September 1, 2010
Pakistan Floods Update
HSI, WSPA assist local group in responding
In the wake of the recent devastating floods in Pakistan, millions of people have been affected and more than 8 million are in urgent need of assistance. Living among these people are their surviving farm animals, the lifeblood of most of the rural communities in the country. More than 200,000 farm animals have already drowned, and those remaining are desperate for food and veterinary care.
Humane Society International (HSI), in partnership with World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), is assisting local animal response in the Layyah District, Punjab region of Pakistan, one of the worst-hit areas. HSI has committed $10,000 to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vets Care Club (UVAS VCC) in Pakistan to help provide life-saving fodder and veterinary treatment to thousands of stranded farm animals.
The VCC has been working in four out of the six most devastated areas of Pakistan, giving attention to cows, buffalo, goats and sheep who survived the initial disaster but are suffering from illness or a lack of dry pasture.
Several weeks' worth of emergency food may be needed to sustain these animals for the immediate future. Funding is necessary to support purchase and shipment of fodder throughout the country, as well provide health care and vaccinations to prevent further disease and death, major concerns at this point in the situation.
HSI will remain in partnership with WSPA and UVAS VCC to determine the needs of affected animals in Pakistan and do what we can to prevent further loss of animal life as a result of this terrible tragedy.