IDA Prepares to Help Haiti

January 15th, 2010 by Webmaster


I doubt any of us will forget when disaster hit New Orleans in 2005 in the form of Hurricane Katrina. At the time, I volunteered to work crisis lines to help with companion animal rescue efforts in Louisiana as well as Mississippi. I can still remember how the calls from the desperate and traumatized came in at all hours  – often on top of each other. IDA was one of several organizations that sent rescue teams then. Now, IDA is actively assessing how we can assist both people and animals in Haiti. IDA is partnering together with a coalition of animal protection organization (Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti, i.e. ARCH) to assist with the pooling of both funds and on the ground assistance & response in order to support Haiti animal relief.

We are currently in touch with other ARCH partners to determine how we can best coordinate and maximize our efforts. As reports of refugees having to flee the devastated area pour in, it is heartbreaking to hear of the extremely difficult choices that people have faced to save themselves and families. Without animal protection organizations helping in these efforts, it is unthinkable what the future for the animals affected by this disaster may look like.

If you have resources that might be put to use to help the animals of Haiti, or if you would like to become more involved in IDA’s disaster relief efforts, please contact The best way to help the affected animals of Haiti is with your financial contributions. If you would like to support our animal disaster response efforts, please help us with your donation by clicking here.

Our thoughts are with the people and animals of Haiti. We are standing by, and hope you will too. We will post updates on our blog as they become available.

We encourage our members to also support whichever humanitarian relief groups you feel most comfortable with.

5 Responses to “IDA Prepares to Help Haiti”

  1. February 17, 2010 at 8:15 am, Alison said:

    I want to go help these animals. Not just with my money donation but with my caring heart and hands. I just want to hold them. Can anyone tell me how I can do this?!!


  2. January 23, 2010 at 7:19 am, brandao said:

    j’ai remarqué que les secouristes français qui entendaient les aboiements d’un chien près d’eux n’ont strictement rien fait pour le sauver. ça m’a dégoûté de voir une telle indifférence à l’égard des animaux sinistrés. Eux aussi ont besoin d’aide car ils souffrent comme nous.Je dirais même qu’ils ont encore plus besoin d’aide que les hommes car eux, au moins, ils peuvent demander ce dont ils ont besoin et ils peuvent s’aider eux-mêmes avec leurs mains, tandis que les animaux ne peuvent rien faire que subir la douleur. Les haïtiens n’aiment pas les animaux et ne font rien non plus pour les soulager, même simplement en leur parlant ou en les rassurant puisqu’ils sont démunis de tout.
    Mais non ils passent à côté d’un animal blessé avec indifférence sans même le regarder! Je ne donnerai donc pas à ces gens qui, même en temps normal, n’ont aucune bonté ni compassion pour les bêtes.


  3. January 22, 2010 at 10:58 am, Carol Alban said:

    There will be a benefit for IDA’s Haiti Disaster Fund on Saturday, January 23rd at 8pm at the Berkeley Piano Club.
    Featuring performances by members of the Bay Area Chamber Symphony. Flutists: Carol Alban, Nancy Tyler
    Cellist: Suellen Primost Violinist/Violist: Alina Polonskaya and guest pianists.

    The Berkeley Piano Club is located at 2724 Haste Street in Berkeley, California. Admission: $10 suggested donation


  4. January 16, 2010 at 9:19 am, Emergency/Disaster Relief in Haiti: Animal Rescue & Animal-Friendly Resources » V for Vegan: said:

    IDA has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) established by IFAW and WSPA. (See IDA Prepares to Help Haiti.) IDA is accepting donations to its Animal Disaster Relief Fund here. The group is also seeking


  5. January 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm, Dan said:

    What a sad situation for human and non-human animals in Haiti. Kudos to IDA for helping!


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