Every year, thousands of animals are affected by increasing numbers of natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, cyclones, earthquake and drought, while others find themselves in crisis, without food, water and shelter following these events.
Wherever possible and with thanks to the wonderful support of our many members, HSI is able to provide Emergency Relief assistance to local non-governmental organisations working on the ground in affected areas to provide relief to wildlife, livestock and companion animals.
HSI’s Animal Rescue Team provided emergency care to animals in need and helped veterinary clinics get back up and running across mainland Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. HSUS and HSI veterinarians delivered approximately 70,000 pounds of humanitarian and animal aid supplies, including water, diapers, baby food, dog, cat, and equine food, and more, to the island’s residents. More than 1,200 animals were transported from shelters in Puerto Rico to more than 50 animal rescue organizations in the United States. HSI remains on the ground to help distribute supplies, provide life-saving vaccines and rescue animals in the aftermath of the hurricane. To read more about our disaster relief work Puerto Rico, visit our blog here.
Sadly Mexico suffered two major earthquakes in September 2017 in as many weeks. HSI/Mexico’s veterinary team responded to the deadly earthquake that severely affected the States of Oaxaca and Chiapas, in the southern part of the country. That earthquake killed more than 90 people and destroyed thousands of homes, in a region heavily affected by natural disasters and complex economic problems, and where animals are, in many cases, all that people who have lost their homes and family members have left. HSI’s team set up an emergency clinic and provided treatment for 1,350 animals, mainly cats and dogs.
Our HSI/Mexico team then rushed to Mexico City to provide rescue and relief efforts to animals affected by the second devastating earthquake that struck the region. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake tragically killed more than 300 people in Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla. Our team set up emergency clinics and provided care to 805 animals in Morelos State including dogs, cats, horses, and more. Read more about our disaster response in Mexico here.
Hurricane Irma was a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane that made landfall in Florida of the US in September 2017 and left devastation across the Caribbean. In the wake of the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands, HSI and H/3 Foundation deployed a veterinary team, with emergency animal supplies, to assist with animal rescue efforts on the ground and help evacuate displaced pets to safety.
Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm that hit Texas in August of 2017. The HSUS/HSI responded with people and other resources before and after Hurricane Harvey swamped southeast Texas. Our Animal Rescue Team deployed and began searching house to house for animals in danger. We activated our national network of Emergency Placement Partners, and began conducting transports of animals from Texas in order to relieve the burden on oversubscribed shelters, so that we could free up space for surrendered or displaced animals. To read more on our disaster relief efforts in Texas, head to our blog here.
We provided emergency animal rescue and treatment for animals in Haiti, following the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew. The HSI team set up emergency clinics and provided treatment for approximately 1,500 animals, including horses, cows, donkeys, cats, dogs, goats, sheep, pigs, mules, calves, and chickens.
Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART) have been working throughout Nepal since 2010 striving to create a place where animals are respected and cared for within their own community, and disease and distress are things of the past. When Nepal was hit by the earthquake in April 2015 HART were one of the groups coordinating the rescue efforts on the ground, and meeting and transporting the Australian volunteer vets we sent. Click here to read the full after-action report of HSI's emergency response to the Nepal earthquake.
In December 2016, HSI Australia was fortunate enough to interview Khageshwaar Sharma, the Director of the Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART) about the incredible disaster relief work they implement across the region. Click here to learn more.
November 2012 - As the mid-atlantic and northeast are hit by severe storm conditions, staff from the Humane Society of the United States have been helping animals throughout the region. To find out more, click here
Humane Society International stands ready to assist Haitians and their animals in the aftermath of tropical storm Isaac
August 2012 - As tropical storm isaac churns over Haiti, Humane Society International stands ready to help Haitians and thier companion and working animals. Isaac is expected to bring heavy rain to most of the country with maximum winds at 60 mph. To find out more, click here
2011 - As the worst floods in 50 years continue to wreak Havoc in Thailand, HSI's local partner, Soi Dog Foundation, contacted us with a plea for help. Quickly, we arranged for emergency funding to buy much-needed supplies and sent in a disaster response team led by Rahul Sehgal, Director of HSI India.
The HSI disaster response team, including Sehgal and HSI vets Dr. Del Napoles and Dr. Patel, arrived in Bangkok, equipped with nets, trauma kits and an inflatable raft in preparation for finding and treating stranded or injured animals. There, they met with representatives of the Soi Dog Foundation and the World Society for the Protection of Animalsto discuss coordination of a disaster assessment and involvement in a rescue operation already under way.
Read more about HSI's on ground efforts in Thailand. Click here.