This morning SF Dogs Examiner spoke with Emma Clifford of San Francisco’s Animal Balance, who is currently in the Dominican Republic coordinating a spay/neuter mission.
Animal Balance is a non-profit organization that operates “MASH” units on impoverished islands doing dog and cat spay/neuter to stem threats to bio-diversity and to reduce animal suffering.
Clifford was in the Dominican Republic when the earthquake struck Haiti last week. Since then, her work has transformed from spay/neuter mission to helping the animals of Haiti. She has coordinated her efforts with veterinarians in the Dominican Republic and Haiti as well as with the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH). She is also working closely with Connie Durkee, a veterinarian from the Bay Area based animal organization, In Defense of Animals (IDA).
Estimates there were 5,925 poultry before earthquake (WSPA Photo)
Clifford says that she has a good deal of veterinary supplies at her disposal, both in the Dominican Republic and in Florida. Other than security on the ground in Haiti, Clifford’s main obstacle has been finding volunteers in Florida to pack a container of veterinary supplies bound for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Clifford says, “I have stage two and three in place, receiving the supplies and transporting them over the border (into Haiti). I still need help with stage 1, packing supplies at our port in Florida and getting them into the container ship.”
As for getting aid to animals, today the World Society for the Protection of Animals and the coordinator of ARCH put out a media advisory that states they have been contacted by the Haitian Director of Inspection and Vigilance for the Environment asking for WSPA’s aid to help “prevent the risk of infecto-contagious disease spread and possible animal epidemic outbreaks.”
ARCH now expects to be on the ground in Haiti by Saturday, January 23rd.
To help, contact Animal Balance or WSPA.
Drew patiently waits your visit to the SFSPCA
DOGS OF THE WEEK
San Francisco SPCA
2 year old Chihuahua-maybe Pug mix
This low riding cuddle bug is a ready to start his life anew with someone that loves him! He’s a bit nervous here at the shelter, and would love to meet someone with sharpened Tender Loving Care skills.
He loves other pups his size, and looks forward to a busy social life!
5 month retriever mix
I’m a sweet young pup who is going to be a big dog. I was a stray at a nearby shelter and the SF SPCA took me in so that they could take good care of my veterinary needs and find me a loving home. I’m an expert at puppy kisses, and quickly learning about leash walking and basic manners.
A lifelong dog and animal advocate, Shelley Frost wrote Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know about Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need (The Lyons Press, 2007) with coauthor Katerina Makris.
Email Shelley: [email protected], and visit www.youradopteddog.com