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- Laying hens actions (switching of "out-of-date" laying hens)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



Laying hen campaigns 2016

A second life for "obsolete" laying hens

The life of a laying hen is short and full of work: after ten to twelve months of intensive egg laying for their producers, the moulding starts. The moulting is a hormonally conditioned rest period in which the laying apparatus of the animals regenerates itself and the plumage is renewed. The moulting takes two to three months, at least three weeks of which a laying break takes place. The hens thus no longer make the desired profit during this time and for this reason they are gassed (or otherwise killed) after this first laying period and replaced against young chickens.

Thousands of laying hens are killed in Switzerland every year after a few months of their lives. However, some of them are lucky enough to be able to live on: the Susy Utzinger Foundation for Animal Welfare has been able to reach an agreement with the owners of various farms that they will be able to take over and place animals for which they find a new, species-appropriate place. Such stables take place several times a year, in 2016 this was on 24 February and 11 July: 411 laying hens could be transferred to good new places by the SUST teams at these stables.

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5 Pillars:
  • Emergency Aid
Laying hen campaigns 2016
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