As the devastating floods in Pakistan receded and the scale of the catastrophe was revealed, our minds immediately turned to the helpers — caring people who looked out for animals caught up in the disaster, and continue to care for them.
The UN secretary described the floods as ‘climate carnage’ — a result of melting glaciers combined with monsoon rains, creating a crisis on a scale not seen before. An estimated half a million homes have been destroyed, not including forests, national parks and wilderness areas for animals. Tens of millions of Pakistanis are now displaced, and just under a million farmed animals are estimated to have drowned. There are no official figures for wildlife killed, nor domestic dogs and cats who live on the streets, most vulnerable to danger.
Animals Australia’s Emergency Grants Program has been activated to enable those on the ground in Pakistan to help animals in need and continue their life-saving work.