Animal Aid Arrives in Philippines

By Amy Sinatra Ayres

Rescuers work together to assess the situation in the Philippines.Vets, Rescue Groups Assess Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan -- Animal relief groups including the Humane Society International and the International Fund for Animal Welfare have made their way to Tacloban, one of the areas of the Philippines hardest hit by the monstrous Typhoon Haiyan.

The storm, known locally as Yolanda, hit the Philippines on Friday and has ravaged the nation, leaving at least 10,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands homeless and more than 2 million in need of food aid. The IFAW is working with the Philippines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to assess the situation and help the animals in need and the HIS has veterinarians on the ground, while other groups continue to search for survivors.

"Many of the grief-stricken communities live with farm and companion animals and have no way to provide for them now," said Shannon Walajtys, IFAW manager for disasters. "IFAW is here working with our trusted partner PAWS to offer relief to humans and their animals in this their greatest time of need." Other groups, including World Vets and the American Veterinary Medical Association, have disaster teams on standby while they assess the islands' needs. - You can help with donations to these organizations: PAWS, IFAW, Humane Society, World Vets

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