Response to super typhoon Haiyan

Our Disaster Assessment Response Team is in the Philippines working with key partner organisations to assess and coordinate the needs of animals and their owners impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.

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Whilst a state of calamity is declared by the Philippines government, two of our disaster response team have arrived safe and well. Working closely with disaster response trained veterinary practitioners, the team are carrying out a rapid assessment of the animal welfare need, which is expected to take between two to four days. They will also provide emergency care to those animals in need of urgent medical attention. 

Following this assessment period, money generously donated by you, will help animals in the worst hit areas to recover. This will also help the communities that care for them to begin rebuilding, with animals essential for well-being, health and livelihoods. 

The United Nations estimates that 11.3 million people have been affected by the storm and 800,000 made homeless. As the human death toll increases to beyond 2,000 we await the significant animal impact. A clearer picture of the actual scale and scope of this emergency is expected to emerge as access to isolated areas improves and damaged communication systems are restored.


As with any natural disaster of this magnitude infrastructure has been hit hard, making information hard to come by as mobile phone signals and data networks become overburdened. We will do our best to keep you as up to date as possible.

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Coordinating a rapid response

WSPA’s Disaster Assessment Response Team is deploying to the Philippines tomorrow to determine the needs of impacted animals and their owners.

We’re working with key partner organisations on the ground to coordinate an animal welfare response, to help those animals and communities most in need.

You can follow the latest updates from our disaster team on Facebook, Twitter and our Animals in Disasters blog.

Animals impacted

Haiyan is possibly the largest storm in recorded history to have ever made landfall, with winds up to 350km/h. Entire communities have been devastated. Early estimates of the human toll are as high as 10,000.
The toll on animals is not yet known, but judging by the images of destruction we know that companion animals, farm animals and wildlife have been affected.

Animals are often the forgotten victims in natural disasters. That’s why you’ll be happy to know we’re working with communities in the Asia Pacific region to prepare for these terrible events.

Our recent work in India is a living, breathing example of our disaster preparedness work. When Cyclone Phailin struck the east coast, the toll on humans and animals was far lower than expected.

Tracking the storm

Sadly, the worst may not yet be over as Super Typhoon Haiyan bears down on Vietnam. We’re watching the situation closely, ready to respond and protect animals at a moment’s notice.

We’ll bring you further updates via social media and the disasters blog from our team on the ground over the coming days.

With your ongoing support we can be there when animals and the people who depend on them need help the most.
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