In December of 2012, a deadly typhoon swept into the Philippines demolishing hundreds of villages, communities and neighborhoods in its path.
Typhoon Pablo anguished nearly 6 million people in 32 provinces, with the death toll reaching over one thousand. One can imagine that those who survived were dealing with both heartbreak and anxiety on where they would get food and water for themselves, yet in the midst of everything, many were distraught about the safety and well-being of their animals, sharing rations of food with their dogs, chickens and pigs.
In the provinces that were badly hit, pigs and chickens are the populations’ main source of livelihood, dogs are treated as valued members of the family, so to lose any, is devastating to the people and any animal lover.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was one of the first to respond to the devastation that posed threat to the many companion and farm animals affected by the onslaught of the Typhoon. The extent of the devastation was far greater than they had braced for. When SPCA International first contacted PAWS, they were working around the clock to gather volunteers and supplies to the affected areas.
PAWS assembled several disaster relief teams that were willing to go into the affected areas but they were in need of additional funding to bring relief to those areas that did not receive any aid at all. PAWS has also intensively been lobbying for the creation of animal areas in evacuation centers so that they could begin the construction of makeshift shelters for animals in established evacuation centers for humans.
SPCA International is committed to supporting their tireless efforts through our Emergency Grant Program in order for them to continue their relief work in some of the hardest hit areas. PAWS will extend help to both the animals and their human owners.
For information, visit http://paws.org.ph/.