Your Help is Needed for Animal Survivors of Haiti
The devastation in Haiti is beyond our wildest imagination and our hearts pour out to all the survivors and their extreme losses. Besides all the humanitarian efforts to give all we can to help, there is an organization that is working closely as well (World Society for the Protection of Animals) along with Animal Welfare, to help surviving pets by developing the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) to assist in the response efforts. All animal welfare organizations are invited to join the ARCH and direct their financial support to the coalition.
Of course, it is understandable that all efforts are focused on humanitarian efforts, needing to be well underway before animal rescue efforts can begin in earnest. However there are many stranded and injured animals as well that need our help as well. Efforts are being monitored to the response in Haiti to determine if and how we and others involved in animal welfare and health may assist in the Haiti response and recovery efforts. The situation with the animals is critical and the Humane Society has also been stepping in, recently arriving in this stricken country to help animals desperately in need. The Humane Society is part of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) which is preparing a mobile animal clinic and staff to perform outreach work in Haiti, with training provided by ARCH. This coalition also will be assessing and assisting with the needs of animals belonging to people displaced by the disaster, as they move into temporary camps. Plans include providing food and clean water, as well as vaccinating companion animals against rabies. Haiti is an impoverished country lacking in animal shelters and welfare programs as they are home to many animals that also need medical aid, food, water and shelter.
Each of us can help in any way possible through the Humane Society among other organizations that has established a Haiti Relief Fund for the care of these displaced and injured pets. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says that “We urgently need your donation to help IFAW's emergency relief team prepare for our Haiti relief mission. Your donation will help us buy the bandages, vaccines, antibiotics and other supplies for our mobile veterinary clinic. We have partnered with WSPA to mount a coordinated animal relief response, and our team will deploy into the devastated country as soon as human relief efforts have taken hold and security is in place."
Granted it has been difficult to get the help needed to the Haitians due to several setbacks but it hoped that emergency care will increasingly become available to all Haitians, human and animal alike. I have a wonderful site for great information and to make your donation at - http://www.americanhumane.org/protecting-animals/programs/animal-emergency-services/haiti-earthquake-response.html