12 September 2012

IFAW sends rescue teams to Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Isaac

The International Fund for Animal Welfare comes to the rescue once again.

IFAW sent animal rescue workers to Alexandria, Louisiana and Waveland, Mississippi due to Hurricane Isaac which occurred  two weeks ago.

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues animals throughout the world and works with communities, governments, and animal rescuers. This year the Fund offered training in Baton Rouge, LA for vets, animal responders, animal control officers, and anyone who wanted to volunteer to help.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry called on the IFAW to help rescue and shelter 200 companion animals which were housed in an animal shelter due to the excessive water in residents’ homes.

According to Shannon Walajyts, IFAW Manager of Disaster Response, “IFAW is sending a shelter manager and sheltering team as requested by the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC). I know we will be able to help so many animals and the people who trust them to our care during this tragic time in their lives.”

IFAW also supplied a rescue trailer to an inadequately staffed animal shelter in Waveland, Mississippi. The trailer offers shelter for 30 animals including crates, food, water, and rescue devices.

IFAW offers assistance in more than 40 countries throughout the world, and is concerned with the well-being and safety of animals. For further information, visit www.ifaw.org or follow current projects on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IFAWHQ and Twitter at www.twitter.com/action4ifaw.

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Minnesota Kim is an alumna of the College of St. Catherine. She has a rescue pet named Cocoa Puff and he is Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle. Kim is concerned with the ethical treatment of animals and cares about the quality of our environment. She avoids using harsh chemicals and other toxins and encourages others to do the same. She also enjoys a healthy lifestyle and is exploring the possibility of becoming a vegan. Kim is excited to be a part of TDIV so she can share her passions and hopefully make the world a healthier, happier place to live.

Photo credit: IFAW