Hurricane Maria has destroyed at least 4 veterinary clinics in Puerto Rico, where the true extent of damage to the veterinary and animal community is not yet known due to communications outages. Clinics are attempting to care for displaced animals, a challenge made more difficult due to the lack of power, water, medical supplies, pet food, hay and grain. Leptospirosis is a particular concern due to standing water.
The AVMA, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Farm Aid, and the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs are working to bring assistance to the area.
Want to help?
The Puerto Rico VMA is accepting donations for veterinarians who suffered losses or have been housing displaced animals. Puerto Rico's government is accepting donations. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is accepting donations for reimbursement grants to veterinarians who are providing services and shelter during disasters. Use code "Disaster Relief."