Veterinary Teams To Enter Haiti This Weekend

An armed security guard monitors an area of downtown Port-au-Prince where the national bank collapsed. One of Haiti's abandoned dogs stands guard nearby.

Courtesy of Carolyn Cole / Los

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story inaccurately reported that the AVMF's Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams were operating in Haiti.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), an international animal welfare organization, says plans are underway for a plane to transport a rescue team Jan. 23 from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The government of Haiti has asked WSPA to help with emergency relief operations after the massive Jan. 12 earthquake.

WSPA, along with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other animal welfare groups that have united as the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), plan to arrive in Haiti this weekend. It is estimated that there were 5,925 poultry, 1,450,000 cattle, 1,900,000 goats, 500,000 horses, 80,000 mules, 1 million pigs and 153,000 sheep before the earthquake, according to most recent data from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

The rescue teams have put together the necessary equipment and medicines, including vaccinations and bandages. To assist with Haiti relief efforts for pets, Banfield pet hospitals has donated $10,000 to benefit the companion animal population of the affected island nation.

The Banfield donation goes to provide lifesaving medicine to Haitian animals.  Made through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), the funds benefit the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) relief efforts.

Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, MS, DACVIM, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Banfield, The Pet Hospital, says that because the company is unable to directly offer medical services to the pets in Haiti, they decided to offer financial support to the AVMF as they already have efforts underway.

The company says it hopes this donation brings relief, comfort and medical support. “As a veterinary practice, we know the important role pets and animals play in the lives of families,” says Klausner.

In addition to these efforts, the Humane Society of the United States, together with its global affiliate Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, has assembled a team of trained veterinary experts to arrive in the capital city of Port-au-Prince this weekend. <HOME>

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), an international animal welfare organization, says plans are underway for a plane to transport a rescue team Jan. 23 from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), an international animal welfare organization, says plans are underway for a plane to transport a rescue team Jan. 23 from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haiti, veterinary teams, World Society for the Protection of Animals, WSPA, animal welfare, IFAW, Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti, ARCH

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