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Bullet, a Canadian white shepherd shot through his left eye, survives! Bullet was shot as he played in a garden. In March 2007, a woman phoned BETA about the injured dog. She heard gunfire and ran outside believing her own dog had been shot. Instead she found Bullet, bloody and limp near her unscathed dog. "I drove like a maniac to get this dog," recalls BETA's Helena Hesayne. "He was completely red with blood when I first saw him. I thought he was dead. I carried him to my car and drove him straight to our vet…" Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

"Bullet was lucky. The bone of his eye deflected the bullet and it exited behind his ear, with no brain penetration. We removed his eye and bullet fragments. I kept Bullet at my place for a month and half. Now he is healthy and safe at BETA's shelter. I want to find him a home in the U.S. He's very sweet and nice." BETA

Nougat, a Lab-Husky hit by a car and left for four days, survives! Her former caregivers knew she'd been hit, but didn't care. Once someone finally called, we found her and our vet operated on Nougat until 1:00am." Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Nougat's entire jaw was shattered and maggots covered her mouth and head, but we saved her. Now called Bella Nougat, this lucky dog lives with Suzanne in Rhode Island. BETA

War victims Sugar and Spice (above and below) survive! The two girls were found alone and afraid at 3-months of age. They have each thrived at BETA's shelter and are now very playful and loving.

A volunteer with Beirut for the Ethical Treatment Animals (BETA) is with a dog crippled in the conflict between Lebanon's Hezbollah and Israel. Joanne Greene, an American volunteering for animals in Lebanon.

Pups And Primates In Israeli/Hezbollah Line Of Fire
CHAI (Concern for Helping Animals in Israel) — Thirty-nine puppies, just some of many animals CHAI's sister charity in Israel, Hakol Chai, rescued during the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, were flown to the U.S. They've all been placed in loving homes, thanks to positive media and highly successful adoption events.

Dr. Shirley McGreal, International Primate Protection League — Several baboons and vervet monkeys, and one macaque, left stranded in Beirut by the civil war and cared for by the Lebanese group BETA are now safely at the Cef-yr-erw sanctuary in Wales run by Graham and Jan Garen. It took two trips to Lebanon to arrange the animals' departure from Lebanon. In photos above, animals in Beirut are crated for the flight to Wales where Care for the Wild girls meet them at London Heathrow.

INNOCENT FACES OF WAR, 8/15/06. An Israeli man walks his dog by the beach, as life returns to the city of Nahariya, northern Israel. Under the U.N. cease-fire deal that took effect Monday morning, Israeli troops are due to be replaced by 15,000 Lebanese soldiers supported by up to 15,000 troops under the blue flag of the United Nations. AP Photo, Muhammed Muheisen

INNOCENT FACES OF WAR, 8/15/06. A female bear rests at the entrance of a zoo bomb shelter in the city of Haifa, northern Israel, after many animals were released from shelters where they spent 34 days. Zoo officials moved all carnivores, bears and monkeys indoors when fighting began between Israel and Hezbollah, both to protect them from rocket strikes and to keep an errant missile on a Israel's third-largest city. AP Photo, Muhammed Muheisen

LEFT: An Israeli soldier makes a phone call near the northern Israeli town of Nahariya after his withdrawal from south Lebanon. REUTERS-Israel, Petr Josek. RIGHT: On 8/13/06, an Israeli woman holds her dog as she looks over a Hezbollah rocket attack scene in Haifa. Hezbollah fired more than 250 rockets into Israel, the worst barrage against northern Israel since fighting began over a month ago, the army said. AP Photo, Sebastian Scheiner

LEFT: Israeli reserve soldiers returning from operations in southern Lebanon are followed by a calf at the Lebanese-Israeli border in northern Israel. AP Photo, Baz Ratner. RIGHT: Israeli reservist soldiers cross the Israel-Lebanon border as they return to northern Israel. France and Turkey's top diplomats have held talks with officials here on the deployment of international troops in south Lebanon as a huge rebuilding effort was underway and a fragile truce appeared to be holding. AFP, Yehuda Lehayani

INNOCENT FACES OF WAR, 8/12/06. An Israeli tank stops to allow a dog to pass on the Israel-Lebanon border near the northern town of Metula. REUTERS, Finbarr

A soldier stops to pet a stray dog as Israeli troops march to the Lebanese border in northern Israel. Associated Press photo by David Guttenfelder

Linda Nealon, a New York animal rescuer in Beirut for animals says her favorite dog, named Total, had a leg amputated yesterday. "She's endured so much. I will bring her back to the states for adoption when I go back."

