A team of veterinarians and disaster relief experts from Humane Society International, (HSI) in conjunction with other NGO’s and government agencies touched down in Costa Rica after the country was terribly shaken when Hurricane Otto unleashed 100 mph winds and torrential downpour.

The expert HSI disaster responders are working with local animal welfare groups and other international organizations in affected areas to bring relief to the hundreds of thousands of animal victims of the hurricane. Natural disasters take a toll on animals, just like they do humans. The animals now face starvation, dehydration, and illness – unless they get help fast.


So far, the HSI has cared for over 150 animals at their veterinary clinics. 

In addition  to providing expert veterinary care, HSI has also distributed food to more than 400 dogs, 30 cats, and 15 chickens.

The awesome rescue team will continue to coordinate with authorities and local partners to assist animals affected by Hurricane Otto in the coming days. 

The animals and the people of Costa Rica thank HSI for their tireless work. 


Certainly, the look of relief on this sweet pup’s face is an indication that the disaster team’s efforts are just what Costa Rica needed.



If you’d like to contribute to the HSI’s disaster relief fund to help animals affected by Hurricane Otto and to help them respond to future disasters, you can donate here.

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