Our hearts go out to all the victims of Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti. Caring groups all over the world are mobilizing rescue efforts, and seeking donations to help survivors regain a semblance of normal life. CNN has published a list of reputable charitable groups for cash donations. Medical personnel is on the way; one group of North Texas doctors is leaving Friday to help a Haitian hospital which survived the quake, but is now "overloaded with patients." One of the most dangerous and difficult tasks in disasters such as this is searching for survivors who are still buried in rubble. Search and rescue dog teams have been dispatched from every corner of the world. This is exactly the kind of job these teams have trained for.
Help for Haitian Animals (Updated January 17th):
Thanks to KHOU.com in Houston, and my readers, the following groups are members of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) teams assembling to help the rescue of Haiti's animals, some with on-the-ground support, others with donations.
- World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
- International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
- The American Humane Association (AHA)
- Best Friends
- United Animal Nations
As always with disasters like this, the humanitarian rescue efforts will be the focus in Haiti for the first week or so. However, veterinarians are on standby to assist with the tragedy.
Other than the three groups mentioned above, I have not found another other mention of relief efforts for the animals of Haiti. I encourage my readers to post comments with links to such news as it becomes available.