I guess it's my love of animals that always makes me think of them first whenever a natural disaster takes place. So when I heard about the earthquake in Haiti last week my heart plummeted into my stomach. It's not that I don't care about the people of Haiti, because I do. It's simply that I know the animals are not the priority for most people and they are also suffering great injury and loss.
I was so pleased to hear that American Human Association was among the first to join an international group of professional animal welfare organizations -- the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) -- in their commitment to aid animals in Haiti.
This big-hearted team is preparing a mobile animal clinic and staff to perform outreach work in Haiti. They'll assess and assist with the needs of animals of people who have been displaced by the earthquake, as they transition into temporary camps. The plan includes providing food and clean water, as well as vaccinating them against rabies.
At the time I'm writing this, unfortunately they haven't hit the ground running yet due to huge issues they are having with getting actual access to the country. But let's all hope and pray they make it into Haiti very soon and that they are able to provide the love and care these animals so desperately need.
If you'd like to make a donation to American Humane and the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti, visit http://tiny.cc/m0Htv. Please give anything you can! The animals of Haiti need you.