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Olga, Ivan Antonyukner and their two cats, Bella and Simba, arrived in St. John after fleeing Ukraine. (Caroline Hiller / CBC)

It turns out that Bella, a 13-year-old fluffy, fluffy cat with kidney disease, who never left her apartment in Ukraine until last week, is a little service traveler.

His special stock of 120 individual packages of wet food, plus a large bag of dry food, occupied most of the owner’s luggage area.

Bella’s age and health prevented her from taking the anti-anxiety travel medication her cat brother Simba had taken before the long journey.

Bella և Simba were two of 11 animals: eight cats and three dogs. Last week on a flight from Poland to St. John’sA charter issued by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador for 166 people who fled to Ukraine after the Russian invasion in February.

Bella, a 13-year-old cat with kidney disease, is on a strict diet, and since her owners did not know if they could find her food in St. Johns, they filled their suitcases. (Caroline Hiller / CBC)

Before the war, the owners of Bella և Simba, Olga վան Ivan Antonyukner, ran their own real estate company.

“We had a good job, good money, but when the war started, our business stopped,” Olga Antonyuk told CBC News.

Bella և Simba is relaxing on their new woolen blanket provided by the Canadian Red Cross when they arrived at St. John’s International Airport. (Caroline Hiller / CBC)

Before boarding the St. John’s flight, Olgan և Ivan drove from Ukraine to Poland, which was a stressful time without having to stop frequently to use the trash.

The couple decided to start a new life in Canada, they chose Newfoundland and Labrador because of the “slow life” of the natural environment.

Charter flight ություն assistance from Newfoundland և Labrador Ukrainian Family Support Desk An amazing bonus was provided.

Simba, who has a weak paw and was once a street cat, enjoys flying from Poland to Canada. (Presented by Olga Antonyuk)

“I think it’s so crazy. “Free charter flights, free hotel here, free food here for us և free food for my cats,” he said.

“I do [can’t] Describe this kindness to us և our pets. ”

Bella and Simba sat in their master’s lap for the flight, spending most of the eight-hour flight in their trucks. “They were tired when they arrived, but they were shocked by their ‘famous reception’ at St. John’s International Airport,” Antonyuk said.

“We met a lot of people with posters, flags and everything, everyone will look for us with great pleasure.”

“I was really shocked, but shocked [is] for goodness’ sake. “

Olga և Ivan Antonyuks catch Bella և Simba on a flight to St. Jones. (Presented by Olga Antonyuk)

Emotional meeting at the airport

Margo, a little white cat, was sitting on a charter flight a few rows away from Bella և Simba.

Margo’s owner, Hanna Sukhinets, took a trip that included a train, a bus, and finally a plane with Margo and her mid-size dog, Dea. Her husband and their big dog are still in Ukraine.

Hannah Sukheinets keeps her cat Margo in their comfortable bedroom at Conception Bay South. (Caroline Hiller / CBC)

Deciding which part of Canada to move to, Sukhinets, a dog lover, settled in Labrador, Newfoundland, in part because the state’s named after two breeds of dogs.

She posted a photo of herself and her cat on social media, inquiring about accommodation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Lori Best responded by offering her a room at her home in Conception Bay South, just west of St. John’s.

“I decided in a few seconds that I was going to contact him,” Best said.

“She looked so sweet with her cat. “So I decided to go home and tell my family that I had invited someone to live with us,” said Best.

Their meeting at the airport was emotional.

Sukhinets left Ukraine by train with Margo and her dog Dea. In Poland, he boarded a bus for a charter flight to St. Jones. (Presented by Hanna Sukhinets)

“When I saw the big dog carrier, I realized it was him, I started running towards him, I hugged him a lot, I shed a few tears,” Best said.

“It was amazing, I just did not have a word, I was crying,” said Sukhinets.

“The person who never met me just offered me a house and offered to be a member of his family. So I still can not believe it. “

Sukhinets և Dean enjoy the fresh air և beaches at their new home in Conception Bay South. (Caroline Hiller / CBC)

Leaving her pets was not an option.

“At the beginning of the war, many people left their pets, they died,” said Sukhinets.

«[War] makes you decide what really matters. “When you hear those sounds, it’s like rockets are flying over the city. You’re trying to be together right now,” he said.

“No clothes, no documents, nothing [matters]. besides lives. ”

Sukhinets is grateful for the help she received, optimistic about her future, but worried about her husband, her family in Ukraine, whom she said goodbye to at the train station.

“It was difficult because I do not know if I will see them again.”

Lori Best, her dog Chloe, Sukhinets և Dean all become friends. (Caroline Hiller / CBC)

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