Target: Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States
Goal: Recognize generous donations to help the West African animals affected by the Ebola virus
The Ebola virus has claimed thousands of victims, devastating families, healthcare workers and citizens of the world. Unfortunately, animals are not immune to effects of the virus. Dogs, cats and other pets have been abandoned by families fleeing infected communities. Populations of chimpanzees and other primates are also capable of hosting the virus. If outbreaks within these communities occur, thousands of primates would have their lives threatened. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is actively supporting efforts to help victimized animals in West Africa by granting money to organizations on the front lines of animal welfare in the affected areas.
Two organizations are actively helping affected animals in West Africa and have received funding from the HSUS. The Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS), based in Sierra Leone, is an important ally to chimpanzees and gorillas of the nation. TCS has ensured that primates are protected from Ebola exposure by maintaining an established sanctuary. The second organization, Campaign Against Cruelty to Animals (CACA), also working in Sierra Leone, provides shelter, food and companionship to domesticated animals abandoned by their families. CACA’s help reaches stray animals, farm animals and pets.
The HSUS has granted money to these two causes to help the animals affected by the Ebola virus. The society continues to investigate ways that it can be of use to the animals facing this tragedy, ensuring they will not be left to fight alone. Commend the HSUS for its outstanding dedication to animals and the overall well-being of the world.
Dear Mr. Pacelle,
Animals in West Africa, domesticated and not, are severely affected by the spread of the Ebola virus. Chimpanzees and gorillas are capable of contracting the virus and spreading it to one another; domesticated pets are at risk of abandonment because their families are fleeing infected areas. Organizations like the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the Campaign Against Cruelty to Animals are working tirelessly to ensure affected animals are taken care of and comforted. The HSUS has been compassionately funding the efforts of these groups.
Thank you for granting money to these organizations. Supporting these efforts is incredibly important for the animals of Sierra Leone. The HSUS has also pledged to help the animals of West Africa in any way that it can.
Your dedication to animal welfare has not gone unnoticed. Please continue to assist animals all over the world in any way necessary.
[Your Name Here]
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