Earlier this year, our disaster response team completed a successful animal welfare assessment in Serbia, following severe flooding. Unfortunately, however, we have had to end our operation in the region.
Our planned response included vaccinations, which could only be successfully administered for a set time after the flood water subsided. Bound by this limitation and other factors beyond our control, the planned work has become unviable. In situations where there is a high chance that our work will not be effective in saving animals, we cannot risk spending money that could be used to successfully protect animals elsewhere.
Despite the change in plan, there has been a long term impact for animals. As part of the initial assessment, World Animal Protection Veterinary Officer, Dr Juan Carlos Murillo, was able to provide technical advice to the Serbian Chief Veterinary Officer, ensuring that Serbia is better equipped to protect animals in the future.