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The National Borzoi Rescue Foundation is a rescue group, but in Ukraine there is no difference - for breeders and rescues alike, need is need.

Within our network of incredible people , Borzoi surrenders are fostered and placed using the same criteria that we follow for every NBRF dog.  Their forever homes are waiting.  But surrender is not the only option.  We also continue to work with the Ukraine Kennel Club and Borzoi breeders, providing assistance with relocation or sheltering in place.

We have a list of people that we are in contact with regularly, but rely on many eyes to keep us aware.  If you see a Borzoi family in need please send us a message through our website or Facebook.  Let's not let anyone fall through the cracks.

Rescue has no borders!! National Borzoi Rescue Foundation - International is stepping in to aid Borzoi trapped in Ukraine or those with their owners fleeing to safety in another European country. Donations for food, water, transportation and temporary housing are urgently needed. We are partnering with verified groups on the ground throughout the area to disperse aid as required and will continue to update as we gather more information. Having money earmarked for this specific purpose is essential to this unfolding situation.


  • Donations specifically for Refugee Borzoi in Ukraine can be made using the "Donate" button found at the bottom of this article or anywhere on this website - specify Refugee Borzoi in the notes section of your donation page.


If you need help, we need to hear from you!


NBRF: email -


PHONE: 844 - NBRF ZOI (844 - 627 - 3964)


Facebook - NBRF - NBRF International

As always, we thank our fantastic supporters for giving their all to Borzoi in need!


  • More information about the National Borzoi Rescue Foundation:

Established in 1994, NBRF is an all-volunteer rescue dedicated to the rescue & placement of all displaced borzoi. In 2014 the National Borzoi Rescue Foundation saw an opportunity to come to the aid of Borzoi overseas, and the International leg of this organization was founded. The need is great, the expenses are high, and the reward is priceless. So join us in coming to the "rescue" of Borzoi living in and fleeing from this terrible situation.

If you prefer to send a check our mailing address is: 

National Borzoi Rescue Foundation

Liz A. Duncan-Burge, Secretary/Treasurer

P.O. Box 231

Dix, IL 62830

As NBRF's network expanded, the need for humanitarian aid became more apparent. Separately funded, teams in Ukraine and Poland continue to deliver life saving food, medicine and supplies to underserved rural villages, orphanages, senior centers and schools of Ukraine.

Follow more of this story here... Ukraine Humanitarian Aid

UPDATE 12/17/2022






Winter is upon Ukraine and NBRF’s efforts have stepped up considerably. Many areas have electricity as little at 2 hours per day. Temps are below freezing with even colder weeks and months ahead. Without electricity there is no heat. NBRF has been able to facilitate wood burning stoves and wood for a few but it is a difficult and costly process.


The Ukraine fund, which is separate from NBRF and NBRF - International funds, is at its lowest level. Borzoi families are counting on us more than ever as the situation continues to deteriorate. Food for the dogs and their humans, medicine, the basic essentials of life are needed!


This team effort requires you as the first link in the chain. Your donation begins the process of feeding a hungry Borzoi and their family, procuring an alternative heat source, moving to a safer location. 


If your fortune finds you in a position of safety and comfort this holiday season, please consider helping another achieve the basics to survive. We have done so much together this year. Let us continue this herculean effort.


Donations are accepted through this fundraiser also found pinned to the top of NBRF facebook pages.


Or by using any donation button on our website  (specify Refugee Borzoi in the notes section of your payment page)


Or gofundme: 


NBRF also gratefully accepts checks mailed to: NBRF - PO Box 231 - Dix, IL 62830 (specify Refugee Borzoi on the memo line)


We have boots on the ground and a direct connection to Ukraine! If you know of a charity that is collecting money for Ukraine, please have them contact NBRF at: or for further details of our credentials.


Peace and goodwill this holiday season.


UPDATE 12/1/2022


In the early stages of the war, a man in Southern Russia received a call from a Ukrainian friend. Two Borzoi girls needed help. Viktor had dedicated his life to saving animals and the evolving conflict would not affect his mission. He dropped everything and forged ahead.


The girls’ journey was long and difficult; from Ukraine to Southern Russia and on to Moscow where they were joined by another rescue girl. From Moscow to Belarus and then on to Poland before reaching their final destination, 8 months later here in the US. They needed the people of five countries to complete their journey. Their names are Nadia, Myrna and Zoya. They represent how conflict is overcome by our common goals to rescue animals. No borders, no conflicts. We rescue Borzoi.


