3/15/10: KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID
Chile’s Animals – Worse Than We Thought. Help Us Be There.
Animals with broken bones. Eyes cloudy with saltwater.
A kitten cut. Puppies under rubble. There are thousands more, each one a bark and purr unheard… THIS IS CHILE, post-quake.
I just got off the phone with Kinship Circle’s Chile contact. She described the forgotten victims of Chile’s 8.8-magnitude earthquake on 2/27/10 — followed by 20+ aftershocks, some as high as 7.2 and 6.9, and two tsunamis.
Socorro Animal Chile, SACH (Animal Relief Chile) is a coalition of Chilean animal protection groups united for the relief of an estimated 700,000 (or more) animals scattered across Dichato, Constitucion and Pichilemu, Chile. SACH sends three veterinarian-led teams into the field daily. They’ve formally requested assistance from Kinship Circle’s disaster response team.
SACH has also asked us to raise funds on their behalf, with three main goals to:
- Erect a temporary tent shelter/clinic to care for animals abandoned in the earthquake.
- Carry out a spay/neuter campaign.
- Focus on transport and adoption campaigns, particularly in the U.S.
SACH needs Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid in Chile to assist with:
— Search and Rescue / Trapping
— In-Field First Aid
— Wound Transport to Veterinary Clinics
— In-Field Sustenance (food/water program)
— Assessment and Tracking of Animal Populations
— Emergency Sheltering (once a temporary staging area/clinic is established)
WE NEED TO RAISE $500,000.
I know you have DONATION FATIGUE! We wouldn’t ask, with Haiti animal aid still underway, if it weren’t critical. I ask for you to reach deep, to helpwith funding needs outlined below. We can’t keep our promise to Chile’s animals without funding, as most of our resources went to Haiti work.
With deep gratitude, Brenda Shoss, president, Kinship Circle
Your donation helps pay for:
**This is to show why we’re fundraising. DO NOT SHIP ITEMS TO US.**
STAGING AREA/TEMP SHELTER IN CHILE:
— Large vehicles: 3 SUVs
— Gas fueled generators
— Basic veterinary surgical equipment and examining table
— Basic veterinary clinic equipment, including vaccines, medicines, etc.
— Subcutaneous fluid bags, lines, needles
— Portable X-ray machine and light table
— Fans and portable air conditioners for surgical tents
— Kennels, run, carriers, cages…for rescued animals
— Sturdy large tent shelters for clinic, animal sheltering, volunteers
— Electrical lighting for staging area/volunteer camp at night
— Leashes, collars
— Litter-boxes & Litter
— Cat and dog food
— Blankets; Newspaper
— Trap cages
— Catch poles
— Refrigerator cold storage of medication
VOLUNTEER DEPLOYMENT & GROUND ACTIVITIES:
— Airfare reimbursement for volunteer deployments
— Lodging for volunteers, whether in hotel, rented property, or camp
— Sustenance (food, water) for volunteers + some equipment, such as catchpoles, etc.
— Administrative costs for web construction, public messaging, long distance communications…
A Plea From Earthquake-Stricken Chile
Dear Ms. Shoss and Kinship Circle,
The earthquake and following tsunami that Chile suffered on the early morning of the 27th of February devastated several small towns close to the coast. Thousands of animals are silent victims of this catastrophe. Hundreds of dogs live with their owners in shelters and thousands roam the ruins of towns and cities. The dogs’ guardians have lost everything and do not have the resources to feed their animals. Some opted to abandon them.
Chilean animal welfare groups and veterinarians decided to work together to help animals and created Socorro Animal Chile (Animal Relief Chile).
Socorro Animal Chile (Animal Relief Chile) formally requests assistance from Kinship Circle for our animal aid operation in Dichato, Constitucion and Pichilemu, Chile. We need trained animal disaster responders and rescue and veterinary specialists. On behalf of the animal organizations in SACH/Animal Relief Chile, we ask that Kinship Circle deploy its team to Chile to work within our animal disaster plan, in response to Chile’s earthquake.
We also ask Kinship Circle to temporarily receive donations in the United States on behalf of Socorro Animal Chile. We urgently need funding to sustain our work for animals. Difficult bureaucratic steps necessary to
opening a Paypal account ourselves, in Chile, have prompted SACH to request financial aid from other countries, especially the United States. That is the reason we ask Kinship Circle to accept funds on our behalf.
For all your help I am grateful,
Alejandra Cassino, Chief Coordinator
Adriana De La Garza, International Affairs
Socorro Animal Chile / Animal Relief Chile
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANIMAL RELIEF CHILE
Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers and resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters
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