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From: World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
Published September 23, 2004 06:07 PM

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

Framingham, MA - Teams from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are fanning out across the Caribbean, the first step in addressing the overwhelming animal need there following a series of monster hurricanes. “It’s almost impossible to imagine the depth and scope of animal suffering resulting from these storms,” says Laura Salter, Director of WSPA’s US headquarters in Massachusetts. “But for as much as we, as humans, might be overwhelmed and want to turn away from reality, WSPA is determined to face this head on. The animals are waiting for us.”


Working in conjunction with military officials and its network of member societies in the region, WSPA has undertaken preliminary assessments in Jamaica, Grenada, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Panama. Initial estimates hint that the devastation may be catastrophic, with some countries losing between 60 — 90% of their livestock and tens of thousands of dogs and cats left stranded, injured and alone.


But even these staggering figures may be optimistic. It will take days — perhaps weeks — to determine the true magnitude of this disaster, as the teams make their way to the areas hardest hit where even relief workers are often denied access. WSPA Team Leader Gerardo Huertas anticipates that the most immediate needs will take the form of veterinary medicines and assistance, food, temporary shelter and transportation to reach all of the animals that await relief.


WSPA has a long history of being the first — and often only — international animal welfare organization to respond in times of manmade and natural disaster. From battle-torn Iraq and Afghanistan, to earthquakes, floods and volcanoes around the world, teams from this UN-affiliated charity have seen — and been in the middle of — it all.


Please visit www.wspa-usa.org for regular updates and information on how you can help. ##########
For more information, contact:
Susan Sherwin
Campaigns Manager
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
Phone: (508) 879-8350, ext. 21
Email: ssherwin@wspausa.com
Web site: www.wspa-usa.org


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