The Philippines ranks third in the World Risk Index of most disaster-prone countries in the world. Nowadays, societies and policies focus on human safekeeping in times of disaster, but what has not been discussed as much is the involvement of household pets in terms of these procedures. Recent disasters concerning the Taal Volcanic eruption brought light to the issues and difficulties experienced by animal welfare groups in trying to rescue animals.

Why can’t we do the same for our household pets?

On September 26, 2009, Tropical Storm “Ketsana”, or locally known as “Ondoy”, hit metro Manila and parts of Central Luzon. This was known as the second-most devastating tropical cyclone of the Pacific typhoon season.

This prompted The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to remind the public to secure the safety of their household pets and to include them in their processes for natural disaster preparedness. 

In an interview, Jason Baker, Director of PETA Asia pacific explains that though people care about their household pets and their welfare, they do not necessarily know what to do when a disaster like “Ondoy” strikes.

On the events of Tropical Storm “Ketsana”, pictures of dead cats and dogs, drowning in their cages from electrical wires, were posted and circulated on Youtube.

These events were truly depressing, but could be prevented if we include our household pets in our procedures.