In times of disasters, pet owners seem to forget that their pets and other animals are in danger, too. All too often, rescue and relief operations overlook the pets and animals that depend on humans for survival.
The famous Taal Volcano in Batangas remained under Alert Level 4 early Monday morning, January 13, as it started to spew lava and ashes remain to fall in nearby areas. Alert Level 4 means a hazardous eruption is imminent, and it may occur within hours to days. The government has called for an immediate evacuation of people within a five-mile radius. But sadly, animals—especially the horses that were being used to get tourists around Taal—were not part of the evacuation plan.
But thanks to good samaritans like the members of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), there is hope for animals affected by the eruption.
Hope for the horses
PETA Asia is on the ground at Taal Volcano evacuation centers right now, providing food and basic veterinary care to animals. The team says they are also ready to help animals stranded on the island if they are to be permitted.
As of writing, hundreds of horses and other farm animals are still stuck in Taal and are in great need of our help. PETA says those who would like to assist in the rescue operations may reach them at 0999-888-7382.
For the love of Pets
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) also shared tips on how to take care of pets during an eruption:
- Keep animals indoors if you can.
- Make sure their food and water bowls are not exposed to the ashfall.
- Watch out for coughing, difficulty breathing, sneezing, etc. If pets exhibit these symptoms, bring them to the nearby veterinarian.
- If exposed, remove ash from your pets by wiping them down or giving them a bath. Do not let them lick the ash.