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Grant for Australian wildlife rescue goes to IFAW

In February, donated more than $84,000 to International Fund for Animal Welfare to help Australian wildlife rescue following the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi.

When Dick Green, he Emergency Relief Manager for Disasters at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), toured the area, he found that more than more than 100 wildlife care facilities in the region had been in the path of the storm. "It’s likely that 50% of the wildlife care facilities sustained damage during the storm and need to be rebuilt to provide safe shelter for animals," he wrote in IFAW's blog.

Dick Green

The funding provided by will be used by IFAW to provide support to wildlife centers in the region for:

• Acute and long-term veterinary care;
• Evacuation, transport, translocation, and return of wildlife;
• Food and supplements; and
• Rebuilding lost structures.

"The primary goal of the project is to improve the lives of wildlife in the entire region and any recognized carer, organization, or agency from within the impacted area will be eligible for funding," stated Green. "We have established a Grant Planning Committee (GPC) to ensure that there is consistency and fairness during the funding process and to ensure that we reach the greatest number of animals over the next few months."

In addition to providing funds for local vets to treat the wildlife, IFAW also will sponsor a week-long “clinic” treating wildlife for two days in Mission Beach/Tully area, two days in Cairns and then a one-day workshop for carers and vets on wildlife care. supports IFAW's efforts in Australia and around the world through "Click Here" purple button at The Animal Rescue Site and the Gifts That Give More [tm] program. Similar disaster grants include nearly $80,000 for animal rescue following the Australian wildfires in 2009.

Photo: Dick Green in Australia, courtesy of IFAW.

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