Gulf Oil Spill: How you can help coastal animals in danger

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The pictures are heartbreaking. Each day I open my paper to see more animals in distress, caught up in the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rescue teams are working to contain and clean up the oil, but they can’t do it alone. U.S. News & World Report has a great list of 10 Things You Can Do to Help the Gulf Coast Clean the Oil Spill. Here are a few that directly impact animals (read the full article here):

  • Volunteer. You can register online in Louisiana or Florida or sign up on Oil Spill Volunteers to be matched with a group that needs volunteers. Any and all help is needed, including wildlife cleanup.

  • Trigger a donation. Buy a bottle of Dawn dishwashing
    detergent, then visit the Dawn Web site to activate a $1 donation by Dawn to
    the Marine Mammal Center and the International Bird Rescue
    Research Center
  • Report animals in distress. If you’re in one of the affected
    areas and see an animal in trouble, don’t approach it — call the
    hotline for injured-animal sightings at 1-866-557-1401 and leave a
    message with the animal’s exact location.
  • Give money. If you live outside the coastal region, you can
    still make a big difference for wildlife by supporting the groups on
    site. The National Wildlife Federation is one of many
    organizations accepting donations for coastal relief.
  • Send hair (yours and your pet’s). Have you brushed your dog
    or cat recently? Matter
    of Trust
    is collecting donations of hair, fur and nylons that it
    uses to soak up the oil.

(Read the full article from U.S. News and World Report then check out Animal Clean-Up After Oil Spill a Lengthy Process from Discovery News)

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