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November 16, 2012
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Awards $250,000 Grant for Animal Rescue Efforts
By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company
Today, we want to introduce you to the latest recipient of a Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) grant, International Fund for Animal Welfare. IFAW is a nonprofit dedicated to saving animals around the world, and received a $250,000 grant to further their work to care for animals while developing long-term solutions that protect animal populations and habitats.
Dr. Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Director of Animal Rescue Programs, shares firsthand the effect these funds will have on animal welfare.
Thank you to IFAW for the great work you do!
Why is this DWCF grant important to IFAW?
In order to save animals in the wake of disasters, our Animal Rescue team needs to respond as quickly as firefighters respond to a fire. If a disaster story breaks big in the news, individual donors often come to the aid of animals in need. This generous grant from Disney provides us with the financial resources we need to deploy our teams and help animals quickly, often before any fundraising or media outreach about a disaster can be done.
How do you plan to use the DWCF grant?
This grant from Disney will be used to cover the cost of equipping our response teams, sending them into disaster situations and supporting them throughout the response. It will fund food and emergency care for stranded animals as well as shelter and relocation if necessary.
What makes the support from DWCF special?
IFAW’s Animal Rescue team is delighted that this relationship has developed. We first received support from DWCF in 2000 in the rescue of some 20,000 endangered penguins from an oil spill in South Africa. Since then, we have received support for wildlife rescue efforts around the world. We have transported orphan endangered gorillas in Rwanda to a rehabilitation center in their native Congo, and most recently we have rescued animals in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When we are in disaster situations, it is comforting to know that the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund will be there supporting our efforts.
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