Deploying to Jamaica to help in advance of Hurricane Matthew

Jamaica Disaster Response

The International Fund for Animal Welfare is in Jamaica today, bracing for Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to make landfall soon in the Caribbean nations of Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Turks & Caicos, and the Bahamas, before potentially moving on to the East Coast of the United States.

In 2012, IFAW supported The Animal House Jamaica with an emergency grant after Hurricane Sandy damaged their facility.

After checking in with them in advance of this storm, they sent a desperate plea to deploy a small team as soon as possible.

So yesterday, I flew into Jamaica and joined three IFAW team members there. We immediately dispatched to AHJ’s facility located right outside of Ocho Rios, approximately two hours away from Kingston.

AHJ staff and volunteers currently care for 137 dogs and 53 cats; they have foster families in the area as well.

We’re battening down the hatches and helping this shelter weather the storm. Updates will be coming soon.


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