MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release

June 3, 2019

Contact: David Crawford, 303-543-0755, davidc@ahnow.org

New Video Explains AHNow’s Wildlife 911 Service and Organization’s Plans

Emergency service offers help for the public in face of multiple human-related threats
that together threaten demise for a million species of plants and animals

Animal Help Now (AHNow) today launches its four-minute video explaining its wildlife 911 service, successes to date, and plans for the future. The organization created the video to raise awareness of the free AHNow service and to attract financial supporters and high-level volunteers who will help the group reach its potential. The service is designed to help compassionate members of the public save the lives and reduce the suffering of millions of wild animals each year.

[Watch the Video (four minutes)]

[Video Trailer (30 seconds)]

Anthropogenic (human-caused) threats to US wildlife include domestic dog and cat attacks (billions of fatalities each year), window strikes (one billion fatalities each year), and motor vehicle strikes (a half billion fatalities each year). Now, we are learning from a landmark three-year UN study that additional stress factors such as climate change and pollution could be putting up to a million species of plants and animals at risk. Animals not killed but left injured, orphaned or otherwise distressed from these anthropogenic causes – animals whom members of the public want to help – number in the billions and are those AHNow’s emergency service was designed for. (For a recent sampling of such incidents, see www.AHNow.org/IncidentLog.)

Essentially, AHNow connects people who need help with a wildlife emergency with experts who can provide such help.

AHNow also features “nuisance” wildlife assistance, connecting people who need help with a wildlife conflict with humane experts who can provide such help. And the organization supports an educational program aimed at helping humans mitigate threats to wildlife.

The need for enhanced and expanded wildlife emergency services – from rescue and transportation to treatment and rehabilitation – is already very high, and it is certain to increase in the years and decades ahead.

On May 24, the Boulder Daily Camera published an opinion piece by AHNow’s co-founder and executive director, David Crawford, about the importance of individual action in facing the challenges to nature laid out in the UN study summary. The time for individual action is clearly right now.

Referenced Information

Animal Help Now, Time to Grow: Wildlife 911 Nonprofit Seeks Donors, Advisors and Ambassadors. YouTube video. May 13, 2019.

Animal Help Now, Time to Grow: Wildlife 911 Nonprofit Seeks Donors, Advisors and Ambassadors – TRAILER. YouTube video. May 9, 2019.

Animal Help Now, Known Incidents, May 1-20, 2019. Google document. May 25, 2019.

David Crawford, With a million species at risk of extinction, what’s an individual to do? Boulder Daily Camera. May 24, 2019.

Stills from video and photos of rescued animals available upon request.

Additional Information

United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Media Release: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’. May 6, 2019.

UN IPBES, Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. May 6, 2019.

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