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Kinship Circle has united with animal protection groups worldwide to form Animal Relief Coalition For Haiti (ARCH), a collective response led by World Society For Protection Of Animals (WSPA) and International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW).
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Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Michael Booth.

A dog makes his way through rubble and fire in the aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Michael Booth.

Companion animals roam freely and scavenge for food. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter.

Dr. Juan Carlos Murillo, WSPA’s disaster management veterinary officer and an ARCH team member in Port-au-Prince, checks a dog for lesions. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter.

There are about 5 million farmed animals (excluding domestic fowl) in Port-au-Prince Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter.

Sodopreca, based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is the first animal group to gain entry into Port-au-Prince for assessment after the earthquake. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW.

Sodopreca and ARCH temporarily share a compound outside Haiti’s airport, with food and supplies from Dominican Republic, where Sodapreca is based. Amenities are scarce. Haiti (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW.

Sodopreca told Kinship Circle its disaster plan includes efforts to medically aid horses, pigs, goats or any large domesticated animals found in distress. Haiti (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW.

A dog trots past blown out homes in Leogane. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW.

Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter.

Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter.

Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter.

ARCH plans to expand vet aid in areas beyond Port-au-Prince. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Delmas.

This dog is treated for mange. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Delmas.

Rich Crook, head of Best Friends Rapid Response Team, cradles a puppy at a tent clinic in Haiti. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Delmas.

Haitian veterinarians and ARCH volunteers treat animals like this tiny pup in Port-au-Prince. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Jason Watt.

Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Jason Watt.

IFAW Emergency Relief Manager Dick Green represents ARCH in a team that works with Haitian vets, techs and volunteers. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Jason Watt.

Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Jason Watt.

Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Jason Watt.
Kinship Circle Joins Animal Relief Coalition For Haiti

Eyes are foggy with disease. Some are hollow from hunger. They walk in rubble and fire, scavenging for food and a place to rest. These are the animals of Haiti, who survived a 7.0 earthquake and aftershocks that reduced Port-au-Prince to rubble.

As a member of Animal Relief Coalition For Haiti (ARCH) Kinship Circle seeks support to relieve stricken animals as soon as possible. Kinship Circle has assembled an expert team — including a veterinarian, vet tech, paramedic, firefighter, and more FEMA-certified first responders with experience in search-rescue, emergency sheltering, technical and large animal rescue…

KINSHIP CIRCLE DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM


ABOUT PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE
Haiti images are invidividually credited to ARCH members and represent the joint effort of Animal Relief Coalition For Haiti. Organizations formed ARCH to streamline aid to as many animals as possible. At present, ARCH partners include:

  • International Fund For Animal Welfare
  • American Humane Association
  • RSPCA UK
  • Kinship Circle
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • ASPCA
  • Swiss Animal Protection
  • Palo Alto Humane Society
  • Finnish Federation for Animal Welfare
  • Animal Welfare Care Foundation
  • World Society For Protection Of Animals
  • Best Friends Animal Society
  • Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society
  • In Defense Of Animals
  • American Veterinary Medical Foundation
  • United Animal Nations
  • One Voice
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • Last Chance For Animals


BACK TO TOP - FIELD NOTES LIST JANUARY 2010
Haiti's Worst Quake In Over 200 Years

1/12/10: A 7.0 earthquake shatters densely populated Port-au-Prince in the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti. Tens of thousands die. Some 5 million farmed and native wild animals are harmed.

A big stray population that struggled to survive pre-quake now faces starvation, wounds, disease. Animal responders cannot gain clearance until humanitarian efforts are stable.

Fortunately, first responders from China, Spain, France, USA, etc. are mobilizing teams to aid the financially strapped Haitian government. Food, sanitary water, shelter and medical care are critical for human survivors.

Kinship Circle is monitoring animal impacts and in communication with regional rescue in the Dominican Republic (there are no rescue organizations based in Haiti).


