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Animals are the forgotten victims of disasters. Millions of them suffer and die needlessly each year. They experience the same terrible effects of disasters that people do: injury, starvation, thirst, displacement, illness and stress.


PrepVet course

Many people in areas vulnerable to disasters rely on animals for their livelihoods and survival. Protecting animals is the focus of strategies in this course

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Protecting animals in disasters safeguards livelihoods. This section supports national authorities to incorporate animal protection in DRR strategies

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About us


Who we are

We are World Animal Protection. We move the world to protect animals in four key areas: animals in communities, animals in farming, animals in the wild, and animals in disasters.

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The Sendai Framework

The framework recognises that effective disaster risk reduction (DRR) requires expanding focus on the protection of livelihoods and productive assets. This includes livestock, working animals, tools and seeds.

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Case studies



From October 2015 to May 2016, Thailand experienced one of the worst droughts in over 10 years. In northern Thailand, the drought was the worst in 40 years.

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Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Within just six hours it had caused huge destruction across the central Philippines. The disaster affected around 14 million people.

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Pelechuco, in the Franz Tamayo province of La Paz department, is exposed to extreme weather conditions, which impacts over 30,000 animals and the families that depend on them.

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We designed the ‘Thunder’ campaign to better prepare urban pet owners in Costa Rica for disasters. The initiative conveyed simple, practical tips to help with the development of emergency plans for the whole family, including pets.

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Latest news


UN pledges support to animals in disasters

As our disaster response team addresses the needs of animals in Vanuatu, great steps forward for animal protection have emerged from the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

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Animal welfare at India's humanitarian summit

​​​​We recently attended the India Resilience Summit in New Delhi, to highlight the importance of including animals in humanitarian discussions and programmes

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Making livestock central to disaster response in A...

Billions of animals affected by disasters could be protected following our recommendations at a conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, earlier this year

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Tools and examples to help engage and inform your audiences about how to prepare for disasters, taking into account the needs of their animals.

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External resources

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