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Animal Relief in Haiti

Filed under: Activism Wildlife

Headlines flashing about the death tolls in Haiti report crazy high numbers of casualties, and those just account for human lives. If you’re thinking what we’re thinking, you’re wondering WHAT ABOUT THE ANIMALS?? We’ve compiled a list of groups that are helping domestic and feral animals and wildlife post-quake. We haven’t evaluated all of them but we wanted to let you know what’s up, right here, right now. If you know of other groups aiding animals, or if you come across more animal-related quake news, please comment or e-mail. We’ll update this post as we find out more.

Groups helping animals in Haiti

  • Sodopreca (Spanish)
    This is the only Dominican animal group going to Haiti specifically to rescue animals. Want to go with? E-mail Marco fast; they leave for Haiti on Friday.
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare
    It looks like they’re focusing on human needs first and animals second. They say on their website, “After … immediate human needs are met, IFAW’s Emergency Response team will be ready to assist the animal victims in any way that we can. In the meantime, please keep the people and animals of Haiti in your thoughts.”
  • Christian Veterinary Mission
  • Veterinarians Without Borders
    They haven’t mentioned Haiti yet, but we hope they’ll get involved!
  • UPDATE: We are having a bake sale! Proceeds go to Sodopreca. It’ll be at Vegan Drinks on Thursday, January 28, 7 to 9 p.m. Help us by baking and/or emptying your wallets for cupcakes!
  • And so are these guys, Mooshoes, Saturday, January 31, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Can you make it/bake it for both?

Animal-related news on Haiti

  • You can find the Humane Society of the United States‘ statement here. HSUS says, “Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States are working with other animal welfare and humanitarian organizations to determine how best to assist animals and people affected by the disaster. We have offered our support in providing care to affected animals and will post updates as they become available.”
  • The World Society for the Protection of Animals is keeping tabs on their Animals in Disasters blog. With the IFAW, the WSPA will be working on ground-level relief for animals. You can donate at the blog.
  • Best Friends Animal Society is delivering updates via Facebook.

UPDATE, 1/21:

  • People seem to be using this animalsinhaiti tag to refer to animal-related quake news on Twitter.
  • You can find a list of resources on animals in Haiti, not unlike the one you’re reading now, here at Easy Vegan.
  • International Food For Life will be providing vegan meals for people in Haiti. How cool is that?? They’re setting up a “vegan food relief base camp.” Wow, awesome. If you want to volunteer with them, go here. If you want to donate to them, that’s here.


  1. Comment by


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    I was think something totally different, Like “50,000 people dead what are they going to do to stop infections, oder, and what do you physically do with all the bodies” Then I thought, “How can they keep the human death toll down and help the seriously injured people?”

    I never once thought about the animals.

    As an atheist, I will not give you the animals are here to serve man BS that I am sure you have to deal with all the time. But I will say (maybe out of sheer selfishness) human life has to come first.

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    As an animal rights activist for decades I’ve had to listen to endless critcism about donating my time and money to animals when so many people are in need. The vast majority of thse people do absolutely nothing for anything or anybody. All I can say is, if you’re so passionate, get up off your ass and do something instead of giving lipservice to those of us who try to make some small difference, be it for people or for animals. Nuf said!

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    on #

    I agree with Eileen. Thank you for saying it so eloquently!

  4. Comment by

    John M.M.

    on #

    Oh Martin… many of us are able to care about humans and animals at the same time, and don’t feel the need to spout our superiority on the Internet. If you want to worry about humans only and only help humans, that is your prerogative. Fortunately not everyone is as short-sighted as you.

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    I do both human rights and animal rights work. In addition to donating my time, I also donate my money to both human rights and animal rights causes. Why must they be mutually exclusive, Martin? Also, in the words of the great Minor Threat, “What the fuck have you done?”

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    on #

    Thank you so much for posting this information!

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    on #

    Martin obviously can’t see the simple both. Helping humans should not exclude helping people, and vice versa. It’s the least we can do for animals considering the misery we cause them.

  8. Comment by

    A Different Martin

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    “I never once thought about the animals.”

    And he states that as a point of pride. Congrats, you care less than others! Yay you!

    The rest of us will continue what we have always done – try to help both. In my town I count two vegan groups doing benefits for PEOPLE in Haiti already. How many PEOPLE groups are doing benefits for animals?

    Thanks for posting this info. It’s too bad the comments have had to deal with the attitude of the first poster instead of the value of the information.

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    on #

    although i prefer poverty alleviation & disaster relief be a secular enterprise mostly, really glad to see christian veterinary missionary listed here as helping out- which the fisrt martin seems to have missed

  10. Comment by


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    I am sure that the first commenter is ecstatic that he has gotten all of us animal lovers riled up, so my comment is for us not him. Helping the animal victims in Haiti can help the human victims. Life supporting livestock, as well as beloved pets, need to be cared for while the Haitian people put their lives back together so that the animals will be there when they do.

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    Why do animal helpers, vets etc have to stand back while humans are helped first. Vet medicine is different to human medicine, and the scale of the disaster is such that it will take ages and ages to help everyone. If we dont get on helping whatever and whoever is right in front of us at the time, regardless of species, then won’t the animals just die after waiting for the 3 million people to be a priority? Its all so frightening and heartbreaking. Those poor suffering people AND animals. Both are so important and so in need of that understanding on all fronts.

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    Yeah, regardless of species, whoever is injured and needs help should get help. Both animals and people in any disaster should get care. Activists who help animals are often criticized for not caring about humans. This is a myth. These activists just happen to respect ALL life, human and nonhuman. There are far more organizations helping people than there are helping animals so animals need all the help they can get. No need to justify that.

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    humans and animals , to my is no difference . Dogs helping rescue humans everywhere . Humans think only about them .

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    Helping the animals in Haiti IS helping the people. Haiti is an agricultural country with 5 million head of livestock (mostly goats). Can you imagine the health implications for people if all these goats are left to starve and die? Not only do people depend on the animals for food, milk and fiber, but having millions of dead animals on their hands is asking for a disease outbreak. Also, Haiti has a large stray dog population. Again, if untreated, the dogs could spread zoonotic disease. The animal groups are tying to get vaccinations and food to the animals for these reasons — helping animals is part of the public health system. It’s not a choice between people and animals. We must help both.

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    Hello, I think treating animals is necessary for humans in a disaster like Haiti, as it will help stop infections and other illness spreading, and so you’re helping both at the same time.
    I think no one has really thought of this…?
    The other thing is that Haiti should have been helped before the earthquake, (in the past) as it would have made them not so poor. But as always, rich countries only help poor ones, when they are only really desperate, such as after a disaster. And then they can be proud of themselves, well, I think they should be ashamed!
    Even USA, helping people in Haiti and killing people in Iraq and Afganistan! What a contradiction!
    Well, I´ll stop now, as the world is mad, but we can change it if we really want to.

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    I sometimes wonder if animals were created,to test our humanity and compassion.(if so we are failing) A life is a life “Love knows no Species”.It has been my experience and belief people who are kind and caring toward animals are genuinely good and have respect and concern for all life.Until one has loved an animal a part of ones soul remains unawakened.I feel sorry for those who have not…..