Animal welfare organizations need help rescuing dogs and cats after Beirut explosion

Smoke is seen after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020, photo: Talal Traboulsi/Reuters
Smoke is seen after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020, photo: Talal Traboulsi/Reuters

The office of the animal welfare organization Animals Lebanon was damaged after the massive warehouse explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. The windows blew out and animals were injured from the glass.

There were bloody prints everywhere, the animal welfare organization says on their Facebook page. Some animals were brought to the vet for urgent care for their cuts.

They’ve received countless messages of people who lost everything including their pets. A lot of cats and dogs ran away from home, scared by the blast.

Animals Lebanon is organizing search teams to find lost dogs and cats. On their social media accounts, they’re asking for people to help them if they can. It’s very difficult to reach places and so many animals need help.

Vet clinics in the city have opened their doors to help injured animals.

Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) is also trying to reunite dogs and cats with their devasted families, they said on Facebook. “During the tragedy, doors and windows in Beirut exploded and broke. Terrified dogs and cats were lost.”

On social media, people share pictures of their pets in the hope of finding their lost companion. Some are lucky and are reunited with their beloved dog or cat.

The explosion killed at least 100 people and injured nearly 4,000.

President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, mostly used as an agricultural fertilizer and as an explosive, had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures.


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