Bella is treated at the vet and will go back to BETA's Beirut shelter. Photo: Linda Nealon

Back at the shelter, happy Bella is relieved to be off dangerous streets. Photo: Linda Nealon
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This dog got some shrapnel in his jaw from a bomb, but was taken to a vet and is fine. Concern For Helping Animals In Israel (CHAI)

Volunteers unload shipments of food sent north by Hakol Chai in Israel. Abandoned puppies drink thirstily from containers. Homes will be found for them. July 2006 Concern For Helping Animals In Israel (CHAI)

The War Rescues
Beirut For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals — A BETA cofounder and volunteer managed to get inside the southern suburbs of Beirut (the WAR ZONE) literally risking their lives to enter a mini-zoo where animals are confined under the horror of attacks. BETA gained clearance from the zoo owner to rescue all animals. Some amazingly kind zoo workers had stayed on site to feed and care for animals, who include: a camel and donkey, goats, rabbits, an owl, eagles, many exotic birds and chickens, five monkeys (one baby male baboon, one female macaque and a family of 3 velvets, a mother and two babies), plus an alligator.

The zoo was surrounded by hungry and terrified kittens! With attacks set to start at any second, the team rescued the baboon, macaque and three kittens. We'll return tomorrow with equipment to save more animals.

PHOTOS OF ANIMALS IN LEBANON DURING WAR. Joelle el-Massih of BETA writes: Sorry for not having replied to your emails in the last couple days. We are very busy moving dogs from the shelter to the new safe location. These pictures show how much work the new place needs, but our main concern was to move animals away from danger and death… July 22 2006,

In photos, a BETA volunteer walks dogs left behind by Lebanese guardians who fled violence between Lebanon's Hezbollah and Israel. Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals cofounder Joelle el-Massih feeds dog at a farm east of Beirut, where the group has taken in 133 dogs. In Israel, under fire from Hezbollah rockets, rescuers have taken in at least 200 animals.

"The howls of 133 canine refugees echoed through the pine-and-oak-covered hills above the Lebanese capital — crowded into cages but safely away from airstrikes against Hezbollah strongholds in the south. The dogs were moved by volunteers from a shelter in Beirut's southern suburbs to an abandoned pig farm east of the capital. The group spearheading efforts is BETA, Lebanon's first animal welfare organization."

"In Israel, volunteers also tried to save animals abandoned in the north where residents fled Hezbollah rockets. Tamara More, general manager of the rescue organization Ahava, said volunteers were going into northern cities to feed animals. There 'are thousands of dogs and cats roaming the streets without anyone to care for them,' More said." July 2006 Groups in Israel and Lebanon strive to help thousands of dogs, cats abandoned in attacks. Donna Abu-Nasr, Associated Press. Monteverde, Lebanon

AHAVA, an organization to better the lives of animals in Israel and the Middle East, and Tenu L'Haiot L'Hiot (Let Animals Live) are among volunteer groups trying to save animals abandoned as northerners pour into southern regions or neighborhood bomb shelters. Dogs and cats, some wounded by shrapnel from rockets, are left to fend for themselves. In photo, a dog wanders the streets of Nahariya. July 24 2006 Jerusalem Post. By Jenny Merkin. Volunteers Rescue Pets Wounded In Katyusha Attacks. Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski.

Animals: Wartime Collateral Damage

No Ceasefire For Animals In Lebanon

6/4/07 from BETA Team, — More than a week has passed with severe clashes between the Lebanese army and armed groups in northern Lebanon. Following those deadly conflicts, car bombs and hand grenades went off in Beirut suburbs. The first bomb exploded very close to one of the cat shelters in Ashrafieh area. Fortunately, the glass and walls remained in tact at the shelter.

After a couple days peace in the north, clashes restarted two days ago. There are threats of more explosions in and around Beirut, plus a daily fear that another massive civil war will break out. Movement around Beirut is restricted and it has become difficult to circulate freely especially at night. The horror of the July 2006 war would be nothing compared to a civil war. We have tasted its bitterness before. It is everywhere.
This is a kitten rescued by a CNBC reporter from a mostly bombed Palestinian camp north of Lebanon. The reporter kindly picked up the dirty, starving kitten. A few days later, she found the kitten's sibling and brought her to us. Both are now boarding at a BETA member's home, with lots of food, affection, warmth, care and playtime with toys.

