HSI disaster response team helping with on the ground animal rescue operations
As the worst floods in 50 years continue to wreak havoc in Thailand, HSI's local partner, the Soi Dog Foundation, contacted us with a plea for help. Quickly, we arranged for emergency funding to buy much-needed supplies and sent in a disaster response team led by Rahul Sehgal, director of HSI India.
The HSI disaster response team, including Sehgal and HSI vets Dr. Del Napoles and Dr. Patel, arrived in Bangkok, equipped with nets, trauma kits and an inflatable raft in preparation for finding and treating stranded or injured animals. There, they met with representatives of the Soi Dog Foundation and the World Society for the Protection of Animals to discuss coordination of a disaster assessment and involvement in a rescue operation already underway.
Thai Watana Panich (TWP) Shelter (Muang District, Bangkok)
Nov. 11, 2011
The TWP coalition, having established the shelter almost overnight, has already rescued close to a hundred dogs, with the facility now being expanded to accommodate more animals.
When the HSI team visited the shelter, set up originally by the Chiang Mai-based Elephant Nature Foundation, three other groups had chipped in with volunteers and other resources: Soi Cats and Dogs (SCAD), Pick A Pet 4 Home and Kinship Circle. HSI's Rahul Sehgal and his colleagues promptly got to work helping to create a command structure, crucial for a team with so many different players.
Our suggestions were welcomed and procedures were quickly put into place: for example, each rescued dog treated at the shelter is given a number written on a red tie that goes around its neck and remains there for the duration of the animal's stay. This number and tie will help all shelter workers and volunteers to identify the animal and keep track of his medical history.
HSI's Dr. Del Napoles and Dr. Patel delivered veterinary care to the animals at the shelter. In just a day, nearly 40 dogs, many of them puppies, were vaccinated against parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, influenza, leptospirosis and rabies, thereby giving them not only temporary haven from the floods but also using the opportunity to secure their healthfor the long-term. Further, a few sick dogs in the shelter were identified, isolated and treated by the HSI vets.
The HSI team will spend the next few days at the TWP shelter providing supplies, veterinary attention, expertise regarding emergency shelter management structure and general guidance.
Khow Kheow Zoo (Chonburi, Thailand)
Nov. 8, 2011
HSI vets Dr. Del Napoles and Dr. Patel met with park officials to try to understand the situation and see if they could help in any way. The director of the zoo, Mr. Suriya, spoke to the team about the animals who had been evacuated from the other locations, along with a few that had been saved from the flood waters and were being treated at Khow Kheow's wildlife hospital.
Among the various evacuees moved to the park was a rescued monkey who sat cowering in a corner, bleeding from one eye. The HSI vets observed the animal for a while and discussed treatment and rehabilitation options with the Khow Kheow staff.
Initiating on the ground efforts (Bangkok, Thailand)
Nov. 5, 2011
The HSI team will use the information gleaned from their initial assessment to effectively deploy further aid, our first task being to create a disaster preparedness plan for an animal shelter currently threatened by flood waters.
How you can help
HSI will continue to support local organisations in Thailand with which it has built relations with so that they can continue to help animals affected by the floods.