Over a month ago a devastating blast rocked Beirut leading to over 170 deaths and injuring more than 6,500 across the city. When the blast occurred, many frightened pets ran from their homes, were buried by debris, or abandoned when their owners had to be admitted to hospital. Owners were left terrified at the thought of their helpless pets starving and alone – or worse – but thankfully the amazing volunteers at Animals Lebanon stepped in to help.
While their own shelter was affected by the blast – some cats were injured – over 300 volunteers immediately took action to help the community and went searching for animals a mere two hours after the explosion occurred. They have since spent 6,700 hours on the ground working tirelessly to rescue animals; whether it’s digging through rubble or walking across dangerous terrain to retrieve an injured resident’s beloved pet, the heroes at Animals Lebanon are doing it all.
So far over 112 animals have been reunited with their owners, 106 have been taken to a shelter to be adopted and 237 have been treated for injuries. Animals Lebanon has also distributed over 5,000 kilograms of food to starving animals across the capital.
Videos of heart-warming reunions on their Instagram page quickly went viral and had us – along with many others – shedding a tear for the reunited BFFs. To help Animals Lebanon on their mission, you can donate to their Go Fund Me page here and visit their website here for updates.