International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

October 28, 2005 15:33 ET

IFAW recognizes Quebec resident

with prestigious Animal Action Award Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 28, 2005) - Local resident Dr. Guy Fitzgerald was among 10 distinguished Canadians honoured this week at the 2005 IFAW Animal Action Awards.

Dr.Fitzgerald, a veterinarian, has dedicated his career to improving the care of Raptors (birds of prey such eagles, owls and falcons) in treatment in Quebec. He is the founder of the Raptor Centre at the University of Montreal and the UQROP- the non-governmental organization that runs the Raptor Centre. Focused on rehabilitation and release, each year the center admits approximately 350-400 raptors, while receiving approximately 8,000 visitors who benefit from the public education program.

Other 2005 award recipients were the Minister of Environment, Stéphane Dion, recognized for his dedication to protecting Canada's seabirds through his leadership on passing Bill C-15, and well-loved media figure Vicki Gabereau for her ongoing commitment to companion animals. Other winners were from British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, Ontario and Quebec.

IFAW's Animal Action Awards are part of IFAW's Animal Action Week, an annual event that celebrates people around the world who play a valuable role in saving and protecting animals.

"The Animal Action Awards are IFAW's chance to acknowledge and celebrate those special individuals who do outstanding work for animals," said Barb Cartwright, IFAW's Animal Action Week Coordinator. "Every year we receive hundreds of nominations from people and organizations across the country."

"Dr. Fitzgerald's dedication to education has improved the understanding of raptors in Quebec, while his work at the centre ensures increased welfare, protection and conservation for birds of prey and their natural habitats. It is an honour to recognize his work," said Cartwright.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well being of both animals and people around the world. IFAW is dedicated to reducing commercial exploitation of wildlife, protecting habitats and assisting animals in distress.

/For further information: Contact: Barbara Cartwright (IFAW) Tel: 1 (613) 241-8996; Email: bcartwright@ifaw.org/ IN: ENVIRONMENT

Contact Information

  • Barbara Cartwright, IFAW's Animal Action Week Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 613-241-8996
    Toll-Free: 888-500-4329
    E-mail: bcartwright@ifaw.org