Please join us in welcoming Myrna (Ukrainian for Peace), Nadia (Hope) and Zoya (Life) to their new lives. This we do together; changing lives, one Borzoi at a time.


NBRF's work continues in Ukraine but we need your help. Your donations helped write this story. Your donations are needed to help write the next.


Donations for NBRF’s help for Refugee Borzoi are accepted through our current facebook fundraiser found in the “featured” section at the top of both NBRF pages, by using any DONATE button on this website or by mail: NBRF PO Box 231 - Dix, IL 62830 specify “Refugee Borzoi”  in the notes/memo section of your payment page when using the website or by mail.


UPDATE 11/17/2022

This is what your support means to those in need.

"so… now I want to say THANKS A LOT!!

for: National Borzoi Rescue Foundation and Ann Marie Wiseman

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine

YOU have been supporting us every day, as well as other breeders of the breed! YOU provide not only food but also heat (wood stoves) for our houses. Giving us warmth and full tummies.

YOU help on the road, and with the cost of delivering humanitarian aid to those in need!

YOU are sent to us by GOD! No other way! And we will continue to fight and win, protect our borzoi, and give help and hope to those who seek it!

So.. thanks a LOT for all that you do! It is very important to us!"

- Ivan

Dear Ivan,

Thank you for your kind words. Your compassionate heart and your courage has made it possible to help the people and pets in Ukraine. You spend all of your time helping others. No task is too big or too small and you go where ever you are needed and do all that you can for those in need. It is truly an honor working with you.

Stay safe and stay strong


UPDATE 11722 Borzoi families in Ukraine are facing a new hardship; how to survive the cold

Update 10/29/22

NBRF’s mission in Ukraine continues. It is fortunate to have had few new needs these last days and weeks. Maintaining food and medicine deliveries for those Borzoi and families relying on aid is becoming more challenging with recent developments. And with Winter coming on these challenges will only increase further. NBRF here and abroad is committed to doing everything we can to assist those in need. 


We remain focused on the task at hand and grateful to each person in the Borzoi community for your help. For the eyes and ears alerting us to those in need, for Ivan and his team working non stop for the people and animals of Ukraine and for the generosity shown again and again through this lengthy ordeal; donations are the base on which our work is built. Thank you!!


The magnitude of what we are doing together is unprecedented. Help us to continue this important mission.


Donations for NBRF’s help for Refugee Borzoi are accepted through our current fundraiser found in the “featured” section at the top of this page, at our website: or by mail: NBRF PO Box 231 - Dix, IL 62830 specify “Refugee Borzoi”  in the notes/memo section of your payment page when using the website or by mail.


As NBRF's network expanded, the need for humanitarian aid became more apparent. Separately funded, teams in Ukraine and Poland continue to deliver life saving food, medicine and supplies to underserved rural villages, orphanages, senior centers and schools of Ukraine.


Donations are accepted for the humanitarian effort being put forth by the Borzoi community to aid the people of Ukraine by using any "Donate" button found at the National Borzoi Rescue Foundation's website or by USPS: NBRF PO Box 231 - Dix, IL 62830  - Specify "Forgotten Villages" in the notes/memo section of your payment page when using the website or by mail.

UPDATE 9/12/2022

Sasha the elder statesman from Ukraine living a life of comfort and content in Hungary. At eleven years old, his life is his to live, sleeping on the cool terrace with food available for the asking. He jumps on the sofa like a young dog and even enjoys the occasional run. Thank you Edit Vereczki for giving this handsome boy a safe, soft place to land.


Sasha is just one of the stories made possible by supporters of NBRF's work in Ukraine. He continues to be loved and cared for on a journey of two countries, winning hearts from around the world. Together we are making a difference.


To donate to our ongoing efforts in Ukraine: click on any donate button and add Refugee Borzoi in the notes section of your payment page. NBRF also gratefully accepts checks (memo - Refugee Borzoi) mailed to NBRF PO Box 231 - Dix, IL 62830


 Thank you Team Borzoi!!

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Zabava: You first saw her in the back of Ivan’s car. A senior girl who had been abandoned to the streets, scared and alone. Ivan’s work, fueled by his compassion and funded by your donations extends far beyond removing the immediate threat. Love and trust are learned again. Zabava will live out the rest of her life in Hungary where she is available for adoption.


To everyone donating to make these stories possible and especially to Ivan and Inna for being on the front lines of this mission, thank you!!

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