The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) deployed several emergency veterinary teams to the areas affected by the earthquake in Pakistan.
The houses of this family were completely ruined after the disastrous effects of the earthquake at Batgram. They were carrying their belongings loaded on donkeys to a new place when they encountered the WSPA team on their way. The animals were weak and injured. The team provided medical assistance and treated the wounds- an effort to minimize the misery of the animals.
An affected family with no male members left at home – a distressing picture from Balakot. The women were living in a camp in miserable conditions. Their animals were devoid of shelter, dosage food and required treatment. The WSPA team reached to provide medical assistance to the animals – the animals on which the livelihood of the deserted women depend.
The animals were provided fodder in addition to medical aid.
The female vet accompanying the team in Muzaffarabad.
WSPA relief camp.
Rawlakot – Medicines were given to the community members after the initial treatment of the animals.
A WSPA team member looking for injured animals among a large herd.
Buried in the earthquake.
A deserted dog in Batgram.
Several animals were buried under the collapsed buildings along with their owners.
Treating the injured animals.
Team activity in Bagh.
The teams worked day and night to rescue the animals.
A local resident approached the team when they were tired and decided to take a break after a tiring and tedious day. His cow was badly injured and the poor man could not bear seeing it in misery. The team decided not to delay the treatment and went all the way with the man to his residence. This cow is operated almost at the midnight in the vicinity of Bagh. The concern of the owner is obvious in the picture below.
The team encountered a deserted poultry farm while they were on their relief work at Batgram. The roof of the farm had fallen and the chickens were left unattended. The animals were devoid of food for the last four days. The team not only provided them food but also looked after the farm until they were approached by the farm owners and the farm was handed over to them.
Photographs and text courtesy WSPA.