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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 - You will be brought to NBRF's PayPal page. Select "Ukraine Refugee Borzoi" from the drop down menu, the amount of your life saving gift and your choice to pay using PayPal or a debit/credit card.


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

By clicking the DONATE button you will be brought to NBRF's PayPal page. Once there click the down arrow and select "Ukraine Refugee Borzoi". 
Your gift will help bring aid to refugee Borzoi and their families counting on NBRF as a lifeline to survive these terrible conditions. 
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Disaster has struck our Ukraine partner. Last night fire from a drone strike damaged much of Ivan’s home. Ivan, Inna and the dogs are safe. The interior was not destroyed. There is damage but the home is still livable. 

Ivan is the person who helps everyone else and distributes NBRF food and aid to Borzoi in need and now he needs help. Please make a tax deductible donation that will go direct to Ivan and his Mother Inna to provide assistance for them and their 4 Borzoi.

Use the drop down arrow to select Ukraine and make a note on your payment page “For Ivan”             Thank you!

Ivan update: The quick actions of firefighters saved the main structure. Your rapid response with donations has enabled Ivan to purchase supplies and tools to begin clean up and rebuilding. Two days of scrubbing has removed soot from the interior of the home. Exterior cleanup and repairs are now underway in an effort to restore the property to a safe and livable condition.


Thankfully Ivan was home when the fire started and quickly got the dogs to safety because the dog area and storage building suffered the worst damage. Little beyond the dog food and medications were saved. Humanitarian aid, personal belongings, the storage structure, fencing and shelter areas have all been lost.


Ivan is humbled and grateful for your support! Your generosity towards he and his family has truly been a global effort with more $2,500 donated so far from: the USA, Canada, Italy, Austria, Poland, Germany and Switzerland! It fills our hearts to know that so many have come together for this deserving man.


NBRF continues to accept donations in order to reach our goal of $5,000

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May 2023

We understand; it is difficult to retain focus on a heart wrenching situation. The mind must rest, emotions calm. It is human nature.


It is also our nature to show compassion and concern for those in dire circumstances - to get back in the fray and keep doing what we know is right. NBRF continues that mission in Ukraine. There are no sides taken, just help where it is needed.


Borzoi are still counting on your generosity to get by. Funds are low and food, medicine and the essentials of life are still needed. Help us help Ukrainian Borzoi refugees whether in the country or surviving abroad.


Everything we do to help matters.


In Peace,


Team Borzoi

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Look at what you’ve done! We are the refugee Borzoi of Ukraine. We have been displaced, hungry and scared; we’ve had to say good-bye to our humans and homes or have remained in a place of lesser conditions than we have ever known. But because of you, we have not had to walk this difficult journey alone.

To the supporters of NBRF’s work in Ukraine - you fill our bellies and ensure medicine. You’ve brought us to safety and kept us warm. You have made and continue to make our lives better. We are the refugee Borzoi of Ukraine and because of you, we are not alone.

Thank you!!

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We do not celebrate this anniversary nor find joy in its arrival. One year. One year of survival. One year of immeasurable loss. One year of struggle to maintain a lifeline to Borzoi and their people of Ukraine in a circumstance most cannot imagine.

NBRF’s work continues and will continue as long as we are needed. We are as committed as day one. Are you?

Calling on Borzoi clubs, organizations and individuals to support this cause. We need you to ensure that the life line goes unbroken. We cannot step aside. By reaching out to friends, family and organizations, our strength is multiplied. Share the stories of our work. Ask them to join this essential cause -

NBRF’s ongoing facebook fundraiser “Refugee Borzoi of Ukraine” is one of four collection points:

One time and recurring donations may be scheduled by accessing our new PayPal donation system: or by using any DONATE button on our website: - Choose “Ukraine Refugee Borzoi” from the drop down arrow in the “use this donation for” box.

Gofundme is another avenue to pledge your support:

NBRF also gratefully accepts checks sent to: NBRF PO Box 231, Dix, IL 62830 - Please specify “Ukraine” on the memo line.

If you have any questions or ideas regarding how to pledge your support for Ukrainian Borzoi and their families please contact Kate Watts:

Together is the hope of tomorrow.

In peace,


February 2023

Grateful, warm, fed Borzoi. Because this is what matters

Thank you to many generous donors for continuing to support NBRF's vital work in Ukraine. Everything we do as one is multiplied and these photos are just a glimpse of what we continue to accomplish together.

Become a sustaining partner by scheduling a recurring donation, pledge your support with a single donation; every dollar matters. We are greater than the sum of our parts.

Access our new PayPal system HERE or by using any DONATE button on this website. Click on the dropdown arrow and choose "Ukraine Refugee Borzoi"

NBRF's current "Help for Refugee Borzoi of Ukraine" facebook fundraiser is another collection point for donations:

NBRF also gratefully accepts checks mailed to:

PO Box 231, Dix, IL 62830

Thank you for the heat, the food & the medicine! Because of you we are not hungry!
Be proud of what we continue to accomplish together. Share these stories with your friends and family; invite them to help support the Refugee Borzoi of Ukraine! 
Please help us and our families! Your generosity matters!!

February 2023

In late February of 2022, the National Borzoi Rescue Foundation made a commitment to the Borzoi and their people in Ukraine. Not for one moment has our commitment wavered.

We continue to assist those displaced by this war and those still surviving in their country: food, medicines and the essentials of life are delivered by a brave and dedicated team. But options can be limited and difficult decisions are made every day.

Since the beginning of the war, NBRF has aided the young Borzoi you see arriving here now in the US. Your donations helped to evacuate and support them and their family after fleeing to safety. Months later, your donations have now brought them to the U.S. where they can lead the lives they would not be able to as refugees.

How can we not be moved by this? To lose home, country, family and now to selflessly say goodbye to your beloved Borzoi in order to give them a better life. How can we not be moved?

Very soon, we will mark a year that this untenable situation has played out. NBRF leads the supply chain to aid Borzoi families. Donor commitment must be as strong as ours to continue. We need your help. NBRF is a rescue organization but in Ukraine, need is need. This is larger than rescue, this affects our entire community.

Calling on Borzoi clubs, organizations and individuals to support this cause. Recurring donations of any amount will ensure that the life line to those in need continues. We cannot step aside.

Please join us by becoming a sustaining partner in this mission. Sign up today and pledge your support to the Borzoi and their families of Ukraine.

Thank you!

By clicking the DONATE button you will be brought to NBRF's PayPal page. Once there click the down arrow and select "Ukraine Refugee Borzoi". 
Your monthly gift will help bring aid to refugee Borzoi and their families counting on NBRF as a lifeline to survive these terrible conditions. 

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: