Volcán de Fuego update: meet the animals we’re helping

July 05 2018

Helping a tiny puppy and saving horses from grazing on poison – read about the animals we've helped after the devastating eruption of Volcán de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) on June 3 near Guatemala City.

At least 12,000 people are currently in shelters following the eruption, and villages around the volcano remain inaccessible.

Many pets and farm animals have had to fend for themselves. Drinking standing water or eating contaminated food has caused many to die a fast death.

With ash covering everything in sight, our teams have been protecting animals on the ground and working with the government to ensure affected communities continue to receive aid. So far, we have helped 21,078 animals – here are some of their stories.

Yoga, the puppy who defied the odds

Photo: World Animal Protection / Carlos Vega

One local woman, Claudia, learned firsthand the tragic effects of the ash – ​three of her dogs died on the same horrible day, after drinking ash-filled pond water.

Only a five-month-old puppy, Yoga, managed to survive.

We were on the scene to care for Yoga and equip Claudia to help him heal.

Claudia and her family are farmers who rely on their chickens for income and stability. We gave them food, clean water and minerals to help them recover.

Helping horses like Reina​

Photo: World Animal Protection / Carlos Vega

With all the plants covered by poisonous ash, grazing as normal is life-threatening for horses like Reina.

We are providing local people with feed that will give their animals the nutrition they need, and advising them about the importance of washing the ash off the greens their animals are feeding from.

World Animal Protection’s Disaster Response Officer Sergio Vásquez helping horses affected by the disaster.

Saul's dogs are doing well after the disaster​

Photo: World Animal Protection / Carlos Vega

Saul, a young boy, visited the local plaza with his family and their dogs Soso and Toshca for food and medication.

Luckily, Saul's family found stability amidst the crisis for themselves and their pets.

Our teams have found many stray and community dogs without owners. Some may be pets separated from their owners. We're helping them with food and aid.

Our team is also advising local families on how to care for their animals in the volcano’s aftermath, making sure to give them food and water only from clean containers.

In partnership with the government and local disaster liaison officers, we are also assessing local animals' long-term needs so they continue to receive support when our work is finished.

No-one knows when disaster will strike. Thanks to our supporters’ generous donations, we’re able act quickly to protect the animals who need us most.

Please consider making a donation to our disaster management fund to help us be there to protect vulnerable animals and support communities and governments to prepare.

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