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January 22, 2010

Lending a Helping Hand in Haiti

From Wayne's Blog

HSI Haiti Team

HSI

 

The images in the aftermath of a cataclysmic disaster like the one that struck Haiti last week are jarring, causing despair for even those somewhat hardened to suffering in the world. But there’s another side to the human psyche. Even in the worst of times, we search out for rays of light that break through the darkest clouds—in this case, stories of selflessness, survival, and even hopefulness that the long-term situation will improve. 

Even though we’ve witnessed major logistical hurdles that have impeded delivery of services to those in the greatest distress, let’s remind ourselves about the remarkable outpouring of action and concern by people and governments throughout the world for the people of Haiti. There is something remarkable in the generosity of the human spirit.

Now that the search for bodies in the rubble has essentially ended, it is fitting and appropriate to commence the deployment to help the animals in need. Today, a veterinary response team from Humane Society International (HSI) is in Haiti, traveling to Port-au-Prince with a full trailer load of veterinary supplies. The team includes a veterinarian, two veterinary technicians, an expert animal handler and paramedic, and a DR military escort for security. They’ll treat what animals they can, gather information on the plight of animals, coordinate with relief agencies, and lay the foundation for putting more assets into place, on the ground, where it counts. 

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