Alongside Network for Animals’ world-changing campaigns for animal welfare, we are here to 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
2017: When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, we asked our supporters for help rescuing stranded animals We had a wonderful response and in a few days 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. The situation was extraordinary and unprecedented – it may sound incredible but seven rescue boats were required to locate and save animals. More than 100,000 homes were wiped out.
“Our supporters made it possible for Network for Animals (NFA) to be there for the animals when they most needed help,” said NFA’s Paul Seigel.
Hurricane Irma savaged Cuba for three days. In chest-high flood waters at the height of the storm, NFA was there for animals.
When NFA’s Carolyn Walsh contacted our Cuban partners PAC, (Protect City Animals) and asked what they needed most, the answer was dog food. As soon as Havana airport reopened after the hurricane, Carolyn was on a plane personally delivering life-saving food for dogs.
The bravery of our team knows no bounds. When Hurricane Irma hit Cuba, just before the phone lines went down Sucel Jurado, head of PAC, received a call saying three puppies had been trapped by rising storm water in a beachfront office block. Even though the gates of hell were about to open – at the height of the hurricane, amid lashing, torrential rain, wind gusts reached 124 mph – Sucel headed for the building. She was determined to save the puppies, risking her own life. She got there just in time, three puppies had crept higher and higher in the building until there was nowhere left for them to go.
Sucel scooped up all three and carried them to safety. Renamed Harvey, Irma and Maria, the puppies were among the first to taste the American dog food Carolyn had taken to Cuba.
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: 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 8 million women and men, 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, we were the smallest international NGO providing disaster relief, however 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.