Disaster Relief in Haiti: Animal Rescue & Vegan/Animal-Friendly Resources

January 14th, 2010 10:25 pm by Kelly Garbato

Last updated 5/23/10 @ 9:30 PM CDT.

“WSPA – Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts: This picture was sent on to the WSPA emergency relief team, by a photographer who is in Haiti. Domesticated animals play a significant role in Haiti, both in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and in the lengthy road to recovery.” Photo via the WSPA on Flickr.
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Faced with a natural disaster of this magnitude, there’s not much to say. So let’s not say anything. Instead, let’s do.

Below I’ve compiled a list of 1) action alerts, 2) at-home fundraisers and volunteer opportunities and 3) organizations in need of monetary donations and volunteers abroad in order to assistant in the relief efforts in Haiti. As you will see, this guide is heavy on animal rescue and animal-friendly organizations – because, hello, vegan blogger here! – however, I have included resources for human-related groups as well. In particular, the action alerts section does not discriminate.

I’ll update this post in the days and weeks to come, so please bookmark it and visit often. As of 2/8/10, I have moved it off the main page, since updates have slowed.

 

“Haiti screenshots: HD screenshots from a trip with Compassion International to film their efforts in Port Au Prince and Cap Haitia, Haiti. (Mar 2-6, 2009)” Six elementary school-age children address the camera. CC image via spaunsglo on Flickr.
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Action Alerts

Introduction

As has been noted elsewhere, the situation in Haiti was dire long before the earthquake hit. Due to a centuries-long history of colonialism, enslavement, repression, corruption, and international indifference and exploitation, Haiti has been plagued by poverty and inequality. While most of the immediate efforts will be focused on emergency relief, rebuilding will take years, not weeks or months – and must extend beyond bricks and mortar if it’s to have a real, lasting impact on the lives of Haitians.

What follows are a few action alerts concerning social justice aspects of the situation in Haiti. At the time of this writing, the list only includes petitions to extend “temporary protected status” to Haitian immigrants, however, I hope to see the calls to action multiply in the future.

Links

Please note that the most recent alerts will appear at the top of this list.

5/20/10 – Latin America Working Group: Write Your Members of Congress: Aid for Haiti Now!

4/19/10 – Amnesty International: Help countries like Haiti combat violence against women and girls

2/05/10 – CARE: Ask Congress to Help Haiti

1/30/10 – ACLU: Demand Accountablity for Unconstitutional Deaths of Immigration Detainees!

1/28/10 – AVAAZ: Drop Haiti’s Debt

1/20/10 – CARE: Take Action to Encourage Charitable Donations to Haiti

1/19/10: Just Foreign Policy: Urge Congress to Expand Airdrops in Haiti

1/18/10 – Amnesty International: Thank President Obama for Helping Haitians Help Haiti

1/16/10 – MoveOn: No Fees on Charitable Contributions

1/14/10 – CREDO Action: Tell Obama: Grant “Temporary Protected Status” for Haitian refugees

1/14/10 – Just Foreign Policy: Let Haitian Immigrants Stay in the US Till Haiti Recovers

1/13/10 – Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): Tell ICE to send Jean Montrevil home

 
 

“Donut Bite: Vegan yeasted rainbow donuts for the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in San Francisco… Day 2!” One of the donuts has a bite-sized chunk missing. Nom! CC image via jordanpattern on Flickr.
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At-home Fundraisers & Volunteer Opportunities

The I Love Haiti Fundraising Shirt: That most awesome purveyor of vegan tees, Herbivore Clothing Company, is raising funds for disaster relief with this special I ♥ Haiti t-shirt. The cost is $15 plus $3 for shipping, and all profits will be donated to groups providing assistance in Haiti.

Vegan Bake Sales For Haiti: Over on the Post-Punk Kitchen forums, a few members got together and decided to hold vegan bake sales to benefit relief efforts in Haiti. The idea quickly snowballed, and now Isa is keeping tabs on the PPK blog. Check out each in order to network, get involved locally, and/or start a bake sale in your area. Follow Isa on Twitter for minute-by-minute updates, or allow her to school you on How To Put Together A Bake Sale FAST.

 
 

“The Haitian Dog: These types of dogs roam the streets in Haiti. From what I remember, the owners of the complex saved this little guy and restored him to health.” The Haitian Dog is a cute, smiley little white pup. CC image via gc_photography on Flickr.
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Animal Rescue & Animal-Friendly Nonprofit Organizations: Donate or Volunteer

Introduction

Look, I’ll be honest: I’m not at all comfortable providing a comprehensive list of nonprofit organizations that are raising funds to assist with relief efforts in Haiti – so I won’t. As a vegan, a feminist, and an atheist, most organizations conflict with these three core values in some way, shape or form. [And I'm not the only one; see, for example, the recent email sent out by the Secular Student Alliance (excerpted below, under "Additional Details"), which offers information to its members about secular vs. faith-based charities.] It’s not my wish to support one form of injustice while combating another.

Instead, I’ll direct you to Marji’s list over at Animal Rights & AntiOppression: Helping in Haiti. Additionally, Global Giving’s Relief Fund for Haiti is collecting monetary donations to be distributed among a number of projects, all of which are detailed on the fund’s website. InterAction also has a lengthy list of responding organizations here. Along with the aforementioned email from SSA, these will provide you with a good starting point, should you wish to make a donation to a human-focused organization.

Of course, I encourage you to research any and all organizations before making a donation; check that is legit, will use your money wisely, and is consistent with your beliefs. A few good resources in this regard are Charity Navigator, the American Institute of Philanthropy, and the Better Business Bureau. Be wary of email and telephone solicitations.

