Animal welfare groups from around the world are on their way to Nepal to aid critters after last weekend’s deadly earthquake. More than 4,000 people have already perished in Saturday’s devastating 7.9 magnitude quake, but that death toll is expected to rise. The full impact on people – and animals – is still unknown.
Tree of Compassion is already on the ground trying to help the animals in need. The group has been documenting its work on Facebook. And, it is gut-wrenching.
“Another day of difficult communications & physical obstacles. Firstly, checking & treatment of the Animal Liberation Sanctuary animals & then out onto the streets. We had two small teams today. Sadly, one of the cows we treated on the streets of Kathmandu died. It is always sad when a life is extinguished. At least he was able to get some comfort & relief from his pain with the treatment he received. Another cow, on the other hand did survive & should do well. We checked on dogs in one area who were all ok. Hungry looking pigeons were fed. People were a bit more cheerful today despite the devastation. We plan to go to worse affected areas tomorrow.”
If you want to donate to the group’s efforts, you can do so here.
Humane Society International is also is looking for financial help as its responds to the quake that levelled entire villages. The group is ready to provide shelter for animals in needs, reunited lost animals with their families and help local group in dissaster-affected regions.
“Our animal rescue team in India is deploying to Kathmandu, Nepal to provide emergency animal welfare aid following the devastating earthquake. We have prepared emergency veterinary medicines, vaccinations, surgical equipment and other supplies, so we can assist local animal welfare groups in the affected areas,” the group says.
The disaster team with the International Fund for Animal Welfare is also preparing to deploy to the region to assess the impact on animals. Shannon Walajtys, who is the group’s animal rescue program’s disaster response manager, says there could be a second level of devastation for residents.
“Residents are rushing to locate backyard farm animals and pets but there are no temporary sheltering solutions available for them even when found,” she writes. “Human evacuees, themselves, are sleeping outside of buildings wherever possible. Local organizations are reporting shock, blunt force injuries and death among the thousands of street dogs and cats in their communities.”
It is also seeking donations.
Photos Tree of Compassion/Facebook