► INITIAL NEWS FROM HAITI
  • 1/12/10: A 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti, killing tens of thousands of people.

  • The Caribbean nation appeals for international help.

  • U.S. Geological Survery records the earthquake as most powerful to hit Haiti in 200+ years.

  • Quake epicenter is 15km SW of Port-au-Prince. [USGS]

  • About 4 million people live in/near Port-au-Prince.

  • Reuters footage shows chaos, people sobbing and dazed amid rubble and fallen buildings.

  • Forceful 5.9 aftershocks rattle Port-au-Prince throughout the night and for several more days.

  • Haiti lacks response resources, such as equipment to move debris, adequate emergency personnel.

  • Witnesses say hillside homes and shanties broke into pieces and tumbled down like an avalanche.

  • Communications down. Roads blocked.


BACK TO TOP - FIELD NOTES LIST JANUARY 20-31 2010
ARCH Team Finds Wounded, Sick Animals

SUBMITTED BY: ARCH Situation Reports & Kinship Circle Notes
LOCATION: Port-au-Prince and outlying rural regions in Haiti

► OVERVIEW: ARCH assessment efforts in Haiti help animal teams formulate an emergency response plan. As part of that plan, a mobile veterinary clinic is en route to aid animals in Haiti. Among the 500,000 "owned" and stray dogs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's Ministry of Agriculture estimates that 70% of "owned" dogs are vaccinated against rabies. The line blurs between street animals and those with caregivers, as all companion animals roam freely and scavenge for food in Haiti. With so many displaced residents and closed businesses, animals in and around Port-au-Prince are without food.

"Animals are frightened, alone, injured and without food," says Kinship Circle executive director Brenda Shoss. "Our organization has united with animal welfare groups worldwide under the banner Animal Relief Coalition For Haiti (ARCH) to offer rescue and veterinary care, as well as long term measures such as vaccinations to curb rabies, leptospirosis and other disease outbreaks."


Haiti Earthquake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter, Michael Booth.
TOP PHOTO: Children huddle with a dog in makeshift tents, after a mass earthquake in Haiti. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW.

BOTTOM PHOTO: A man holds a chicken in devastated Port-au-Prince. In Haiti, confined animals such as pigs and chickens are in more danger post-quake, due to lack of feed and housing. Goats, cows, horses and donkeys, who graze in Haiti and are not reliant upon feed, live in fields away from structures. Unlike U.S. factory farms, Haitian farming commonly occurs in backyards. But the Haitian government lacks sufficient medicines and vaccines to protect farmed animals against common illness such as anthrax and pig cholera. ARCH's first shipment of animal medical supplies is expected to arrive from the Dominican Republic 1/25/10.

► PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — JANUARY 25, 2010: Members of an animal protection coalition have arrived in Haiti to aid animals. The team represents Animal Relief Coalition For Haiti (ARCH), led by World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) — and formed specifically to address the Haiti earthquake crisis.

The ARCH team is meeting with Haitian government officials and international agencies such as the United Nations, to define urgent animal-related problems and define options for a long-term plan that improves infrastructure for veterinary care, vaccination programs and animal population control services. "Animal conditions before the earthquake were not good, so we can't simply put things back as they were," said Ian Robinson, IFAW's Director of Emergency Relief. "We need to deliver immediate relief to animals and to develop plans for a lasting good."


"Eleven days after the earthquake, we found a city in ruins… But we've also met very professional government authorities committed to supporting the tasks ahead," said Gerardo Huertas, WSPA Disaster Management Director for the Americas. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Michael Booth.


A sad, emaciated dog wanders the through debris in the earthquake ravaged city of Port-au-Prince. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter, Michael Booth.

Pigs and dogs scavenge trash heaps in search of anything edible. Some animals in Port-au-Prince huddle with humans inside tent camps, where ARCH responders treat them for gashes, broken bones, mange, malnutrition, dehydration, worms, parasites, etc.

