Don't forget them

When disasters hit, animals experience the same terrible effects as people: injury, starvation, thirst, displacement, illness and stress

We move fast to protect animals affected by earthquakes, floods, typhoons and other disasters.  

We provide food, water, medical care, and other emergency assistance to animals in need. We evacuate animals from danger, and reunite animals and owners that have been separated. 

Staff from our global response network can reach disaster scenes within days.

Helping animals helps people

Woman and child in India with their farm animals

When animals die during disasters, it has a devastating impact on the people who rely on them for companionship and economic status

More than 1 billion of the world’s poorest people depend on animals for food, transport and livelihoods.

Disaster risk reduction   

As well as responding to disasters, we work year-round to help countries prepare and reduce the impact on animals and their owners.  

Through our work, we encourage governments, international bodies, and local and national partners to include animals in their plans, policies and practice. We: 

  • lobby and publicly campaign for animal-inclusive disaster risk reduction strategies at the international and national level 
  • conduct training activities with local government officials  
  • train partner organisations on animal rescue and disaster management through workshops and PrepVet, an online course we developed 
  • help animal owners in disaster prone areas learn how to care for their animals  

Governments: don’t forget them

Donkeys in Kenya

Governments and the global disaster response community know that protecting animals helps people rebuild their lives following a disaster.

Yet animals are rarely included in national disaster plans and investments, and their needs are rarely factored into relief operations.

We work with a range of organisations, including:

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

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