(ANIMAL RESCUE) Benigno Aquino, the President of the Philippines, has called for a state of calamity due to Typhoon Yolanda (also referred to as Typhoon Haiyan) to speed relief efforts for victims. Over 2,800 people are feared to be dead, along with countless animals, which makes this the deadliest natural catastrophe in Philippine history.
In a statement, Aquino said the two provinces hit the worst are Leyte and Samar.
According to the Official Gazette, a total of 1,387,446 families in 39 provinces were affected by the strongest storm to hit the Philippines.
Both the Humane Society International (HSI) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) distributed rescue teams to help animals in the wake of this horrible tragedy.
HSI has already sent an animal-focused team of five, including three veterinarians, to the northeast region of Cebu, while preparing to send more teams to two other islands as needed.
“In the Philippines, there is an annual production of roughly 2,665 of cattle, 9,669 carabao, 107,367 hogs, and 1,401 goats among other farm animals in the affected Eastern Visayas. There are still no reliable estimates of the number of farm animals, companion animals or wildlife affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda,” says a representative of IFAW.
“Based on our previous experience in animal disaster response, and our knowledge of the Philippines (HSI has had ongoing spay/neuter and veterinary training programs in the country for the last four years), we do assume that pets will have evacuated with families and are likely displaced as well.”
“Our team will do an initial assessment but they will be focusing on the relief or displacement camps set up by the UN, Red Cross and others as we expect a number of pets to be in need in these locations (food, veterinary care, vaccinations, etc). When our assessment is complete, we will determine our plan of action and the specific supplies required to make the greatest impact on the animals in need,” Kelly O’Meara of HSI said.
Here at Global Animal, we believe that helping injured and displaced pets is a profound and direct way to support the people in the throws of a natural disaster. It’s not an either/or. All animal lovers can relate to what it would feel like to be reunited with a pet after a disaster. In the hardest hit Philippine provinces, non-profit animal organizations have the enormous logistical and physical task of providing rescue, veterinary care and humane treatment to more than 100,000 farm animals caught in the crisis.
Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) and Humane Society International (HSI), as well as other key organizations on the ground that are properly vetted, to help animals in the Philippines. Please consider supporting the efforts on the ground to save animals in critical peril.
Witness IFAW’s remarkable rescue efforts in the video below.
— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal