Animals in disasters

We move quickly to protect animals affected by disasters – reducing suffering and helping governments and communities to recover and rebuild.

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50 years of disaster experience

The impact of disasters is devastating for animals and the communities that depend on them. For more than 50 years, we‘ve helped governments and communities prepare for disasters, enabling people to protect animals and rebuild their lives. Tens of millions of people worldwide depend 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.

Explore 50 years of disaster response with our interactive map and timeline.

International emergency response

We have a global network of response teams, 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 programs quickly and efficiently. By acting quickly, we provide whatever aid is necessary – whether that means providing emergency veterinary treatment, distributing food, evacuating animals from danger, or reuniting animals with owners.

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. This can include:

  • Training people to care for 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
  • Demonstrating how to safely evacuate animals from danger
  • Building, strengthening and securing animal shelters
  • Running vaccination programs
  • Releasing public service announcements on caring for animals during disasters.

Helping working animals helps people to recover and rebuild

In some communities, responding quickly 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.

Get the latest news and updates by visiting our Animals in Disasters blog.

Support World Animal Protection’s work in disasters

No one knows when disaster will strike. But we work every day to protect vulnerable animals and to help communities and governments prepare.

Support our work in disasters. Donate today.

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