HSVMA Sends Third Disaster Response Team to Haiti

February 11, 2010

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association—along with our partners at The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International—was the first animal protection group to enter Haiti three weeks ago, and is now sending a third team of disaster responders and veterinarians to the devastated country.

Two members of the second team of veterinary responders visit with Pastor Johnnie on the needs of domestic and agricultural animals in rural areas.
Kathy Milani/The HSUS

This third team is on the move and should arrive in Haiti on February 13 to provide aid to animals affected by the January 12 earthquake.

The HSI/HSUS/HSVMA field responders include two veterinarians, a veterinary technician and a disaster responder trained in animal handling.

Long-term needs will be addressed

With the dust settling and the people of Haiti begining to rebuild their lives, our team is now focused on ongoing support in Haiti.

The third team's arrival will continue the efforts of the first two groups of veterinary responders, bringing more veterinary supplies, medications, vaccines and food.

Coordinating our efforts with other veterinary and humanitarian groups, we are helping the people of Haiti improve their long-term animal welfare and husbandry practices.

Dr. Rebecca Berg, a veterinarian and HSVMA member in the first team of responders, commented on the future veterinary needs in Haiti, emphasizing the importance of working with the local veterinarians and supporting their network. "Sustainable projects are of essence," she said.

The third team of veterinary responders will be focusing on a rural spay/neuter program, addressing equine and farm animal welfare, restoring a rabies vaccination program, and providing veterinary disaster preparedness training.

See all of the work of our veterinary responders and offer your support to the disaster response team for this and other emergency efforts.