Haiti 2010 (c) ARCH. Stargardter.


BACK TO TOP - FIELD NOTES LIST JANUARY 20-31
Sodopreca Reaches Out To Kinship Circle

SUBMITTED BY: Kinship Circle Notes
LOCATION: Dominican Republic / Port-au-Prince and outlying rural regions in Haiti

► OVERVIEW: Sociedad Dominicana para la Prevencion de Crueldad a los Animales (Sodopreca) — a Dominican Republic SPCA in Santo Domingo — is first to gain authorization to enter Port-au-Prince for animal assessment after the earthquake. Sodopreca contacted Kinship Circle before and during its involvement with ARCH, to request support from our animal disaster responders. Initially, an agreement was drafted to rescue, medically treat, temporarily shelter and rehome as many dogs and cats as possible. Sodopreca told Kinship Circle its disaster plan includes aid to horses, pigs, goats or any large domesticated animals found in distress. Sodopreca also coordinated transfer of some dogs to a USA agency for adoption.

Animals are commonly taunted in Haiti. Kinship Circle is working round the clock with other animal groups to get resources to them. There are many challenges: the scale of human tragedy, lack of security, limited access. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter.

Specifically, Kinship Circle would deploy responders in stages to assist Sodopreca in the field, manage volunteer flow, and coordinate acquisition/distribution of much needed supplies. However once committed to ARCH, Kinship Circle was obligated to work within a structure that disallowed independent deployment. To maintain our organization's integrity and stability, we proceeded as contributing ARCH members and also wired monetary support to Sodopreca. Kinship Circle and Sodopreca maintained communication throughout acute response stages and we commend the group's devotion to Haiti animals. To our knowledge, there are no animal rescue organizations based in Haiti itself.

Sociedad Dominicana para la Prevencion de Crueldad a los Animales (Sodopreca)


BACK TO TOP - FIELD NOTES LIST FEBRUARY 2010
Animals In Haiti Need Support Now And Tomorrow

SUBMITTED BY: ARCH Situation Reports & Kinship Circle Notes
LOCATION: Port-au-Prince and outlying rural regions in Haiti

► WHERE ARE THEY? Haiti's Minister of Agriculture tells ARCH that 100,000 dogs were vaccinated pre-quake, out of an estimated 500,000. With animal relief groups now entrenched in the area, responders look for survivors. Haiti's infrastructure has changed dramatically since the quake, with a large exodus to rural areas. Travel is extremely congested and slow.

Presently, about 100 animals are cared for at the ARCH-Sodopreca basecamp, with a surprising number of cats considering their absence in the streets. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Delmas.

A primary goal of ARCH: To leave Haiti's animal infrastructure better than we found it. That means funding is critically needed for:
  • Mobile Clinic Relief
  • Vaccine Delivery
  • Temporary Vet Clinics (staffed by Haitian vets)
  • Cold Stores, Good Cold Chain
  • Dog Population And Control Study
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • On-Site Project Manager
  • Outreach And Education Campaigns, Including Disaster Preparedness

► NOT INTERESTED IN A RESCUE-AND-RUN OPERATION: We can make a difference in a country with acute and long-term needs. Rather than watch Haiti resort to the gruesome dog culls seen in China, ARCH has a chance to educate, vaccinate and support Haiti's young veterinarians so they are better equipped for the next disaster. Kinship Circle has pledged its time, volunteers and resources to Haiti animal aid. Please help us be there for them today and tomorrow.