Imagine the fate of these kittens if that compassionate reporter hadn't come to their rescue. They were under the bombing, starving and freaking out from terrible sounds they didn't understand. Now they're safe, waiting for someone to adopt them. They are the lucky ones, but there are a lot more animals out there — domestic, farm and pet shops — whom we cannot reach. We hope for the war to end so we can go to their rescue. We hope for the suffering to stop for both innocent people and animals. Photos: BETA
Kinship Circle's Interview With Beirut Animal Rescuer
Brenda Shoss of Kinship Circle interviewed BETA's Helena Hesayne, a Beirut architect who volunteers nearly full-time for animals, for a column on animals in war.

Brenda: What is BETA's primary mission in Beirut?

HELENA: To help the animals, because there is nobody else who will do it. We are the only animal association in Lebanon, just 9 volunteers, trying to do the work of a giant! BETA is no-kill and on-call 24 hours to help dogs, cats, all animals. We rescued a bird last week, a turtle just before the war. We hope to facilitate more adoptions abroad, so we can save more animals in the streets.

BRENDA: How does warfare accelerate problems for animals?

HELENA: ABANDONMENT. [People fleeing] don't think of animals as family members. They think of them as possessions, like cars. During the [July 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah war], thousands of animals were left behind. Abandoned animals and strays bred in the streets. BETA is trying to secure a spay/neuter program. But while possible to release altered cats back into the streets, municipalities don't want loose dogs, even if spayed/neutered.

BRENDA: Describe what happened to BETA's shelter when it was bombed.

HELENA: The war began July 13, 2006. On July 18, two bombs fell just two meters away from BETA's old shelter at the border of the Hezbollah camp and green line. Shrapnel from the missiles landed inside one of the dog's cages and lodged between two bars. No animals or people were hurt, but our staff house sustained cracks and part of the ceiling fell off.

One of our dogs, a golden retriever, flipped out after the bombing. He'd been a gentle dog under my care. The day after the bombing, he jumped on me and bit my arm. He is still the sweetest dog, but since the bombing he may randomly attack or bite. The other dogs are paranoid of planes. Each time they hear one fly overhead, they think it means bombs will fall. Even if they hear commercial planes, they turn and run or bark like nuts.

BRENDA: Where is BETA's shelter now?

HELENA: We've been in a abandoned pig farm since one day after the bombing. We installed higher walls, steel doors, plumbing, everything. We moved about 150 dogs in two days, driving back and forth between the ruined and temp shelters. We only traveled from noon to 4:00 p.m. when the bombing was lightest. This dog shelter is in Beirut's upper suburbs, close to the mountains in a pine forest, away from downtown Beirut. Currently, we have two separate cat shelters on each side of the old green line. During war, the shelters are isolated from one another. To get from one to the other is hell because there are burning tires and it is forbidden to drive. Last February, Margot, our cat person, had to transfer bags of food and litter in her arms for two hours (it takes 10 minutes by car). We are trying to consolidate all our dogs and cats into a new shelter secluded from war zones.

BRENDA: Does war breed an ongoing culture of violence?

HELENA: With so many animals abandoned during war, we can't reach them all. People go nuts [in an already volatile war setting] and start shooting animals right and left. Some in the extreme Muslim factions believe dogs pollute their souls. If a dog comes close to them, touches them, they cannot pray until they wash themselves seven times.

During the height of the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict, we saw many dogs with bullet wounds. They shoot them. They poison them. But this type abuse is ongoing. Many of our rescues are abused, especially by children. They just like to kill puppies. Take a puppy and bang his/her head against the sidewalk. Or tie the dog with electrical wire.

Or a guy on a motorcycle drives past a garage where there is a dog. The dog barks at him. So he takes out a gun and shoots the dog. Nobody can say or do anything. One of BETA's staff members at home asleep awakens to dog barks. Suddenly he hears three gunshots and the dog is silent. They just shoot the dog. We deal with this everyday, war or no war. FEBRUARY 2007
Diary Of An American Animal Rescuer In Lebanon

From Kinship Circle: We're corresponding with Joanne Greene, an American rescuer working with Beirut for the Ethical Treatment Animals (BETA) in Lebanon. Below are excerpts from Joanne's journal of animal rescue in a war zone. Joanne asked us to expose these stories, so more can be done.

Joanne Greene writes from Lebanon — "The merciless government poisoning and shooting is routinely implemented. We are gathering contact information for a [Kinship Circle] alert to help stop this slaughter. Government intervention is also needed for a huge captive primate crisis in Lebanon. Your activists are the help BETA has prayed for. Thank you again."

