December 12, 2013
Happy Endings for Dogs Affected by Typhoon Haiyan
by Inga Gibson and Rey del Napoles
When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last month, HSI's veterinary teams were the first international animal welfare responders on the ground, heading into some of the worst-affected areas only days after the storm.
Now, at our temporary shelter in Cebu, our staff continue to care for the dogs awaiting new homes or reunion with their owners who were displaced by the tragedy.
Recently, 10 dogs who were saved from Tacloban were adopted out. The families were very excited to bring home a new companion and proud to play a small but helpful role in the aftermath of the crisis.
Road to recovery
Having responded many times to disasters around the world, we know that the rescuing animals is only the first phase of providing community support following an event of such magnitude.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are pleased to announce our commitment to long-term recovery efforts in the region, including continuing to provide necessary veterinary care, vaccinations, spay/neuter and support to the hardest-hit areas of Leyte Province for an additional three years.
Meanwhile, our Cebu-based veterinary staff continue to provide vaccinations and spay/neuter as part of our ongoing Philippines Street Dog Welfare Program.
Inga Gibson is Hawaii Senior State Director, State Affairs for The HSUS. Dr. Rey del Napoles is a veterinarian and disaster responder for HSI.