How the RSPCA is helping Australian animals and people survive and recover from bushfires.
During the devastating bushfire crisis of 2019-2020, thousands of Australians generously supported the RSPCA to help protect animals impacted by emergencies like this.
Already, a significant portion of these funds has been used to deliver urgent services for animals on the ground, including providing:
- emergency support and financial aid for evacuees and their pets and livestock at relief centres or in the field,
- food, water, equipment and accessories to pet and livestock owners,
- medical supplies and veterinary treatment to pets and livestock,
- transport and shelter for affected animals of all kinds (including farm animals),
- assistance to help locate, assess and treat injured wildlife.
But it’s crucial to remember our work to protect Australian animals will continue long into the future.
That’s why we’re also funding the delivery of a number of important initiatives specific to the 2019-2020 bushfires in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT, with a focus on native animals.
These projects will protect Australian animals now and into the future – whether it’s upgrading wildlife care facilities, creating specific resources to rescue, triage and treat animals affected by bushfires, or working collaboratively with other partners to help address the needs and gaps we’ve identified.
Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing further details of these projects as well as keeping you up-to-date with progress and the latest news. But for now – it’s a big thank you to all of our supporters from us here at the RSPCA. We have the chance to not just help animals on the ground today but protect many more Australian animals into the future.
Latest Updates from RSPCA Member Societies
- Thursday, 2 July 2020
The decommissioning of the last RSPCA South Australia feeding stations on Kangaroo Island this week marks a milestone in the gradual scaling back of our Emergency Response to January’s devastating bushfires.
- Monday, 1 June 2020
Domestic pets and farm animals, including livestock, are set to receive even stronger emergency support in future disasters thanks to the RSPCA NSW’s new state-of-the-art Animal Welfare Response Unit.
- Saturday, 23 May 2020
Little Hugo was left orphaned when his mum was hit by a car in late 2019. A caring member of the public stopped to assist when they saw what had happened.
- Friday, 15 May 2020
RSPCA NSW was able to respond immediately and effectively in this crisis – $1.
- Tuesday, 5 May 2020
It’s now been three months since our volunteers started their recovery efforts for bushfire-affected animals on Kangaroo Island. The team has achieved a lot in this time including: -The set up a total of 89 feeding stations across the island. 63 of which remain active on the island.
- Thursday, 9 April 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RSPCA NSW is taking necessary precautions to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and community members. As a result, we are moving our one-day physical community relief points to an online alternative.
- Friday, 3 April 2020
Are you in the Bermagui, Kundabung or Mudgee area? RSPCA NSW want to continue to help provide you with supplies for your animals after the recent bushfires.
- Wednesday, 1 April 2020
After two months of our supplementary feeding program to support wildlife on Kangaroo Island, we begin to refocus efforts to encourage native animals to forage for themselves. Amid this global pandemic, our volunteer work on the island still continues.
- Sunday, 29 March 2020
Our wildlife recovery efforts are still being carried out on Kangaroo Island since the devastating bushfires in January. See a video update. The temporary feeding stations (seen at 1:00) set up by our fabulous volunteers continue to get regular visitors as they are replenished.
- Friday, 27 March 2020
COVID-19 restrictions mean we are moving our one-day physical community relief points to an online alternative. This change will give people greater access to our bushfire relief assistance.