IFAW takes over Cape Cod Stranding Network
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2007:
HYANNIS–The not-quite-10-year-old Cape Cod Stranding Network
is now a project of the Yarmouthport-based International Fund for
IFAW director of animals in crisis and distress A.J. Cady and
Cape Cod Stranding Network executive director Katie Touhey announced
the merger on April 11, 2007.
The five stranding network staff will join IFAW, now
employing 135 head office personnel and 350 other people worldwide,
reported Cape Cod Times staff writer Doug Fraser. Currently housed
at the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay, the Cape Cod
Stranding Network is to relocate soon to the new IFAW headquarters in
“Cady said the $400,000 operating budget for the stranding
network would be integrated with IFAW’s budget, but fundraising and
grant writing would continue separately,” wrote Fraser.
IFAW now has total global revenue of about $90 million.
The Cape Cod Stranding Network assists about 220 stranded
marine animals per year. The workload has increased over the years,
surging during the winter of 2005-2006, when more than 100 common
and whitesided dolphins and at least nine pilot whales became
stranded along Cape Cod Bay after storms.
The merger announcement came less than a month after the
Humane Society of the U.S. strengthened its presence on Cape Cod by
breaking ground for a new Cape Wildlife Center in Cummaquid.
The new center will replace a much smaller site in West
Barnstable, sponsored by HSUS since 1995.