Posted by: kcdisasteraid | May 15, 2010

Personal plea from Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

5/9/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Earthquakes. Oil Spills. Floods. Too much to process. Our senses get dulled.

But I am so upset about a phone call I received that I am writing to you personally. Traci Dawson, our Team 3 leader in Chile, reports that an evacuee camp in Talquahano wants to kill all its companion animals. People who lost everything in Chile’s 8.8 earthquake and tsunami can’t even feed themselves. They don’t want to watch their animals starve to death.

Kinship Circle and SACH (Animal Relief Chile) responded immediately with food and veterinary first aid. We met with the tent camp’s “Mayor.” The animals here are hungry, many injured, some sick.


LT PHOTO: We rescue litters burrowed inside wreckage, almost daily. RT: This kitten has a broken femur bone that went untreated since the earthquake.

There are 30 tent camps along Chile’s ravaged coast. People and animals occupy row after row of tents. We fear a similar mentality will invade all the camps. Though we travel north and south of Concepcion, we routinely run out of sutures, latex gloves… One of our veterinarians in Chile now, Dr. Dan Meakin, even performed surgery on a dog in an open field. At times we can’t afford the van rental to ferry our team, vet supplies and food.


LT PHOTO: Kinship Circle’s Dan Meakin, DVM, and a Chilean vet perform surgery on a dog at a clinic in an empty building. RT: This rescued kitten and puppy are so happy to eat, they have no problem sharing the bowl!

We promise the camp in Talquahano we will return. We won’t let despair propel them to shoot their own animals. But the situation distresses me deeply. It speaks volumes about Chile’s quake/tsunami victims…and how the world seems to have forgotten them. People assume they can recover on their own. They’re wrong, especially when it comes to animals.

Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle, 5/9/10

We need funding to treat animals and distribute food.
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation



–   Chile has no animal shelters. No animal disaster plan.
–   Evacuees in tent camps need aid for their animals now.
–   We can’t send in our Team 4 without more funding.


LT PHOTO: Tubul, born just days within the quake, will stay in splints for a month or more to correct his leg deformities. RT: Kinship Circle’s Courtney Chandel (Team 2) cradles a quake survivor at an evacuee tent camp.
TUBUL’S STORY: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile/2010-mar-april-notes.html#april26


PLEASE HELP US BUY VET SUPPLIES AND MORE, IN CHILE
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation


Photos (c) Kinship Circle, Chile 2010

**  CHILE PHOTO LOG: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile/2010-april-photolog.html
**  FIELD NOTES: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile/2010-mar-april-notes.html
**  CHILE HOME: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile

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We Are Monitoring Animal Response In Other Disasters:

1. GULF OIL SPILL:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/gulfspill/2010-05-05.html

2. TENNESSEE FLOOD:
Kinship Circle has learned that DSHR Red Cross Volunteers have been activated for two weeks, to setup and run human shelters in the path of Tennessee floods. The animal situation is currently under evaluation. If called upon to deploy volunteers, we will notify Kinship Circle’s disaster aid volunteer network.

ACTION CAMPAIGNS * EDUCATION * ANIMAL DISASTER AID
http://www.KinshipCircle.org * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

FOR BREAKING NEWS & ACTION: subscribe@kinshipcircle.org
* Action campaigns on animal cruelty issues worldwide
* Animal rescue coordination/news in disasters

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