IFAW-GAAP respond to Chile Wildfires

The IFAW-GAAP team prepares a rescue trailer, equipment and medical supplies for animals rescued from the Chile wildfires.More than 100 active fires are decimating homes, fields and forests in Chile. More than 300,000 acres have been affected, and the fires are not slowing down. The government declared a state of emergency, and many families have evacuated their homes.

Fortunately, human casualties are low due to residents heeding evacuation orders. Though some animals were evacuated with their owners, up to thousands of companion animals and livestock have been turned loose. Many have been killed by the fast-moving flames.

Local groups, who have worked tirelessly to extinguish the flames, called us in to help. IFAW and Global Alliance for Animals and People (GAAP) have partnered for years to build local capacity to prepare for and respond to natural disasters in Chile.

Once again we head into the field together to rescue, transport, shelter and care for animal victims of this catastrophe.

Before leaving town, the IFAW-GAAP team packed our rescue trailer with lifesaving medicine and sheltering supplies to use at the rescue site.

We expect our team’s first field report any hour now…they began their first day before the sun rose this morning and we know they will work far into the night.

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Senior Program Advisor
Senior Program Advisor
Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
IFAW Veterinarian
Katie Moore, Deputy Vice President, Conservation and Animal Welfare
Deputy Vice President, Conservation and Animal Welfare
Loïs Lelanchon, Animal Rescue Program Officer
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Shannon Walajtys
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Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
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