How You Can Help The Animal Victims
Since the instant news broke of the devastating earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on January 12, IDA staff have been working non-stop to assess how we can assist both people and animals on the ground. We have been in constant contact with other animal protection organizations to determine how we can best coordinate and maximize each other's efforts.
Update - Our Team Is On The Move
Now we are moving into action – at least into the first phase. The next steps will be determined by what we find on the ground.
IDA, as part of a coalition of animal protection organizations called the Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti (ARCH), is sending an animal disaster relief team of veterinarians and animal disaster responders, food and supplies. The team is on the ground in the Dominican Republic right now, preparing and stocking the animal emergency response clinic, which will be enroute to Haiti within 24 hours.
In Haiti, the coalition has already identified veterinary and animal care resources to deploy on ground and is securing permissions from the Haitian Ministries of Agriculture and Public Health, and working with United Nations agencies to begin our life-saving work to help animals and people. The coalition is engaging directly with the Haitian community, including local veterinarians, who themselves have been severely affected both directly - losing their loved ones - as well as loss of their livelihoods, devastated by this enormous earthquake that the U.N. calls one of the worst disasters ever encountered.
Our immediate need is for your financial support to help us meet the commitment we have already made – and future needs that are certain to follow as this unprecedented tragedy continues to unfold. Numerous supplies are needed for the mobile clinic – food, water, medicine, syringes, bandages, and more.
The situation on the ground is changing by the minute, and and depending on the needs the Coalition finds within Haiti, we will update you further on additional ways you can help IDA help the people and animals of Haiti.
Thank you for your generosity and caring in this moment of crisis.
Elliot M. Katz, President
In Defense of Animals