The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) have announced over 50,000 animals have been treated in Haiti over the past year, the wake of nation’s terrible earthquake.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are part of the ARCH, formed just days after the quake.
“Considering the vital importance of animals in the welfare of Haitian families, we are happy to report that our Mobile Veterinary Clinic has now treated over 50,000 animals—far-exceeding the 14,000 mark we had set as our initial goal,” said Dr. Ian Robinson IFAW’s Emergency Relief Director – thr0ugh a January 11 press release.
Also from the release –
ARCH has been working with the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment and pledged $1.1M dollars that has already translated into several major accomplishments this last year. Tens of thousands of animals including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, goats and sheep have been treated, Haiti’s National Laboratory is being re-built; solar-powered refrigeration units that keep life-saving vaccinations stable have been installed across the country; a first-of-its-kind dog and cat population and attitudinal survey was conducted in Port-au-Prince; and ARCH continues its animal welfare public awareness campaigns in the Haitian capital.
“The goal for us has been to provide aid to as many animals as possible and have a long-lasting impact for the people of Haiti,” added Dr. Robinson. “Although the ARCH coalition will come to an end, our work has brought long term improvement. By working closely with the government, we have enabled them to continue the important work in diagnostics and control of diseases through new and improved infrastructure to carry out vaccination campaigns.”