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May 17, 2010

Supporting Wildlife Rescue Responders

The HSUS offers resources, assistance in the Gulf

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Oil spills can wreak serious havoc with brown pelicans and other shore birds. Kathy Milani/HSUS.

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Debra Parsons-Drake, HSUS senior director of The HSUS' five animal care centers, was on the ground in Louisiana and Mississippi last week to meet with and pledge support to those officials preparing to lead wildlife rescues in the Gulf oil spill.

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, working under the direction of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is overseeing the rehabilitation of oiled wildlife. They are coordinating with the International Bird Rescue Research Center and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to clean and treat any affected animals.

To date, five oiled birds have been treated, but that number could increase dramatically with shifting winds and currents. The HSUS will make available whatever resources, expertise and assistance the groups may need.

We’re also on standby at our Wildlife Care Center in South Florida, one of the largest wildlife rehab facilities in the country. We’re geared up in the event the facility and its experts—veterinarians, technicians, wildlife rehabilitators—are needed for any reason.

In addition to the WCC, The HSUS owns and operates four other animal centers that are at the ready. The two wildlife rehab facilities, Cape Wildlife Center in Cape Cod and The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Southern California, and two sanctuaries, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in East Texas and Duchess in Oregon, rescue and treat wild, exotic and/or domestic animals ill-affected by human interaction.

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