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Emergency aid

How animal lifes are saved

Those animals that are not yet able to benefit from the effects of the sustainable SUST development work and have been born into a world where they are not wanted need immediate help.

SUST offers immediate assistance through:
- animal rescue operations
- Social work in Switzerland
- Financing of all livestock rescue services of the Swiss Large Animal Rescue Service
- Laying hens actions (switching of "out-of-date" laying hens)
- organisation, implementation and/or financing of emergency plans and operations
- Work horse treatments
- First aid and veterinary interventions
and through the

SUST Orphan Animal Hospitals (SUST)

In many countries countless abandoned animals live on the streets. Many of these dogs and cats have been abandoned or have already been born as strays. Life on the street is dangerous and full of privation. Injured and sick animals usually have no chance of surviving and die mostly painfully and alone on the street. In such cases, there is often not a lack of willingness to help animal-loving people, but a lack of financial means to have street animals treated by a veterinarian.
To help these animals in need, the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation set up the SUST Orphan Animal Hospitals.
There are currently one of these institutions in
Galati, Romania
Bucharest, Romania
Budapest, Hungary
Hurghada, Egypt
Bello Horizonte, Peru
Ever since its opening, animals that have been injured or ill are admitted daily to the SUST Orphan Animal Hospitals, where they are cared for and treated professionally. If the animals are healthy and strong enough to survive on the streets after their recovery, they will be released back to their territory. Special patients with special needs will be accommodated in animal shelters if possible. Fortunately, it is also possible to find new life places for patients on an ongoing basis.
The Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation finances the veterinary costs, clinic equipment, medicines, operations, therapies, food and care in the animal orphan hospitals. Often, SUST also finances the construction of the corresponding clinic.
The activities of the Susy Utzinger Foundation for Animal Welfare are financed exclusively by donations and legacies (no public support).



Amphibian migration 2018

More than 2000 amphibians carried to safety so far

Exactly 2,221 frogs, toads and newts have been brought safely to their spawning grounds by activists of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation in the past days and nights.

Frogs, toads and newts who have hibernated on land are now emerging from the torpor and making their way to their spawning grounds by the thousands. Especially on rainy nights, drivers must be prepared for four-legged passers-by on the road near the water. Every springtime, countless amphibians migrate to their spawning grounds: With high humidity and temperatures above 5 degrees, toads and frogs migrate all night long towards their spawning waters. From about 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. every year, around 5 million amphibians start their honeymoon. On these spring migrations, the animals travel between several hundred meters up to several kilometers. However, many hundreds of thousands of them have to pay for their great journey with their lives: The animals, which are usually on the streets in masses, are equally overrun and killed in masses by cars. Every year, late in the evening and early in the morning, many helpers of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation collect grass frogs, toads and newts from amphibian fences and bring them to their spawning grounds. Despite safety measures, many amphibians enter the roads every year and are dependent on the behaviour of every single car driver.

At the time of amphibian migrations, each and every one of us can be considerate and and save countless lives without much effort:

1. Watch out for signs: In the evening hours and at night, try to avoid driving on roads marked with the famous frog warning triangle.
2. Drive slowly: Even if the animals are not caught directly by the wheels, they will still generally suffer fatal injuries at a speed of over 40 km/h due to the negative pressure. If no bypass is possible, pass the concerned road at a greatly reduced speed.
3. Get active: Get in touch with the responsible municipality if you have observed a migration route that is not yet protected from traffic, and have seen numerous animals that have been run over! Report your observations and ask whether measures are already planned.
4. Become a frog taxi: Every year hundreds of thousands of amphibians are safely carried across the streets of Switzerland by animal lovers, students and other hard-working helpers.

Volunteers wanted
Every year, more than 160,000 amphibians are carried safely across the road to spawning grounds by volunteers at around 200 locations in Switzerland. Helping hands are still needed for various amphibian crossings. The volunteers carry the animals in buckets across the road. The patrolling usually takes place at dawn and sometimes also in the evening after dusk. Depending on the weather conditions in spring, these amphibian crossings are looked after for several weeks.
Would you like to join in and help? Click here for more information: https://lepus.unine.ch/zsdb/benevoles.php?lang=de

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Amphibian migration 2018

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