Just over a week ago, horrific chemical explosions destroyed much of the city of Beirut. Since then, over 150 people have been reported dead and thousands more injured. When the terrible explosions hit, the dogs, cats, and other pets within the blast radius suffered the same consequences as their people. The event is a terrible tragedy for the city and the whole country.
A non-profit organization called Animals Lebanon wants to do everything possible to help the city’s people and pets. They organized search parties to find dogs and cats that had fled during the explosions. Volunteers have searched the rubble for captured animals and looked after those belonging to the injured or deceased. They have also worked especially hard to reunite animals with their rightful families.
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Animals Lebanon shared on Twitter:
“Over 200 volunteers from all over Lebanon were there and we are very grateful for the great support! Our efforts have reunited over 90 animals with their keepers. So many of the guards were injured and so happy to see their pets again. “
Fortunately, some of these happy reunions were captured on film. One shows an audibly relieved man and his ecstatic dog who meet again on the streets littered with rubble. A volunteer leads the fluffy brown and white puppy on a leash. She tries to hold him back when he approaches his human.
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There is no telling who was more scared, person or puppy. Fortunately, they are both very happy to be together again.
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Animals Lebanon is happy to continue creating these reunions. Jason Mier, the executive director of Animals Lebanon, told CNN:
“Everyone is speechless because you feel everything, but at the same time a little nothing. It’s nice that we can bring some joy back to people after the same people have lost almost everything. It’s worth it. “
Check out the uplifting reunion below:
How to help the people and animals of Beirut
Surviving an explosion that devastated your city is difficult enough. It doesn’t help to do it without your best fur friends next to you. Animals Lebanon’s work is becoming even more important.
Animals Lebanon has set up a donation page on GoFundMe. So far, they have raised just over $ 11,000. I just made a donation and you can be doing it in minutes! Every little bit helps at a time when people and their dogs and cats need help most.
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