Animal Relief Efforts in Haiti: Field Report #2
Jeff Eyre, the Northeast Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team, is currently on the ground in Haiti, assisting with animal relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck the region on January 12. The ASPCA is a member of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), headed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), which has deployed a team of experts to bring direct aid to the animals affected by the crisis. With limited communication in and out of the area, the following is the second in a series of field reports from Jeff on the frontlines.
Morning meeting was conducted with on-ground members of ARCH, and we learned some of the challenges and issues facing animal welfare here. Two teams were formed and deployed to the city to check those areas where assessments indicated there are animals in need.
Vaccinated and checked 29 dogs and five cats. One dog had his lower right leg missing from a fresh injury, which we treated, and then released the dog to his owner.
We finished up and returned to the street with our tents—we even made a shower out of PVC pipe and a Coke bottle. Tomorrow we’ll be returning to the city for further welfare check-ups.
Today our teams went into several communities and vaccinated 44 dogs, 13 cats and seven pigs. We also made arrangements to vaccinate and check animals in two other tent cities. We have revived our request to check the equine center. Pics to follow…
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