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February 10, 2010

The HSUS Prepares to Send Third Disaster Response Team to Haiti

The Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society International sent their first response team to Haiti three weeks ago, and are now sending a third team of disaster responders and veterinarians to the devastated country. This team is on the move and should arrive in Haiti on Feb. 13 to provide aid to animals affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake.  

"Over the past three weeks Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association's response teams have provided much-needed relief to the animals and people affected by last month's deadly Haitian earthquake," said Kelly O'Meara, director of HSI's companion animals division. "Our teams have provided food, medical assistance and vaccinations to a variety of animals in the area. Our third response team will continue this work and also meet with local officials to discuss ongoing support of animal welfare."

The HSI/HSUS/HSVMA field responders include two veterinarians, a veterinary technician and a disaster responder trained in animal handling. The HSI team is working with a group in the Dominican Republic, Veterinary Care & Human Services, Caribbean Project, Christian Veterinary Mission in Haiti and the Canadian Animal Assistance Team.

See detailed reports from HSI/HSUS/HSVMA's response teams here. High-quality video and still photos of the team's work in Haiti are available upon request.  

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