La Palma's Volcanic emergency has caught the island by surprise and has currently reached a critical point, with over 1700 houses buried beneath molten lava with over 7000 evacuees. This campaign is raising money to support evacuated people, their animals and their livestock, to find safe temporary accommodation, pay vet bills or be reunited with their animals.
Evacuated people are being taken to army barracks or temporary accommodation on the other side of the island, but they are not allowed to take their animals with them. Separated animals are being held in public spaces or fostered by members of the public, many volunteers are working around the clock and farm animals are being moved to safer locations. However, many people can not bear to be separated from their pet’s after losing their homes and often livelihoods and are camping in their cars. One man explained 'My dog is all I have left, I cannot leave her'.
The eruption may last for 3 months with a river of magma obliterating whole villages, farms and infrastructure, there are currently 12 openings creating pathway of lava. Thick layers of volcanic ash have been falling on the island which is dangerous to breathe, toxic gases are rising in places and terrified animals are scattered in all areas, while the local Police, Firefighters and volunteers are desperately trying to catch them, bring them to the rescue centers run by local charities and try to reunite them with their distraught owners.
Alison Jones, originally from Wales, runs a B&B at the entrance of the National park, she is so far hosting several people, 7 dogs, 4 cat and 50+ chickens, and more are arriving daily; both tourists caught in the situation and local people forced to evacuate. Hundreds of people are opening their homes and hearts to those who have lost everything. These local heroes are helping with the overflow from the emergency services.
Please donate to this cause to give these lost pets and evacuees a safe place to stay and wait for longer term aid. Donations will be distributed between animal Charities or the local council relief campaigns, who can reach out to support people who are opening their homes to evacuees.
Where your donated money will go:
- Resources for relocating people, their animals and livestock. (This includes transport costs, pet carriers, food, medication and emergency vet funds).
- Temporary locations for people with animals. Funding will be given to local charities or the council to help pay for emergency accommodation costs to keep more families united with their animals.