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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- Laying hens actions (switching of "out-of-date" laying hens)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).



Last-minute rescue:

A case for the large animal rescue team

The Susy Utzinger Foundation for Animal Welfare finances the campaign "Also farm animals deserve professional rescues" of the GTRD (Grosstier Rescue Service)

Here is another report by Ruedi Keller, head of the large animal rescue team:

"Last Thursday, the Schaffhausen police alerted us with the following message:
Two cows have fallen into a manure pit in Oberhallau and are fighting for their lives. The manure pit was at least 3 m deep and the fire brigade was able to secure the heads of the two animals improvised.
When we arrived, only the heads of the animals were still visible. They bravely held themselves in the cold, thick manure slop.
With the safety harness, both cows were safely rescued. One cow was quite undercooled after the rescue, but the veterinary team and the owners took great care of the animals, so that both could recover well".

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 and well-trained specialists with many years of experience, who are able to rescue large animals from life-threatening situations with a great deal of sensitivity and experience. The honorary specialists of the Grosstierrettungsdienstes GTRD often accept long journeys and do not shy away from costs or dirt to recover the frightened animals as gently as possible. Rescue missions of the large animal rescue service are often complex and involve high costs. While most horse emergencies are covered by insurance policies, the costs of rescuing so-called farm animals often present animal owners with financial problems - often the GTRD even remains at its expense. However, this does not prevent him from continuing to save the lives of farm animals on a daily basis, using all available resources. We believe that such commitment deserves support. For this reason, SUST has agreed to pay for the costs of rescuing "farm animals" such as cows. Because we think that even "farm animals" deserve professional rescue!

Learn more about the valuable work of the large animal rescue service:

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