That's what it's been in the newsroom since the quake on Tuesday. You can see all our coverage at MiamiHerald.com. It's personal for me because I'm involved with a family in Port-au-Prince: 10 people. I learned last night that no one is seriously injured but their home and everything they own is gone. They're on the street among the hundreds of thousands now homeless and hungry. PLEASE give what you can. Our website list dozens of legitimate aid agencies.
Here's an animal rescue effort (though few people can afford pets in Haiti, there are many, many strays that have to fight for survival in ordinary times). I know there will be criticism of this effort, while human beings are destitute and hungry, but it's still a worthy humanitarian gesture.
Association Supports Animal Relief Efforts in Haiti
Through International Coalition
American Humane First to Join This International Response Team
DENVER, Jan. 15, 2010
– The American Humane
Association is part of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), an
international group of professional animal welfare organizations committed to
aiding animals in the earthquake-stricken region. American Humane is the first
organization to join and commit significant resources to ARCH, which was created
by the World Society for the Protection of Animals and the International Fund
for Animal Welfare.
Currently, this international coalition is preparing a mobile animal clinic and staff to perform outreach work in Haiti, with training provided by ARCH. The coalition also will be assessing and assisting with the needs of animals belonging to people displaced by the disaster, as they move into temporary camps. Plans include providing food and clean water, as well as vaccinating companion animals against rabies.