Aid for bombed animal shelter in Beirut
WSPA has released funds to aid an animal shelter that was partially destroyed by a missile during the conflict in Lebanon, leaving 200 dogs and cats vulnerable and in need of food and veterinary care.
The shelter, run by WSPA Member Society Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) is located on the border of Dahye, a suburb where many of the attacks are taking place.
Many of the animals are visibly suffering due to ongoing noise and destruction, and the necessary goods to care for them are becoming expensive and harder to find.
WSPA’s support will enable BETA to provide food and veterinary care to the animals, as well as temporarily re-home dogs who were left without shelter due to the missile strike.
By supporting our group on the ground in Beirut we can help to ensure that animals are not suffering or forgotten during this conflict,” said WSPA Disaster Management Directore Mark Yates. Fortunately WSPA had a team in the area that was able to assess the situation and advise how best we could help.”
BETA and WSPA will continue to assist the animal victims of this ongoing conflict.
This is an article from the BETA site.
War in Lebanon threatens the lives of hundreds of rescued animals
Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) is a registered charity actively working on animal welfare issues in Lebanon.
Since its inception, BETA has been at the forefront of the battle to ensure animals are respected and cared for in Lebanon. Now a registered NGO, BETA has rescued over 500 stray and abused cats and dogs, founded Lebanons first cat and dog shelters while spaying / neutering almost half of its rescued animals. A pioneer in its field, BETA has also found homes for many of its rescued animals. We now have three separate shelters caring for more than 130 dogs and 100 cats.
As we hope you are all aware, sadly the country of Lebanon is now at war. The country is under attack and in the last two days the only international airport has been completely destroyed, foreign warships are now stationed in its sea ports, and the main roads to Syria are now in ruins. Lebanon is effectively cut off from the rest of the world, it is nearly impossible to enter or leave the country and trade has come to a halt.
The necessary goods to care for our animals are becoming more difficult to find, and what is available is now becoming more expensive due to their scarcity.
BETA and the animals in its care urgently need your help. With the country shut down, all of our in-country fundraising projects have been forced to stop.
Many of us are quite literally risking our lives to visit each shelter and care for the animals early in the morning and again before nightfall. The dog shelter is located on the border of Dahye (a block street from Dahye), a suburb where many of the attacks are taking place. The shelter is in sustained danger and many of the dogs are visibly suffering due to the ongoing noise and near destruction. Trips to our cat shelters take us through a large part of Beirut and the attacks and destruction continue making this more difficult and dangerous.
We urgently need funding to get the animals through this period, most of our normal fundraising options have been forced to stop, and we are now calling on you to help support these animals. While cash donations will be the most effective to get us through these days, we are also in need of cat and dog food as well as cat litter. Our vet is still donating his services for free but donations of medications are extremely helpful.