Within just a few hours on January 12, PHIVOLCS raised the alert level of Taal Volcano from two to three and then four. One of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, Taal is located about 37 miles (60 km) south of Manila.
It’s been days since the volcano spewed ash up to nine miles (14 km) into the air. If you’re feeling daunted, especially after reading news reports about the thousands of animals that died and were left behind, there are many things you can do to help.
This is the easiest and fastest way to help. Start with reputable animal welfare groups who are used to handling multiple animal rescues and disasters. They have a systematic way of collecting donations and distributing the funds. You can be sure your donations (in cash or in kind) will be accounted for. Here’s a running list:
Circulating online are videos of dead, wounded, and dying animals on location. I saw two videos before I decided to stop watching. As an animal lover (I have 15 rescue animals), this breaks my heart and I’m sure it made you emotional as well. For my animal-loving friends in the mental health community, I understand this can be depressing and triggering. It’s okay to temporarily hide those videos. Try focusing on the rescue videos instead. The stories of hope will uplift your spirits and inspire you to help out.
Salamat po at nailigtas na ang mga kabayo mula sa volcano island.#TaalEruption2020#TaalVolcano#TulongTaal📷 Jonathan Sumagang
UPDATE ON THE TAAL HORSES. One horse at a time, the horse owners took turns using wooden boats and rowed over 50 kms to transport the horses to Balete, Batangas. The PAWS team found the group today after doing its feeding rounds for the affected dogs, cats and cattle in Talisay. Volunteer equine vets led by Dr. Modomo will attend to the horses tomorrow as PAWS tries to improve sheltering conditions of the tired and injured animals. Thank you to all those who have sent help for our disaster-relief efforts for the animals of Taal. **************Dog food, cat food, freshly-cut grass for horses and cattle and water donations will continue to be accepted at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center in Aurora Boulevard, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights QC from 9am to 6pm daily except Sundays.Cash donations for animal relief may be deposited to :* PAWS PNB Account Number 188870015305* PAWS BPI Account No 3943-0086-11Or donate online by clicking on Paypal donation at https://paws.org.ph/donate/Thank you #PAWSTaalRescue 🙏🏼
Look how happy these dogs are to see PETA’s rescue team! Today, we handed out 500 kilos of food to hungry, abandoned animals in the evacuation zone and rescued sick animals to receive veterinary care. Sadly we have still not been given access to the island, but we won’t stop trying. Thank you to everyone who has donated to keep this mission going. 💛 #TaalRelief #TaalVolcanoEruption
SWIM TO SAFETY. Isang asong lumalangoy sa gitna ng Taal Lake ang nasagip ng MMDA K9 Corps ngayong Martes kasabay ng pagsalba nila sa iba pang hayop na naiwan nang pumutok ang #TaalVolcano. | via George Calvelo, ABS-CBN NewsBASAHIN: https://bit.ly/30lu5z2
It’s not as simple as running to Tagaytay and Batangas and letting the poor dogs and cats jump into your open arms. The animal welfare groups are more experienced and equipped to handle bulk rescues, especially with the Taal situation where they need to coordinate with the LGUs to get access to hazardous zones and closed roads.
For emergencies and disasters, animal welfare groups usually tap their tried-and-tested volunteers first, because they already master the protocol. But some groups now need more manpower. New volunteers have to first fill up the online forms or call their hotlines before going through a screening process. It’s best if you have a pre-exposure rabies vaccination because you will be susceptible to all kinds of animals that may bite or scratch you. For those without vaccinations, you may be relegated to other tasks that don’t involve directly handling animals. If you’re serious, prepared, and ready to volunteer, follow the protocol of each animal welfare group.
🚨 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TAAL RELIEF 🚨▪ Feeding/rescuing animals (Jan 21-24): message…
There’s already too much noise online—tactless jokes and memes, trolls shoving their political rants down your throats, and fake news. Instead of adding to the chaos, use your common sense and share info only from verified, reliable sources. Postpone your trolling and negatron attitude for another time/decade.
TAAL VOLCANO, WHAT WE KNOW:Friends, I have been inundated with messages (understandable) and can’t get to them all, so…
Do you have a farm, empty warehouse, or vacant property that can be used as temporary shelters or rehabilitation areas for the animals? What about a spare truck, van, or 4×4 vehicle you can lend to the operations? If you do, please get in touch with the groups that need them. Bless the kind souls who have been offering their resources to help the animals.
DEPLOYMENT ALERT!MMDA K-9 Corps in partnership with SPAR Strategic Power for Animal Respondents – Philippines is…
On top of their current rescue operations, the big groups are bombarded with rescue requests and inquiries, so let’s help lighten their load by approaching the small (but reliable) animal welfare groups that aren’t getting as much media mileage. Veterinary clinics, pet shops, schools, and small companies are also running their own relief operations.
Avoid bombarding the private messaging and comments section with repetitive questions that have already been answered in the posters, announcements, threads, and website FAQs. Take time to read, read, read, and read to see if your query has already been answered several times in the Facebook threads, on the “about” page, pinned post, or official website. Remember: these are unpaid volunteers doing the best that they can.
LOOK: Dogs affected by the #TaalVolcano eruption were rescued by the group ‘Guardians of the Fur’ in Batangas. These dogs will be temporarily housed in the group’s shelter and can be contacted by their pet owners through this number: 09176380853 | via @kevinmanalo_pic.twitter.com/BgGLbUKY7K
Many of the rescued dogs have owners frantically looking for them. You may temporarily foster the dogs or volunteer at the shelters while waiting for the owner to come forward. But some of the rescued animals are strays (meaning they were homeless from the start) or mistreated pets (tied on a short leash or showed signs of long-term sickness and neglect) that are now up for adoption. Visit the Facebook pages of the animal rescue groups to see the Taal dogs and cats up for adoption or fostering.
Animals Rescued, let them find by their owners 👇We are encouraging everyone toFoster until owners step up to claim…
Not all animals were intentionally left behind. Some pet owners were away from their homes when Taal volcano erupted. Many island residents were hurriedly evacuated with only the clothes on their back. Worse, the military did not allow people to evacuate with animals. Only those with private vehicles were able to take their pets. Unforeseen situations like blocked roads or lack of resources also prevented them from coming back to rescue their beloved pets.
Calling on the eagle-eyed social media users! Many pet owners who lost their pets during the eruption are now posting photos online, hoping that one of the rescuers found their beloved pets. If you’re able to match a “missing” photo with a “rescued” photo, use your vigilance to help reunite the pets with their masters. It would mean the world to them.
FOR RESCUE MISSION❗TAAL MISSING PETS REPORTED BY OWNERS🐾Please share and so they can reunite with their Family❤️
The unsung heroes are the volunteers risking their own lives to rescue both humans and animals. Think about them also when you donate. The volunteers are in need of N95 masks, protective gear, food, water, transportation, and a safe place to recoup when doing rescue operations.
Our AKF Team providing food and clean drinking water to strays and abandoned pets in the calamity-stricken towns in Batangas. Thank you to everyone who have been sending donations for these poor animals. ❤️
To connect with other people affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, visit Facebook’s Crisis Response page. If you have more resources to share, post a link in the comments section below. I will update this post regularly.