Just two hours after the blast, Animals Lebanon’s dedicated staff and volunteers began working around the clock to rescue animals trapped in rubble, coordinate veterinary care, reunite people with their beloved animals, and care for animals whose guardians have either passed away, been hospitalized or are missing.
You can read more about Animals Lebanon's incredible work via CNN and The New York Times .
The organization is simultaneously caring for a number of trafficked and abused animals that they’ve rescued and are preparing to resettle at sanctuaries abroad. These animals currently include a hyena, a lion, bears, baboons and a wallaby. Since inception, Animals Lebanon has saved hundreds of endangered animals throughout the Middle East.
Animals Lebanon is the most recognized animal welfare organization in the Middle East and the only organization working on animal welfare in Lebanon. The charity has been awarded for the breadth and impact of its work: joining international conventions, fighting the trafficking of endangered species, closing zoos and circuses, rescuing thousands of animals, and responding annually to tens of thousands of requests for help. Animals Lebanon also drafted the Animal Protection and Welfare Law which came into force in 2017 and effectively campaigned for Lebanon to become a party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
Animals Lebanon was founded by Lebanese women and has been supported by Lebanese donors ever since. However, due to Lebanon’s ongoing economic crisis and the recent devastation, these sources of funding have dried up. We are seeking to raise operating funds to get the organization through the immediacy of the crisis and help them stay on track. Prior to this catastrophe, the monthly operating budget for Animals Lebanon was $20,000 a month.
This fundraiser is being done in coordination with Animals Lebanon, our fiscally sponsored project, to directly support their work. Jason Mier has proudly served as the Executive Director of Animals Lebanon since 2008 and is also a board member of The Last Animals Foundation.
- $10 provides transportation, food, water and phone minutes for volunteers taking part in rescue operations
- $25 provides vaccines for one cat or dog
- $30 provides a care package of food and equipment to ease the financial burden for impacted pet guardians
- $50 provides protective equipment (gloves, helmets, masks) for one volunteer on the search-and-rescue team
- $50 provides one day’s pay for a driver to move rescued animals from the blast area to a vet or shelter
- $50 provides a cat transport crate
- $100 provides trapping cages
- $120 provides a dog transport crate
- $500 provides a day’s worth of veterinary care of rescued animals
- $1,500 provides medical care, a transport crate and flight costs for a cat or dog rescued from the explosion to be sent internationally to an adoptive family
- $3500 helps us address office damage
Average Monthly Costs prior to the crisis:
- $2,500 for food, care and housing of wildlife
- $3,500 for rescue, food, housing and care of cats and dogs when handling 150 animals per month
- $1,500 for support staff who respond to an average of 1,500 requests for help per month prior to the crisis
About our Dream for a Rescue Center:
Prior to the explosion, Animals Lebanon was focused on building a rescue and rehabilitation center on a 75 acres piece of donated land outside of Beirut. This will be a safe haven for rescued street animals, and also be a place Animals Lebanon can care for trafficked and inhumanly treated animals, while they wait to be transported to international sanctuaries. The center will also act as a public education center to help end wildlife trafficking and the inhumane treatment of animals.
With your assistance, Animals Lebanon can stay on track to help all of the animals that need their love, help and protection.
Thank you in advance for your contribution and compassion.
We stand together in solidarity.
- The Last Animals Foundation & Animals Lebanon
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