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.

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.

Please give a donation that could help save the lives of animals when a disaster strikes and the many millions that need your help across the globe.


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.

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

Helping animals helps people

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

Governments must take urgent steps to protect both people and animals by including animals in their disaster plans

The message is clear: don’t forget animals in global discussions on disaster risk reduction, disaster plans and investments

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.

Who do we work with?

We work with a range of organisations, including:

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

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

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