We never know when animals may be in need of urgent rescue—but we know we must be ready.

Our Animal Rescue Team is prepared to answer the call for any large-scale emergencies, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, utility outages and more. 

Puppies under a house in the island of Vieques

Have a disaster preparedness plan in place along with an emergency kit to keep all animals in your care safe during natural disasters and everyday emergencies.

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If you have questions about how you can help those impacted by disasters, we have answers. Learn more about our animal rescue efforts in our Disaster FAQ.

Rescue response
Cat reaches her paw through her carrier as she is carried to the shelter

Were evacuated from shelters pre- and post-Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018, increasing the capacity of communities in their path to care for anticipated animal victims.

Animal Rescue Team members carrying a dog in a crate, flood waters in the background

Frequently impacted by natural disasters have received rescue assistance over the past five years.

Two puppies in the arms of an Animal Rescue Team member, being transported to a shelter

Were cared for in shelters in 2018 throughout areas impacted the most by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, as well as the Butte County, Calif. wildfires.

A small puppy stands in a dirty, empty bowl in the mud, looking at the camera with a pleading expression

In March, we rescued more than 60 dogs and puppies living in filthy pens with little to no access to food and water. Now they're receiving the veterinary care and TLC that they need and deserve. Several of the dogs came to us pregnant and have since had litters of healthy puppies. Enjoy a video update featuring the latest puppies from the rescue.

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