Remembering Haiti, seven years on from the terrible earthquake
January 12, 2017 marks the seven-year anniversary since a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. Lasting less than a minute, it was unprecedented in its magnitude and scale of devastation.
When the shaking stopped almost 250,000 people were dead and many more times that were left homeless. Seldom heard is how so many animals also died, were left homeless or badly injured.
Within days, our vets were there, delivering immediate first-aid to companion animals and livestock. With your help, we vaccinated animals to stop the spread of diseases like rabies and anthrax and helped the surviving animals recover and reunite with their families when possible. We estimate approximately 70,000 animals benefited from our mobile clinics as well as an additional 425,000 animals from strengthening animal health care systems in Haiti, including the rebuilding of the Taraminier Laboratory – a critical facility that ensures animal health.
Recently, we were back in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew late last year, helping approximately 110,000 injured, sick and displaced animals. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and very vulnerable to natural disasters.
Today, please give a thought to Haiti and its animals. Help our global disaster teams continue to be there for millions of animals around the world who, without your help would be left alone in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods and other disasters.