ABOUT JOANNE — Joanne Greene was a Katrina volunteer and first responder in Lakeview, New Orleans who is in Beirut for animals abandoned since the war began. Stray populations are tormented during wartime unrest. Joanne joins BETA to feed them in hot zones. Her dedication to animals led her from New Orleans to Beirut — much like Linda Nealon, the only other independent American to volunteer for animals in Beirut. Joanne notes: "BETA is not just fighting to save animals in a war zone, but also to change the way animals are treated in Lebanon. With Hezbollah on hand, the job is difficult and dangerous."
Joanne Greene, a Chicagoan volunteering for animals harmed in war-torn Beirut, calls images like these "everyday snapshots. I'm not sure what's worse — the war or the average Beirut citizen who tortures, maims, and mistreats animals."
I awaken to black smoke billowing skyward, a scramble for supplies and the ultimate paralysis of Beirut. A country-wide strike is called and all hell breaks loose! I quickly join members of BETA, Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as they desperately jockey food and medicine to their makeshift shelter, located in an abandoned pig farm and isolated from today's fighting. Funds are low and food and medicine are purchased only as needed. In the wake of a strike, the rush to find money, locate supplies, and purchase them before stores close is always difficult. But today they make it! So begins a day in Beirut and the never-ending battle to save animals in war-torn Lebanon.

For Margo, who tends to BETA's two cat shelters in downtown Beirut, things are even worse. Margo traverses the Army's checkpoints, just steps ahead of the fighting, burning tires and gun-wielding demonstrators. Her day is perilous; never knowing if she'll make it back to the shelter. There is no food, water or medicine if she fails. As the day unfolds, we all wonder if Margo and the cats are safe. BETA faces these obstacles daily, along with municipalities that shoot and poison their animals. Where will my next day take me?

I join Joelle Kanaan, BETA's cofounder, to deliver food/water to downtown cat shelters. As we approach the center of town, Joelle gets a call warning us about fighting ahead that is randomly spilling in and out of neighborhoods. Joelle's father pleads with her to take cover. But the cats come first and she presses on. Joelle tries to reach Margo by cell, but overloaded lines make connection impossible. Where is Margo?

After what seems like hours spent in grid-locked traffic and chaos, we reach the shelter. Joelle swiftly unloads supplies and tends to the cats. Margo has miraculously sped through Beirut's streets to return to the shelter — and even rescues a tiny kitten along the way! Margo risks her own life to scoop up a kitten caught in a surge of fleeing people. Somehow, Margo navigates the combat to ferry this kitten to a vet so she can place her in the shelter. But the vet has closed without warning. So Margo isolates the kitten in another BETA member's home. She'll try again tomorrow.

I join Helena to transport a worker from the dog shelter to his home. With curfew near, Helena's Wrangler zips over smoldering barricades. Flames prevent smaller cars from passing and visibility is difficult. I cannot imagine how terrified the street strays are. Too dangerous for us to feed in some spots, but they've gone hungry for days. The worker arrives home safely and I too escape harm. BETA ends another harrowing day.

Calm settles over the city. BETA retrieves a week-old puppy left on its doorstep, plus an older pup surrendered by a woman in a pricey SUV and discards her pup without a single cent in donations. How can BETA afford more meds and food?

As the day proceeds, a volunteer asks for pick-up of a four-month old pup; another volunteer finds a yellow lab loose in her neighborhood; a college student pleads for a six dog pick-up. A man calls about a Great Dane who has been shot and beaten so viciously his right eye is blinded. Helena meets the man, who cannot afford medical treatment, at the vet. The dog's fate is uncertain, as bullets are lodged internally and wounds are badly infected. Helena approves necessary surgery, but worries about the dog and how BETA will finance his care. Yet these are the lucky ones, plucked from streets teaming with strays, government-poisoned animals, war-abandoned pets.

Later that day, Margo and I leave food at a few feeding stations. Margo wants to establish more stations, but cannot fund them on a regular basis. So she feeds animals as her budget permits and aches for the ones she cannot save. But today we feed, after days waiting out the crossfire. We go after dusk, so Hezbollah doesn't notice us. At our first stop, across from Hezbollah tents, a weary cat limps toward the food. The cat's injuries suggest collision with an automobile. BETA has no cat traps and must think quickly. So we position a small crate over the food pile and add more food. Though the cat enters our carrier, he bolts as soon as Margo approaches. We fear we've lost him. Fortunately, he returns and Margo closes the door behind him. We leave the rest of the food for other cats and depart with our crated cat before Hezbollah discovers us.

Back at the shelter, we learn the soot-covered cat has labored breathing from prolonged exposure to burning rubber. His back appears broken. We hope he'll survive till morning. Margo and I return to the tents to check feeding stations before calling it a night. The first two stations look good but as we near the third, a Hezbollah blockade freezes city traffic. Men are armed with automatic weapons, forcing me to contemplate my own mortality. I cannot think outside this moment. But this is BETA's daily reality and Margo instinctively maneuvers through barricades until we are safe, for now.

