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The activities of SUST

All over the world, countless animals in overcrowded shelters live sadly or struggle for their survival in wild colonies. Day after day, even today, animals that have become inconvenient are still abandoned, deported or mistakenly kept for lack of better knowledge. The Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation contributes with effective means to the fact that animal suffering can be reduced or even prevented sustainably.

This animal welfare work is based on four pillars:

1. Competence Centre Animal Shelter: Animal shelters become high-quality transition stations for homeless animals, where animals are kept and promoted in a way that is appropriate for their species and finally transferred to good new places.

2. Neutering campaigns: Braking the animal misery

3. Education and training of specialists: Specialists are given the opportunity to optimise their knowledge and improve animal welfare.

4. Education of the population: love of animals with heart and mind

These four elements form the important basis for sustainable animal welfare projects.

Those animals that are not yet able to benefit from the effects of this reconstruction work and have been born into a world where they are not wanted need the emergency aid of SUST.

Emergency aid as a basis for sustainable animal welfare projects: saving lives of animals




SUST Livestock Rescue

The Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation finances the animal welfare campaign " Livestock also deserve professional rescues" of the GTRD (Large Animal Rescue Service).

The rescue of large animals such as horses and cows requires special equipment and a great deal of effort: in addition to professional and often expensive equipment, it requires dedicated specialists with many years of training who rescue large animals that have been involved in accidents from life-threatening situations with a great deal of sensitivity and experience. The volunteer specialists of the GTRD (Large Animal Rescue Service) often travel long distances and spare neither cost nor dirt to rescue the frightened animals as gently as possible.

Rescue operations of the large animal rescue service are often complex and are usually associated with high costs. While most equine emergencies are covered by insurance, the costs incurred in the rescue of livestock often cause financial problems for the animal owners - often the GTRD even has to cover its costs. However, this does not stop it from continuing to save the lives of livestock on a daily basis, using all available resources.

While most equine emergencies are covered by insurance or the private funding of their owners, the costs incurred in the rescue of livestock often present the farmers concerned with financial problems. To ensure that these important missions are nevertheless carried out, the SUST, together with the GTRD, runs the campaign "Farm animals deserve professional rescues too". Since 2014, SUST has been covering the uncovered costs of rescuing livestock.

  • Switzerland
5 Pillars:
  • Emergency Aid
SUST Livestock Rescue
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