Svetlana: «He is like a son to me. I missed him so much “
Simba is an orange cat who has always lived with her family, Svetlana and Enzo. She Ukrainian, he Italian, the couple lives in Italy with their daughter. When war breaks out, however, they find themselves in Lviv, at her family’s home. The escape is daring and in the car they huddle in six with grandmother, daughter, and three small grandchildren in tow and even a dog. Simba, who has never liked to travel by car and does not really want to know about the carrier, does not want to leave. Svetlana decides to entrust him to her neighbor, who intends to stay, and that she has offered to take care of him until they can organize themselves. Svetlana and Enzo, however, cannot yet imagine the extent of the conflict affecting their country.
When they understand the evolution of war, they begin to fear for the cat and take action to ask for help. Svetlana has a symbiotic relationship with Simba, who has helped her several times to cope with the difficult moments in her life. The appeal then comes to the National Animal Protection Agency which in Ukraine has contacts with various associations on the spot to organize the transport of the many loads of aid sent, over 149 tons of aid for animals and people.
“We contacted Peta – says Carla Rocchi, National President of Enpa – with whom we collaborate for the Cruelty Free Cosmetics campaign, which in turn contacted Peta Germany present in Lviv and the volunteers Peta Daniel, and Petya have recovered Simba and have brought to Poland. The journey to Italy remained to be covered. In the same days, on the email [email protected], some people from Rome wrote to us giving their willingness to bring something or someone from Ukraine to Italy. The right people to bring Simba to Rome. We contacted them and the last leg of the journey that brought Simba back to Svetlana was successfully covered ».
The volunteers who brought Simba to the National Enpa headquarters yesterday are Marco and Valentina from Arredarte tents in Rome, Bon’t Worry onlus and Centro Ippico Cavallino Bianco. Waiting for them Svetlana who couldn’t wait to hug her Simba again. «’For me he is a son – says Svetlana – and I missed him very much. He was close to me in very complex moments and gave me the strength to face very difficult challenges in my life. Being able to caress it is a huge emotion! Heartfelt thanks to Enpa and to all those who made all this possible ».
«Someone asked us – concluded Rocchi – all this time and work for a single cat? But it’s worth it? Simba is a symbol. For Svetlana she is like a son and she represents the many fragile people who are left behind and of whom no one should be forgotten. The happiness on the face of this family and in the eyes of little Simba were worth the more than 20 days of work, phone calls, messages and worries of various kinds. We said it loud and clear from the beginning: for all those, humans and animals, who are suffering in Ukraine, Enpa is there and wants to be there, whether it is a single cat who has to hug the family again or the 43 dogs and 7 cats we brought in Italy directly us in addition to those, always coming from Ukraine, which we take care of every day. Whether it’s welcoming, sending help, using contacts and connections to help people reach safe places, we are there. Every single life, human or animal, deserves protection and help ».
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