CHAI/Hakol CHAI Saves Animals In The Line Of Fire
Abandoned puppies drink thirstily from containers provided by Hakol CHAI/CHAI
Photo by: Avi Hirschfield
Yesterday I published a post about the animals in Beirut. Today, let's see what's happening in Israel. President Isabel Roverandum barked in to give us an update.
President Isabel Roverandom wrote:
Thank you for posting the story about WSPA's efforts in Lebanon. There are four organizational WSPA chapters in Israel contributing resources to this effort. In this time of crisis it's reassuring to know that animals are being helped. I would also like to inform readers about CHAI, an Israeli
organization with struggles of its own. Here is the article that appears on their website.
Here is the first part of the fairly long article on the Chai/Hakol site.
4 TONS OF FOOD, HUNDREDS OF WATER CONTAINERS SENT TO NORTHERN ISRAEL
CHAI Saves Animals In The Line of Fire
Working through the night to avoid the danger of rocket fire, Hakol Chai, the Israeli sister charity of Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI), www.chai-online.org, rushed 4 tons of food and hundreds of plastic water containers to the northern Israeli settlement of Nes Amim, near Nahariya, where volunteers immediately began the process of distributing it to animals in need throughout the region.
While terrified residents in the north remain prisoners in their homes, another kind of humanitarian disaster is taking place on the streets. Starving and dehydrated cats and dogs, some injured, many lost, are running in panic from the explosions of rockets. Some residents left their cats and dogs behind when they evacuated, believing they would return soon. In other cases, animals fled the sound of missiles, became disoriented, and lost their way. Without food and water, they are desperate for help.
Part of Hakol Chais relief shipment was donated by the pet food company, Purina, and by the container manufacturer, Madaf-Plazit. The rest was purchased with donations from caring people around the world eager to help in this crisis.
At midnight, the delivery van carrying the much-needed supplies pulled in to Nes Amim, where it was met by the coordinator for volunteers in the north. While rockets exploded in the background, local Dutch and German residents helped unload bag after bag of food and begin the distribution process. Afterwards, Hakol Chais rescue team quickly moved on to Akko, responding to a report of animals abandoned in cages behind a house. As they went, they saw dogs and cats desperate for food and water everywhere on the streets.
Entering the back yard location in search of the animals, Hakol Chais team was soon joined by police, alerted by neighbors alarmed by the sounds in the night. As soon as the police took stock of the situation, they joined Hakol Chais efforts. Three dogs, eight puppies, pigeons and rabbits in small cages, 20 chickens, parrots, and numerous cats had been abandoned. All animals were fed and watered, and the volunteer coordinator was alerted. The animals are now being transported to foster homes until permanent ones can be found. The team worked until 3 A.M. putting out food and water on the streets of the city and in backyards. Then the noise of the explosions grew louder, and they were forced to head south.
We are obligated to care for animals in the line of fire, too," says Yadin Elam, Director of Hakol Chai. We cannot watch these terrible scenes day after day and fail to act."
My heart and thoughts go out to all the animal rescuers on both side of this war! Your bravery and love of animals brings credit on all of us as humans! Maybe there is hope for our species after all.
Volunteers unload food sent to the north by CHAI/Hakol CHAI
Photo by: Avi Hirschfield