Veterinary Compassion for Haiti

The world has been inundated with images of suffering, pain and destruction from Haiti and we have all been motivated to find some way to help. It’s a natural instinct for many of us in some instances urges people to action before we realize that we have overextended our good intentions.
Many of us live in the comforts of an industrialized nation and have become accustomed to the modern conveniences of warm running water, sanitation, readily available food, refrigeration and cozy structures in which to live. We are removed from the forces of nature and until we are immersed in an event such as an earthquake, tsunami, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and fires, we are not fully aware of the blessings those conveniences provide.

In the next few blogs, I wanted to share with you the work being done by professional organizations to help the people and animals of Haiti and to raise awareness of the intermingled needs of people and animals and the importance of disease prevention and care for all of those affected by a disaster. It is a carefully practiced plan that keeps the intentions in focus and has been developed over years of experience with disaster intervention. The Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti (ARCH) is led by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is a participant and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) will participate with the other national and international charities by providing monetary support. ARCH has collectively pledged $1.1 million in aid for this Haitian relief effort. And Cheap canadian propecia yes, you can help.

 “It’s hard to comprehend the scope of the devastation in Haiti right now,” said Dr. Larry Corry, president of the AVMA. “Hopefully we can work through ARCH to help the Haitians get back on their feet by tending to the public health and welfare needs of the nation’s people and animals.” …read more

Caring for GoatsWhen the devastation is massive, loss of life severe, and so many groups rush in to help out, it is easy to lose track of the purpose of being there and have struggles over who gets to go where, go when and how to do it. I have read posts that disregarded any expense to be considered for animals and claimed that all of it should go to the people of Haiti. Please understand that in my world, a dog is a snoring lovable creature at the end of my bed and a member of my family, in Port Au Prince alone they estimate 500,000 dogs, most of whom have now gone without regular food, or clean water and were not far removed from scavenging habits which are more pronounced in the wreckage. An estimated 80% of those dogs will require rabies vaccination, cats have gone uncounted. Livestock is also at risk for rabies and other diseases that threaten human life and well-being, anthrax, cholera, botulism, tetanus are likely to appear.

The attempt of ARCH is not to be able to establish a healthy clean pet in every home but to provide vaccinations to livestock (goats are the primary livestock in Haiti), protect the poultry population, and care and vaccinations to other domestic animals to prevent widespread disease outbreaks that would hinder recovery and disrupt distribution of critical supplies. ARCH has a forward thinking plan that will reestablish normalcy and protection of the animal production value so that the Haitians can be nourished, the animals protected, and promote a healthy environment in which the Haitian people can regroup and rebuild.

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