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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, April 7, 2022 / — Courtney Chandel has been rescuing animals since she was a little girl and nothing has changed for the last few decades. She continues to save and rescue animals, even if it means traveling to different countries. For the past 16 years, Courtney has deployed to Louisiana to help after Hurricane Katrina and to Chile and Japan when natural and man-made disasters displaced thousands of animals.

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine placing a huge burden on local and international humanitarian organizations as they struggle to care for the ever-increasing number of animals crossing the Polish border, Courtney recently traveled to Lvov (formerly Livi), Ukraine, to volunteer at the Domivka Shelter where staff and volunteers are loading vans to deliver supplies to kyiv, inside the war zone. The refuge is home to a variety of different animals, including foxes, a yak, and miniature goats. (photos 5 – 8)

Before arriving in Lvov, Chandel flew to the city of Przemysl, Poland, to volunteer at the ADA Foundation animal shelter, where millions of wild animals, livestock and companion animals have been displaced or injured. The ADA Foundation normally houses up to 120 cats and dogs, but has obviously seen a huge influx of animals since the war began in late February. Chandel volunteered in the kennel area, where she walked dogs for up to eight hours a day with very few breaks.

From Przemysl, Chandel traveled to a makeshift shelter in Ukraine that was caring for several dogs who had lost their legs or been paralyzed by being hit by bombs or shrapnel. Using her medical background and his nursing skills, Chandel was able to dress his wounds with makeshift gauze and administer antibiotics and Tramadol after consulting with a veterinarian over the phone. (see photos 1 – 4; Courtney appears in 1 – 2).

Chandel recently reported that a rescue group found a shelter in Borodyanka, which was abandoned with 485 dogs due to shelling. They were confined to their cages without food or water for more than six weeks before rescuers were able to return. More than 350 had died of starvation and dehydration, while 150 survived by eating the meat of the dead dogs.

Chandel’s trip is expected to cost more than $3,000, which she is paying for out of pocket, but she hopes people will chip in to help defray her expenses. The Humane Society of Louisiana (HSLA), which partnered with Chandel in the past after she helped the group during Hurricane Katrina, is helping raise funds for her trip. Those who wish to donate to help fund their trip can make a contribution to the Humane Society’s PayPal account at, or on their website at In a blank space, she writes “trip to Poland”.

“We’re so thankful that Courtney came to Poland to help. In a way, she represents all of us who wish we could go,” said HSLA Director and Little Wanderers NYC Board Member Jeff Dorson. “Courtney is an amazing person who has clearly demonstrated her willingness to do whatever it takes to help animals in need anywhere in the world, even near a war zone. We salute Courtney and hope others will join us in thank you online on our group’s Facebook page ( or by donating a little to pay for their trip.

“This has been a rewarding but very challenging journey,” said Chandel. “My heart breaks every day, but at least I can comfort some animals that are so deserving of our love. We all want peace in this region, and I hope it comes soon.”

Chandel is no stranger to working long hours in challenging situations. She is a registered nurse and co-founder of Little Wanders NYC, a popular feline advocacy and cat rescue group with over 80,000 followers on Instagram. The group rescues and cares for thousands of orphaned and injured cats each year, focusing on the Bronx, Northern Manhattan and East Harlem areas.

Photos available upon request. You may be able to contact her by phone, and you may be able to schedule Zoom interviews on demand. Contact Mark Goldman of Goldman McCormick PR at 516.639.0988 (call/text)

Established in 1988, it is one of the largest animal protection organizations in Louisiana. For more information, visit their website at

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