Joelle and I work at the dog shelter, conducting home checks and ferrying dogs to the vet. Midway through our day, Joelle receives a phone call. A woman has witnessed a sack thrown from a speeding car. The sack contains three puppies with their mouths tightly bound in electrical tape. The woman manages to grab one, but the other two pups flee. We race to the scene in a downpour. Joelle leaps from the car to find one pup cowering in a pile of rubble. Sweet and gentle, the pup is grateful for kind hands and a warm car. Joelle returns to search for the other pup amid rain, mud, and bone-chilling cold. But the third remains lost, doomed to hunger, illness, loneliness. We pray the tape around her mouth loosens to ease her suffering.

Our hearts are heavy, but the day is not over. Margo and Joelle are replenishing food stations on the other side of Beirut when a garbage truck begins to lift a trash bin filled with panicked, stray cats. The trapped cats try to claw their way out. The drivers ignore Margo and Joelle's cries and fatally crush the cats. The two BETA volunteers will go to their grave with the image of screaming, mashed cats.

About Beirut For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (BETA)
OUR MISSION: IT'S THEIR PLANET TOO — BETA is a Lebanese registered non-governmental organization (Charity #205/AD) established to improve the lives of animals. We provide rehabilitation and a safe haven while striving to find the loving, permanent homes these animals deserve. Through education and direct action, we work to prevent animal overpopulation and cruelty, and encourage a society that treats animals with compassion.

Kinship Circle Contacts U.S. Senator To Help Make Airlift Evacuation Of Animals From Lebanon Happen

Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2006
Subject: Thank you

Dear Brenda,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your help during the initial phase of looking for an aircraft for the airlift evacuation from Lebanon. You were great to jump in and contact Congressman Lantos' office and to do what you could without any hesitation. The moral support was very much appreciated. Attached is a photo collage that I put together as a thanks from all of us. Hope you enjoy it.

All the best,
Rebecca Preston, Special Projects Manager
Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Road / Kanab, UT 84741
435-644-3965 ext 4150
Congressman Tom Lantos
400 S. El Camino Real, Suite 410
San Mateo, CA 94402

Dear Congressman Lantos,

My name is Brenda Shoss. I am founder/president of a national animal advocacy organization, Kinship Circle. I am working with a coalition of individuals and Best Friends Animal Society to provide aid to injured and displaced animals (many are left-behind pets) in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon.

We're working directly with BETA (Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the only animal shelter and rescue organization in Lebanon. BETA's former facility in Southern Lebanon was caught in the crossfire and bomb fragments were scattered throughout animal cages. Due to safety concerns, BETA relocated about 150 dogs, 100 cats, and four primates to a makeshift shelter in the mountains of Northern Beirut.

Many of these animals require immediate medical attention. For example, one dog's leg was mutilated so badly she underwent amputation and needs further aid. Other animals face unnecessary amputation because supplies and veterinarians are scare in Lebanon. There are no splints for broken bones, so limbs are simply removed. Because humane euthanasia formulas are unavailable, animal caretakers are forced to use T-61, a painful and slow-acting lethal agent.

We appeal to your animal-friendly side, as founder of Congressional Friends of Animals, for help in this urgent situation. A former staffer on Capital Hill informed us that C130 military cargo planes are sometimes used to transport animals in need. A Congressperson must arrange any free transports on military cargo planes.

Presently, our critical need is to airlift animals out of BETA's temporary shelter to the U.S. for medical treatment and adoptions. Lebanon itself has no formal animal welfare policy or adoption network. Best Friends Animal Society has committed to organizing the evacuation and housing animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah before they go to new homes across the country.

Can you help us arrange use of a C130 military cargo plane to airlift these animals to safety? Any information you have for initiating this effort is greatly appreciated! Below are key USA and Lebanon contacts for your office to coordinate airlift logistics:

Best Friends Animal Society, Howard Bronson, Middle East Airlift Coordinator
435-644-3965 ext. 4547,

Rebecca Preston, Special Projects Manager and Middle East Contact
435-644-3965, ext. 4150,

Linda Nealon, ABC's Person of the Week for animal rescue work in Lebanon
cell 917-455-8771, home: 646-678-3770,

Joelle Kanaan, cofounder, BETA
Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Helena Hesayne, BETA

We look forward to a return phone call from your office so we can airlift these animals to safety and a better life as soon as possible.

