While the human tragedy in Haiti in the wake of the 7.0 earthquake is at the forefront of disaster relief efforts, there are animals there that are suffering and in need as well.
The ASPCA says there are an estimated 5 million head of livestock in the country (mostly goats), a large stray dog population, and an untold number of companion animals and native wildlife all adversely affected by the earthquake.
Organizations including the ASPCA, The International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Humane Society of the United States, American Humane and Best Friends are joining forces to provide animal care in the disaster zone.
The ASPCA has pledged an initial $25,000 to support the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti.
“The ASPCA extends its full support to those organizations providing humanitarian relief in this ravaged island nation, and in the coming days, weeks and months, the animal victims of this disaster will also need aid,” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “The ASPCA believes that joining forces and collaborating among our organizations is the most effective way to respond to the devastation facing animals in Haiti.”
“The ASPCA will continue to make financial resources available to ARCH as appropriate in order to provide food, water and medical care to livestock, domesticated animals and wildlife,” Sayres added. “Monitoring the animals’ needs has been and continues to be difficult due to dangerous conditions.”
The HSUS says their HSI/HSUS/HSVMA field responders include a French-speaking veterinarian and a paramedic trained in disaster response and animal handling. They will be accompanied by two veterinary technicians from VCHS and a translator.
HSUS says the team will provide immediate animal care as it can, and also assess conditions for animals in the capitol city and surrounding areas. HSUS says as circumstances permit, their experts will also advise emergency and relief workers on extra steps they might take in the coming days to alleviate the suffering of animals while the desperate work to help the island’s human population continues.
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