Pets in disaster risk reduction

Top heads of cats and dogs in a row
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Pets are often overlooked in disaster preparedness plans. Explore different initiatives that ensure both pets and their owners are protected when disasters strike.

Pets in DRR
One Health disaster response that addresses human and animal needs is essential for the continued welfare of companion animals and their owners.
Cover of the DRRDynamics brief: dog sitting on a flooded street
This briefing note highlights the gaps which need addressing in policy and practice and provides key recommendations for policy makers in relation to the role of animals for disaster recovery in society, ownership and marginalised groups.
DRR Dynamics Ltd
Kevin Blanchard
Marginalised groups often experience greater losses and impacts in disaster contexts. Research suggests that the importance of animals for these groups during and after disasters is underrepresented.
In 2007, the Turrialba Volcano in Cartago, Costa Rica became active. A risk reduction pilot was implemented in communities on the skirts of the volcano from 2007 to 2009.
World Animal Protection/Protección Animal Mundial - Latin America

This paper describes a campaign developed by World Animal Protection designed to increase the level of preparedness of pet owners in Costa Rica. The campaign was implemented in 2012-2014 following a quantitative research study that determined the gaps in

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Given animals' importance to people's psychosocial well-being and economic livelihood, World Animal Protection suggests that the Caribbean and other regions should rethink this risk management plans to include pets.
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