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April 1, 2013

Field Clinics Make Unprecedented Impact on Animal Welfare in Haiti

Humane Society International

  • Following 2010's earthquake, HSI's work in Haiti has steadily increased. Gwynne Beatty

  • Field clinics grant access to vet care that would otherwise be unavailable. Gwynne Beatty

  • Companion animals in many communities of the Port-au-Prince area have benefited from the clinics. Gwynne Beatty

  • The response to the clinics has been very positive. Gwynne Beatty

  • Animals brought to the clinics, such as this puppy, go through a preliminary evaluation. Gwynne Beatty

  • The spay/neuter component of the clinics is a key part of HSI's work in Haiti. Gwynne Beatty

  • HSI trained the Haitian personnel that currently conducts the field clinics. Gwynne Beatty

  • Farm animals, such as these two chickens, also benefit from the clinics. Gwynne Beatty

  • Working equines still play a vital role in Haiti's economy, and consequently are also a main target during field clinics. Gwynne Beatty

by Amelia Muccio

Without HSI’s efforts in Haiti, most animals would have no access to veterinary care. With the employment rate hovering at nearly 60 percent, such care is neither a priority nor in many cases practical for most of the population. Our campaign focuses on animal welfare and health with the idea that people's health and livelihoods are affected by their animals' well-being.

Team and activities

HSI’s veterinary team includes Dr. Rony, Dr. Wousvel, Dr. Juliette and Dr. Feguy, along with one community organizer, Patrick Romulus. They work with local leaders to plan and execute field clinics that offer vaccinations, deworming, and veterinary care to companion animals, working equines and farm animals. They also try to raise awareness through education.

Achievements and plans

In 2011, appropriately 1,000 animals were treated at field clinics. In 2012, the number rose to more than 5,600 animals. In only six weeks in 2013, HSI Haiti has treated 7,832 animals at 11 field clinics in the Port-au-Prince area. Moving forward, HSI will treat 4,000 animals per month, for an expected total of approximately 50,000 animals in 2013. In addition, in April, we will launch our equine medical program by hosting a five-day equine field clinic and offering training throughout Port-au-Prince.

As the only large international animal welfare organization remaining in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, HSI is uniquely positioned to make sustainable, measurable long-term progress that recognizes the interdependency of humans and animals and makes their relationships safer, healthier and happier.

Amelia Muccio is Director, Haiti Project & Disaster Operations for HSI.

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