January 29, 2010
Dave Pauli brings skills, passion to Haitian animal relief mission
The Indian Ocean Tsunami. Hurricane Katrina. In the annals of response to animal needs in disaster, these are perhaps the most significant check boxes of distinguished service. And Dave Pauli has checked off both of them—and many others, too. Now he’s going to Haiti, to lead the second wave of HSI/HSUS/HSVMA response to the needs of animals in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake.
Pauli is taking the reins of an emergency response team that has been on the ground in Port-au-Prince since January 21, providing immediate care and services to animals, strengthening alliances with local and regional partners in human and animal relief, and helping to chart out a strategy for long term animal welfare improvements.
Pauli is excited about the chance to extend that mission. "We are geared up for equine, companion animal and potential wildlife rescue, sheltering and any humanitarian effort. We are going there to help animals, in every way that we can, and to support every person and entity working in Haiti to help them," Pauli said.
The HSI/HSUS/HSVMA team includes veterinarians, animal handlers, and other disaster responders. HSI's Kelly Coladarci has been in the Dominican Republic working on logistics and support, including the purchase of vehicles necessary for the team to travel and conduct its work.
Pauli, senior director for wildlife response and special projects for The HSUS, brings a quarter century of experience in animal care and emergency response and has responded to dozens of earthquakes, floods and forest fires across the United States. Pauli's overseas experience includes a deployment to Sri Lanka following the devastating tsunami of 2004; a stint in the Philippines to train local animal control workers in humane methods of capture and vaccination of feral dogs; and volunteer efforts in Taiwan, Turks & Caicos, and Russia.