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WSPA Animal Disaster Relief in Action: Brazil
Tweet Since January, WSPA's disaster relief team has been working in the Minas Gerais state of Brazil, helping animals affected by recent flooding and landslides. We are currently delivering emergency feed and basic veterinary care to the nearly 3,000 cats and dogs who are in need of our help in the region. Please view this slideshow of some of the animals we’ve already saved in Brazil. Then, to learn more about WSPA’s disaster relief work around the world visit our Animals in Disaster blog.

WSPA Disaster Relief - UPDATE
WSPA uses its expertise and knowledge to react quickly to disasters all over the world. The affect these disasters have on animals and their habitats can be devastating. This can also have a significant impact on the human population as more than one billion people worldwide rely on animals for food and for their livelihoods. Communication is difficult due to power cuts, but to date assistance has not been needed for animals in the region. An evacuation of up to 800 people will have to take place if any further activity is recorded, with working and companion animals therefore also affected.

Delivering Aid to Animals: WSPA responds to five global disasters in 2010
With nearly 30 years of treating animals in post-disaster situations, WSPA has been involved in some of the world’s most devastating disaster relief efforts - including the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Even with four months still left in the year, our disaster management team has already provided relief to animals in five disaster-stricken areas across the world: Pakistan, Haiti, Mongolia, Chile and Guatemala. And, these efforts were only possible through the support and generosity of our supporters who donated to WSPA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Following the January 12 earthquake, a number of humanitarian organizations came to the aid of the Haitian people.

WSPA Deploys Emergency Teams to Asia Pacific Disasters
In the wake of devastating natural disasters in Indonesia, Samoa and the Philippines, WSPA has deployed emergency disaster assessment and response teams to ascertain the impact on animals. Initial assessments indicate that dogs and cats will have the greatest need for emergency relief. ‘The situation in the last few days has been terrible for Asian people and their animals, and the WSPA team has been putting in maximum effort to get to these areas to help animals who are suffering. These teams will ascertain the tsunami’s impact on the island’s animals and treat animal victims. Yesterday Indonesia was struck by two very strong earthquakes close to Pedang in Sumatra that killed hundreds of people and trapped thousands in the rubble.

WSPA helps relief effort in West India
WSPA is supporting its member society the Animal Help Foundation (AHF) to bring emergency relief to livestock in the flood stricken provinces of West India. WSPA has stepped in to help AHF by providing financial support that will enable two teams of vets to treat around 20,000 animals over 20 days. WSPA working with its member societies in emergencies like this can relieve the suffering of thousands of animals, whose survival is also crucial to local communities ability to recover from such catastrophic events. Humanitarian organizations report that over 500 people have been killed nationally as a result of this year‘s flooding and more than two million people have been evacuated from low lying areas.

Asia Pacific Disaster Update: WSPA responds to animal emergency
The World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) disaster response team has been able to relieve the suffering of hundreds of animals caught up in the natural disasters in Asia Pacific through the provision of much needed food and medical care. The team distributed hundreds of cans of cat and dog food to the six worst hit villages, provided by WSPA member society, the Animal Protection Society of Samoa. Through coordinated efforts with our member societies Profauna and Yudhistira and government livestock department vets, hundreds of animals were provided with emergency and basic treatment and pet owners were given dog and cat food.

WSPA names Disaster Management Director
For more than 25 years WSPA has worked with the animal victims of disasters, and is often the first, and sometimes the only organization that will go to the heart of a disaster to save animals. This aspect of WSPA's work can be traced back to a landmark project in 1964 when WSPA staff directed the successful rescue and relocation of almost 10,000 animals in Suriname, South America, when 600 square miles of rain forest was purposely flooded during the construction of a hydroelectric dam. In addition to deploying disaster relief teams, WSPA has also implemented numerous long-term recovery projects to assist in affected areas.

WSPA brings emergency relief to drought-hit Kenyan region
WSPA has initiated an emergency relief mission to Mwingi District in central Kenya to save the many donkeys, goats, camels, cattle and sheep suffering the effects of the drought, thus protecting the livelihood of the local population. The ambitious operation, requiring five teams to concentrate efforts at ever-shrinking watering holes spread over a vast area, was carefully planned and funded by WSPA. As the emergency relief effort continues, in the coming days, animals will be fed at the watering points with hay, purchased by WSPA, as well as receiving further medical treatments. Since the initial aid was delivered, rain has started to fall in Mwingi District and farmers report that their animals are in a better condition than before.

WSPA provides aid to animals affected by Colombia’s disaster
For the past several months, WSPA has been addressing the current animal welfare need in the hardest-hit regions of the country. By the end of 2010, WSPA had provided aid to thousands of animals affected by the flooding in four different locations throughout Colombia, including the areas near the capital city, Bogota. Local WSPA member societies are committed to finding responsible and lovely homes for those dogs, so they can live a nicer life with a family after recovery. The WSPA veterinary team will stay in the disaster zone for at least eight more days, continuing to provide relief to thousands of more animals in towns that were devastated by the flooding.

WSPA monitors two disaster zones
WSPA's disaster management team is currently monitoring two critical situations and assessing the needs of the animals in the affected areas. The WSPA is liaising with member societies in South East Europe after melting snow and heavy rain swelled the River Danube to its highest level in more than a century causing severe floods. Last year WSPA helped facilitate disaster relief work in Romania after its worst floods in 40 years by providing vital funds to its member society Vier Pfoten - International who delivered animal aid in the worst hit areas. The WSPA's disaster management team is monitoring the activity of a volcano on the Indonesian Island of Java which is threatening to erupt.

Disaster drill shows preparation pays
The operation gauged the agencies’ and community’s ability and readiness to care for animals if the Turrialba volcano were to erupt. With immense natural resources comes the intrinsic risk of natural disasters, and Costa Rica has had to deal with several different kinds of emergencies in the recent past, threatening both people and animals. On Saturday September 26, all the local agencies that would normally be involved in disaster relief operations – the Red Cross, Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal (SENASA, the government agency responsible for the welfare of animals), the police and civil defense – were joined by a WSPA team and a veterinary emergency response unit (VERU) in the drill.

Disaster Alert
WSPA staff throughout the world are monitoring current and impending disaster situations for any animal welfare needs. A widely reported earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 in Peru has caused a trusted and well-respected team from one of WSPA's member societies to deploy its DART (Disaster Assessment and Response Team) to the area to assess animal needs. At this early stage it appears that the need will be small due to the nature of the damage but we will wait for detailed information from the field. WSPA staff in Costa Rica are focusing on reducing the risk to animals in the area, should one occur.

UK member society aids in flood relief
Following the recent flooding across the UK, WSPA member society the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), has deployed inspectors and up to a third of its field workers to the worst hit regions in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. RSPCA flood rescue teams have been working tirelessly alongside the emergency services and the Red Cross, rescuing animals and their owners in distress. Sor far they have helped over 3,000 animals, answered requests for water for 5,616 animals and rescued 62 people. There hasn't been a time in living memory when the RSPCA has deployed so many officers to one blighted area.

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A stray dog that has survived flooding, Colombia