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Helping Animals in Haiti

Written by PETA | January 16, 2010
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The situation in Haiti is obviously bleak for all living beings. PETA is asking rescue and relief agencies on the ground in Haiti—some with rescue dogs from the U.S. and Europe who are helping locate trapped people—to please spare a moment if they can to aid any suffering animal by offering scraps, drops of water, or any other emergency assistance possible. We are offering funding for any emergency services, including for euthanasia to put badly injured animals out of their misery. We are appealing to every kind member of earthquake specialist teams as well as EMS personnel, news reporters, and any other person who is in everyone’s debt already for going about the vital task of searching for and rescuing human beings.

All living beings—no matter what their species—deserve the kindness of others. We also ask aid personnel who come across animals who are suffering without any hope of being saved to attempt to be strong and to quickly—and as humanely as possible—put them out of their misery.

Keep checking our blog for updates on the disaster in Haiti and for ways you can help the country’s animals.

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  • Jeanne says:

    I live in South Africa. My prayers go out to the animals and people of Haiti. But we have our own problems. Most recently and more to come they have been slaughtering bulls with their bare hands to “bless” the opening of each of the soccer stadiums built for the soccer world cup due to start here in June 2010. Our SPCA tried to get a court interdict to stop this cruelty but it was declined on the basis that “there is no evidence that the animals suffer during this ritual”. ???? Although I have protested and spoken to thousands it has fallen on deaf ears. I will not give up. Mahatma Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I am embarrassed to call myself a South African.

  • Diane Shepherd says:

    I am in Haiti and the situation remains overwhelming. It is unfortunate but understandable that dogs are on the bottom of the “food chain”. Most people here are at poverty level and daily life is literally a struggle. At home I have five dogs 3 cats and 7 birds no I am NOT a hoarder and they live better than most Haitians. I suspect there aren’t many if any vets in Haiti. The dogs are very malnourished and scruffy and they rank lower than the livestock who are in pretty bad condition. I have seen the hind end of only one cat I have been told that some Haitians eat cat. Again we’re talking about people who had very little before the quake who now have virtually nothing. You cannot begin to imagine! At the orphanage where I’m volunteering there is a pregnant female dog and a female puppy from a previous litter. The children and staff think I’m crazy for playing with and feeding the dogs and I’ve made it very clear that I will not put up with any violence against them. For you who are praying people please keep the Haitians and those helping here in your prayers. God’s peace.

  • Susan says:

    Thank you for people like you!The animals are often forgotten but you have made it your mission to help them you are truly angels and my thoughts are with you and as soon as I can my financial support aswell! Thank you Thank you Thank you is just a start.

  • Anna says:

    Is PETA able to bring some of the dogs here. I would like to adopt one.

  • Kerry Hancock says:

    As an Aussie snake catcher pleeease help all animals not just the cute ones that people want to cuddle! I catch release unless mortally injuredthen I humanely put them to zzzz. Snakes need love too!!

  • Merilyn Phillips says:

    Thank God we have people who care about the animals! I’ve been very heartbroken for the people of Haiti but as an animal lover knowing that they would be the last to be helped I am feeling very distressed for them. I hope and pray there are not that many and may they be rescued asap. God bless all animal families who are trying to help. It is such a very sad situation. I worry that organizations are taking advantage of the situation in Haiti and profiting from it. Sad.

  • Helton says:

    “As a black woman I have read with interest how whites used to stand and scream at other whites who were helping register black people to vote in Mississipi. You know what they used to say? “Help other whites first!” Posted by Angela. Wise words Angela.

  • Madalena Vidal says:

    Great job PETA!!! A big thank you from Portugal

  • Diana says:

    Thank you PETA for everything that you guys do!!!

  • Christine Gordon says:

    How can I help?

  • sasuke says:

    i wish allthis bad stuff in the world would stop and our economy down here is bad enough and we r still trying to figure out how many more people r died in haiti!!!!!!so i say that we need to save everything while we can and all the animals have been with us since the stone ages!!!!!!!!so lets help haiti get there country back so we all can be safeand so can our family and friends!!expesially down in haiti they need more help than we do down in georgia right now!!! ariel age13 help the world pplz

  • Cynthia says:

    I was born in Haiti and I can tell you that any family that has a dog in Haiti wether rich or poor always give the dog a protion of whatever they’re eating. The dogs or cats are considered part of the family their position is that of watchmen and they eat in proportion to what the owner eats they are never not fed while their family is eating. So I urge you to take care of the people first and they will make sure that their dogs get someting to eat.

  • Jay R David says:

    To whoever said that people come first I have not read in any news report any consideration for the loss of animal life but an abundance about humans. What is it about animals that make them come second? We’re all animals.

  • michael says:

    Hey mitch…..shut up.

  • Kim says:

    This Country is so poor and can barley feed themselves so I’m sure there are always a lot of strays animals roaming the streets uncared for. I hope just as much effort is put into helping them as it is the humans in need.

  • Y says:

    How about instead of arguing about who should be helped first we should help who we can whoever is withing our reach to help whether human or animal. I have donated to both human and animal relief efforts both need help right now. And as for arguing about God maybe we should agree to disagree. I by experience have seen God take mercy on my dog and entire church prayed for her when we found out she had cancer and now she is in the clear and happy. God will have mercy on all his creatures. If you don’t believe in God fine but don’t be shooting people down for doing so and praying. Quit fighting and work together!!!

  • Jazz says:

    There is group of professional animal rescuers called ARCH who have come together and are there on the island already making a difference……… International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW and the World Society for the Protection of Animals WSPA and in addition to the ASPCA consists of a number of animal welfare groups including American Humane Best Friends the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International.

  • Louisa says:

    We should all try and help

  • jp says:

    just help all no matter of species they are all living and breathing creatures WITH EMOTIONS FEELINGS!!!!!!!! POINT BLANK PERIOD!!! keep it simple

  • AP says:

    Sorry I meant to say in my previous post “Do people think that a volunteer would help a dog and NOT the dog’s owner?”

  • AP says:

    It is important to help both humans and animals. We don’t need rabid hungry animals walking around attacking survivors getting sick and spreading disease. That would make the situation worse. Do people think that a volunteer would help a dog and the dog’s owner? If efforts are coordinated all can be helped.

  • Kurt K says:

    Raffaello I wish I could. However I haven’t the means to make the trip. I have to many bills and I don’t make nearly enough money to take off that long. Plus the trip would cost an arm an a leg.

  • mitch says:

    The Haitians have no reagrd for other living things they destroyed there forests 98 of it I feel bad for the hurting however they destroyes there part of that island googlemap the island you can see the border line of the dominican they are lush forest haiti leveled all there 40 years ago