Below you can find information about animal rescue organizations operating in Haiti, as well as animal-friendly organizations involved in a human aid capacity. As with the rest of this post, I’ll include updates as I receive them.

Each listing was last verified and/or updated on 2/8/10.
 
 
Links & Summaries

The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH): Spearheaded by The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), ARCH is a special coalition of animal rescue groups, formed specifically to provide emergency/disaster relief to the nonhuman animals of Haiti. As of 1/24/10, the following animal advocacy groups have joined ARCH: American Humane Association (AHA), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society, Best Friends Animal Society, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI), In Defense of Animals (IDA), Kinship Circle, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Petfinder.com Foundation, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), and the United Animal Nations (UAN).

On or about 1/20/10, Sodopreca (the Dominican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) released the following statement:

sodopreca do not sign with ARCH

SODOPRECA, feels that the contract that ARCH is offering to sodopreca does not warranty the physical integrity of our team, because do not allocate funds for security measures. The contract neither fulfils the expectation, financially speaking, for such endeavour.Further more, Sodopreca believes that there is enough potential donors to raise the necessary funding to achieve this mission. Also we do not understand why we should reject help from other groups willing to help the animals in Haiti, when that is our main objective. Sodopreca believes that no offer to help the animals in Haiti should be rejected. In the case of human victim everyone is allow to help and no help is been rejected; why should we limit the efforts of our animal’s caring people and groups. Sodopreca will receive financial assistant and other resources from any person or organization willing to help us, we alone do not have the resources to achieve the mission but all the small groups and people together for sure can accomplish this mission. An special fund it is been created for this purpose.

As many of the individual ARCH member organizations have stated that they are already working “in conjunction with” Sodopreca, this statement causes no small amount of concern. However, with so few details available (and a language barrier, to boot), it’s hard to say what exactly is going on here. If you’d like to join the conversation, we are discussing ARCH and Sodopreca both in the comments below, as well as in the comments on “Helping in Haiti” on Animal Rights & Anti-Oppression. As of 1/24/10, however, the statement has been removed from Sodopreca’s website, without explanation. The group still does not appear to be part of the ARCH coalition.

As of late January/early February, ARCH and its member organizations have moved from the Dominican Republic into Haiti; at the time of this writing, relief efforts are underway. Each individual member organization is soliciting funds on behalf of ARCH and/or its own work in the area. Keep reading for details and links. Please also see Mary’s 2/5/10 post “On Giving to Haiti and Adopting From Haiti” for her thoughts on earmarked monetary donations and donations of supplies.

American Humane Association (AHA): AHA has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and WSPA. (See Haiti Earthquake Response; you can also keep abreast of developments on the AHA’s blog, The Humane Exchange.) AHA is soliciting donations via its Animal Emergency Services program, here; however, it’s unclear what portion of these funds will go directly towards disaster relief in Haiti.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): The ASPCA has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and WSPA. The group is encouraging members to donate directly to ARCH founding organizations IFAW and the WSPA. (See Crisis in Haiti: How the ASPCA Is Helping.)

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA): The AVMA has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and WSPA. (See AVMA partners with ARCH for Haiti earthquake relief.) Its American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) will collect and provide monetary assistance to the ARCH. The AVMA supports all manner of animal abuse and exploitation, so donate accordingly.

Animal Balance: In its February 4, 2010 newsletter, the Food Empowerment Project recommends several Haitian animal and human advocacy organizations, including Animal Balance, “a non-profit organization of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, assistants and volunteers. We come together to create MASH-style sterilization clinics on islands around the world.” Animal Balance currently has some Haitian relief information on the main page of its website. Donation details are available here.

Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society: Best Friends reports that the Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and WSPA. (See ARCH Team Enters Haiti, Rescue Plan Forthcoming.) At the time of this writing, I was unable to find confirmation on the group’s website; however, it appears that its has donated a mobile clinic to the efforts. (See this Google search for the latest details.)

Best Friends Animal Society: Best Friends has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and WSPA. (See Best Friends joins Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti.) Updates will be available via its Rapid Response group. You can donate to ARCH via Best Friends here. (At the time of this writing, I was unable to find a dedicated donation page.) Best Friends is also requesting Rapid Response volunteers who can deploy to Haiti to assist in the efforts. (See Volunteers may be needed for a Haiti response for details.)

Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM): It appears that CVM already had a presence in Haiti prior to the earthquake, and is currently providing assistance to human victims. (See CVM Haiti Updates.) You can make a donation to CVM here – but please note that the CVM runs an animal agriculture/livestock purchase program in Haiti called Give a Kid a Kid. Currently, most of the group’s recommendations involve, um, praying.

Food for Life Global: On 1/21/10, Food for Life Global reported that

The first wave of International Food for Life Global volunteers are set to arrive in Santo Domingo today to join the local FFL staff in finalizing set up for our vegan food relief base camp. More volunteers from the UK, USA, Brazil, Mexico and Canada are set to arrive soon after. The first order of business is to establish working relationships with other relief agencies and the military to create the most secure and efficient service possible.

Food for Life Global is continuing to receive volunteer applications and donations from all over the world to support our efforts. A new web site will soon be created to fully document the progress of our team. Your donations are still crucial at this stage of the development and we sincerely thank all who have already come forward to support FFLG. Please continue to give whatever you can and remember: FFL can serve more than 100 meals in a crisis like this for as little as $25. So your dollars will go a long way.

