With the vast majority of the world's poor heavily reliant on animals for their livelihoods and food security, protecting animals must be an integral part of any effective disaster response.
This is the message we're bringing to the United Nations and the humanitarian community at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a bi-annual event which takes place throughout this week.
In partnership with the Mexican Government, we'll be hosting a side event today to demonstrate the value of a holistic response to disasters, which addresses both human and animal needs, through our pioneering drought-response work in Chihuahua.
Watch our video to see how we helped the disaster affected families of Chihuahua protect their animals and rebuild their community.
We're the first ever animal protection organisation to host an event at the Global Platfrom so we're thrilled to share our experience with experts from the disaster response field.
You can receive live updates from WSPA staff at the event if you follow @wspa.