june 29 , 2012
IFAW is rushing to save animals from terrible flooding that has submerged vast areas of Assam, India.
27 people have tragically lost their lives to the raging water, and 900,000 residents have been forced to flee their homes.
While local officials have set up 1,500 temporary shelters for the human survivors, IFAW's Animal Rescue team is on the scene to help the animals.
Our team has already rescued fifty deer as well as a baby rhino we've named Asha - which means hope. He is now in intensive care at the Rescue Center and we're hopeful that he'll survive his injuries.
Please donate now to help suffering animals like Asha and the other victims of this flooding.
As the above photograph shows, animals like this submerged deer are swimming around in deep waters - frantically searching for a spot of dry land. This deer was lucky that IFAW rescuers found him. He was plucked from the flooded forest and brought to higher ground to be released.
I can only imagine how frightened he must have been, and it's heartbreaking to think of the animals that haven't been rescued before they found dry land. That's why I've sent in IFAW's Animal Rescue team to save as many animals as possible.
The team is working as quickly as they can, but the main rivers are menacingly high and have already breached their banks in many places.
So we must hurry. Please donate now so our team can rescue and rush care to the animal victims of the Assam flooding and other disasters.
Your support will help us continue to rescue animals like those that are fleeing protected Kaziranga National Park for the high ground of the nearby Karbi hills.
The animals have to cross a major highway to reach the hills, and not all of them are making it. IFAW's team has just rescued a baby elephant who was hit by a vehicle. His front leg is fractured, and our veterinarians are working quickly to stabilize him.
Our team has also put up protective barricades to slow traffic down and to help the animals find corridors to safety. They will continue to search for animals in peril and care for the animals at our Wildlife Rescue Center.
IFAW's projects around the world are committed to providing care to suffering animals. Right now, animals in India are in desperate need.