Thank you very much,

Brenda Shoss, president'founder, Kinship Circle
Action ● Education ● Animal Disaster Aid
314-795-2646, AUGUST 2006
Innocent Faces Of War, Please Help
8/11/06 ABC NEWS For Hurricane Katrina, Linda Nealon braved the streets of New Orleans to rescue pets. That experience gave her the courage to go to the Middle East to aid Lebanon's only animal shelter. "I'd been in New Orleans rescuing animals and saw how desperate the need was," she said. She came to Beirut from New York City to work with the organization Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which four women founded several years ago. The workers at the organization were surprised when the American arrived. One of the founders, Helena Hesayne, let Nealon stay at her home.

The volunteer-run shelter was located in South Beirut, the neighborhood that took the brunt of Israeli bombing. "Thank God we rescued these dogs before they leveled the place," said volunteer Mona Khoury. "There was a missile one night that fell 400 meters from the shelter, and we found shrapnel inside cages," said Joelle El Massirh, a shelter volunteer. "We had to move them with our cars. In each car we had three dogs, and there were bombs," said Margo Sharawi, another volunteer. "You could hear the bombs, and we kept saying, Please don't bomb us."

The animals were traumatized when rescued. "They're innocent. They don't know what's happening to them," Hesayne said.

Two of the dogs, named Thelma and Louise, were found trapped in an apartment one week after their owners were killed. Others have lost their families for less tragic reasons. One dog belonged to a Saudi family who were in Beirut on vacation when the war broke out. They left, gave the dog to the doorman of the building where they were staying, and the doorman put the dog out on the street.
Nealon went to the war zone to help save these animals from trauma and distress. "They've been through bombing, noise that worries them being on the street," Nealon said. "There are three-legged animals, animals without eyes … and they're all doing well." When asked if she ever thought she would end up in a war zone, Nealon said no. "And it's a little frightening, having bombs crack on all night long" she said. "But it's a pleasure to be here."

2006 Concern ForHelping Animals In Israel (CHAI) — Please help Hakol Chai, CHAI's sister charity in Israel, care for the animals caught in the crisis in the north of Israel.
In photo, Hakol Chai volunteers comfort a wounded, frightened dog during the night. We ask people worldwide to contribute funds for:
  • Dog and cat food
  • Medical supplies
  • Equipment, food, veterinary care, and workers for a temporary shelter for the displaced animals

Please make your tax-deductible donation to CHAI (U.S.) or Hakol Chai (Israel).
We ask anyone in Israel to help in the following ways:
  • Contribute funds
  • Become a Hakol Chai volunteer to help our rescue efforts in the north.
  • Provide a foster home for one or more of the temporarily displaced animals.
  • Adopt an animal left permanently without a home.
  • Donate petfood, if you are a pet store owner or petfood distributor.
  • Notify us if you see an animal in need of help.
  • Leave out food and water for animals on the street.
  • If you must evacuate your home, do not leave your animal unattended.

CHAI in Israel: Hakol Chai
Yadin Elam, Director, 03-6243242
POB 51858; Tel Aviv 67214, Israel

CHAI in the U.S.
Nina Natelson, Executive Director, 703-370-0333, 866-308-0333
PO Box 3341; Alexandria, VA 22302, USA

BETA STANDS BY ANIMALS DURING A MONTH OF WAR — Since July 12 2006, the BETA team has struggled to alleviate suffering of Lebanon's neediest animals. In 31 days, 25 dogs joined the dog shelter, while the cat shelter became home to another 34 cats. Each animal has vaccines administered, and gets de-worming and de-fleaing treatments, plus any other treatment necessary. In the first week of the war, BETA was forced to move 130 dogs in two days from the previous shelter, located in a war zone. We moved dogs in our cars, 3 at a time, and in a mini-van.
The new dog shelter is space at a pig farm donated by a kind man. This space is in dire need of construction. The place is a dog shelter and a construction site at the same time. In other words, BETA is building a new shelter from scratch, which certainly requires many hours of work and significant resources. Thus, with each incoming dog, a new cage is built and this requires a lot of construction materials, in other words a lot of money.

As for the increasing number of cats, BETA is in the process of finding a new space to put the cats. We are against overcrowding. Much more news of BETA and the animals to come. What we want to do is find a permanent paradise for these animals. Yes, I call it paradise because that's what they deserve. They are like children who never grow up and stay innocent for as long as they live. So a paradise they deserve.   — O.G. BETA JULY 2006
Panic From The Blast Of Rockets
7/25/06 Best Friends — Mona Khalil, Vice-President of Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (SPARE) and Kristen Stilt, a SPARE Board Member, told Best Friends: "The Lebanese Embassy in Cairo has opened an account in the bank for monetary donations and donations of food and supplies. But we can't be sure that these donations will reach animals, because most will be for people."

