November 17, 2013
A Plan for Response After Typhoon Haiyan
The team has been developing a response plan based on their assessments of animal-related needs on the islands of Leyte and Bantayan and their visits over the weekend to Iloilo and Capiz where, despite the challenges associated with widespread hunger, they noticed most families trying to put their homes and lives back together.
Affected residents continue to be welcoming of HSI assistance and our team provided food for dogs, cats and ducks.
We have now coordinated:
- a team of eight responders and six Cebu-based support staff
- a Tacloban Operations Center to accommodate our people and securely store supplies
- two rented vehicles that will allow for outreach across the island
- space on a cargo ship to ensure passage for staff and equipment
- a site on Cebu where we will build a temporary animal shelter
Our plan includes:
- mobile veterinary care services throughout the 14 municipalities in Leyte
- street feeding stations in strategic locations for roaming animals
- direct rescue and transport of pets by request of their owners
We have already received two pleas to rescue pets and expect there will be more. We have established a local “hotline” number (9163869126; add 011 63 if calling from the U.S.) for displaced owners to call and offer details of their pets in need on Leyte. We will do our best to track down the animals and take them to Cebu for care at our temporary shelter, then hope to reunite them with their people as quickly as possible. Give to support our International Disaster Fund.