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January 26, 2010

Notes from Haiti: Children's Hospital

Lloyd Brown Dog Haiti

Lloyd Brown plays with Hai-chien. HSI

Today, the team went to the U.S. Embassy and found some soon-to-be evacuated families concerned about their pets; we will do what we can to help.

The organization Save the Children learned we were here in Haiti and asked for our help in addressing an issue at a children's hospital in Port-au-Prince. A number of dogs have been showing up at night on the grounds and going through garbage. One dog in particular was getting into everything, including supplies. Our team responded today and our paramedic/animal-handler extraordinaire Lloyd Brown managed to finally catch her. The dog, Hai-chien, is very sweet and our team has fallen in love with her. We'll find a good home for her and she'll be in our care until then.

We continue to work closely with Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) and expect that two of their staff will join our group on Friday. One focus of our work together will be helping the working horses and donkeys of Haiti.

Finally, our meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday. CVM will join us then in talking to the Ministry's Head Veterinarian. 

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