So many have united to help Haiti recover from the recent disastrous earthquakes, and now, even more are stepping up to help. This time, it’s about the animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) joined up with the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti and pledged $25,000 to help ARCH’s animal relief efforts.
“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 newly formed ARCH includes the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, American Humane, Best Friends, The Humane Society of the United States, Kinship Circle and Humane Society International.
Right now, responders are gathering in the Dominican Republic to await access into Haiti. A mobile clinic, medicine, bandages, food, water and vaccines are part of the rescue relief.
“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.”
In addition to the millions of livestock living in Haiti, the country also has large populations of stray dogs and family pets who will most likely need care.
“Veterinary and animal relief efforts will focus first on providing emergency care to the livestock population, which is considered critical to Haiti’s long-term recovery,” as stated on the AVMA website. “An additional focus, particularly for the long term, will focus on the large stray population.”
There has not been a call-out for veterinary volunteers to fly over to Haiti, according to published reports.
The 7.0 earthquake ransacked the country on Jan. 12, followed by numerous aftershocks; the largest one was a 5.9 magnitude that hit Jan. 20. Reports from the AVMA state that the incredible death toll expected to be suffered as well as the unsanitary conditions will lead to a spread of diseases, such as rabies.
To donate to these rescue efforts of ARCH, visit the ASPCA or the WSPA.