When disaster strikes the first priority is obviously to help the people affected but it is also important to provide support for the animals that they live with and depend on.
People all over the world depend on animals for companionship, security, farming, transport, food and trade. Sometimes animals are their entire livelihood.
Flood relief efforts in Bangkok
In 2011 Thailand was hit by the worst floods it had experienced in decades.
One third of Bangkok’s 12 million-strong city districts were advised to evacuate because of advancing flood waters that killed more than 600 people.
RSPCA International supported and appealed on behalf of the TWP Coalition in Bangkok made up of the Soi Cats and Dogs (SCAD) Foundation, the Elephant Nature Foundation and The Kinship Circle.
The coaltion worked with other local animal welfare groups to source and share resources. They set up a temporary shelter on donated land for up to 250 dogs where all dogs were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated, fed and exercised while at the shelter.
New surgical equipment, drugs, sutures, and supplements had to be bought in order to support this activity. SCAD was operating at four times its normal capacity and was desperate to source extra funding.
The greatest expense was medical bills at external clinics. Many of the dogs in care had illnesses and injuries that were too complex or advanced to be handled in a field setting - for example, orthopaedic surgery, advanced cancers, and respiratory problems. An outbreak of parvovirus compounded bills at external clinics.
Puppies Na Raak (cute), Joop Joop (kiss kiss) and Dok Maai (flower) were three sisters who recovered from parvovirus and were subsequently fostered. Their combined vet bill was £1,244.
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