We are also appealing to the public to supply our team with the best quality produce. If you are able to donate bulk organic produce or grains, please contact our office now because we have a plane standing by in Florida ready to fly over supplies.

(See FFL relief in Haiti.) You can make a tax-deductible donation to FFL’s Haiti Emergency Relief FUND on the main page of its website. Additionally, you can learn more about FFL’s past emergency/disaster relief activities here, and follow the group on Twitter for the latest details.

Humane Society International (HSI): HSI has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and WSPA. Along with the HSUS, HSI has deployed its own team of veterinary rapid responders to Haiti. (See Helping Haiti.) HSI is soliciting donations for its International Disaster Fund here, however, a disclaimer on the donation form cautions that donations may not be used in Haitian relief efforts.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Together with HSI, the HSUS has deployed a veterinary response team to Haiti. (See Lending a Helping Hand in Haiti.) Appeals for donations direct the reader to the HSI’s donation form, mentioned above.

However, I caution against donating to either the HSI or the HSUS for several reasons: 1) there is no guarantee that funds collected will go towards disaster relief in Haiti (see the HSI’s disclaimer above); 2) allegations of past misuse of Hurricane Katrina and similar disaster relief funds; and 3) recent fundraising scandals, such as those involving Fay and the Vicktory dogs.

[Please note that, in the comments, Sarah from the HSUS links to Beyond Katrina: Three Years Later, HSUS Gulf Coast Programs Flourish as "accounting for our work in Katrina here." However, I'd like to point out that 1) the HSUS does not provide a year-by-year breakdown of the expenditures; part of the criticism surrounding the HSUS's Katrina activities is that the group only spent a small fraction of funds raised until it became the target of a fraud investigation in 2006 (much like it pledged $5000 towards Fay's surgery - but only after the fundraising scandal broke); and 2) the HSUS says that it "has committed or spent more than $34 million" - keyword being "committed," 3-4 years later.]

In Defense of Animals (IDA): IDA has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and WSPA. (See IDA Prepares to Help Haiti.) IDA is accepting donations to its Animal Disaster Relief Fund here. The group is no longer seeking volunteers, but asks that:

If you have resources that might be put to use to help the animals of Haiti, or if you would like to become more involved in IDA’s disaster relief efforts, please contact disasterrelief [at] idausa.org. The best way to help the affected animals of Haiti is with your financial contributions.

You can follow IDA’s activities in Haiti on the IDA Blog.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): Along with the WSPA, the IFAW is spearheading the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) to assist in the response efforts. (See IFAW, WSPA, and other groups band together to help animals in Haiti.) You can make a donation (seemingly directly to the ARCH) here.

Kinship Circle: Kinship Circle has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and the WSPA. Kinship Circle is currently soliciting donations for on-the-ground rescue efforts, as well as communication and documentation, here. (I have crossposted Kinship Circle’s alerts below; see also Field Notes & Rescue Photos.)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): PETA has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and the WSPA. (See Haiti and More: How You Can Help Animals in Natural Disasters.) While PETA is soliciting donations, there does not seem to be a guarantee that all the monies collected will go towards relief efforts in Haiti. Additionally, the group is already talking “euthanasia,” which makes me nervous. (Not because I don’t believe in true mercy killings, but because my definition of “mercy” varies greatly from PETA’s.) So please, if you wish to donate to ARCH, go with IFAW, the WSPA or similar. Save the “Whales,” Boycott PETA. Etc., etc. etc.

Petfinder Foundation: Best Friends reports that the Petfinder.com Foundation has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and the WSPA. (See ARCH Team Enters Haiti, Rescue Plan Forthcoming.) The Foundation appears to be collecting donations on behalf of IFAW on its website. (See Earthquake in Haiti – Please Help Now!)

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA): The RSPCA has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and the WSPA. (See Help for animals arrives in Haiti.) You can donate to the RSPCA’s emergency relief efforts here, however, it does not appear that the funds collected will necessarily go towards the group’s efforts in Haiti.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International (SPCAI): The SPCAI reports that it sent an emergency response team to Haiti in the aftermath of the quake in order to assess the situation; it now appears that the SPCAI is no longer working in the area. Instead, it has partnered with the Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM), providing the group a grant to help with its efforts, primarily to rescue donkeys and other “livestock” / “pack” animals. Similarly, the SPCAI has supported the CVM’s “Gift a Kid a Kid” program in past years. (See Earthquake in Haiti: Animal Response Report.) The group is currently soliciting funds for its Emergency Grants program; however, in light of the group’s support of animal purchase/breeding programs, I urge you to donate accordingly.

Sodopreca (the Dominican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals): According to SuperVegan, Sodopreca is “the only Dominican animal group going to Haiti specifically to rescue animals.” The group is/was scheduled to leave for Haiti on 1/15. As of 1/16/10, several other animal advocacy groups, such as the HSUS and the WSPA, report that they will be working with Sodopreca in Haiti. Sodopreca’s website is in Spanish, but you can view an English translation here. If you’d like to make a donation, Sodopreca has a donation button on its website, in the bottom left-hand sidebar.

The United Animal Nations (UAN): UAN has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and the WSPA. It appears that the UAN is collecting and redistributing monetary donations for ARCH rather than providing on-the-ground services itself. (See Earthquake in Haiti.) You can donate to ARCH via the UAN here. UAN is also reporting on ARCH’s efforts in Haiti on its Emergency Response Blog.

Veterinarians Without Borders: The group has not yet made a statement about planned relief efforts (if any) on its website. (Hat tip, SuperVegan.)

