The Humanitarian Emergency Lifeline Project Team responds in real-time to disasters—so no animal is left behind.
When Hurricane Katrina struck, pet owners who had to evacuate faced a devastating choice: abandon their companion animals to seek shelter, or ride out the storm alongside them.
During the storm and its aftermath, one million animals were either stranded, abandoned, or killed. We knew we had to do better.
We realize that companion animals are an important part of communities, and that their safety is linked to human safety. Together with our allies, we work on disaster planning, training, and rapid response.
We have also established partnerships with state and local animal agencies to develop our network in the United States. We are on standby to help—and to deploy if needed—when disasters strike.