Dog in disaster area

Animals in disasters

Disasters injure and kill millions of animals each year. For 55 years, we deployed to disaster zones to assist animals – and reminded governments to take responsibility for them too.

When disasters hit, animals experience the same terrible effects as people: injury, starvation, thirst, displacement, illness and stress.

We moved fast to protect animals affected by earthquakes, floods, typhoons and other disasters.

We provided food, water, medical care, and other emergency assistance to animals in need. We evacuated animals from danger, and reunited animals and owners that had been separated. 

Staff members with goat during disaster

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 worked year-round to help countries prepare and reduce the impact on animals and their owners.  

Through our work, we encouraged governments, international bodies, and local and national partners to include animals in their plans, policies and practice. We: 

  • lobbied and publicly campaigned for animal-inclusive disaster risk reduction strategies at the international and national level 
  • conducted training activities with local government officials  
  • trained partner organisations on animal rescue and disaster management through workshops and PrepVet, an online course we developed 
  • helped animal owners in disaster prone areas learn how to care for their animals  
Staff member during Ecuador earthquakes

Governments: don’t forget them

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

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.

Protect your pet

Disasters can happen without warning in Aotearoa New Zealand. Do you have a plan to protect you and your pet?

What we do

Working around the world to end the needless suffering of animals by inspiring people to change animals’ lives for the better.

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Wild dolphins in New Zealand

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