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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.

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.

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.

Victory for Cows in the UK!
After a year of campaigning against Nocton Dairies’ plans for a factory dairy farm in Lincolnshire, England, WSPA is thrilled to announce that the plans have been withdrawn. “While the Environment Agency's objections were the final nail in the coffin for the Nocton plans, our own research made it clear that there were numerous reasons why Nocton should not be given the go-ahead. WSPA hopes that the small dairy farmers and NFU members who spoke out against these plans will continue to gather support from the wider industry for conventional, pasture-based systems – not large-scale, intensive ones.

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.

Disaster relief for pets helps people too in aftermath of Hurricane Dean
Weeks after Hurricane Dean, starving dogs are still guarding devastated homes, waiting for owners who may never return. When an ambulance with JSPCA and WSPA staff arrived at the house of a neighbor who had agreed to let the dogs stay temporarily, two frightened, small mixed breed dogs were darting along the side of the road dangerously close to speeding cars. One admitted that he had beaten them and driven them out into the street. Here the majority of people are thinking about how to survive rather than taking care of pets. TV and radio public service announcements are also part of the public education plan.

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.

From the field: updates on disaster management
Despite the cyclone season nearing its end, WSPA’s disaster assessment and response teams (DARTs) remain busy across Asia and the Caribbean. WSPA brings desperately needed veterinary resources and expertise to disaster-hit communities, protecting the health of working and domestic animals and working alongside humanitarian organizations wherever possible. Since January, WSPA has improved the welfare conditions of over 129,000 animals caught in disaster situations. WSPA’s assessment team arrived in Bihar in early September to carry out emergency veterinary treatments and identify the key animal welfare needs after serious flooding hit the area. WSPA is in contact with local member societies and other groups to assess the animal welfare need and develop a response.

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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