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Wildlife Efforts Underway in the Gulf

Have you done your part to help lessen the impact on animals?

As efforts to contain the largest oil spill in U.S. history continued with no immediate end in sight, the grim toll on wildlife along the Gulf Coast was slowly being tallied.

The government’s wildlife impact assessment as of June 21 showed that 957 birds, 387 sea turtles, and 47 marine mammals had been found dead along the Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi coasts. Nearly 850 animals have been recovered alive, but just over a hundred have so far been returned to the wild. Not all the injuries and deaths were attributable to the spill, the report stated, and the causes of death will be determined at a later date.

The number of wildlife injured or killed as a consequence of the oil spill will surely rise, as the Deepwater Horizon well continues spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

As news and reports around the affects of the spill continue, AVMF recognizes it is time to take action and provide support to the many groups that have on the ground efforts.

The Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund of the Morris Animal Foundation, established in March 2010, gives wildlife researchers timely monetary aid to respond to unexpected events, such as natural disasters and emerging diseases, which result in the immediate need for animal health research. Betty White will match up to $25,000 of all donations to the fund.

Morris Animal Foundation has worked extensively with wildlife scientists to determine needs for wildlife health research that will result from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The first grant provides researchers with immediate funds to study the long-term effects of the spill on the 160 dolphins in the area. Read about the study."This project has a great chance of documenting the effects of severe and chronic oil pollution in this species and many more animals affected by pollution found in the ocean," said MAF president, Dr. Patricia N. Olson.

Join AVMF as we support the work of the Morris Animal Foundation and Betty White in addressing the emerging needs of wildlife and creating a healthier tomorrow. Donate today.

In addition to supporting the Morris Animal Foundation relief efforts, the AVMF Animal Disaster Relief and Reimbursement Fund is also a vehicle that supports animals in time of disaster. The AVMF offers many opportunities to states, associations, organizations, VMAT and veterinarians to help them to be the most prepared in these situations to care for animals before, during and after a disaster. We offer both start up and matching grants to State VMA’s and 501 (c)(3) organizations for disaster training activities, medical supplies, and equipment. In addition, we offer veterinarians the opportunity for reimbursement of veterinary care provided for the medical care of animal victims of a disaster and relief for the restoration of veterinary infrastructure affected by disaster. For more information on these programs.

Information provided by AVMF. 


Posted by From AVMFon June 23, 2010.

Categories: Animal health, Betty White, Wildlife health

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