kakhovka Dam in Dnipro, Kershon Oblast was destroyed. The flooding caused thousands of people to flee their homes as hundreds of pets/animals were lost or displaced. Due to the suddenness of the flood there was no time to prepare, much like the wildfires experienced here in California.
There’s no end to the war in sight so Nate Mook & HACHIKO FOUNDATION remain committed to the animals and people of Ukraine. “I know the important role pets play for emotional support,” Mook says. “The pets are so connected culturally to the Ukrainian people and to this war.”
Tickets are now on sale at Rialto Cinemas: https://rialtocinemas.com/coming-soon/the-fire-cats/?noamp=avail
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THE FIRE CATS – Save Something Small is screening at Rialto Cinemas Sonoma County on SAT October 7th and SUN October 8th @ 1:00 P.M. as a benefit for HACHIKO FOUNDATION animal rescue located in UKRAINE. There will be a panel discussion post-screening with Sonoma County welfare/recue agencies:
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County: https://www.forgottenfelines.com
Humane Society of Sonoma County: https://humanesocietysoco.org
Sonoma County Animal Control and Care: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/health-and-human-services/health-services/divisions/public-health/animal-services
Sonoma CART: https://www.sonomacart.org/
Tickets are now on sale at https://rialtocinemas.com/coming-soon/the-fire-cats/?noamp=avail