An animal welfare organization is helping to reunite pets with their owners after a devastating explosion in Beirut on Tuesday.
Non-profit Animals Lebanon is helping to find and treat animals affected by the blast, which has killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000 others.
Jason Mier, executive director at Animals Lebanon, said the work was “making people happy" at an “overwhelming" time.
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Mier told the PA news agency:
“The goal really now is to reunite people with their lost pets, and that's been working well, we've found owners of at least 20 dogs and cats so far."
The blast damaged the organization's office, injuring several cats in the centre with broken glass from its windows.
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Mier told PA:
“We've been contacted a couple of hundred times so far since last night, we are the main animal welfare organization in the country."
“So far today we have had more than 40 people out, working in teams of two or three, and that has been ongoing since 8pm last night."
“The goal is to keep going, I know we're doing good stuff, I know we're making people happy, but it's overwhelming for everybody."
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Mier told PA:
“Animals Lebanon has been around for 12 years… but this is the most difficult situation we've ever faced."
“We've joined international conventions, we've drafted and passed national animal welfare law, we work throughout the country helping all types of animals."
“With the compounding of all these things, the economic crisis, the government collapse… coronavirus, rising unemployment, and now this blast. This is the most difficult situation we've ever been in."
“We're just trying to get through the day. There's a lot of people ready to help."
Donations to Animals Lebanon can be made at: www.animalslebanon.org