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA): Along with the IFAW, the WSPA is spearheading the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) to assist in the response efforts. (See Joining forces to help animals.) You can follow the latest updates on the WSPA’s Animals in Disaster Blog; additionally, WSPA International, WSPA Canada and WSPA Germany are uploading photos taken in Haiti to their respective Flickr photostreams.. The group is soliciting donations via its Animal Disaster Fund.
 
 
Additional Details

Please note that the most recent updates will appear at the top of this list.
 
 

From Kinship Circle, 3/9/10:

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 10:26 PM
Subject: Hope Has Wheels! $1.1M For Lasting Animal Aid In Haiti

3/9/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID
Hope Has Wheels! $1.1M Pledged For Lasting Animal Aid In Haiti

WHY AM I HERE? We highly recommend you view Tom McPhee’s extraordinary short, “Why Am I Here?” Tom, Executive Director of World Animal Awareness Society — and creator of the Katrina animal rescue film, American Opera — explains why he traveled to Haiti to film animal aid operations with SODOPRECA. The film’s rich texture and breathtaking scenes will make you feel as if you went with him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg6Ng9jeGTk

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Hope arrived on four wheels…

…Underneath a fully equipped veterinary mobile clinic! As of March 4, 2010, ARCH has treated over 4000 animals, including many dogs, goats, sheep, cats, pigs, cows, horses, donkeys and domestic fowl. In the photo above, Kenny, 10, said his dog Vito had “been sick for a long time, but I don’t know any vets and don’t have money.” ARCH gave Vito antibiotics and vitamins and will check the dog’s progress… Photos: IFAW/WSPA for ARCH

Animal groups pledge $1.1M dollars for long-term animal aid in Haiti 3/4/10 — Animal Relief Coalition Of Haiti (ARCH) announced a $1.1 million agreement with the Haitian government to improve and repair animal welfare conditions in the aftermath of January’s ruinous earthquake. Over 20 animal protection groups worldwide, including Kinship Circle, formed ARCH under joint leadership of World Society For Protection of Animals and International Fund For Animal Welfare. The ambitious long-term plan covers:

* DISEASE PREVENTION NETWORK: To protect people and animals from disease outbreaks, a laboratory and staff will carry out targeted vaccination campaigns for Rabies, Anthrax and other diseases.

* VETERINARY TRAINING: Our goal is to train at least 200 Haitian veterinarians and vet technicians for current/future animal welfare issues.

* VACCINATION COLD STORAGE: A “cold chain” is crucial to keep vaccinations fresh and stable through delivery.

* ANIMAL POPULATION STUDIES: Haiti’s animal demographics have changed dramatically due to recent disasters. Updated data is vital to reach animals.

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ARCH’s mobile vet clinic makes rounds to underserved areas such as Pelerin where Haitians line-up to have animals vaccinated. According to the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, there are some 5 million farmed animals in Haiti (not including domestic fowl), and about 500,000 dogs in Port-au-Prince.

Why Haiti’s animals, when animals everywhere need help? Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid made a promise to help Haiti’s animals after one of the most devastating earthquakes in modern times. ARCH’s enduring plan to coordinate veterinarians, clinics, vaccines…gives these animals a chance in future disasters and daily survival.

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All Haiti photos: T. Stargardter (c) WSPA/IFAW for ARCH

PLEASE GIVE TO HAITI ANIMAL RELIEF:

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/haiti

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From Kinship Circle, 2/13/10:

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 6:38 PM
Subject: We Won’t Give Up On Them – Now Or Tomorrow

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Kinship Circle needs your support to:

1. Help pay for long-term projects that will make life better for Haiti’s animals.
2. Fund travel for our responders on standby to deploy to Haiti under ARCH.

PLEASE GIVE TO HAITI ANIMAL RELIEF:

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/haiti

As of 2/8/10, ARCH (Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti) had treated nearly 750 animals. As the full earthquake damage to animals unfolds, focus also turns to their lasting welfare. ARCH is working with Haitian government officials to create animal facilities and services that did not exist pre-earthquake.

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2/4/10: This puppy finds help in the hands of an ARCH team member in Haiti. As of February 8, 2010, ARCH members had treated nearly 750 animals, mostly dogs. Other animals helped include cats, goats, sheep, pigs and cows. Photo courtesy of Best Friends / Delmas * Banner photos, (c) WSPA/IFAW

Long after ARCH leaves, its work will serve Haiti’s animals and people. Kinship Circle and other global animal protection groups in ARCH have pledged time, money and/or volunteers to stay in Haiti to:

- Setup a mobile veterinary clinic for Port au Prince and rural communities.
- Support and implement training of veterinarians and animal health technicians.
- Create a refrigeration system to keep a “cold chain” for storage/distribution of medicines.
- Design public awareness/education campaigns in Haiti and Creole.
- Vaccinate 3 million chickens for Newcastle disease and 2 million for Charcoal disease…
- Activate a Vaccination Preventive Care Program for many more diseases and species.
- Treat 3 million animals (anyone with a hoof!)…

Please help us give Haiti’s animals a better life:

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/haiti/#form

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2/4/10: A surprised cat awaits a medical check, in line with other Haitians and cats. ARCH has sent a mobile veterinary unit to increase our capacity to help the people and animals of Haiti. Photo courtesy of Best Friends

Kinship Circle — a nonprofit network of animal disaster responders in the U.S. and Canada — has assembled a Haiti team on standby to deploy, including a veterinarian, vet tech, ACO, and adept first responders.

After Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince and nearby areas, Kinship Circle joined animal protection groups worldwide to form Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti (ARCH), led by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

At present, ARCH partners include:

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); World Society for Protection of Animals; American Humane Association; Best Friends Animal Society; RSPCA (UK); In Defence of Animals; American Veterinary Medical Association; American Veterinary Medical Foundation; Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society; ASPCA; United Animal Nations; Kinship Circle; One Voice; Swiss Animal Protection; Palo Alto Humane Society; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA); Last Chance For Animals (LCA); Finnish Federation for Animal Welfare Associations; Animal Medical Care Foundation (AMCF)

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A video update from Best Friends, 2/10/10:

 
 
From Kinship Circle, 1/25/10:

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 8:20 PM
Subject: Hearts For Haiti: Survivors Need Us Now!

1/25/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
Hearts For Haiti: Animal And Human Survivors Need Us Now!

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A stray Haitian dog stands alongside a sign reading “We Need Help.” Photo copyright WSPA/IFAW, and was taken in January 2010, post-earthquake.
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Photos reflect early assessment efforts in Haiti right now that help animal teams form a comprehensive emergency response plan. As part of that plan, a mobile veterinary clinic is en route to help the people and animals of Haiti. (c) WSPA/IFAW, leading ARCH on the ground in Haiti.

Kinship Circle has assembled an expert team — with ground assets including a veterinarian, vet tech, paramedic, ACO, FEMA certifications, technical and large animal rescue, search and rescue… Kinship Circle’s team is on standby, for deployment under ARCH as needed.

Though already over-budget, Kinship Circle has pledged time, people, and resources to Haiti animal relief. Please help us be there for them…

* DONATE SECURELY ONLINE:

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation

* DONATE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER:
Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd. / St. Louis, MO 63130
Write HAITI ANIMAL AID, on your check’s memo line.

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PRESS RELEASE — FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
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Email: valary [at] mindspring.com * http://www.chefronduprat.com

HEARTS FOR HAITI: An American Dining Relief Benefit
Launched By Bravo TV’s Top Chef Contestant

Hollywood, Florida — Haitian-born Ron Duprat of Bravo’s hit series “Top Chef” has teamed up with three fellow contestants — Mattin Noblia, Hector Santiago and Michael Voltagggio — to welcome other fine chefs nationwide in an all-chef Relief Benefit on St. Valentine’s Day for his native land.

ON FEBRUARY 14, 2010: Participating chefs and restaurants will donate a percentage of their receipts to Hearts for Haiti: An American Dining Relief Benefit. Donated funds will be divided between Hollywood Unites For Haiti and Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid. On-the-ground relief efforts will receive 100% of donated funds.

“Chefs always care,” Duprat says. “I hope chefs across the country will join us in this heartfelt effort for Haiti. One hundred percent of their donations will go directly to Haitian relief efforts for both people and animals. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“Animals suffer in disasters just as people do,” says Kinship Circle president Brenda Shoss. “They are frightened, alone, injured and without food. Our organization has united with animal welfare groups worldwide under the banner Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti (ARCH) to offer direct rescue and veterinary care, as well as long term vaccinations and measures to prevent disease outbreak such as rabies and leptospirosis.”

CHARITABLE BENEFICIARIES:

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID, a major partner in the Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti (ARCH), is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers, supplies and resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada. Kinship Circle works in agreement with local agencies or other NGOs to deploy teams of highly trained and credentialed animal responders for assessment, search and rescue, and emergency sheltering aid.

HOLLYWOOD UNITES FOR HAITI, founded in 2008 by Jimmy Jean Louis, star of NBC’s hit series, “Heroes,” is a charitable non-profit that focuses on enriching the lives of Haitian children. HUFH has partnered with the non-profit Pan American Development Fund to send supplies into Haiti from its border warehouse. Mr. Louis is PADF’s Goodwill Ambassador for Haiti’s Children program and celebrity spokesperson for the joint relief effort.

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A stray, emaciated dog wanders the streets of Haiti. Photo copyright WSPA/IFAW, and was taken in January 2010, post-earthquake.
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(c) WSPA/IFAW, leading ARCH on the ground in Haiti

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Scenes From The Field In Haiti — Assessment Underway, 1/22 – 1/24/10…

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Dr. Juan Carlos Murillo of the WSPA examines a dog in Haiti, one of thousands of estimated canine quake victims. Photo copyright WSPA/IFAW.
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1/24/10 – Dr Juan Carlos Murillo, WSPA’s longest serving disaster management veterinary officer and an ARCH team member in Port-au-Prince, checks the state of this dog’s health and treats any lesions. Dr. Murillo says, “The animal was as normal as can be expected for a dog who survives day by day. Our friend ‘Lucky’ really honors his name as another survivor of Haiti’s earthquake.” (c) WSPA/IFAW; photographer: Tomas Stargardter

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A group of Haitian children – seeking refuge on the street – is joined by a dog. Photo copyright WSPA/IFAW.
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1/22/10 – Children huddle with a dog in makeshift tents, after Haiti’s earthquake. Among the 150,000 “owned” and stray dogs in Port-au-Prince, the Ministry of Agriculture estimates that 70% of “owned” dogs are vaccinated against rabies. The line blurs between street dogs and those with caretakers, as all dogs roam and scavenge for food. (c) WSPA/IFAW

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In these photos from WSPA/IFAW, a man sporting a medical mask carries a chicken in Port-au-Prince (left) and a dog makes her way through rubble in the days after the quake (right). Collage created by Kinship Circle.
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LT PHOTO: 1/24/10 – A man holds a chicken in Port-au-Prince. In Haiti, confined animals such as pigs and chickens are in more danger, due to lack of feed and damaged housing. Goats, cows, horses and donkeys, who graze only and do not require feed, live in fields away from structures. Haitian farming commonly occurs in backyards.

