A Karg volunteer pets a beaver rescued from a root cellar in the village of Pshenychne. Image: Thomas Machowicz

Amid an ongoing war and political chaos in Ukraine, a group of Kiev-based volunteers started by Mykhailo Starozhuk have been working to rescue animals around the city such as dogs, cats, and even birds, bears, and beavers. Kiev Animal Rescue Group (Karg), provides emergency services for injured animals 24/7 and was recently profiled in a photo series by photographer Thomas Machowicz. Starozhuk explained that “Anyone can be in our shoes, anyone can save an animal. To do it you do not need to be a superman or someone special.” The group is funded by company sponsorships and donations from the people who use its services.

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