A further complication is that after an outbreak of bird flu a few months ago, no dog or cat food is allowed to enter Egypt. SPARE is looking into other ways of sending food and supplies to the animals in Lebanon, tens of thousands of whom are now left homeless. The best way in for supplies, though difficult, is by road from Jordan or Syria.
7/27/06 Concern For Helping Animals In Israel (CHAI), Tel Aviv — Working through the night to avoid rocket fire, Hakol Chai, CHAI's sister charity in Israel, rushed 4 tons of food and hundreds of plastic water containers to the northern Israeli settlement of Nes Amim, near Nahariya. Volunteers fed animals throughout the region.
Starving and dehydrated cats and dogs, some injured, many lost, run in panic from explosions. Some residents left animals behind when they evacuated, believing they'd return soon. In other cases, animals fled the sound of missiles, became disoriented, and lost their way.

At midnight, the delivery van pulled into Nes Amim. Local Dutch and German residents helped unload and distribute food. Hakol Chai's rescue team moved on to Akko, responding to a report of abandoned animals caged behind a house. As they went, they saw dogs and cats desperate for food and water on the streets.

Searching the backyard location for animals, Hakol Chai's team was soon joined by police. Once police took stock of the situation, they joined in. Three dogs, eight puppies, pigeons and rabbits in small cages, 20 chickens, parrots, and numerous cats had been abandoned.

All were fed, watered, and transported to foster homes. The team worked until 3:00am. Then explosions grew louder, and they were forced to head south. "We are obligated to care for animals in the line of fire," said Yadin Elam, Hakol Chai director. "We cannot watch these terrible scenes day after day and fail to act."

Bombs killed 17 cows and 7 calves in Kibbutz Amir, near Kiryat Shmona. Three dogs were killed when a bomb hit a house in Kiryat Shmona inside which they had been tied up and left by their guardian, who evacuated the area. Two more dogs were killed on the streets.

Some animals have been injured. Fire fighters are working to extinguish the fires in the northern forests, but many animals, including endangered eagles, may perish.
July 2006 Tenu L'Haiot L'Hiot (Let The Animals Live) It has been nearly two weeks since northern area fighting began (Katyushot falling from Haifa to the border). We calls daily from people forced to leave homes and looking for temporary pet shelter, plus people willing foster dogs and cats from the north. Anat Refua of Let The Animals Live has already paired about 200 animals with families in southern and center regions.

Our rescue vehicle has gone to the northern area numerous times to retrieve abandoned dogs and transfer about 50 food bags for distribution. We've also relocated dogs from Junt Kennel in Lehavot Habashan to central locations such as Glil-Yam inn, to open up space for more stranded dogs from the north. Massive reports on animal suffering — animals chained or locked in deserted homes — forced us to go to Naharia many times to attempt rescues (along with Anat Salmovitz of the vet clinic Rescue In The City).
July 23 2006 — A caller tells us his dog has been chained and locked up for a week without food or water. With no one to get her, our rescue vehicle driver went to Naharia himself for the Rottweiler. The dog's guardian told Let The Animals Live spokesperson Etty Altman he wants to give up his 3-year old dog, found dehydrated and starved, with scratches over her body and protruding ribs. She's now safe. Two white German Shepherd mixes wandering Naharia streets alone were also rescued. After a two-week search, Anat Salmovitz caught a Siberian Husky who'd run from Katyushot sounds. The weary girl (now in foster) will get a new home.
Today we learned of four small dogs in Zfat, trapped in an apartment for a week without food or care. Another caller told us about a dog breastfeeding eight puppies underneath a car. The vulnerable animals had endured two weeks of bombing! Nearby, we found two more abandoned dogs. While rescuing in Naharia last night, sirens and Katyshot bombs went off.


Please let water drip from faucets, with buckets or bowls beneath. Animals cannot survive in this heat without water. Also, if able, please scatter dry food and buckets filled with water across the streets for abandoned animals. JULY 2006
War Has No Borders: Same Eyes, Same Fear

7/20/06 Agence France-Presse, from correspondents in Washington — The US military ought to let those evacuating Lebanon bring their pets, an animal rights group said today. Unlike the French, which made provisions for animal evacuations, US military commanders are ordering evacuees who brought their dogs, cats, birds and other pets to leave them behind, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said.

"Apparently French generals are able to deal with a child holding a five-pound rabbit and the US military is not," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said. In a letter to the evacuation operation's commander, PETA said its office had been flooded with calls on behalf of desperate Americans in Lebanon.

