Haiti & Dominican Republic (Future)
Veterinary Care and Human Services is active in wildlife conservation projects and education in the border areas of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Our projects emphasize the human-animal bond. Through community education, veterinary care and conservation, VCHS and its partners work to make effective and enduring changes.
These areas include some of the most unique and threatened ecosystems. We are proud to work with terrific partners such as the National Zoo of the Dominican Republic and the Baptist Haiti Mission zoo in Haiti.
For future generations we have a responsibility of protecting habitat and ecosystems to which all existences are linked.
(Iguanas located in the Dominican Republic.)
After the Earthquake of January 12, 2010 VCHS accompanied the Humane Society International to Haiti to assess damages to the agricultural and small animal infrastructure.
While there, we visited a zoo located at the Baptist Haiti Mission in Fermathe (below). We found that the animals were never seen by a veterinarians, and the locals caring for the animals were not knowledgeable in the areas of nutrition and enrichment.
VCHS hopes to inaugurate this zoo as the Wildlife Sanctuary of Hispaniola, providing a home for any wildlife rescued, rehabilitated, but cannot released here on the island of Hispaniola.
- Agricultural expansion
- Introduced animals
- Forest fires, illegal logging
- Illegal transit of animal (endemic and endangered)
- Illegal hunting
- Settlement of illegal immigrants from Haiti
- Unsustainable fishing practices
- Destruction of vegetation
- The canalization and deviation of water from irrigation and associated activities
- Use of pesticides and other chemicals pollutants