On this gray, wet Sunday sitting here seeing the heartbreaking images of children, elderly and animals trapped/torn by the massive earthquake, I'm sad to know the world is still feeling the tragic impact from last Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti, which caused a horrific loss of life and widespread devastation. So many of us have opened our hearts donating even though some can barely afford to put food on their own plates with the terrible economic conditions here in the US. It's always amazing to see when tragedy hits how we unite as ONE. It's unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to remind us of how short and precious life is and not to be taken for granted! I leave you until next time with a beautiful quote and some resources to support this disaster.
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” - Ashley Smith
The American Red Cross is responding to the earthquake in Haiti with financial assistance-make a doantion online or send a $10 donation by texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999. The relief efforts continue and with many survivors having sustained serious injuries, including traumatic wounds and crushed limbs, medical support has been identified as an immediate need, along with food, water and shelter.
In response to this disaster the American Humane Association has joined the Animal Relief Coalitionfor Haiti (ARCH), a group of professional animal welfare organizations working together to achieve the best possible outcome for animals in the region. The coalition is led by the World Society for the Protection of Animals and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. In addition to the American Humane Association, ARCH consists of a number of animal welfare groups including the ASPCA, Best Friends, The Humane Society of the United States, Kinship Circle and Humane Society International.
If you've asked yourself what you can do as an animal advocate, please consider a donation to their Red Star Animal EmergencyServicesTM team.
A team of animal responders is staging in the Dominican Republic awaiting access to Haiti to begin work. ARCH plans to deploy a mobile clinic with vaccines, antibiotics, bandages, food, and other supplies in anticipation of bringing direct aid to animals. There are an estimated 5 million head of livestock in Haiti, mostly goats, as well as a large stray dog population, an untold number of companion animals, and native wildlife-- all affected by the earthquake. Animal emergency responders do not yet have access to Haiti, as the priority remains on meeting basic human needs. However, livestock vital to Haiti's recovery, as well as homeless and hurting pets, are in dire need of assistance. Urgent planning is currently under way to help.
Together we can support this crucial effort and the contributions will grow!