Rescuing animals after southern Africa’s Cyclone Idai


Thanks to our supporters, our disaster teams have raced to help 200,000 farm animals and pets after Cyclone Idai caused widespread devastation in Southern Africa.

More than 750 people and thousands of animals have tragically died as a result of the disaster. Hundreds of thousands more have been affected.  

Our expert team is providing medical assistance to some of the worst-affected animals, and ensuring they have food and water. We’re also on standby to respond in Zimbabwe.  

Watch a video to see the disaster response team in action and see the animals that have been saved

The team have already made a huge difference, working to help more than 200,000 animals. However, their work is far from finished. Stranded animals are at risk of developing deadly diseases from parasites.  

Animals trapped in dirty water for prolonged periods are also in danger of developing other painful ailments such as foot rot and lung infections.   

Dr. Edwin Nkhulungo, a government veterinary officer responsible for southern Malawi said: "The floods in these areas may have longer lasting effects on animals, especially with regard to disease incidences and khola destructions." 

We'll continue to provide much needed assistance in the region. We'll also work alongside government to help develop plans to better protect animals in disasters and help communities prepare for any future cyclones or other disasters that may strike. 

How you can help

Your donation could help our team working with animals in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai

Like our Facebook page for updates as we work in Mozambique and Malawi, and standby to deploy to Zimbabwe to help more desperate animals.

Celebrating World Vet Day

A member of staff with a dog at a Romanian vet clinic partially funded by World Animal Protection

World Veterinary Day, on 27 April, was created to highlight the lifesaving work performed by vets around the world.