Feeling Helpless About The Animals of Taal? Here Are Things You Can Do

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.

Taal Volcano Island during peaceful times. This photo was taken during a hike in February 2019.

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.

1. Donate

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:

Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
PAWSsion Project
Animal Kingdom Foundation
PPBCC Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation
SPAR Strategic Power for Animal Respondents – Philippines
Philippine Animal Rescue Team (P.A.R.T.)
Animal Rescue PH
Second Chance Aspin Shelter Philippines Incorporated
CARA Welfare Philippines

Scan AKF's GCash QR Code only for the Taal Emergency Response

Posted by Animal Kingdom Foundation on Thursday, January 16, 2020

As we continue our #HELPTAAL rescue and relief efforts, we added two new drop off locations, Alabang and Cavite. There…

Posted by Philippine Animal Rescue Team (P.A.R.T.) on Sunday, January 19, 2020

These are the horses that bore your weight and made you reach the summit of the volcano without breaking a sweat. They…

Posted by PPBCC Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

ITEMS NEEDED FOR TAAL RELIEF | If you're able to donate any of these items, please do. 💙 #TaalVolcano #TaalEruption2020

Posted by PETA Asia on Sunday, January 12, 2020

Support our crowdfunding effort for the abandoned dogs of Taal, Batangas.

Posted by Animal Kingdom Foundation on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Posted by PAWSsion Project on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Let us give our furmily a helping hand! We are now accepting Pet Relief Donations in assistance to Philippine Animal…

Posted by PetExpress on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

LET’S HELP OUR FURFRIENDS IN BATANGAS! 🐕🐎🐖🐈With the current situation of our fellowmen and animals in Batangas due to…

Posted by Vets in Practice on Monday, January 13, 2020


2. Focus on the rescue stories

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

Posted by Inquirer Libre on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Horses and other animals are now being transported out of the island

Posted by PPBCC Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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 🙏🏼

Posted by Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Taal Relief | PETA's Rescue Team Handed Out 500kg of Food to Abandoned Animals

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

Posted by PETA Asia on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Nasagip na aso sa Taal Lake

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

Posted by ABS-CBN News on Tuesday, January 14, 2020


3. Volunteer, but follow the protocol

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…

Posted by PETA Asia on Saturday, January 18, 2020

TAAL VOLCANO, HOW YOU CAN HELP:PETA Asia has not been granted access to the island yet, but are already working in…

Posted by Ashley Ginger on Monday, January 13, 2020


Posted by Animal Rescue PH on Saturday, January 18, 2020


4. Spread only accurate and useful information

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…

Posted by Ashley Ginger on Monday, January 13, 2020

5. Share your resources

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…

Posted by MMDA K-9 Corps on Monday, January 13, 2020

To my fellow animal lovers conducting rescue operations now, I am opening my farm for any animals rescued that need…

Posted by Bobbie Garcia-Carranceja on Monday, January 13, 2020

Often the farm animals are left behind in calamities. We are OPENING THE SANCTUARY to horses, cows, pigs, etc. who were left behind in Taal. Please see the photo for complete info below.

Posted by Philippine Animal Rescue Team (P.A.R.T.) on Monday, January 13, 2020

Kung may kilala po kayo na nangangailangan ng temporary shelter na magaalaga ng kanilang mga pets na apektado ng bulkang…

Posted by Edsel Pagcaliwangan Paredes on Monday, January 13, 2020


6. Support the small groups as well

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.


A small group of the Pendragon Team with Dr. Ruth Dupingay (on her day off) doing an ocular on the current condition at…

Posted by Pendragon Veterinary Clinic on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Calling all Animal Lovers!!! 🐶❤🐱 We need your help and donation for the animals that were abandoned and got left behind…

Posted by Arf Manila on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Friends and family, We are currently pooling and organizing donations for those affected by the Taal volcano eruption….

Posted by Petropolitan Manila on Wednesday, January 15, 2020


7. Adopt or foster

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…

Posted by SPAR Strategic Power for Animal Respondents – Philippines on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Posted by PAWSsion Project on Wednesday, January 15, 2020


8. Help owners reunite with their missing pets

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❤️

Posted by SPAR Strategic Power for Animal Respondents – Philippines on Sunday, January 19, 2020

As of today🐕🐈Thank you Volunteers, your effort has been greatly appreciated.If you could identify your Pets, please…

Posted by SPAR Strategic Power for Animal Respondents – Philippines on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Do you miss your Pets, check photos here👇https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=659082057963581&…

Posted by SPAR Strategic Power for Animal Respondents – Philippines on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

TAAL RESCUED ANIMALS❗These photos were all gathered from different Group Chats with SPAR – rescue operation…

Posted by SPAR Strategic Power for Animal Respondents – Philippines on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

On-going rescue operations happening right now! More photos to come. If you know someone who owns the dog we post, kindly tag them. Ask them also to provide us proof of ownership.#SECASPIxFURRYTALES

Posted by Furrytales on Tuesday, January 14, 2020


9. Don’t forget the rescuers, too

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. ❤️

Posted by Animal Kingdom Foundation on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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.

#TaalVolcano #TaalEruption2020

Cover photo (for illustrative purposes only) from Pixabay.