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 fourth in a series of field reports from Jeff on the frontlines.
Today we went back into the city and stopped at an area to treat local dogs and cats. A woman who was by her house said that we were the first people to offer any help or stop to ask if they were all right. We then moved into a more devastated area and again set up and treated dogs and cats.
After this we drove to the Bolivian army base where they have requested us to check the dogs that are there. We estimated there were ten dogs and one possibly with puppies. The army offered to feed us and use their personal facilities. The team will return tomorrow to complete the assignment.
We then returned to our tent cities area and set up again and treated and performed wellness checks on dogs and cats. Today there were forty eight dogs and eighteen cats. One dog was treated and is a possible candidate for surgery for a tumor. We submitted an on scene photo for veterinarian review.
There is a red alert for a possible earth quake until Sunday and rain and flood warnings until Thursday. There is little left of buildings and what shelter there is will not sustain any further weather extremes. It is estimated another 100.000 people will be displaced if this weather comes. I am supposed to rotate out in the early am.
Photos from the scene in Haiti can be seen in the slideshow below.