UPDATE May 5, 2020!
It's #GivingTuesdayNow! We're aiming to help everyone from nurses and hospitals all over the USA and UK, to brave people fighting the spread of COVID-19 in the most sensitive regions on earth, to veterinarians working to stem the tide of COVID-19 through One Health! Will you help us save communities and wildlife and health care workers on the front lines today?
Help us save people and wildlife worldwide affected by COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak has changed all our lives. And here at Darwin Animal Doctors, our local partners around the world have committed themselves to fighting the origin of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, and to mitigate the damage created by the virus worldwide. With your help, today - right now - we can help stop more diseases like COVID-19 from spreading, we can save the animals and communities devastated by the pandemic, and we can help the frontline workers who are working to save the lives of COVID-19 patients.
Stopping Zoonotic Diseases Including COVID-19:
For years, our local partners have been seeing people suffer severe respiratory distress after consuming wildlife like wild bats. Now, we are working every single day with our partners in Asia to investigate and shut down the wildlife markets that spread these zoonotic diseases like COVID-19. Our local partner, the Indonesian Species Conservation Program (ISCP), is now armed with PPE from the Indonesian Wildlife Authority (named the BSKDA locally), so they can do this work more safely, while rescuing the countless wild animals caught in these markets. We have also begun rescuing sun bears together, since China's National Health Commission recommended bear bile as a treatment for COVID-19 (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/03/chinese-government-promotes-bear-bile-as-coronavirus-covid19-treatment/), despite there being no actual cure for COVID-19 yet.
Stopping the Damage Caused by COVID-19:
In Africa, Asia, and in Latin America, our partners are educating locals on the causes of COVID-19 and how to stop its spread. In Morocco, our partner RAPAD-Maroc are educating people nationwide to fight a fake news campaign that claims you catch COVID-19 from your cats, dogs, and farm animals. That fake news has caused countless families in every major city to suddenly dump their domestic animals all at once, causing a second public health crisis, and incalculable suffering. RAPAD-Maroc is already rescuing thousands of animals before they starve to death in droves on the streets, or become too aggressive as they go hungry.
In Tanzania, we are supporting wildlife rangers, who have all found themselves out of work once the tourist industry shut down during the lockdown. Without their daily patrols, wildlife conflicts happen between the community and invading elephants, zebras, and buffalo at least five times a week, which is already causing both human and wildlife to be killed in the conflict. We are fundraising to get the rangers back to work to stop these conflicts to protect both vulnerable human and endangered wildlife populations today.
In Ecuador, we are working with veterinarians at the front lines, who are saving wildlife from the black markets and cross-educating vets to stop zoonotic disease. Focusing on the One Health approach, the health of humans and other animals alike, together.
Directly Helping Health Care Workers Saving COVID-19 Patients:
We usually fundraise throughout the year by making animal plush toy merchandise that we sell at events. Since all in-person events must be canceled this season, our seamstresses have turned their skills and their supplies to making critically important face masks for doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers at overworked hospitals and clinics all over the USA and the UK. We have made and sent several hundred already, and our amazing seamstresses are making more to this day.
With your help today, we can save people affected by COVID-19, we can protect the health care workers saving these patients, we can stop the spread of these deadly zoonotic diseases before it gets even worse, and we can help communities and wildlife everywhere in the face of the pandemic.