An RSPCA chief officer has been deployed to earthquake stricken Haiti to take over the day-to-day running of ARCH (Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti), a group of 21 animal charities from around the world.

An RSPCA chief officer has been deployed to earthquake stricken Haiti to take over the day to day running of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), a group of 21 animal charities from around the world.

RSPCA chief officer Kevin DegenhardARCH is currently in Haiti, working with local people to help injured animals as well as provide a vaccination programme for livestock, poultry and pets.

Chief officer Kevin Degenhard leaves the UK today (March 2) to take over the role of coordinator from WSPA’s Gerardo Huertas, who is the charities’ disaster operations director for the Americas.

Mr Degenhard said: “Being asked to take on this role is both a massive honour and a great responsibility. I will spend two months in Haiti helping to coordinate the running of the mobile outreach clinics and other field operations and working with the Haitian government to put the ARCH programme plan for animal welfare into action.”

According to ARCH, a vital part of rebuilding communities in Haiti is helping people to look after their surviving animals, as they depend on these animals for food, protection and companionship.

“The situation on the ground at the moment is still very difficult, but the ARCH team is working very closely with local people, and I am confident that we will be able to help make a difference to the humans and animals affected by this terrible tragedy,” said Mr Degenhard.

So far ARCH claims to have helped more than 2,226 animals (as of Febrary 22) and is now working with the Government of Haiti to help rebuild services for people and their animals. This sort of operation is only possible because of the combined efforts of all the animal welfare groups involved in ARCH, and it is through this co-operation that we strive to make a real and lasting difference to the people and animals of Haiti.

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