From: IFAW
Published September 14, 2004 08:01 PM

IFAW aids Florida hurricane animal victims

(Yarmouth Port, MA - 14 September 2004) - IFAW's Emergency Relief team has rushed to aid animals displaced or orphaned by hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan.

IFAW is providing medical supplies, pet food and other critical resources to local shelters trying to cope with the disaster.

Working with the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Sanibel Florida, IFAW is refurbishing the brown pelican rehabilitation compound, which was damaged by the hurricanes.

"The metal in the pelican compound was bent and twisted by the force of the hurricanes," said CROW Director of Development Birgit Vertesch. "Thanks to IFAW's support we can continue this program to save brown pelicans and release them back into their natural habitats."

For dogs and cats in the Sarasota and Desoto counties in Florida, IFAW has provided medical supplies, pet food, crates, animal condos and other vital supplies through Sarasota in Defense of Animals (SDA).

"Our team is working flat out to care for all the companion animals that have been caught up in these terrible hurricanes," said Elise Matthes, President of SDA. "This work is essential for the welfare of the animals and a great comfort to their owners."

"These hurricanes have been devastating to people, but have also seriously affected wildlife sanctuaries and people's pets," said IFAW's Anand Ramanathan. "The teams at CROW and SDA are doing a great job rescuing and rehabilitating the animals displaced by the hurricanes and IFAW is glad to assist."

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Founded in 1969, IFAW is an international animal welfare and conservation organization that works to protect wild and domestic animals and to broker solutions that benefit both animals and people. With offices in 15 countries around the world, IFAW works to protect whales, elephants, great apes, big cats, dogs and cats, seals, and other animals. To learn how to help IFAW protect animals, please visit

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