Helping hand: Brookfield resident Wade Beane
(below) spent two weeks in Sri Lanka after the devastating tsunami, providing food and vaccinations for animals in relief camps and villages. (Photo courtesy of Wade Beane)
Animal welfare at the heart of trip to Sri Lanka
• Brookfield's Wade Beane
visited Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami to help stem a proposed purge of dogs.
Wade Beane, a Brookfield resident who is the director for the HEP, traveled to Sri Lanka last month with Noah's Wish, an international animal disaster organization.
Beane, who has a B.A. in humanities from Beloit College and a M.S. in outdoor education from Northern Illinois University, spent 16 days overseas and joined forces with local veterinarians.
Together they formed a program that provided food and vaccinations for animals living in relief camps and devastated villages.
is a non-for-profit agency focused on encouraging kindness and empathy for both human and non-human animals.
It promotes understanding of diverse habitats and making the world a more humane place.
"Where the tsunami hit, it was complete devastation," said Beane
, who has more than 10 years of education-programming experience.
"But once you got a good mile away from the coast, it wasn't all that bad.
This was my first international relief effort, so there was a little fear."
According to Beane
, the magnitude of the disaster left no part of society untouched.
The animal relief operation was overwhelmingly supported by the local government, human-aid organizations and health-care officials in Asia.
Between Jan. 8-23, Beane
spent countless hours doing whatever he
could to help aid the relief efforts.
The assistance provided to the animals will result in long-term benefits for the entire nation.
Animals were treated for skin conditions and major health ailments, and also received food.
pointed out that for those who lived through the disaster and responded to the call for aid will not soon be forgotten.
"There were so many people that came to that area from all parts of the world to help," Beane
will be speaking about his
experience in Asia at the LaGrange Public Library
on March 14 at 7 p.m.
"I do plan on going back," Beane