We're in Ecuador to assess the situation for animals after devastating earthquake

24 April 2016

Six provinces have declared a state of emergency after being hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Thousands of animals are likely to need our help.

The earthquake occurred on Saturday 16th April and the impact on the infrastructure of cities is heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the earthquake.

There is still no official data on the number of animals that have been affected, but it is expected to reach the tens of thousands across cities and rural areas. Our local contacts there report they have seen a lot of dogs wandering on the streets, together with injured and starving animals.

Our disaster management team is now in Ecuador assessing the situation and caring for the animals in need that they encounter. We are committed to joining the local efforts of private sector organisations, academic groups and veterinarians already providing first aid to animals.

How can you help?

If you know someone who is in the country, please send these tips to help save as many animals as possible:

  1. Reserve drinking water and food for your pet
  2. If your dog or cat requires some special treatment, be sure to inform the veterinary brigades
  3. If you have lost your pet, notify local authorities and try to include a photo
  4. Do not let your pet walk on the rubble as they can be cut and contract diseases

Find out more about our disaster management work on our Animals in disasters page.

Our disaster management team is now in Ecuador assessing the situation and caring for the animals in need that they encounter.

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