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In January, ARCH (the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti) announced that the Coalition had treated more than 50,000 animals in Haiti in the twelve months following the devastating earthquake there.
The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org donated more than $245,000 to ARCH, with the first donation arriving just days after the 2010 earthquake. This support helped launch and sustain the coalition, which is led by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the World Society of the Protection of Animals (WSPA).
"Our goal has been to provide aid to as many animals as possible and have a long-lasting impact for the people of Haiti. Considering the vital importance of animals in the welfare of Haitian families, we are happy to report that our Mobile Veterinary Clinic has now treated over 50,000 animals, far surpassing the 14,000 mark we had set as our initial goal," said Dr. Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Emergency Relief Director.
ARCH has achieved several major accomplishments over the last year. Tens of thousands of animals including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, goats and sheep have been treated, Haiti’s National Veterinary Laboratory is being re-built; solar-powered refrigeration units that keep life-saving vaccinations stable have been installed across the country; a first-of-its-kind dog and cat population and attitudinal survey was conducted in Port-au-Prince; and ARCH continues its animal welfare public awareness campaigns in the Haitian capital.
Photo of ARCH van in Haiti courtesy of IFAW. For more on this program and how it is making a difference in the health and welfare of Haiti's animals and people, please watch this video: