You stepped up to help animals when disaster struck in Africa
We have been racing to help nearly 250,000 animals impacted by the devastating natural disasters caused by Cyclone Idai in Africa. Thanks to your donations and support, we have deployed disaster response teams to Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.
The United Nations predict that Cyclone Idai has the potential to become one of the worst weather-related disasters in the southern hemisphere on record. An estimated 2.6 million people have been affected and thousands need urgent assistance. Animals have not been spared, with many killed and washed away with flooding across all countries. Thousands more pets and livestock have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves as their owners were evacuated to safety.
We are supplying emergency veterinary care and treatment, as well as food and clean water. 30,000 families are likely to benefit from our aid, as we save the lives of their livestock, and thus protect their livelihoods and save the lives of their pets.
Christine, a resident of Malawi, shared with us how grateful she is for the relief you’ve enabled us to provide: “I am really grateful for what World Animal Protection has done for my remaining animals. This couldn’t have come at a better time. When these animals get treated it means I’ll have healthy animals and with time my flock will grow back to what it was.”
Our work won’t stop here: we plan to introduce our PrepVet course to prepare veterinarians in the area to cope with caring for animals in future disasters, and provide medical treatment for diseases in livestock, including cattle, sheep, goats and chickens.
Animals are often the forgotten victims in disasters. But local communities who survived this catastrophe will only suffer more if they have no animals or livestock to help them long after the aid has gone, for their livelihoods, transport, food and company.
Thank you for supporting this important work. Click here to watch the story of Doggy— one of the animals we rescued and treated in Africa.