IFAW Team Begins Move into Haiti

Children_and_dog Early this morning, I was able to get a quick update from Dr. Ian Robinson and Michael Booth, both members of IFAW’s emergency response team, which has freshly landed on the ground in the Dominican Republic. The team has been anxiously awaiting permission to enter Haiti and is thrilled to report they will moving into Haiti tonight. Additional members are set to follow by air tomorrow.

This brief post was written by the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Deputy Director of Programs A.J. Cady, who is overseeing the deployment of IFAW and ARCH teams into Haiti.

Children_and_dog Early this morning, I was able to get a quick update from Dr. Ian Robinson and Michael Booth, both members of IFAW’s emergency response team, which has freshly landed on the ground in the Dominican Republic. The team has been anxiously awaiting permission to enter Haiti and is thrilled to report they will moving into Haiti tonight. Additional members are set to follow by air tomorrow.

Our first priority will be meeting with Haitian government representatives in the capital of Port-au-Prince and begin finalizing a plan for ongoing aid.

When I spoke with Michael, he was keen to convey the magnitude of the issue on the ground. IFAW is currently staying in an area which is flooded with relief workers of agencies originating from all corners of the world. There’s a strong sense of purpose and everyone is grateful for the outpouring of support from the international community.

As IFAW’s Emergency Relief Communications Lead, Michael will be working to keep everyone up to date on our efforts and any needs or urgent challenges, so be sure to watch for updates via email and through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We are working closely with the World Society for the Protection of Animals in the continuing coordination of the Animal Rescue Coalition for Haiti and will also be sure to immediately update you on coalition progress as soon as the news comes in. I am quite sure there will be many sad sights to see, but our hope is that we will also be able to report back to you on many happy endings.

Thanks to all of our supporters for their generous donations and for helping us bring aid to the animals struck by this disaster.

--AC

For more information on the International Fund for Animal
Welfare’s efforts on the ground in Haiti, please visit www.ifaw.org.

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