After the devastating earthquake, World Animal Protection travels to Ecuador to assess the situation for animals
Six provinces have declared a state of emergency after being hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Thousands of animals are likely to need our help.
The earthquake occurred Saturday, April 16 and the impact on the infrastructure of cities is heartbreaking.
There is still no official data on the number of animals that have been affected, but that number is expected to reach the tens of thousands across cities and rural areas. Our local contacts there report they have seen a lot of dogs wandering on the streets, together with injured and starved animals.
Our disaster management team is now in Ecuador assessing the situation and caring for the animals in need they encounter. World Animal Protection is committed to joining the local efforts of private sector organizations, academic groups and veterinarians already providing first aid to animals.
How can you help?
If you know someone who is in the country, please send these tips and help us save even more animals:
- Reserve drinking water and food for your pet;
- If your dog or cat requires some special treatment, be sure to inform the veterinary brigades;
- If you have lost your pet, notify local authorities and try to include a photo;
- Do not let your dog or cat to walk on the rubble as they can be cut and contracting secondary diseases.
Click here to find out more about our Disaster Management work.