- The family escaped the war in Ukraine to property in P.E.I. in ruin.
- Now, months after, her family — including the rescue dog — has reached P.E.I. and is living at Zakharenkova’s home in North Rustico.
Anya Zakharenkova remembers hearing her mom crying on the phone from Ukraine back in February when the Russian attack began. Zakharenkova now stays in Halifax but worked as a stylist on Prince Edward Island for years.
Her mom told her that her 91-year-old grandmother, sightless and in a wheelchair, was too scared to understand what was happening. The entire family, including Zakharenkova’s dad and aunt, sought shelter in a subway tunnel in their hometown of Kharkiv. While there, they saw a dog living in a box, so they took him in.
“They were not ready for any of this [war]. So, it was a big surprise and big shock for everybody,” Zakharenkova said.
Now, months after, her family — including the rescue dog — has come on P.E.I. and is staying at Zakharenkova’s home in North Rustico.
They are among thousands of Ukrainians who have run to places in Canada, including P.E.I.
Zakharenkova has returned to the Island from N.S. for a few days to support her family and get settled in, and she has been requesting the community’s help for things like household items.
Source – cbc.ca