By now you’ve probably already heard about the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday. While the US and other foreign governments mobilize in efforts to save victims of the catastrophe, there are still animal victims who desperately need help.
Among the chaos and disaster animals can also easily get lost or left behind hungry, thirsty and injured. The World Society for the Protection of Animals is one organization that campaigns to deal with disaster.
“Helping disaster-struck animals not only reduces their distress, it helps whole communities. Many of the world’s poorest people are totally reliant on animals for food, transport and their livelihoods; domestic animals provide valued companionship the world over.”
Their work not only involves working on disaster preparedness, but also on providing emergency relief in the forms of veterinary care, food, water and aiding in efforts to help animals find their way home.
The WSPA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) have just joined forces to create the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH).
“Our teams will be working out of a mobile clinic which has been donated to us by the Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society. WSPA and IFAW have pledged funds to fully outfit this mobile clinic, and it will be shipped from Antigua to our member society, Sociedad Dominicana Para la Protección de Animales (SODOPRECA) in the Dominican Republic for them to drive across the border into Haiti. We are inviting other animal welfare groups to join ARCH and direct their support to the coalition,” according to James Sawyer, Head of Disasters for the WSPA.
You Can Help
Follow updates from the WSPA’s Disaster Blog.
In Defense of Animals is also on standby. If you have resources that might be put to use to help the animals of Haiti, or if you would like to become more involved in IDA’s disaster relief efforts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAITI INFORMATION AND ACTIONS
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