BACK TO TOP - FIELD NOTES LIST FEBRUARY 2010
Dogs, Cats, Pigs…At Tent Camps — Lost Limbs, Trauma Wounds, Disease, Dehydration

SUBMITTED BY: ARCH Situation Reports & Kinship Circle Notes
LOCATION: Port-au-Prince and outlying rural regions in Haiti

► OVERVIEW & ACTIVITIES IN HAITI: ARCH canvasses the city to check some 40-50 animals (mostly dogs, numerous cats, and pigs) at each tent community. We vaccinate as many as supplies allow, and offer surgery for damaged limbs, along with fluids, meds, vitamins. Evacuees welcome the team's presence, which now includes Haitian veterinarian Dr. Thomas and Dr. Gary Gohman of the U.S. government search dog program. We see lacerations, lesions, quake-related trauma and lost limbs. We vaccinate animals, give vitamins and meds for mange/skin infections, worms, parasistes… Haiti's unsterilized stray and caregiven animals generate litters continually, so we hope to secure more vitamins, flu medications and vaccines.

This dog is treated for an open hind leg wound. In addition to injuries from the quake and street life, some animals are abuse victims. We stitch up a deep neck laceration on Lassie, a chained dog with an embedded collar. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Delmas.


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Number Of Animal Victims Rises As Tragedy Unfolds

SUBMITTED BY: ARCH Situation Reports & Kinship Circle Notes
LOCATION: Port-au-Prince and outlying rural regions in Haiti

► ACUTE PHASE: We desperately need more vehicles to split teams and reach more animals. Haiti is also dangerous, with unrest and gunfire in the streets. Volunteer safety calls for evolving security precautions that can limit where teams work. Still, the number of animals treated continues to grow. A typical day may include aid for 44 dogs, 15 cats, several goats and pigs… Field teams need at least one to two veterinarians, animal handlers with ACO type skills, and culturally sensitive volunteers.

ARCH, working with Haitian veterinarians and Sodapreca, has treated nearly 750 animals so far. Haiti Quake 2010 (c) ARCH, Best Friends. Jason Watt.

► LONG AFTER ARCH LEAVES HAITI, A SYSTEM TO SERVE ANIMALS AND PEOPLE WILL REMAIN: As of 2/8/10, ARCH is working with Haitian government officials to create animal facilities and services that did not exist pre-earthquake. With candidates lined up for paid positions as project manager and assistant project manager, ARCH estimates a required $1.2 million to carry out its plan to implement an animal welfare system serving Port-au-Prince and outlying areas. All ARCH members are encouraged to fundraise and contribute as much as they can.


Help Haiti's Animals Now And In Next Disaster!

KINSHIP CIRCLE AND ARCH GROUPS HAVE PLEDGED VOLUNTEERS AND MONEY FOR HAITI TO:
  • Run a mobile veterinary clinic for Port au Prince and rural communities.
  • Support/implement training of veterinarians and animal health technicians.
  • Refrigeration system to maintain a cold chain for storage, medicine distribution.
  • Design public awareness/education campaigns in Haiti and Creole.
  • Vaccinate 3 million chickens for Newcastle disease, 2 million for Charcoal disease.
  • Activate Vaccination Preventive Care Program for more diseases and species.
  • Treat 3 million animals (anyone with a paw or hoof!)
  • PLEASE MAKE A GENEROUS DONATION TODAY.


Hearts For Haiti

FEBRUARY 14 2010
Kinship Circle Joins Bravo TV's Top Chef Ron Duprat & Hollywood Unites For Haiti
Kinship Circle is pleased to announce it has been chosen as one of two charities to receive funds raised in the national celebrity event, Hearts For Haiti: An American Dining Relief Benefit. The other beneficiary is Hollywood Unites For Haiti, a humanitarian charity in Los Angeles founded by NBC "Heroes" star Jimmy Jean Louis, in association with Pan American Development Fund.

