April 28, 2015
HSI's Animal Rescue Team Heads to Nepal
Veterinary and disaster relief experts will assist local animal welfare groups in strike zone
Humane Society International’s Animal Rescue Team will deploy to Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday 30th April to offer emergency animal welfare aid following the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake.
We have prepared emergency veterinary medicines, vaccinations, surgical equipment and other supplies, so that HSI's team of specialist vets and disaster relief experts can assist local animal welfare groups on the ground in the strike zone.
Rahul Segal, director of HSI Asia, said: “When a disaster of this magnitude strikes, people and animals living in the same community all fall victim to the devastating consequences. Many thousands of animals will likely be badly affected by the earthquake, alongside their human companions and owners. Family pets, street dogs and livestock are likely to have been killed, injured, lost or abandoned. We anticipate animals suffering starvation, dehydration, and exposure in the coming weeks.
“As a complement to the humanitarian relief, we will focus on providing veterinary assistance and supplies, sheltering and caring for lost and abandoned animals, and vaccinating dogs and livestock to prevent disease outbreak. It’s still a chaotic and precarious situation and we’ll be assessing day by day to make sure our rescue teams are also safe.”
In the coming days our team will provide update reports as well as photos from our animal rescue efforts in Nepal. Email the HSI media contact to be kept informed of developments. Donations are urgently needed to support our life-saving efforts in Nepal and wherever animals and humans are affected by disaster.
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