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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.

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.

WSPA brings aid to animals in disaster zones worldwide
Thanks to our supporters and member societies, WSPA has recently been able to come to the aid of thousands of animal victims of natural disasters around the world. Below is an update on our recent completed disaster relief efforts for animals. Post hurricane strike, the member societies undertook assessments for WSPA on the situation in country and on the animal need. In the aftermath, WSPA teams were on the ground providing animals with food and veterinary care and helping find shelter for lost and abandoned animals. Overall, WSPA funded and directed four disaster relief teams that worked with member society and government staff to reach and treat thousands of animals.

$25 million offered for non-surgical sterilization for dogs and cats
Billionaire surgeon, entrepreneur and inventor Dr. Gary Michelson recently announced that he is offering $25 million to the person or group who can come up with a safe, non-surgical, single dose sterilization method for male and female cats and dogs. He, like most animal-welfare experts, believes that the introduction of a cheap, reliable pet sterilant will dramatically reduce the number of animals that US shelters are forced to euthanize every year, which presently stands at four to six million. Studies conducted by experts from the ACC&D and other animal advocacy organizations have found that 27% of dogs and 14% of cats have not been spayed or neutered, with owners' reasons ranging from cost worries to fears about surgical safety.

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.

WSPA counters abandonment of cats in China
To date we have found neither evidence nor direct reports of indiscriminate catching/trapping of cats by the authorities of Beijing. Information via local media advertised this service for citizens, stating some unsubstantiated information about cat diseases, subsequently spreading fear among cat owners. WSPA's Beijing office is providing Responsible Cat Ownership educational material for Beijing animal protection organizations to distribute to Beijing citizens and cat owners to counter further abandonment and explain ways to care for cats as pets. WSPA works with local animal welfare groups and governments around the world to address stray cat and dog problems humanely and comprehensively.

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 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 supports campaign to protect dogs in Missouri
If passed, the measure would end the inhumane treatment and needless suffering of tens of thousands of dogs in Missouri’s 3,000 puppy mills, by establishing humane care standards and regulating inhumane, large-scale breeding facilities. B would help ensure that large-scale commercial breeding operations do not prioritize profit over the dogs’ well-being by limiting the number of breeding dogs they house. This would also prevent facilities from becoming overcrowded and ensure that the individual needs of each animal can be sufficiently met. When these animals can no longer be used for breeding, they no longer provide a profit and are often cruelly killed.

Member society wades in after storms hit Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka was in a state of emergency recently after heavy storms buffeted the island, resulting in flash floods and landslides. WSPA member society, Blue Paw Trust, recognized that a number of animals were also being affected by the severe weather conditions and sent a mobile veterinary unit into the Puttalam District, North of Colombo, to assist in animal rescue and rehabilitation. Blue Paw Trust exists to create a better world for animals, for example providing pregnancy diagnosis to cattle, treating sick cattle goats and pigs and giving veterinary advice to farmers, all of which are vital to Sri Lankan communities.

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.

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