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Animal Rescue Coalition concludes successful mission in Haiti

After the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) teamed with Haiti's government to provide animal rescue care and veterinary services in the damaged country. Now, the mission has been deemed a success, with multiple objectives met. The ARC is preparing to hand out management to the Haiti government.

"The operation in Haiti is one of the largest, most successful animal disaster relief efforts to date. Thanks to our supporters, technical capabilities and hard-working team of veterinarians, we met every goal we set for ourselves, and can now – with certainty – transition the operation over to [the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development]," said Gerardo Huertas, the Director of the Americas, for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) Disaster Management.

Haiti is smaller in size than the state of Maryland, according to the CIA World Factbook. The country has a population of about 9.7 million with a median age of 21.4 years. When the earthquake hit, the number of deaths ranged upwards of 200,000. Many animals were displaced and lacked access to basic veterinary care.

The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) was formed immediately after the quake and has since worked to provide animal welfare education, human vaccination for rabies, as well as conducted surveys on animal population.

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