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Animal relief efforts in Haiti exceed original goals

Following the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, the World Society of the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) created The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) to address the needs of the animals impacted by the quake.
Boy bringing dog to clinic. Photographer: WSPA Tomas Stargardter
Since ARCH began, the group has managed to surpass its goals for the treatment of animals. In the early days after the earthquake, the original goal was to treat 14,000 animals in one year. Six months later, ARCH has treated and vaccinated more than 25,000 animals, making a vast difference not only to the animals' health, but also to the people of Haiti.

"In Haiti, it's important to approach animal welfare from a human welfare aspect because, by vaccinating every animal, we are not only helping the animals, but also thousands of people," said Kevin Degenhard, project manager for ARCH and chief superintendent at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Rabies and other animal-borne diseases are a constant threat in Haiti, especially in the areas hardest hit by the earthquake.

ARCH's mobile veterinary clinic allows its teams to travel into earthquake-stricken neighborhoods and provide aid and vaccinations to thousands of dogs, cats, goats, cattle, horses and other animals.

In February 2010, GreaterGood.org contributed more than $230,000 to IFAW and ARCH. Since then, GreaterGood.org has continued to support these efforts in  Haiti through its Gift That Gives Moretm program.  To learn more, please click here.
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