How the RSPCA is helping Australian animals and people survive and recover from bushfires.
Total funds received through the national and state/territory appeals: $8.4 million (approximate as at 18 February)
Funds raised are being used to deliver on-the-ground assistance to bushfire-affected regions and communities, including:
- Providing emergency support and financial aid for evacuees and their pets and livestock at relief centres or in the field,
- Providing food, water, equipment and accessories to pet and livestock owners,
- Providing medical supplies and veterinary treatment to pets and livestock,
- Providing transport and shelter for affected animals of all kinds (including farm animals),
- Helping locate, assess and treat injured wildlife.
It’s crucial to remember the RSPCA’s vital work will continue long after the fires have receded.
We’ll be working in communities across affected parts of the country to identify, treat and help to protect pets, livestock and wildlife for many weeks, months and even years to come.
Latest Updates from RSPCA Member Societies
- Tuesday, 18 February 2020
September 2019 saw the bushfire crisis begin in Queensland. Animal lovers within our community have been a tremendous lifeline in helping save animals. Penny was one of the first koalas rescued from the Peachy fires. She was terrified and stuck high up in a tree.
- Monday, 17 February 2020
RSPCA ACT is working to support animals where possible during the current crisis including emergency boarding for fire affected families, providing donated food and medical supplies to local rescue groups attending fire affected areas.
- Sunday, 16 February 2020
Our teams distributed pet food, fodder, flea, tick and worming treatment products and a bunch of other pet supplies to community members who have been affected by the recent bushfires.
- Friday, 14 February 2020
Working under the direction of National Parks and Wildlife SA, our volunteer team entered Flinders Chase National Park on Tuesday this week.
- Wednesday, 12 February 2020
RSPCA Victoria were at Ensay Community Hall and the Recreation Reserve at Swifts Creek Community Hall today handing out pet supplies and offering assistance to members of the bushfire affected community.
- Tuesday, 11 February 2020
RSPCA NSW are continuing to assist animal owners across the state who have been affected by bushfires. Over the weekend, RSPCA NSW teams faced the extreme weather to assist bushfire-affected communities in Nymboida, Lithgow and Cobargo.
- Monday, 10 February 2020
RSPCA South Australia have now deployed our first volunteer teams to Kangaroo Island to begin feed and water drops for wildlife that survived the bushfires. They have joined our veterinary, rescue and Inspectorate teams who have been on the island since early January.
- Thursday, 6 February 2020
On the weekend of 1-2 February, RSPCA NSW hosted a pop-up relief centre in the towns of Moruya and Willawarrin.
- Thursday, 6 February 2020
RSPCA South Australia’s Chief Inspector, Andrea Lewis was on Kangaroo Island for four days assisting with animal rescue efforts in the aftermath of the island’s bushfires. She worked with two RSPCA colleagues – veterinarian Lauren and animal handler Justin – to assess and care for injured animals.
- Wednesday, 5 February 2020
RSPCA NSW is currently in the field, providing on-the-ground support in fire-affected communities in the state’s north, south and west. Right now, our priority is ensuring no animal impacted by the bushfire crisis is suffering.