SRI LANKA ANIMAL RELIEF OPERATION
following is dedicated to the strays, companions and caregivers
of Sri Lanka. May their lives grow strong with each passing day.
Following the December 26, 2004 Tsunami
that hit southern Asia, Wade Beane, director of Humane Education
Programs, traveled to Sri Lanka with Noah's Wish, an international
animal disaster organization. Joining forces with local veterinarians,
a program was initiated to provide food and vaccinations for animals
living in relief camps and devastated villages.
The magnitude of the disaster left no part of society untouched.
Everyone from young to old, fisherman to farmer, shop owner to business
commuter was affected, including the animals. The animal relief
operation was overwhelmingly supported by the government, human
aid organizations, and health care officials.
The assistance provided to animals
will result in long term benefits for the entire nation. Animals
were treated for skin conditions and major health ailments, while
also receiving food. Humans now live among animals vaccinated against
rabies, and children understand how animals can help aid the healing
process. Most importantly, Noah's Wish was part of a multi-organizational
effort to stop the eradication of displaced dogs. In a time when
nature itself has taken so much life, it is crucial people do not
have to watch humans take the lives of even more animals out of
fear of rabies.