RT PHOTO: A dog walks through rubble and fire. (c) WSPA/IFAW; photographers: Tomas Stargardter, Michael Booth

Kinship Circle is a member of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti which is jointly led by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

Animal welfare organizations formed the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) so that we could work together to bring aid to as many animals, and in as short a time, as possible. At present, ARCH partners include: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); World Society for Protection of Animals; American Humane Association; Best Friends Animal Society; RSPCA (UK); In Defense of Animals; American Veterinary Medical Association; American Veterinary Medical Foundation; Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society; ASPCA; United Animal Nations; Kinship Circle; One Voice; Swiss Animal Protection; Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS); People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA); Finnish Federation for Animal Welfare Associations; Animal Welfare Care Foundation (AMCF)

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From Kinship Circle, 1/19/10:

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 9:50 PM
Subject: Please Help Us Aid Haiti’s Animal Quake Victims

1/19/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
Haiti: Animals Are There. Help Us Get Aid To Them

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An injured dog walks the streets of Port-au-Prince after the earthquake.
PRESS PHOTO: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
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An injured dog walks the streets of Port-au-Prince after the earthquake.
PRESS PHOTO: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

They’re there. Haiti’s dogs (and other animals). These commonly taunted street dogs were timid pre-quake, but are now emerging in some press photos. Kinship Circle is working round the clock with other animal protection organizations to get resources to them. There are many challenges…the scale of human tragedy, lack of security, limited access…

One obstacle we can overcome is lack of funding. Please help us ensure these animals get aid. We’ve been informed that packs of dogs have been spotted. We have expert volunteers on standby…but don’t have funds to cover the work we’ve undertaken.

We’ve pledged our time, people, and resources to Haiti animal relief. Can you help us raise funds quickly?

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1/18/10: A crippled dog roams the streets of Port-au-Prince.
PRESS PHOTO: Carol Guzy / The Washington Post
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1/18/10: A crippled dog roams the streets of Port-au-Prince.
PRESS PHOTO: Carol Guzy / The Washington Post

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Post-quake, a Haitian dog and man sit on the street. Photo caption: “PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI–JANUARY 13, 2010–Afraid of more aftershocks, people rest in the streets. Thousands are death and tens of thousands more injured after the a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday afternoon. The dead lie unattended in the streets, and the injured are piled up outside the hospitals, with no one to care for them.” Credits: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times
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As humans afraid of aftershocks rested in the streets of Port-au-Prince, this dog laid down among them. PRESS PHOTO: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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Kinship Circle is part of a unified response effort called the Animal Relief Coalition Of Haiti (ARCH). Under the leadership of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), we will keep you informed about endeavors to save Haiti’s animal earthquake victims.

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From Kinship Circle, 1/15/10:

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Date: Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 8:30 PM
Subject: Haiti’s Animals: We Hear Their Cries…Help Is Coming

1/15/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
Haiti’s Animals: We Hear Their Cries…Help Is Coming

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A photo of a stray Haitian dog, pre-2010 quake. Image taken from the website The Dogs of Haiti.
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Kinship Circle Joins Coalition For Animal Victims In Haiti Quake And We Need Your Help!

Many of you have asked how to help animals in earthquake ravaged Haiti. Now there is a simple way.

We are happy to announce that Kinship Circle is part of a unified response effort called the Animal Relief Coalition Of Haiti (ARCH). Under the leadership of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), we will keep you informed about endeavors to save Haiti’s animal earthquake victims.

We’ve joined forces with professional animal protection organizations to help stricken animals. As a coalition member, we are seeking donations to fund “feet on the ground,” as well as the overhead involved for communications and coverage in photos and notes from the field.

Please send whatever you can today, earmarked for ARCH. If you donate to Kinship Circle right now, you are donating to animal relief in Haiti:

* DONATE SECURELY ONLINE:

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Type FOR ARCH, after your name.

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A collage of pre-2010 quake photos compiled by Kinship Circle. The photo on the left depicts a goat, part of World Concern’s Haitian “gift a goat” program. The photo on left shows a stray Haitian dog, and is taken from the website The Dogs of Haiti.
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January 12, 2010 changed everything for the small Caribbean nation of Haiti. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake collided with its capital, Port-au-Prince. Human casualties are already estimated in the tens of thousands, as the cries of people trapped beneath concrete begin to fade.

Task forces and troops are assembling worldwide to aid Haiti’s human victims. But Kinship Circle followers also want to know about the animals. The breadth of destruction in this disaster has been compared to Katrina. Still, animal repercussions are different.

As many as 5 million farm animals (primarily goats and a lot of chickens!) and native wild animals need help. A mostly homeless dog population, struggling to survive before the earthquake, needs comforting hands. In fact an unknown number of “community” cats and dogs await relief.

There cannot be a dedicated animal presence on the ground until the human crisis is more stabilized. However, Kinship Circle is contributing funding and volunteer support to the coalition right now.

Please help us help Haiti’s forgotten ones…
We’ve already made an initial pledge. Can you help us raise funds quickly?

