Jeff Eyre, the Northeast Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team, is currently on the ground in Haiti, assisting with animal relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck the region on January 12. The ASPCA is a member of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), headed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), which has deployed a team of experts to bring direct aid to the animals affected by the crisis. With limited communication in and out of the area, the following is the first in a series of field reports from Jeff on the frontlines.
Arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and met with local ARCH member Sodo Prieca. They have a base camp set up within the embassy compound. Security is tight with both local state and federal presence. This compound is patrolled by U.N. troops.
We were able to secure a third vehicle through IFAW—in a three-vehicle convoy, re-checking specific areas for any recurring issues. We then split into two patrols. Our team then proceeded to the American Embassy for a meeting.
After this meeting, we proceeded to the U.N. logistics base and made a supply pick-up.
Community is strong and accepting our presence with our local partners, showing the awareness and empathy needed for an integration of animal and humane needs.
Saw five cows, four goats, chickens—who also come to meals with us—a couple of pigs and some street dogs—average condition. Will check in again…