The Humane Society of the United States Prepares to Send Third Disaster Response Team to Haiti

(Feb. 10, 2010) –The Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society International sent their first response team to Haiti three weeks ago, and are now sending a third team of disaster responders and veterinarians to the devastated country. This team is on the move and should arrive in Haiti on Feb. 13 to provide aid to animals affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

“Over the past three weeks Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association’s response teams have provided much-needed relief to the animals and people affected by last month’s deadly Haitian earthquake,” said Kelly O’Meara, director of HSI’s companion animals division. “Our teams have provided food, medical assistance and vaccinations to a variety of animals in the area. Our third response team will continue this work and also meet with local officials to discuss ongoing support of animal welfare.”

The HSI/HSUS/HSVMA field responders include two veterinarians a veterinary technician and a disaster responder trained in animal handling. The HSI team is working with a group in the Dominican Republic, Veterinary Care & Human Services, Caribbean Project, Christian Veterinary Mission in Haiti and the Canadian Animal Assistance Team.

See detailed reports from HSI/HSUS/HSVMA’s response teams here. High-quality video and still photos of the team’s work in Haiti are available upon request.

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6 responses to “The Humane Society of the United States Prepares to Send Third Disaster Response Team to Haiti

  1. The Haitian government what there is left of it says they don’t have any animal issues. They need people help not animal help. They lost all of their animals in 2008 and so far they have no problems with their farm animals as they were out in the country. What they need is food for the people. So far these HSUS people are using up food needed for the Haitian people. The government officials said Haitians don’t keep pets and farm animals. Tell them to go home as they use up our resources.

    • Dr. Rosset — You are reading and posting on an “animal” related blog, so be prepared to hear from some people that strongly disagree with you and have evidence that contradicts what you claim the Haitian government reports about the number of animals needing assistance in their country. Also, please note that in several of our posts about sending aid to Haiti LCD encourages people to donate as much as possible to both HUMAN and ANIMAL organizations helping Haiti through this disaster.

  2. They keep farm animals mostly goats and chickens to eat. Send food and money to rebuild please. They ask for help to rebuild and food for the people.

  3. My friend from Haiti says the HSUS volunteers are misreading the situation. The horses belong to this neighbor and the cows and horse have plenty of grass to eat. The Haitians put their people before the animals and since there is not enough food for the people the animals must hunt for food on their own. None of the dogs are starving. All dogs in Haiti have worms as the people there do not have enough to take care of themselves. Dogs are always slender in Haiti. This is just the way life is in Haiti. HSUS is only taking up food meant for Haitians.

  4. some of us give to animal rescue funds because we figure there are more people who give to “people” causes than animal causes. Just because “that’s the way life is” doesn’t mean it can’t be better. As the editor notes, you ARE posting on a dog forum. I surely do not disagree that people need aid, but animals do as well. And in my opinion, skinny and wormy does not equal “slender.”

  5. Obviously human needs should be taken care of first. And certainly, many of us have sent donations to the humanitarian effort. That does not mean that things can’t be done to help the unfortunate animals of Haiti (who didn’t have great lives to begin with there). If the HSUS and other animal aid groups are coming in, they are bringing veterinary and animal supplies. That doesn’t take anything away from the humanitarian effort, it adds to it.

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