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 – reducing suffering and helping governments and communities to recover and rebuild. 

50 years of disaster experience

When disasters strike, the impact is devastating for animals and the communities that depend on them. So for more than 50 years, We have helped governments and communities prepare for disasters, enabling people to protect animals and rebuild their lives. Tens of millions of people worldwide are dependent on their animals – for food, to earn a living, to stay healthy, as companions, for status, and to stay safe. That’s why the lives of animals and people are fundamentally linked.

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International emergency response  

Our disaster response teams are based all over the world, so our staff can be on the scene of a disaster within days. Once we arrive, we work with local partners to assess what’s needed and to set up relief programmes as quickly as possible. We provide whatever aid is necessary – that could be emergency vet treatment, distributing food, evacuating animals from danger, or reuniting animals with owners. 

And we don’t only act when disaster strikes – we help governments and communities to prepare.

The power of being ready

Through our work with governments, international bodies, NGOs and local and national partners, we empower communities in disaster-prone areas to prepare for the future. We do this by:

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

Helping working animals helps people to recover and rebuild

In some communities, responding fast to protect animals can reduce the need for long-term aid. If animals are saved, families can stay self-sufficient – and be better prepared for future disasters. But without animals, families lose one of their main sources of income, and are often left with no way to rebuild their lives. That’s why losing animals can hinder the recovery of entire communities.   

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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