Elderly Ukrainian woman reunited with her dog after six-week-search

By Katy Thornton

April 12, 2022 at 11:52am


The pair are now based in County Clare.


86 year old Violetta fled Ukraine with her 13 year old Labrador Tasha. Violetta was physically unable to carry Tasha further when they reached Romania, so she had to leave her beloved dog behind. A local family Violetta met in Romania agreed to take care of Tasha until she was settled, so she continued on to Ireland, finding refuge in Clare. Violetta was then unable to return to Romania as her passport had expired. This is when Debbie Deegan, author, public speaker and charity worker, got involved. Deegan assisted Violetta's family arriving into Ireland and hoped to help Tasha too. She documented Tasha's journey from Romania to Clare on her Twitter. After many obstacles, Debbie managed to get Tasha into Ireland.

Deegan told RTÉ News,"It's been a very long journey for her - she has been on the road for two weeks - but what a wonderful happy ending to see Tasha reunited with Violeta."

Violetta finally reunited with Tasha after six weeks apart on Monday the 11th April. Watch the moment the pair met again below (and if you're not sobbing then you have a heart of stone my friend).

It's clear from the videos and photos Debbie has since shared on her Twitter feed that Violetta and Tasha are very much enjoying their reunion. The absolute best of friends.

Violetta and Tasha are now living in County Clare, back where they belong; with one another.

Header image via Twitter/debbiedeegan

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