IFAW helps care for wildlife victims in Oklahoma following Moore tornado

Jun 03, 2013, 11:34 ET from International Fund for Animal Welfare

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rescuers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) have mobilized another team to Oklahoma. Their mission: to help care for wildlife affected by the devastating Moore tornado. Resident raptors, mammals and songbirds were injured and displaced by high winds and habitat destruction.

IFAW's team is working with The WildCare Foundation located just 18 miles south of Moore in Noble, Oklahoma. The facility has received an additional 60 animals as a result of the disaster and reached out to IFAW for help.

WildCare is a wildlife rehabilitation center where thousands of wild animals native to Oklahoma are nursed back to health and released into the wild each year. IFAW wildlife rehabilitation experts Diane Treadwell and Kelly Donithan will help provide daily care and support for the injured wildlife. Funding support for new enclosures is made possible by IFAW partner, GreaterGood.org.  

"WildCare is in their busy baby season with hundreds of wild animals in care already and they requested additional resources from IFAW," said Shannon Walajtys, IFAW manager for disaster response. "We were fortunate to be able to help rescue domestic animals in Oklahoma last week and this week, the wildlife needs our help. We will continue to assist the animals affected by the Moore tornado in any way we can."

IFAW works with local communities, governments, and animal rescue groups during and after disasters – most recently Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Isaac and the Moore tornado.  Just last week another IFAW team was in Oklahoma City caring for dogs and cats at a nearby shelter and reuniting pets with their owners

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Photos are available at www.ifawimages.com

SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare