January 21, 2010
Haiti Update - Jan. 21
6 p.m. eastern
A team of trained veterinary experts representing Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Assn., arrived in Haiti to provide aid to animals affected by last week's earthquake.
"Humane Society International is now on the scene of this horrific tragedy, moving to provide assistance to animals who may be injured or starving after last week's earthquake, and laying the groundwork for bringing more resources into play where they are needed," said Kelly O'Meara, director of HSI's companion animals division. "HSI expects to deploy additional people and supplies to Port-au-Prince based on our team's assessment."
The HSI/HSUS/HSVMA field responders include a French-speaking veterinarian and a paramedic trained in disaster response and animal handling. The HSI team is working with a group in the Dominican Republic, Veterinary Care & Human Services, Caribbean Project. Two veterinary technicians and a military escort from VCHS will also join the group.
The team will provide immediate animal care as it can, and also assess conditions for animals in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. As circumstances permit, the 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.
2 p.m. eastern
This morning, our team of disaster responders left Santo Domingo, capital city of the Dominican Republic, with a fully loaded SUV and trailer. We expect them to reach the border and cross over into Haiti sometime today. They will treat animals they encounter on the way to Port-au-Prince. We will post information as possible.