Posted by: kcdisasteraid | January 30, 2010


Hearts For Haiti: Animal And Human Survivors Need Us Now!

Photos reflect early assessment efforts in Haiti right now that help animal
teams form a comprehensive emergency response plan. As part of that plan, a
mobile veterinary clinic is en route to help the people and animals of
Haiti. (c) WSPA/IFAW, leading ARCH on the ground in Haiti.

Kinship Circle has assembled an expert team — with ground assets including a
veterinarian, vet tech, paramedic, ACO, FEMA certifications, technical and
large animal rescue, search and rescue… Kinship Circle’s team is on
standby, for deployment under ARCH as needed.

Animals in Haiti need you — now and tomorrow.

Haiti’s Minister of Agriculture tells us that 100,000 dogs were vaccinated pre-quake, out of an estimated 500,000. Where are they? Animal aid groups on the ground continue to help some, as they search for more.

ONE THING IS CERTAIN: Groups united under IFAW and WSPA’s leadership as the Animal Coalition Of Haiti (ARCH) want to leave the animal infrastructure better than they found it. That means funding is still needed for:

Mobile Clinic Relief / Vaccine Delivery / Temporary Vet Clinics
Dog population and control study / Monitoring and Evaluation
On-Site Project Manager / and more…

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE… in a country with acute and long-term needs.
Rather than watch Haiti resort to the dog culls we’ve seen in China, here is
our chance to educate, vaccinate and support Haiti’s young veterinarians.

Though already over-budget, Kinship Circle has pledged time, people, and resources to Haiti animal relief. Please help us be there for them…


Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd. / St. Louis, MO 63130

Write HAITI ANIMAL AID, on your check’s memo line.

HEARTS FOR HAITI: An American Dining Relief Benefit Launched By Bravo TV’s Top Chef Contestant

Hollywood, Florida — Haitian-born Ron Duprat of Bravo’s hit series “Top
Chef” has teamed up with three fellow contestants — Mattin Noblia, Hector
Santiago and Michael Voltagggio — to welcome other fine chefs nationwide in
an all-chef Relief Benefit on St. Valentine’s Day for his native land.

ON FEBRUARY 14, 2010: Participating chefs and restaurants will donate a
percentage of their receipts to Hearts for Haiti: An American Dining Relief
Donated funds will be divided between Hollywood Unites For Haiti
and Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid. On-the-ground relief efforts will
receive 100% of donated funds.

“Chefs always care,” Duprat says. “I hope chefs across the country will join
us in this heartfelt effort for Haiti. One hundred percent of their
donations will go directly to Haitian relief efforts for both people and
animals. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“Animals suffer in disasters just as people do,” says Kinship Circle
president Brenda Shoss. “They are frightened, alone, injured and without
food. Our organization has united with animal welfare groups worldwide under
the banner Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti (ARCH) to offer direct rescue
and veterinary care, as well as long term vaccinations and measures to
prevent disease outbreak such as rabies and leptospirosis.”

a major partner in the Animal Relief
Coalition of Haiti (ARCH), is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers,
supplies and resources for animal victims through its network of trained
responders in the U.S. and Canada. Kinship Circle works in agreement with
local agencies or other NGOs to deploy teams of highly trained and
credentialed animal responders for assessment, search and rescue, and
emergency sheltering aid.

HOLLYWOOD UNITES FOR HAITI, founded in 2008 by Jimmy Jean Louis, star of
NBC’s hit series, “Heroes,” is a charitable non-profit that focuses on
enriching the lives of Haitian children. HUFH has partnered with the
non-profit Pan American Development Fund to send supplies into Haiti from
its border warehouse. Mr. Louis is PADF’s Goodwill Ambassador for Haiti’s
Children program and celebrity spokesperson for the joint relief effort.

** To become a participating chef or dine at a participating restaurant, call
415-461-9300 or visit **

(c) WSPA/IFAW, leading ARCH on the ground in Haiti


Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd. / St. Louis, MO 63130
Write HAITI ANIMAL AID, on your check’s memo line.

Scenes From The Field In Haiti — Assessment Underway, 1/22 – 1/24/10…

1/24/10 – Dr Juan Carlos Murillo, WSPA’s longest serving disaster management
veterinary officer and an ARCH team member in Port-au-Prince, checks the
state of this dog’s health and treats any lesions. Dr. Murillo says, “The
animal was as normal as can be expected for a dog who survives day by day.
Our friend ‘Lucky’ really honors his name as another survivor of Haiti’s
earthquake.” (c) WSPA/IFAW; photographer: Tomas Stargardter

1/22/10 – Children huddle with a dog in makeshift tents, after Haiti’s
earthquake. Among the 150,000 “owned” and stray dogs in Port-au-Prince, the
Ministry of Agriculture estimates that 70% of “owned” dogs are vaccinated
against rabies. The line blurs between street dogs and those with
caretakers, as all dogs roam and scavenge for food. (c) WSPA/IFAW

LT PHOTO: 1/24/10 – A man holds a chicken in Port-au-Prince. In Haiti,
confined animals such as pigs and chickens are in more danger, due to lack
of feed and damaged housing. Goats, cows, horses and donkeys, who graze only
and do not require feed, live in fields away from structures. Haitian
farming commonly occurs in backyards. RT PHOTO: A dog walks through rubble
and fire. (c) WSPA/IFAW; photographers: Tomas Stargardter, Michael Booth

Kinship Circle is a member of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti which is
jointly led by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

Animal welfare organizations formed the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti
(ARCH) so that we could work together to bring aid to as many animals, and
in as short a time, as possible. At present, ARCH partners include:
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); World Society for Protection
of Animals; American Humane Association; Best Friends Animal Society; RSPCA
(UK); In Defense of Animals; American Veterinary Medical Association;
American Veterinary Medical Foundation; Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society;
ASPCA; United Animal Nations; Kinship Circle; One Voice; Swiss Animal
Protection; Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS); People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA); Finnish Federation for Animal Welfare
Associations; Animal Welfare Care Foundation (AMCF)


* Action campaigns on animal cruelty issues worldwide
* Animal rescue coordination/news in disasters

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