Saturday, January 30, 2010
Family Reunited with Dachshunds Left in Haiti
Welcome home 'Deiter' and 'Bella!' Oh, the stories these 2 could tell. Deiter and Bella were Hurricane Katrina rescues living in Haiti for 3 years with their humans, artist Paul Fowler and AIDS relief administrator Christine Duchatellier Fowler, when the earthquake struck. The family and dogs made a 3-day trek through the rubble to the US Embassy, and while the humans were flown out of Haiti, the dogs were not allowed on the plane. They had to be left behind for the second time in their lives. Excerpt from USA TODAY:
"It was so painful" to leave the dogs behind, Paul Fowler says. "When we adopted, we promised them and we promised Best Friends (the organization that arranged the adoption) that these dogs would never be left behind again."
The Humane Society of the United States was contacted and vowed to do what it could. Members of the animal rescue team from Humane Society International, Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association finally were permitted into Haiti over the weekend.
The big reunion with the family was yesterday in Miami, Florida. The family will be heading back home to New Orleans next week. Watch the reunion video at wpbf.