In early August 2018, prompted by an article in the local newspaper, SSIO volunteers in Belarus responded to the need for improved facilities for more than 100 dogs and 20 cats at a local animal shelter. SSIO members first visited the shelter to assess the needs and then constructed an enclosure for the animals. On the first day of construction, Sathya Sai volunteers cleared the area. On the second day, eight volunteers brought 15kg of dry dog food, along with construction materials to build a room to store firewood. They also worked on the building exterior, while the ladies took care of the animals and cleaned their cages. Everyone was happy when the work was completed.