From 24th–26th February 2017, 35 senior leaders from SSIO Zone 8 held their annual council meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Representatives from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine discussed work being done throughout the Zone. This year, as part of the 2016 global SSIO Serve the Planet project, volunteers found shelters for stray cats and dogs and helped to walk dogs, provide animal feed, and repair and improve animal shelter facilities. In St. Petersburg, Sathya Sai volunteers assisted in renovating and upgrading stables and pens for horses, donkeys, rabbits, goats, cats, and dogs. The horses participate in hippotherapy for children. Plans were then made for the next Serve the Planet project, with the theme “Protect the Planet.” The senior SSIO leaders invited volunteers to plant at least two trees to protect and nurture Mother Earth. They also discussed posting announcements urging residents to participate in public meetings on environmental themes. Internet and social media networking were reported as being used extensively to reach the public.