Guatemala volcano update: meet the animals we’re helping

05 July 2018

Helping a tiny puppy and saving horses from grazing on poison – read about the animals we've aided 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 18,371 animals – here are some of their stories.

Yoga, the puppy who defied the odds

Sergio Vásquez, Disaster Response Officer feeds Yoga, the puppy

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​

Sergio Vásquez, Disaster Response Officer feeds Reina, the mare

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.

Moving forward

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.

It's often difficult to predict when disasters 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.

It's often difficult to predict when disasters will strike. Thanks to our supporters’ generous donations, we’re able act quickly to protect the animals who need us most
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