PAWS Disaster Relief

The organization has been recognized for their efforts in rescuing animals and helping local communities affected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.

PAWS Disaster Relief

The organization has been recognized for their efforts in rescuing animals and helping local communities affected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.

Though it has been done many times in more developed countries, the sad reality is that the Philippines is not fully equipped to rescue animals in times of crisis.

This is where PAWS steps in, training volunteers and groups of animal activists to deal with situations of disaster. These training sessions are dubbed “echo sessions”, and were originally imparted to PAWS by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) group.

Dealing with natural calamities

It is unfortunate that animals and livestock are often left behind when calamities strike. Some of them are even tied up and locked in cages, unable to flee to safety. There are some that survive, but with very limited food source and very little chance of survival.

Disaster Preparedness

Animals must be considered in disaster preparedness and response. Through our lobbying efforts, animals are slowly finding their way into the government’s disaster-relief and evacuation programs. Animal welfare communities are working together to ensure that space is created for animals in evacuation centers. People are also reminded to not leave their pets and livestock tied up or caged to give them a chance to flee to safety.

Disaster Relief Training

In an effort to provide world class animal rescue training, we have partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in conducting training workshops and skill enhancement for our volunteers. Aside from informative lectures and presentations, the workshops include practical training on how to efficiently develop a rescue line, inflate and maneuver rescue rafts, and rescue drowning people or animals in the water.

How do I receive disaster relief training?

For volunteers and groups interested in joining future echo seminars on rescuing animals in disasters, please contact PAWS at philpaws@paws.org.ph