Animals in disasters

The problem

  • Disasters can strike at any time, at any strength.
  • They can have a devastating effect on the lives of both animals and people - causing injury, thirst, hunger, disease and death.

The solution

  • Protect animals and communities by showing how to be prepared for future disasters.

What we're doing

  • Responding as soon as possible when disaster strikes to help animals most in need.
  • Giving food, water, medicine, shelter and vet care to suffering animals.
  • Showing communities how to prepare for future disasters, to limit the damage and protect their animals if it happens again.

Help us protect animals affected by disasters

No-one knows when disaster will strike. That's why we have to be ready at a moment's notice. You could help us be there for the animal victims of disasters by making a donation today.

We move fast to protect animals affected by disasters and have been doing so for more than 50 years 

Why is emergency response for animals important?

Emergency response reduces the need for long-term aid. When animals survive, communities thrive. With our help, both will have the ability to deal with future disasters. Losing animals can disrupt the recovery of whole communities.

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How does our disaster work help?  

Our disaster response teams are based all over the world, so we can be on the scene of a disaster within days. We find out what's necessary and set up relief programmes. We provide necessary aid, including:

  • Emergency vet treatment
  • Food distribution
  • Evacuating animals
  • Reuniting animals with their owners

Who do we work with?

We work with a range of organisations, including:

  • Governments
  • International bodies
  • NGOs
  • Local and national partners

How do we help communities deal with disasters?

In disaster areas, it's important to have the right plans in place. We work to prepare for the future by:

  • Training people to care for animals during and after disasters
  • Developing community emergency plans
  • Setting up early warning systems
  • Helping people store and protext food and water
  • Showing how to evacuate animals from danger
  • Building, strengthening and securing animal shelters
  • Running vaccination programmes
  • Broadcasting public service announcements about caring for animals during disasters

The importance of communities and their animals

Millions of people worldwide are dependent on their animals. For many reasons, the link between people and animals is vital in many communities:

  • For food
  • To earn a living
  • To stay healthy
  • As companions
  • For status
  • For safety

Please help us be there for the animal victims of disaster – and the communities that rely on them. 

A young boy brings his puppy to a World Animal Protection mobile clinic for treatment after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines

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