The Australian bushfires continue to be horrific and apocalyptic. We have been stretched to our limit rescuing and bringing relief to as many animals as possible. But we are now stretching even further! Simultaneously, we are in the thick of...
Alongside Network for Animals’ world-changing campaigns for animal welfare, we provide assistance to animals and their owners in times of natural disaster. We typically work in areas where we have an existing campaigning structure such as the Philippines, or a reliable source of information and assistance that we can communicate with directly.
A Selection Of Recent Disaster Relief Campaigns
2020: Australian bush fires. We were among the very first international organizations to provide on-the-ground help when devastating bushfires in Australia killed a billion animals. We focused on flying foxes because they birth once a year and extreme heat and the following fires killed countless thousands, putting an entire generation at risk. We provided funding for specialized food and care for flying-fox cubs and will continue to help until they are returned to the wild.
2020: On January 20, the Taal volcano erupted in the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated, animals were left to fend for themselves. Our team fought their way through the flood refugees to provide food and care for animals in the danger area.
2018: When Hurricane Florence swept through the Carolinas, we donated more than $45,000.00 to rescue, care and reunite animals with their families.
We also made a significant donation to help rescue and care for animals caught up in California fires.
2017: When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, we asked our supporters for help, rescuing stranded animals. We raised $60,472.00, every single cent of which we gave to the Houston SPCA. Thanks to our supporters, some 600 animals, mostly dogs, were rescued.
2014 Volcano Mayon: In October 2014, this Philippine volcano reached eruption alert level 3, meaning hazardous eruption was possible within weeks. As an evactuation zone for 5 miles was declared, our Emergency Response team stepped in to provide animal assistance. As well as distributing food to dogs and other animals in an existing shelter, we have helped relocate larger animals out of the potential eruption area, and coordinated with city government and local officials.
2014 UK Floods: During our work to bring an end to the vicious UK badger cull, we supported a number of organisations in the south of England, including Cornwall Badger Rescue, and Sussex Badger Vaccination Project. When we learned of the emergency work they were doing with badgers and hedgehogs as flooding swept through the South of England, we stepped in to support them with emergency grants totalling $7,000.
2013 Typhoon Haiyan: When Typhoon Haiyan struck the central region of the Philippines with devastating force in November 2013, it received much notoriety for being the strongest storm ever to make landfall. 200 mile per hour winds, torrential rains and coastal surges wiped entire towns off the map, and millions of people and animals were affected.
Network For Animals immediately rushed a disaster relief team to the area to begin the monumental task of helping the surviving animals displaced by the typhoon. We provided ton after ton of food for starving animals, veterinary care for the wounded, and dispensed water purification tablets, antibiotics and de-wormers en-masse, concluding in February 2014, with a cost of more than $36,000.
2009 Typhoon Ketsana: Typhoon Ketsana: In 2009 Typhoon Ketsana flooded 80% of Manila and the surrounding areas, followed a week later by Typhoon Parma in northern Luzon. The typhoons affected the lives and property of eight million people, and caused the deaths of over 1000 people and countless animals. Hundreds of thousands of domestic pets were abandoned in the frantic race to safety, and left to fend for themselves, while the rest congregated in crowded evacuation centres with their displaced owners.
During Ketsana and Parma, NFA staff and volunteers were the first to dispense aid in the flooded regions of Manila and the last to leave the field after helping animals in Pangasinan. Our strong local ties and commitment to improving animal welfare in the Philippines ensure we do the best job we can to keep animals safe.