Haiti earthquake seven years on: how supporters helped save 500,000 animals
Today (January 12 2017) marks seven years since a terrible earthquake hit Haiti
Despite lasting less than a minute, its magnitude was catastrophic. The scale of devastation it caused was unprecedented.
As well as having a huge impact on Haitian people, many thousands of animals were left homeless, were badly injured, or died.
It's important to not only remember the people and animals who sadly lost their lives, but also be prepared for future events of a similar kind. Our supporters are vital to this.
We reached Haiti as quickly as possible
Just 72 hours after the earthquake, our vets arrived. They delivered immediate first-aid to pets and farm animals. With the help of our supporters’ generous donations, we vaccinated animals to stop the spread of diseases such as rabies and anthrax.
How we helped animals
We supported the recovery of surviving animals, and where possible, reunited them with their families. We gave medical care to around 70,000 animals from our mobile clinics. We also helped 425,000 animals by strengthening animal health care systems in Haiti, including the rebuilding of the Taraminier Laboratory, a critical animal health facility.
Hurricane Matthew brought more animal suffering in 2016
Haiti is vulnerable to natural disasters, and was affected by a major hurricane in October 2016. We deployed to the island again last year and helped approximately 110,000 injured, sick and displaced animals affected by this most recent natural disaster.
Make a donation
As we reflect on the seven years since the Haiti earthquake, it's important to think of the future too. We can't be there for as many animals without people like you.
Your gift could help our teams continue to care for animals affected by natural disasters, as well as help communities prepare for the worst. Without people like you, many animals could be left alone in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods and other disasters.
Thank you for all your support.