Aid for bombed animal shelter in Beirut

Jul 20, 2006

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.

“Despite being unable to fundraise and the dangers of working in this area, BETA continues to demonstrate a real determination to care for these animals,” Yates said.  “WSPA will do all it can to support both them and its other Member Societies working tirelessly in both Lebanon and Israel.”

BETA has also received funds from WSPA Member Society the Humane Society International (HSI) and Fondation Brigitte Bardot.

Click here to read more about WSPA's disaster relief work.

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