American humanitarian organization “Brooke USA Foundation” has launched a fund-raising campaign to provide crucial aid to animals affected by the recent earthquake in Al Haouz, Morocco, on which many families depended for their daily survival.
Specializing in the care of horses, donkeys and mules used for daily work in developing countries, this American organization has enlisted the support of its partners to make donations ranging from $25 to $500 or more via its official website.
In line with the foundation’s communication, this fund-raising campaign is being carried out in partnership with a Moroccan animal protection association called SPANA.
Together, they plan to provide veterinary care, food and shelter to earthquake-affected animals, which play a vital role in the daily chores of local residents.
The foundation’s website also highlighted the organization’s ongoing commitment since the earthquake tragedy to raising funds to help these animals who have found themselves homeless alongside their owners.
Emily Dolan, Executive Director of the Brooke USA Foundation, expressed the organization’s determination to find solutions for animals who are without owners, those still trapped under the rubble, as well as those suffering from various injuries. She stressed that the aim is to provide them with food, veterinary care and shelter suited to their needs.
Dolan also stressed the crucial importance of preserving these animals, not only from a humanitarian point of view, but also because they will play an essential role in the reconstruction phase that the authorities intend to launch after the rescue and census operations currently underway.
It is worth noting that many veterinarians have responded en masse to the organization’s appeal by volunteering to care for the various animals affected by the earthquake that shook the Al Haouz region on September 8. This includes a variety of animals such as sheep, goats, cows, donkeys, mules, dogs and many others.
Quoted by the Arabic-language daily “Al-Ittihad Al-Ishtiraki” , Dr. Badr Tanchri Ouazani, President of the National Association of Veterinarians, said that the teams of volunteers were on the ground from Monday September 11.
They first operated in the Al Haouz and Chichaoua regions, before moving on to Taroudant and Ouarzazate.
In the Al Haouz region, operations covered seven communes and 76 douars over a 19-day period. Nineteen vets carried out a variety of medical interventions, including first aid for animals with injuries or fractures.
Some conditions could be treated on site, while others required transfer to the Animal Welfare Association or treatment in private veterinary clinics. The total number of medical examinations carried out in this region was 684.
In the Chichaoua region, which includes five communes and 61 douars, thirteen volunteer vets carried out 379 medical examinations in the space of 15 days.
As for the Taroudant region, the president of the National Association of Veterinarians explained that interventions were carried out in 67 douars, covering nine communes in 14 days. Six volunteer vets carried out 214 examinations.
In five communes of Ouarzazate and 70 douars, over a period of 11 days, five volunteer vets carried out 147 examinations, he added.
In total, in the four regions, 274 douars in 26 communes benefited from 1,424 medical interventions between September 11 and 24.