On its second day of operation in Haiti, the ARCH (Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti) field team traveled South of Port-au-Prince to the towns of Leogane and Jacmel. Unlike the capital city, these two rural areas have many farm animals.
On the way, the team encountered goats, pigs and dogs near a fruit and vegetable market set-up on the side of a dirt road, rummaging in the garbage for whatever food they could find.
Now that the field team from ARCH (Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti) is on the ground assessing the needs of the animals, we are starting to receive photos. As you can see from the images below, the devastation is widespread and the animals clearly need attention. We are happy that UAN is able to help the animal victims of the earthquake as a member of ARCH.
We will continue to post updates and photos as we get them.
Animal welfare groups that are part of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) arrived in Haiti today to help protect earthquake victims by vaccinating stray dogs and maintaining the health of livestock.
Ian Robinson of the International Fund for Animal Welfare said rabies is a concern, so the ARCH team will vaccinate stray dogs to prevent the spread of the disease.
We've been watching the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12 with great sorrow and concern.
As an organization that provides emergency sheltering for animals affected by natural disasters, we are anxious to provide some assistance to the animals in Haiti.
Today UAN committed financial resources to the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), an international group of professional animal welfare organizations working together to get help to the animals as quickly and safely as possible.