Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Help for Haiti

I will be updating this post with new info as I come across it. I haven't yet found any search and rescue dog teams indicating they are heading to Haiti so if you hear something, please post in the comments.

How to donate:

Text message:
  • Text "YELE" to 501501 - Charges $5 to your phone and sends that $5 to earthquake relief in Haiti via Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti org
  • Text “HAITI” to 90999 - Charges $10 to your phone and sends that $10 to Red Cross for Haiti aid

  • American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013
  • US Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
  • Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030
  • Partners In Health, P.O. Box 845578, Boston, MA 02284-5578
  • Donations to the International Response Fund - 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)
  • Unicef - 1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437)
  • Doctors Without Borders - 1-888-392-0392
You can evaluate a charity by using Charity Navigator. There is a list of highly rated groups involved with Haiti relief at Charity Watch.

The WSPA says it's heading to Haiti to treat injured animals.

USAID is responding to the disaster with personnel and 6 SAR dogs.

Discovery News has a piece on SAR dogs and handlers heading to Haiti from around the globe


Heather Houlahan said...

Please exercise EXTREME SKEPTICISM towards anyone claiming to be deploying with SAR dogs to Haiti.

Every time there is a major disaster, the frauds, wankers, and self-deploying wannabes come out of the woodwork -- and they always have a puppy dog in a vest for the photo op and a hand outstretched for Your Generous Donations.

YesBiscuit! said...

Unfortunately there are "charities" being invented as we speak asking for donations to help Haiti. I try to research before making ANY donation to verify the org is legit.

Anonymous said...

Charity Navigator gives HSUS four stars; Charitywatch/American Institute of Philanthropy gives it a C-. The difference is that Charity Navigator rates over 6000 groups and just accepts whatever accounting tricks HSUS uses to appear efficient. AIP does a rigorous audit of the tax returns of the 400 or so groups they research.

YesBiscuit! said...

Thanks for the tip! I added a link to the post.

Unknown said...

USAID is sending SAR teams out, including 7 dogs:

Unknown said...

Just fyi, you have to pay to get access to AIP's information...and perhaps that money would be better spent on donating. :)

The BBB is another alternative and is free.

YesBiscuit! said...

Thanks Rinalia. They are providing a list for free of charities involved with Haiti relief so I linked directly to that.

Unknown said...

Derr, read before posting! Thanks, very helpful.

Anonymous said...

One service AIP provides for free is a list of "Top Rated Charities" in every category. In the Animal Welfare category, they list several groups earning high grades.

I'm also sending Charity Navigator a copy of a Pacelle interview with Newsmax magazine in which he pretends to fund shelters and even promotes a new "HSUS program" that uses an online trivia game to provide free kibble to shelter pets. The scam, at Experienceproject/save pets provides CASH to HSUS. The legitimate program they ripped off and counterfeited ( Wow Trivia) was created by a 12 year old girl named Mimi Ausland.

Enough about the frauds and parasites. I'm going to donate to a deserving, quality charity or two and research local humane groups in that poverty-plagued area.

Shane said...

I see that HSUS and PeTA both have articles on their sites implying that they need donations to assist the animals in Haiti. I have the feeling that money will go the way of the donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina and Michael Vick.

Rob said...

Also -- I would be highly suspicious of the Yele organization. They have no disaster relief experience and high expenses.

Pam said...

I gave to the William J. Clinton Foundation ( It's got a good rating, and he is the UN envoy to Haiti.

Anonymous said...

Please be careful about the new HSUS fundraising blitz that Wayne Pacelle has started up to raise more millions. The truth is, their own assessment team from HSI (an arm of HSUS) is on the ground and claims that there are no significant animal issues that have arisen as a result of the recent earthquake. So, if there are no earthquake related issue, where will these millions that HSUS is begging for go? The same place that a majority of the Hurricane Katrina, Michael Vick, and recent Midwest dogfighting donations have gone, to their lobbyists and executive staff. Please read the article at and share it with any friends who are thinking about donating money to HSUS for anything.

Anonymous said...

Even if the HSUS was helping animals in Haiti, why the need for "emergency donations?" The ethical thing to do would be to put its vast resources to work, not raise additional dollars. The Louisiana Attorney General spent 18months waiting for the HSUS to document its claims of Katrina-related largesse. They only avoided criminal charges via a legal loophole in the fine print. Pacelle stated in an interview: "We do not raise money for individual disasters, but for our general disaster relief program as a whole."
Meanwhile, HSUS just had its usual exhibit at the Sundance Film Festival. Last year, the focus was on baby seals; this year, its puppy mills. HSUS brought live puppies to the exhibit area at the Sky Lodge for celebrities to cuddle. Maybe some of the Haiti cash went to celebrity swag.

Anonymous said...

Whatever HSUS is doing or pretending to do in Haiti, they should not be seeking "emergency donations" for it. They raise money all year round for their disaster relief fund. The Louisiana Attorney General asked HSUS executives to document and back up their claims re. Katrina largesse. When they could not, Humane Society lawyers resorted to the defense that they "do not raise money for specific disasters but for their disaster relief program as a whole."

Maybe some of the money meant for the animals of Haiti will go for celebrity swag. HSUS just made its annual trip to the Sundance Film Festival, exhibiting at Sky Lodge with live puppies for celebrities to cuddle. The Daily News didn't say if they were campaigning/fundraising to "stop puppy mills" but after reading a review of the new "Michael Vick Project", I didn't have the stomach to research it.