28 January 2011

Animals affected by earthquake in Haiti not forgotten

The devastation in Haiti following last year's earthquake is far from forgotten, and the animals affected by that act of nature will continue to get the necessary and appropriate medical care they need, thanks in part to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Having already contributed $60,000 in funding to support the relief efforts of a group called the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), the ASPCA has recently authorized an additional $50,000 in funding to the coalition for animal relief in the battered Port-au-Prince.

Headed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), ARCH was originally created after the natural disaster to address the needs of animals in Haiti.  It is the largest effort for animals in Haiti, and the largest international coalition to assist animals in a disaster. In addition to the ASPCA, it is composed of a number of animal welfare organizations, including the American Humane Association, Best Friends and Kinship Circle.

The ARCH response team arrived to Haiti 10 days after the earthquake and has since continued to have a presence in Port-au-Prince, making the most recent grant by the ASPCA an absolute necessity.

"One year later, the ASPCA continues to recognize the need to support the devastation facing animals in Haiti, and toward that end we continue to make financial resources available as appropriate," said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres.

The funding provided by the ASPCA has gone to the aid of both companion animals and livestock affected by the earthquake.  Funding has also made possible the deployment of a mobile veterinary clinic complete with vaccines, antibiotics, bandages, food, and other supplies and which has brought direct aid to more than 50,000 animals to date.

"The ASPCA continues to extend its full support to those organizations providing humanitarian relief in this ravaged island nation, and now in the wake of the cholera outbreak and political unrest," said Sayres.  "We hope that by addressing the needs of Haiti's animal victims, ARCH will ultimately provide much-needed relief to the entire country, humans and animals alike."

Stephanie DeBalko | @_stephanied_
Stephanie is a freelance writer who loves shelter dogs and Vegenaise. She recently came to the conclusion that the written word could be an amazing ally for all animals, and is choosing to use her nerdy love of grammar and punctuation for the greater good of animal welfare. She can also be found at Homespun by Stephanie.

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