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February 17, 2010

Helping the Horses of Haiti

Haiti wild horses

Wild horses our team encountered in Haiti. Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Today, the team left Port-au-Prince and headed southeast to assess the situation for working equines in the villages.

The horses and donkeys they encountered were in reasonable condition, though many had been left standing still saddled and without water. Our vets, greeted with appreciation by the animals' owners, offered bales of hay and administered de-worming medication.

Poor nutrition, pollution and lack of infrastructure seem to be the greatest challenges to improving the situation for working equines in Haiti, but there is no doubt that these animals are vital to the livelihoods of many local people. Read a dispatch about village visits.

In the evening, our group once again visited a local orphanage to offer help obtaining food and water, then met with a colleague from Christian Veterinary Mission to discuss long-term needs, plans, and opportunities to cooperate, particularly with regard to disaster training and rabies prevention.

Tomorrow, our third team of Haiti disaster responders will depart for the Dominican Republic and then home. 

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