Taking hurricane relief to the Max

14 March 2018

When Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean in September 2017, many island countries were devastated and local populations were forced to leave their homes. In Barbuda, all residents were forced to evacuate the island and leave their animals behind.

This was the situation for Dr Sophia Perdikaris and her eight-year-old black male Doberman Max: “I was on the phone with my friends in Barbuda until the phones went dead around midnight,” she said. “I can’t describe the panic I felt. I didn’t sleep for more than an hour or two each night for 16 days. I was telling them be safe, get the animals inside, take care of yourselves and then the phone just died”.

Thanks to our supporters, World Animal Protection arrived to see the devastation and help what animals we could. In the words of our global disaster response manager, Juan Carlos Murillo:

“Our teams were ready and on the move hours after the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history hit – we built a triage of countries and landed in three of the most affected locations to help those animals suffering… The first team arrived in Barbuda, which was now an eerie island with no people but only animals roaming around and fending for themselves without their owners.” 

Compassionate supporters like you helped provide $160,000 to build shelters, provide emergency feed and water, and give veterinarian treatment for pets such as Max the Doberman, Mario the Staffordshire terrier, Tigger the cat, and valued livestock including sheep, goats, horses, cows, and pigs. Thank you. 

It's thanks to your continued support that we can be there to provide the maximum relief on the ground for animals like Max in disasters.

Our teams were ready and on the move hours after the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history hit – we built a triage of countries and landed in three of the most affected locations to help those animals suffering
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