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PHOTO SOURCES:

The Dogs Of Haiti, http://www.language-works.com/Haitidogs/default.htm

http://media.photobucket.com/image/dogs%20in%20haiti/Teese02a/HaitiPictures051.jpg

http://humanitarian.worldconcern.org/2009/03/haiti-humanitarians-goats/

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From The Secular Student Alliance, 1/14/10:

Recommended Secular Charities for Haitian Relief Efforts

On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the impoverished nation of Haiti less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital. The disaster, combined with Haiti’s high population density, crumbling architecture, and widespread poverty, has created a tragedy in which death tolls may top 100,000. Over three million people have been affected by the quake. The infrastructure of the area has been devastated, and many skilled workers (including health care providers) who could help with recovery are missing or dead. Haiti is in urgent need of assistance in this crisis.

Many of us want to reach out to help those who are suffering in the wake of this disaster. But as secularists, we are wary of those organizations that would include proselytization in their relief efforts.

The Foundation Beyond Belief has recommended several organizations that have received high ratings from Charity Navigator and take a secular approach to their charitable work. We are reposting their list here so that Secular Student Alliance members, supporters and friends are able to find organizations through which they can support Haitian relief efforts. The links will take you to the Charity Navigator page for that organization, where you can find more information and make a donation.

Foundation Beyond Belief writes: “MADRE is a small organization with a high efficiency rating and a good track record in disaster relief that does not mix worldview with its charity. ActionAid International is an outstanding organization that is efficient, non-sectarian, and works with a small budget. International Relief Teams, AmeriCares, Doctors Without Borders, and Partners In Health all receive high ratings for the secular charitable work they do.”

Our hearts go out to those who are suffering in Haiti, and we are happy to put our hands to work to help the survivors. Please feel free to share this information with your local groups, friends and family, in order to demonstrate our humanistic generosity in a time of great need.

Note: the Center for Inquiry’s Skeptic and Humanist Aid and Reform Effort (SHARE) is collecting funds on behalf of Doctors Without Borders.

 
 
From Kinship Circle, 1/14/10:

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 1:25 AM
Subject: Haiti Earthquake: Animal Responders On Alert

KINSHIP CIRCLE / NOW ONE LIST…ONE VOICE FOR ANIMALS

ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
1/14/10: Haiti’s Massive Earthquake: Animal Responders On Alert

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Kinship Circle artwork depicting animal eyes peering out from under the rubble.
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We know they’re out there…heartbeats in the rubble. But with the human response to Haiti’s mass earthquake barely underway, there is little to report about animal victims. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

IN THIS ALERT:

1. The Worst Haiti Earthquake In More Than 200 Years
2. Human Rescue And Aid Are Barely Underway…
3. As Of 1/13/10, Groups On Alert To Deploy To Haiti

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1. The Worst Haiti Earthquake In More Than 200 Years

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In Port-au-Prince, Haitians walk by buildings destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. Image via the BBC.
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Haitians walk past destroyed buildings on one side of a street in the capital, while on the other side structures appear relatively undamaged. SOURCE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8455774.stm

HAITI EARTHQUAKE / DISASTER OVERVIEW NOTES

* 1/12/10: 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing potentially thousands.
* The Caribbean nation is appealing for international help.
* Most powerful Haiti quake in over 200 years, says US Geological Survey.
* Quake epicenter 15km southwest of capital, Port-au-Prince. [Source: USGS]
* About 4 million people reside in Port-au-Prince and nearby areas.
* Reuters footage showed scenes of chaos, with people sobbing and dazed amid rubble.
* Powerful 5.9 aftershocks rattled the city throughout the night and into Wednesday.
* Haiti lacks resources to respond, such as equipment to move debris and adequate emergency personnel.
* Witnesses said they saw homes and shanties built on hillsides tumble as the earth shook.
* Communications are down, except for satellite phone. Roads blocked by rubble.

HUMAN RESPONSE GROUPS:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/01/13/world/main6090814.shtml

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2. Human Rescue And Aid Are Barely Underway…

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A Spanish firefighter gives “his” rescue dog some water before departing to the Caribbean. Image via the BBC.
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Several countries dispatched emergency teams to Haiti. Here, a Spanish firefighter gives his rescue dog water before the long flight to the Caribbean. SOURCE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8455774.stm

SEARCH & RESCUE DOG TEAMS HEAD TO HAITI, PHOTOS:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×7459087

NO ANIMAL GROUPS ON GROUND, BUT ASSESSMENTS UNDERWAY

At this time, Kinship Circle is not providing back-up volunteers for any animal emergency response group. However, we are watching and reporting which groups go where — so you can support animal efforts in Haiti via donations and stay informed about the plight of animal victims.

The earthquake hit on 1/12/10, so animal responders cannot gain clearance until humanitarian efforts are fully underway. Fortunately, first responders from China, Spain, France, the United States…are mobilizing teams to aid the financially strapped Haitian government. Right now, food, sanitary water, shelter and medical care are critical for human survivors.

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3. As Of 1/13/10, Groups On Alert To Deploy To Haiti

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A collage created by Kinship Circle depicting stray Haitian dogs, pre-2010 quake. Photos via Flickr and The Dogs of Haiti.
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Haiti, the most impoverished county in the Western Hemisphere, is home to a large stray population, starving and struggling to survive long before this earthquake.

LT: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/223/491982344_a898b14566.jpg

MID & RT: Dogs Of Haiti, http://www.language-works.com/Haitidogs/default.htm

INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE (IFAW)

Haiti Earthquake: IFAW Emergency Team on Alert — IFAW’s Emergency Relief team is on high alert to help in Haiti after a devastating earthquake struck near the capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12. As always with disasters like this, the humanitarian rescue efforts will be the focus in the first week or so… After immediate human needs are met, IFAW’s Emergency Response team will be ready to assist the animal victims in any way that we can.

