With the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine three weeks ago, residents of Kyiv were urged to take up arms against Putin’s forces.
As thousands of Ukrainians begin to flee their country, many refuse to leave without their pets by their side.
Many residents wanting to avoid the fierce fight have been flooding into subways to shield themselves and their pets from the attack.
Citizens caught in the crossfire are grabbing their suitcases and their cats as they seek safety in bomb shelters or neighboring countries.
Others are fleeing to nearby countries. According to recent reports, Poland, Romania and Slovakia are allowing Ukrainians to bring pets across borders without veterinary paperwork.