Forgotten Victims Of Hurricane Mitch

With an estimated 10,000 people dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, rescuers from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are providing continuous relief for the animal survivors.

As soon as travel into Honduras was possible, WSPA sent its disaster relief team to rescue livestock and companion animals left injured, trapped, and starving in the wake of one of the worst natural disasters to hit Central America this century. Working jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture in Honduras, WSPA is providing first aid, transportation, and food to the many animals still alive, but left stranded and isolated in mudslides and flooded areas. In addition, WSPA is helping the citizens of Honduras rebuild their lives by making every effort to save as much livestock as possible.

The WSPA team consists of biologists Gerardo Huertas (WSPA Regional Director of Latin America) and Renee Owens (WSPA Field Officer), MSPCA veterinarian Alicia Faggella, and WSPA spokesperson Laura Salter. Their first priority was to visit the four regions of Honduras that received the brunt of the hurricane to assess and treat the most urgent needs of the animals. Working side by side with a Honduran veterinarian and nine veterinary technicians, the team is treating urgent medical conditions such as mastitis, foot rot, and gastrointestinal and respiratory infections. They also are working with local community leaders in each region to help them save what little livestock is left alive. Each community is organizing efforts to relocate livestock to higher and drier ground and provide the animals with adequate food and water. The team will begin follow-up visits to all five regions in Honduras to administer treatments.

WSPA currently is purchasing supplies, accepting donations, and exploring transportation options to get urgently needed food and veterinary pharmaceuticals to Honduras. If you are able to help WSPA in any way, please contact them at wspa@world.std.com or call 617/522-7000.

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