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6 Amazing Animal Rescue Organizations


6 Amazing Animal Rescue Organizations

When natural disasters like floodsfire, tornadoes, and earthquakes strike, evacuation happens at a moment’s notice, often leaving people little to no time to prepare. In the midst of terrifying chaos, pets can be separated from their families, left behind or forgotten, leaving them to fend for themselves.  But it’s not only companion animals that need rescue. Wild animals and farm animals are also affected by disaster, causing them to require medical care and help until they can be relocated or returned to their natural habitat.

Fortunately, in the darkness and devastating aftermath you’ll find a shining light in the form of caring people dedicated to lending a helping hand. When disasters take a toll on communities, organizations of all sizes join forces to help animals in need. Whether they focus on companion animals, wildlife, or both, their devoted disaster relief teams share one common goal: Saving lives.  Here are some of the larger organizations around the world working to help save animals in disaster situations.


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We’ve all seen the heart-wrenching commercials. The ASPCA has been one of the leaders in animal cruelty investigations, with a large Field Investigations and Response team of experts, staff and volunteers ready to rescue animals in need. But they also has a disaster response team ready to provide boots-on-the-ground assistance to communities and organizations in the wake of a natural disaster. If you’re interested in learning more about being an animal rescue volunteer for the ASPCA, check out their requirements online.

2. The Global Alliance for Animals and People


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With an overall mission to “improve the quality of life of underprivileged animals and people,” this organization’s disaster relief division was developed after recognizing a dire need for organized rescue efforts in Latin America. Through a partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, they provide medical care and temporary shelter for displaced animals, with an end goal of reuniting them with their families. They also work with local government agencies to develop disaster preparedness plans for people with animals. Visit their website to learn more about their inspiring mission and rescue efforts.

3. The Humane Society of the United States


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The Humane Society of the United States’ rescue and legislative efforts aim to help animals of all species. With an army of staff and volunteers on hand, their Disaster Relief teams are ready to hit the ground running to assist in natural disaster situations.  These dedicated teams are equipped to handle large-scale situations, providing rescue assistance, veterinary care and temporary shelter for animals. Want to join their team? Check out their animal rescue volunteer training opportunities. They also have handy resources to help you plan ahead for a natural disaster and keep your pets safe.

4. Humane Society International

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Humane Society International’s rescue efforts span across the globe. Donations to their International Disaster Relief Fund are used to fund relief projects, including providing veterinary care and temporary shelter for animals displaced by natural disaster. They also work to help pet guardians prepare for natural disasters and evacuation, provide assistance to area shelters and assist government agencies in preparing for natural disasters. You can read more about their program and check out photos of their amazing rescue efforts by visiting their Disaster Services web page.

5. International Fund for Animal Welfare

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare was founded to protect animals and provide funding to assist the relief efforts of other organizations. Their incredible emergency response teams respond to natural disasters, human-caused catastrophes and cruelty cases all over the world. Their efforts aim to help both companion animals and wildlife get the care they need so they can be returned to their homes or natural habitats. Through their Emergency Relief Networks, they’ve established global partnerships to ensure no animals are left behind. Learn more about how you can get involved with this great organization and help them save animals.

6. World Animal Protection

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For 50 years, World Animal Protection has been working to help communities around the world. When disasters happen, their vast network of staff and volunteers across the globe provide on-site support to communities in need. Working with local agencies, they provide veterinary care, food and shelter for animals until they can be reunited with their guardians. Because of their dedicated network of teams, over 4 million animals have been saved. Check out their website to read more about their impressive history and efforts to aid disaster-prone communities.

How You Can Help

  • Be prepared. Make sure your family has a disaster plan in place that includes pets.
  • Donate. Consider donating to rescue organizations so they can continue their rescue efforts. If you can’t donate, volunteer!

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National Links

Federal Emergency Management Association


Download the following PDF

Animal Plan: Lizards, Snakes, Birds, Pocket Pets (Gerbils, Hamsters) 



Call 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.






American Humane Association works in association with American first responders, emergency managers, civic leaders, animal protection advocates, healthcare providers and families to prepare for and cope with disasters and crises. 

Red Star® Rescue


In 1916, American Humane Association accepted an invitation from the War Department to help animals used by the U.S. Army during WWI. With the acceptance of that invitation, the American Red Star® Animal Relief Program was born.

Today, the Red Star rescue team responds to natural and/or man-made disasters, including animal cruelty, to assist animals and communities in crisis.

The team consists of a national network of professionally trained staff and volunteers. An 82-foot mobile command center — fully equipped for both animal rescue and veterinary services — is the centerpiece of a fleet of boats and vehicles ready to deploy anywhere in the country on a moment's notice.



American Humane Association has teamed up with The Weather Channel and mobiPET to offer a free photo amber alert for missing pets. Just click on and read about this new pet rescue service. If you choose one of the two premium service offerings, 10% of the revenue will go to American Humane Association. If you have not registered and your pet goes missing, choose the Lost a Pet offering, 40% of the revenue will go to American Humane Association. Just enter the code "AHA" in the “referred by” box.

mobiPET has also joined with American Humane Association in supporting their Red Star® Rescue program to help save pets and reunite them with their owners following disasters.


If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 fee will be charged to your credit card.

ASPCA poison info : the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Top 10 Most Common DOG Poisons:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Insect bait stations
  3. Rodenticides (mouse and rat poison)
  4. Fertilizers
  5. Xylitol-containing products such as sugar-free gums and candies
  6. Ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)
  7. Acetaminophen (Tylenol® in brand name or generic form)
  8. Silica gel packs
  9. Amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs
  10. Household cleaners

The Top 10 Most Common CAT Poisons:

  1. Lilies
  2. Canine permethrin insecticides (topical flea and tick medicine for dogs)
  3. Household cleaners
  4. Rodenticides (mouse and rat poison)
  5. Paints and varnishes
  6. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory veterinary medications such as meloxicam, Rimadyl®, and Deramaxx®
  7. Glow sticks/glow jewelry
  8. Amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs
  9. Acetaminophen (Tylenol® in brand name or generic form) 
  10. Ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)