First a quick update on Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda).
This infographic is from the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
And groups are on their way to the Philippines to help the animals as well.
That's where you come in. World Vets is looking for donations as it tries to help the animals hurt or displaced by the storm.
Dr. Jessica Voglesang from the website Pawcurious is helping with the efforts. Read what she said:
If you’re wondering why the media hasn’t been more active covering the story than they have been, it’s because everyone is still trying to get there. It is BAD. Bad, bad, awful, nightmarish. My heart goes out to those many souls and I will, as always, make a donation to the Red Cross to help the human victims.This gives you a better idea of what your donation will go to:
The plight of the animals, domestic and wildlife, will almost certainly be overshadowed by the massive human suffering, but make no mistake, they are in dire need as well and even less likely to get it. I view animal welfare in a disaster as one more necessary component of disaster relief, not something to do later or when all the other needs are met, but in conjunction with other efforts. This is why there are veterinarians and animal welfare organizations who are trained for these sorts of situations. As always, World Vets has stepped up to help our friends across the world. After speaking with our contacts in the Philippines, World Vets is sending a team with requested immediate supplies and is on their way now. Once they have arrive, World Vets has committed to continuing support as the needs evolve. This will not be a short-term mission.
I've added a link to donate on my blog on the right. Please consider helping.