WORLD SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS (WSPA)

WSPA Animals In Disasters Blog — Since this morning, we have been in talks with the United Nations (under serious stress themselves since their office in Port-au-Prince has collapsed, with 15 staff members dead and 20 still missing) and the local Red Cross Chapters to gain a further understanding of the impact on animals caught up in the situation.

Our Disaster Liaison Officer from Panama, Jorge Alcidez Gonzalez who also works as the Head of the K9 unit of Civil Defence, is now travelling out of Panama with a team of specially trained veterinary staff to assess the destruction and welfare needs of the animals. Jorge and his brave team…will carry veterinary supplies to treat any injured animals that they come across. I’ve also arranged for him to feedback the extent of damage and where we can be of most help, as quickly as possible…

HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE U.S. (HSUS) & HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL (HSI)

Monitoring Disaster in Haiti — Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States are working with other animal welfare and humanitarian organizations to determine how best to assist animals and people affected by the disaster. We have offered our support in providing care to affected animals and will post updates as they become available.

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13 Responses to “Disaster Relief in Haiti: Animal Rescue & Vegan/Animal-Friendly Resources”

  1. Theresa Says:

    Thank you for this information. I’ve been checking the internet every day to find out who was on the ground for the animals. My company is currently matching donations and I wanted to take advantage of that for the animals (almost always forgotten).

  2. Sarah Says:

    Thanks for the great information – I work at the HSUS, and noticed your comment about Katrina; I wanted to clarify that we actually have the accounting for our work in Katrina here, you can see it here http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news/2008/08/katrina_three_years.html Also you might be interested in our most recent efforts http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2010/01/st-bernard-parish.html

  3. Kelly G. Says:

    @ Theresa – Excellent!

    @ Sarah – Thanks for providing links to additional information; I have updated the post accordingly. However, I’m afraid that the 3-year summary you linked to doesn’t address all of my concerns.

    For example, one criticism is that the HSUS only spent a small fraction of donations collected for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, only spending the rest after it (along with the Red Cross) came under investigation for misuse of Katrina funds. Is there a year-by-year breakdown of how the money was spent?

    Also, statements such as this: “$3.8 million to support pet health and overpopulation initiatives” are rather vague; is there a more detailed accounting summary available online? And of the $34 million referred to in the article, how much has already been spent, and how much is “committed”?

    Finally, exactly how much in monetary donations did the HSUS collect in the days and weeks after Katrina? How much was earmarked by donors for immediate disaster relief?

  4. The Truth....... Says:

    You have no idea the misuse of funds that goes on at HSUS in the Emergency Services Department! They used to be called Disaster Services, but changed the name. If you want your money to go for paying for suites in hotels for the Director of Emergency Services or renting a Hummer, because that is all he will drive now…..feel free. They are implying they have people on the ground now and they do not. It’s all about the money and getting video or pictures to raise more money. I know HSUS from the inside and they will NEVER get another dime. Misuse and waste is rampant in that department in particular. Spend you money wisely and don’t send it to HSUS.

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  6. Michelle Says:

    I’m pretty confused. Several organizations are asking for donations and saying they are part of ARCH. Supposedly they are all in this coalition with the an organization in the dominion republic SODOPRECA. The funny thing is SODOPRECA is stating that they are not part of ARCH and has the following on there website:

    “SODOPRECA, feels that the contract that ARCH is offering to sodopreca does not warranty the physical integrity of our team, because do not allocate funds for security measures. The contract neither fulfils the expectation, financially speaking, for such endeavour.Further more, Sodopreca believes that there is enough potential donors to raise the necessary funding to achieve this mission. Also we do not understand why we should reject help from other groups willing to help the animals in Haiti, when that is our main objective. Sodopreca believes that no offer to help the animals in Haiti should be rejected. In the case of human victim everyone is allow to help and no help is been rejected; why should we limit the efforts of our animal’s caring people and groups. Sodopreca will receive financial assistant and other resources from any person or organization willing to help us, we alone do not have the resources to achieve the mission but all the small groups and people together for sure can accomplish this mission. An special fund it is been created for this purpose.”

  7. Kelly G. Says:

    Hi Michelle! Over at Animal Rights & AntiOppression, Brandon also pointed to SODOPRECA’s statement, which readers can find here. It’s a little difficult to understand – since unlike the rest of the site, it’s in broken English – but it sounds like ARCH is asking SODOPRECA to sign a contract in order to receive funds; the contract 1) somehow limits its ability to accept donations/help from “outside” groups and 2) does not provide for adequate security. (?) If true, this is cause for concern (are contracts standard operating procedure in disaster relief efforts?), but I wish SODOPRECA would go into greater detail in its statement. It’s all rather confusing.

    Several organizations are asking for donations and saying they are part of ARCH. Supposedly they are all in this coalition with the an organization in the dominion republic SODOPRECA. The funny thing is SODOPRECA is stating that they are not part of ARCH and has the following on there website:

    re: ARCH, it’s my understanding that a few individual member groups claim (on their websites, in emails) to be working in conjunction with SODOPRECA, without actually stating that SODOPRECA is part of ARCH. Again, though, SODOPRECA’s statement concerns me, because it suggests that ARCH is not working with SODOPRECA so much as trying to assimilate (control?) it.

    If I have a chance later today or tomorrow, I’ll try contacting the ARCH member orgs to see if I can get an explanation. In the meantime, I recommend donating to SODOPRECA directly, or to one of the human-based aid orgs such as Food for Life Global – seeing as those groups are actually being allowed into Haiti.

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