The R.O.A.R. Fund is off to a great start. Each R.O.A.R. beneficiary received its initial $5,000 grant from Animal Planet, and the organizations are gearing up for a matching campaign that is set to start this September. Matching funds, as well as prizes for various categories to be announced closer to September, will be generously provided by Animal Planet to the R.O.A.R. Fund and its beneficiary projects on GlobalGiving.org.
In the meantime, we wanted to let you know what some of the R.O.A.R. beneficiaries have been up to lately with some updates from the field:
Within weeks of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this year, the American Humane Association had wired $10,000 in cash and shipped a load of critical animal sheltering supplies to support local animal relief efforts in Japan such as those of the Japan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) and the Japan Animal Welfare Society (JAWS).
For the last 6 months, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors have been taking care of female joey koala named Frodo, who was found near Kenilworth. Frodo has overcome a fractured skull and significant damage to her stomach and intestines as a result of being shot with what appeared to be the spray of a shot gun, and she is now almost ready to return to the wild.
The Jane Goodall Institute has been monitoring the activities of two chimp sisters, Golden and Glitter, at Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania. In a recent blog post, Dr. Deus Mjungu, GSRC Director of Chimpanzee Research, hinted that with a distended belly and more tired than normal, Glitter might be pregnant.
In its efforts to give wildlife the opportunity to roam and thrive in their native habitat, the National Wildlife Federation’s Adopt-A-Wildlife-Acre Program has recently retired the 2,000-acre Bull and Bay Pasture on Montana’s Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, the 10,000-acre Wapiti allotment in Montana’s Gallatin National Forest, and 45,000 acres on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana.
The Petfinder.com Foundation was recently in Kentucky with students from Rescue U renovating the Rowan County and Menifee County Animal Shelters. In total, 65 dogs were transported out of the Kentucky shelters to other shelters and rescue groups where they await their forever homes.
South Shore Natural Science Center has been teaching students about the migration of Barn Swallows and Baltimore Orioles via its newly-updated Migration Exhibits and Naturepedia interactive monitors.
We will continue to update you on their progress throughout the year, and don’t forget to look for the upcoming matching funds that will be available this September!
Thanks for your support, The GlobalGiving and Animal Planet R.O.A.R. teams
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