Disaster Relief for animals

Once disaster strikes, things need to happen fast. Our trained team assists through direct animal rescue, the provision of public health services, and the protection of livelihoods with animals.

Our work and Missions

We are prepared to help, if a hurricane hits, a volcano erupt, earthquakes happens, a cyclone strikes! 

Our mission in the Philippines

Hurricane season in the midst of a pandemic

As Hurricane season begins in the Atlantic Basin, forecasters warn of 2020 being an above-average storm season. Preparation is key for both communities and animals. Find out more.

Our mission in the Philippines

Disaster Relief in the Philippines

The Taal Volcano erupted on Luzon Island, also home to the capital Manila. Many animals could not escape the big amounts of ash. FOUR PAWS provided relief with our Partner AKF. We were there to help – read more!

Wombat sitting in a field

Animal Disaster Relief in Australia

Over 10 million hectares of land has burned right across Australia, that’s the equivalent size of a number of European countries. Bushfires and heat stress events present a grave and growing threat to animals, particularly Australia’s wildlife. FOUR PAWS supported local animal groups. Read more about our mission.

Animal Disaster Relief in Romania

In late November, the heartbreaking news broke that a cargo ship carrying over 14,000 sheep overturned. The crew was safely evacuated, but thousands of sheep died. Only some were expected to be alive and suffering. Our partner ARCA (Animal Rescue and Care Association) was able to go on board the vessel to save as many sheep as possible. In the end we had 180 survivors. FOUR PAWS is now taking care of them. Read the story of sheep trapped inside a capsized ship.

Cow receiving food after Cyclone Fani

Animal Disaster Relief in India

Cyclone Fani hit India very hard. The Indian government had done an amazing job of evacuating its citizens, but many animals had to be left behind and suffering. FOUR PAWS was able to get access to remote and hard-to-reach areas and provide veterinary care and assist injured animals! Read more about our mission in India.

Team on mission

Animal Disaster Relief in Indonesia

The Indonesian islands around Lombok were struck by multiple earthquakes that left communities and animals in urgent need. FOUR PAWS provide aid for cats, dogs and horses that were left behind once the inhabitants had to flee their destroyed homes. Read more here!

Team on mission

Animal Disaster Relief in USA

Hurricane 'Michael' devastated the Panhandle. FOUR PAWS supported the hurricane response in the Gulf coast region in the US. Rescuing animals from collapsed homes, providing emergency food and supporting the reunification of pets with their owners.

Animal Disaster Relief on Americans East Coast

The American East Coast was hit hard by Hurricane 'Florence', forcing thousands to leave their homes and their animals behind. FOUR PAWS provided support for the affected communities. We were there and helped - read more about this mission.

Team on mission in South Africa

Animal Disaster Relief in South Africa

The Cape Town area experienced a massive drought. FOUR PAWS provided expertise and support to local emergency management for the inclusion of animals during this crisis. Read more here!

Our team on mission in Grecce

Animal Disaster Relief in Greece

Wildfires burned rapidly through villages near Athens. Beside the human lost, they left death and injured animals behind. FOUR PAWS assessed the areas and consulted local groups in their relief efforts. 

Vet Jackson with a dog after hurricane Maria

Animal Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

Hurricane 'Maria' devastated Puerto Rico very badly and lead to a big crisis. FOUR PAWS managed to bring in two tons of dry food for dogs and cats, together with our emergency response team. Our team distributed the food especially in isolated areas and treated over 580 sick and injured dogs and cats. Read more why the state of emergency made the mission more difficult.

Team on mission

Animal Disaster Relief in Italy

Late 2016 and early 2017 heavy earthquakes impacted the region of Perugia, Amatrice and Abruzzo. As the situation needed long term help, FOUR PAWS joined our partner LAV to participate in their cat project in Cittareale.

2016 and before
Y´our Team in Chennai, 2015

FOUR PAWS has a long track record of helping animals in disasters

From storms and massive floods to a train accident that destroyed a rural community, our team traveled many times to help the animals affected by disasters. Over the years we helped in India, Serbia-Bosnia, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Sri Lanka, Kosovo and many more.A big thank you to our supporters enabling us to jump where it is needed most.

Read more about our Missions

Read more about our Missions

A dog seeks shelter on top of a pile of rubble during the Serbian floods

Help When Disaster Strikes

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Rescued sheep arrive at new home

FOUR PAWS provides new home for sheep rescued from capsized ship in Romania

180 sheep out of 14,000 survived due to tireless rescue efforts


Last Day on Lombok

Looking back on our 15 day mission in Indonesia


Prioritizing Pet Safety During Extreme Heat

Rising Global Temperatures in 2019 Affect Humans and Their Beloved Pets


After Dramatic Shipwreck, Global Pressure, Romania Plans to Regulate Live Exports

FOUR PAWS continues to fight for safe shelter for surviving sheep