Ukrainian refugee reunites with his dog in California

A Ukrainian refugee has been reunited with his beloved dog at the San Diego Humane Society after being separated at the US-Mexico border about a month ago to allow the pet to complete a required rabies quarantine.

Perseya, a Pomeranian, was seen jumping and barking with excitement as she met her owner, Rosaliia Raison, in a video shared by the San Diego Humane Society on May 29 capturing the heartwarming reunion.

veterinarian dr Gary Weitzman, the president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society, said in a statement, “Pets are family, and families should never be forced apart.”

Raison, who is from the Cherkasy region of central Ukraine, came to Mexico with her husband, mother and dog and entered the United States through the San Ysidro port of entry, according to the company.

Perseya the pomeranian dog with owner.
Perseya, a Pomeranian dog (pictured here), was reunited with her owner Rosaliia Raison (also pictured here) on May 29, 2022 after completing a 28-day rabies quarantine.
San Diego Humane Society

On April 30, Perseya was taken to the San Diego Humane Society, where she began her 28-day quarantine and was cared for at the society’s behavior center.

The video showed the dog running around a patch of grass while playing fetch and being fed treats by a staff member.

Raison told NBC News on May 29, “When I saw her, I felt her heart beating so fast. But now I feel like she’s better, she’s fine,” she told NBC News while cradling the dog in her arms.

Weitzman told NBC News, “Right now we’re all heartbroken about what’s happening in Ukraine.

“Having this beautiful animal here and being with her amazing owner and being able to bring her back together to start a new life in the United States takes away some of that pain from everyone,” he said.

Efforts to help Ukrainian refugees enter the United States began after Weitzman was seconded to Poland with the organization Greater Good Charities to provide veterinary care and to help the International Fund for Animal Welfare set up a cross-border veterinary clinic to support pets affected by the war in Ukraine said the San Diego Humane Society.

Perseya the pomeranian dog with owner.
Perseya (pictured here with her owner) was taken to the San Diego Humane Society where she completed her 28-day rabies quarantine.
San Diego Humane Society

“As soon as war broke out in Ukraine, we began looking for ways to help people with pets and the animals left behind by this tragedy immediately wanted to help,” Weitzman said in a statement. “We will do whatever we can can to help the animals and people affected by this tragic crisis.”

The San Diego Humane Society will continue to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to transport and quarantine the pets of Ukrainian refugees as needed, the society said.

Perseya the Spitz at a dog center.
Perseya was seen at the San Diego Humane Society behavior center.
San Diego Humane Society Ukrainian refugee reunites with his dog in California

Rick Schindler

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