Help Animals Affected by the Haiti Earthquake!Published January 19, 2010
As part of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti, (ARCH), an agency comprised of professional animal welfare organizations whose mission is to give emergency response services to those animals so devastatingly impacted by the earthquake in Haiti. American Humane has donated substantial funds to ARCH, guided by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, in addition to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. At this time, preparations are being made to provide a mobile animal clinic, accompanied by staff who will be doing outreach work in Haiti. ARCH is also providing special training for these professionals. Additionally, these plans include providing food, clean water and vaccinations for companion animals against rabies. Read more about their work by visiting: http://www.americanhumane.org/protecting-animals/programs/animal-emergency-services/haiti-earthquake-response.html For animal advocates who wish to support their efforts in Haiti, secure donations to the American Humane are being accepted at: https://secure2.convio.net/aha/site/Donation2?idb=0&df_id=1300&1300.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr004=t2f2kv86q2.app217a In Haiti, already in place since the early 1980s, is the Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM). This group has established a dedicated fund for earthquake relief. At this time three long-term fieldworkers are on site in an area which has been checked as safe. Additionally, the CVM has trained more than 1,000 village-level animal health workers. Right now, according to VVM Executive Director, Dr. Kit Flowers, these fieldworkers are, "Working with the Haitian people to assess the damage, respond to the immediate needs, and understand how to help once again." Folks wanting to donate to the CVM may do so by visiting their site at: https://www.cvmusa.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=2996 The American Veterinary Medical Foundation, (AVMF), also has an ongoing Animal Disaster Relief and Reimbursement Fund. On their website, the AVMF stated, "As the human issues are being addressed by those organizations that support this work, it is also time for those of us concerned with animal welfare to get ready to provide our assistance." Donations may be made to this organization by visiting: http://www.avma.org/vmat/default.asp Please feel free to leave comments with your thoughts and any other organizations that you know about working toward animal rescue.