For the event, Haitian-born Ron Duprat of Bravo's hit series "Top Chef" has teamed up with three recent contestants — Mattin Noblia, Hector Santiago and Michael Voltagggio — to welcome other fine chefs nationwide in a Relief Benefit on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2010. Chefs and restaurants will donate up to 10 percent of their receipts to Hearts For Haiti: An American Dining Relief Benefit

Kinship Circle, an animal advocacy and disaster rescue nonprofit, alerted its volunteers shortly after a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, leaving Port-au-Prince and nearby areas in ruins. To streamline aid for animals, Kinship Circle united with animal protection groups worldwide as Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti (ARCH), led by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

ARCH works in compliance with the Haitian government to rescue and medically treat affected animals, as well as implement long-term measures to vaccinate animals and prevent disease outbreaks. The coalition has already supplied a mobile vet clinic.

At present, veterinarians, vet techs and animal disaster responders enter tent communities offering surgery for dogs with damaged limbs, medications, vitamins and fluids. They see some 40 to 50 animals at each site, mostly dogs and cats. The team has also administered vaccinations and vitamins to pigs.

"We've seen dogs, alongside pigs, navigating the wreckage in search of food and a place to rest," says Kinship Circle president Brenda Shoss. "Helping these animals lets stricken communities return to normalcy as quickly as possible. Animals play an integral role in the rebuilding of communities."

U.S. volunteers are in Port-au-Prince with Dominicana para la Prevencion de Crueldad a los Animales (SODOPRECA) to medically assist dogs, cats, goats, pigs, horses, cows, chickens…any small or large domesticated animals encountered.


SUPPORT KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL AID: HAITI EARTHQUAKE



For information about Kinship Circle:
Brenda Shoss - 314-795-2646, info@kinshipcircle.org
KinshipCircle.org  /  kinshipcircle.org/disasters

For information about Hearts for Haiti:
Valary Bremier - desk: 415-461-9300, 415-686-7470, valary@mindspring.com

Information for dining establishments: www.haitihearts.org
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BACK TO TOP - FIELD NOTES LIST MARCH 2010
Hope Has Wheels: 4,000+ Treated & Long-Term Plan

SUBMITTED BY: ARCH Situation Reports & Kinship Circle Notes
LOCATION: Port-au-Prince and outlying rural regions in Haiti

► HOPE HAS WHEELS: Hope arrives on four wheels, underneath a fully equipped veterinary mobile clinic! As of March 4, 2010, ARCH has treated over 4000 animals, including many dogs, goats, sheep, cats, pigs, cows, horses, donkeys and domestic fowl. In a single day, the vet van sees as many as 500 animals in need.

Kenny, 10, said his dog Vito was "sick for a long time, but I don't know any vets and don't have money." ARCH gave Vito antibiotics and vitamins and will check the dog's progress. Haiti 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter.

ARCH's mobile clinic makes rounds to underserved areas such as Pelerin where Haitians with animals line up for vaccinations. There is concern for areas such as Jacmel and Leogane, in line with the quake's epicenter east of Port-au-Prince. According to the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, there are some 5 million farmed animals in Haiti (not including domestic fowl), and about 500,000 dogs in Port-au-Prince. The Dominican Republic's Dominicana para la Prevencion de Crueldad a los Animales (SODOPRECA) also works in Haiti to medically assist and rescue animals.

► ARCH ANNOUNCES $1.1 MILLION AGREEMENT WITH HAITIAN GOVERNMENT: To improve animal welfare conditions in the aftermath of January's earthquake, an ambitious long-term plan covers:

  • DISEASE PREVENTION NETWORK - To protect people and animals from disease outbreaks, a laboratory and staff will carry out targeted vaccination campaigns for Rabies, Anthrax and other diseases.

  • VETERINARY TRAINING - Our goal is to train at least 200 Haitian veterinarians and vet technicians for current/future animal welfare issues.

  • VACCINATION COLD STORAGE - A crucial cold chain keeps vaccinations stable through delivery.

  • ANIMAL POPULATION STUDIES - Haiti's animal demographics have changed dramatically in recent disasters. Data is vital to reach animals.

Photos: Haiti Earthquake 2010 (c) ARCH, WSPA/IFAW. Tomas Stargardter.
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