January 23, 2010
Team Aids Animals Affected by Earthquake
After arriving in Haiti Thursday evening, a team of trained veterinary experts representing Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association has begun to assess animal needs and is offering hands-on assistance to animals affected by the earthquake.
"Our team is committed to assisting the animals of this disaster-stricken nation in any way possible," said Kelly O'Meara, director of HSI's companion animals division.
"As our team continues its work in Haiti we are already planning for a second wave of veterinarians and disaster responders to make their way to the affected area."
Since arriving in Haiti the response team has provided food for many animals found wandering the streets, visited a local zoo to check on the welfare of the animals there and is now visiting an agricultural area to assess the needs of farm animals in the region.
Before arriving in Haiti the team received urgent pleas for help from an American couple living in Port-au-Prince who were forced to leave behind their two beloved dogs when evacuating after the earthquake. Our team has since found the two dogs, Bella and Dieter, and plans to transport them safely into the Dominican Republic.
- American Dog Rescue, a Dallas-based non-profit group, is supporting The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International by matching donor contributions dollar-for-dollar for up to $50,000. These funds will go toward the HSI/HSUS/HSVMA Haiti response efforts.
- HSI/HSUS was the first animal welfare organization to send a response team to Haiti.
- The team has been greatly assisted by Veterinary Care & Human Services, Caribbean Project of the Dominican Republic.
- The response team is currently being hosted by Eline Mystal, who is generously allowing them to stay at her Port-au-Prince home.