The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has organized forces to aid animal rescue and sheltering efforts in the wake of Hurricane Isaac in two Gulf Coast cities: Alexandria, LA and Waveland, MS. In Louisiana, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry has charged IFAW with the responsibility of administering a shelter, which has been caring for approximately 200 animals. In Mississippi, IFAW is assisting the Hancock County Animal Shelter, which has lacked the staff needed to meet the large influx of animals. In addition to these efforts, the IFAW is utilizing its animal rescue trailer to rescue, shelter, and feed animals displaced by the hurricane.
IFAW’s work in the Gulf Coast did not begin when the rain hit. In preparation for hurricane season, the organization held an Advanced Animal Responder Boot Camp in Baton Rouge, LA earlier this year to help train veterinarians, animal control officers, and volunteers in search and rescue techniques.
For more information on IFAW’s work worldwide, or to make a donation, go to IFAW’s website.
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