"Even elderly residents — who, in some cases, have suffered amid the rubble for days, just so that they could safeguard animals whom they consider to be members of their families — are being told that they must leave their animals behind to starve to death," the letter said. "People are upset enough without this complication. And America can surely do better."

PETA said policy on animal evacuations was supposed to have changed after Hurricane Katrina, when scores of people refused to evacuate New Orleans without their pets and thousands of forcibly abandoned animals died.

7/20/06 Joelle Kanaan, cofounder of Beirut For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals, tells us — This is an extremely sad situation. Not only the Canadians, but many other embassies do not allow any pets evacuated outside Lebanon with their guardians. As a result, foreigners leave the country without their pets, releasing them on the streets in dangerous areas under bomb attack. Even worse, they lock animals inside houses where no one can reach them. Animals die slowly and painfully while terrified the whole time. The new place we've found is quite big. We will pick up any animal seen on the street and shelter them with our rescued dogs and cats. Animals are being abandoned in thousands and unfortunately many of them will die before any BETA rescuers reach them.
PHOTOS OF ANIMALS IN LEBANON DURING 2006 HEZBOLLAH-ISRAEL WAR. Sent by Joelle el-Massih (Kanaan) cofounder of BETA, Lebanon's first animal welfare organization.
JULY 2006
More Forgotten Victims In Middle East Wars

July 2006 ANIMAL PEOPLE Newspaper BERUIT: The young Lebanese humane movement is struggling to avoid becoming a collateral casualty of the July 12 Israeli invasion of Lebanon in pursuit of Hezbollah militia members, who raided Israel earlier in the day.

"I just came back from two weeks in Lebanon, and by chance left just two hours before the airport was destroyed," Kenya-based wildlife trafficking investigator Jason Mier emailed to ANIMAL PEOPLE.

Mier has worked closely since January 2006 with Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to facilitate several rescues of illegally obtained and exhibited nonhuman primates. "I am speaking to BETA twice a day by phone," Mier said.

"Lebanon is now at war," affirmed an emergency appeal from BETA. "We are effectively cut off from the rest of the world. The necessary goods to care for our animals are becoming more difficult to find, and what is available is now becoming more expensive due to scarcity. With the country shut down, all of our in-country fundraising has been forced to stop.

"Many of us are literally risking our lives to visit our shelters early in the morning and again before nightfall," BETA continued. "The dog shelter is located on the border of Dahye, a suburb where many of the attacks are taking place. Many of the 130 dogs are visibly suffering. Trips to our cat shelters take us through a large part of Beirut. Attacks and destruction continue making this more difficult and dangerous." BETA houses about 100 cats, divided between two locations.

BETA was formed in 2004 through the collaboration of five individual activists, Hania Jurdak, Marguerite Shaarawai, Katia Sleiman, Joelle Kanaan, and Sylvie La Voie, who had all been working alone, assisted by Beirut veterinarian Ali Hemadeh.

A DOG (AND CAT'S) EYE VIEW OF WAR ● Israel, West Bank, Afghanistan — Do you ever wonder what dogs think about these crazy humans driving tanks and launching giant sticks? We can only guess. As the Middle East Crisis and other violent conflicts rip through Southwest Asia, dogs, the silent observers, form an eerie and omniscient presence.

KINSHIP CIRCLE NOTE: Sadly, so do the everyday unseen animals used for for food, entertainment, research…cows, chickens, pigs and other farmed animals (dairy cows were the most tragic victims of Japan's 2011 mass earthquake and nuclear plant radiation). Primates in labs or zoos, along with other entertainment-used animals such as big cats, elephants, camels, etc. Wild animals are also harmed, but at least have the chance to flee because no human bars or chains confine them.
Armored personnel carriers pass by stray dogs during the daily curfew imposed by the Israeli army in the West Bank town of Nablus. 4/5/02 AP Photo, Pavel Wolberg
A stray dog looks on as International Security Assistance Force Peacekeeper Lance Cpl. Aaron Hayward, of Bury St. Edmonds, England, keeps evening watch over crime-plagued west Kabul in Afghanistan. 4/6/02 AP Photo, Suzanne Plunkett
A cat walks under an Israeli tank stationed inside PaIestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound in the besieged West Bank city of Ramallah. 4/5/02 AP Photo, Jerome Delay
Palestinian militants were blamed for this Quassam rocket attack that hit an Israeli town in March, miraculously leaving this one terrier unscathed. As Christopher Walken said (playing the role of Gabriel, the Angel of Death in the 1997 film The Prophecy II): "Try not to hit the dog." Photo: AFP


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