Similar to the last year, the situation in the shelter was very different from the general situation with stray animals in Ukraine. Despite of permanent money shortage which has even worsened because of the crisis, we managed again to improve the conditions of pets' living in Gostomel. The shelter built new industrial refrigerator and new outdoor cages, deeply renovated indoor cages, extended cats premises. Ongoing efforts in the popularization of humane treatment of animals continued.
At the same time stray animals were murderously exterminated all over Ukraine in the course of "tidy up" action on the eve of european football championship Euro-2012. Kyiv, following the animal protectors' pressure, ceased to mass kill dogs in the municipal "shelter" in Borodianka. Nevertheless the matter stays hot because of the activity of individuals and their semiorganized groups that poison the animals on the streets. European animal protection organizations finally became worried about the sad destiny of ukrainian street animals: German PETA, ETN, Deutscher Tierschutzbund; Austrian Vier Pfoten; Italian OIPA; as well as Polish, Dutch organizations etc. 22 deputies of the Europarlament signed a letter to Ukrainian president where they request to stop inhumane activities, ETN handed over to Ukrainian authorities a petition with 500'000 signatures. Many organizations and citizens of european countries committed themselves to the solution of the problem of stray animals in Ukraine at their own expense, asserting immediate killing stop as the only prerequisite. Anyway, Kharkiw municipal authorities continue killing of 95% trapped animals absolutely officially up till now. Donetsk city budget for year 2012 assumes trapping of about 16'000 dogs and extermination of their vast majority on the spot.
Ukrainian animal protection movement obtained new dynamics when in the focus of international attention. The trickiest question remains open though. If Ukraine did not manage to definitively take the road of humane treatment of stray animals while being under that hard pressure of Europe before Euro-2012, will it ever do after the championship is over?