As we continue to respond to the bushfire situation on Kangaroo Island, it’s becoming clear that a “second wave” animal welfare disaster is looming.
With little feed or water available in devastated landscapes, many native animals that survived the bushfires are now at risk of starvation and dehydration.
Today we’re ramping up our efforts to save animals on Kangaroo Island.
We’ve just announced a plan to send three RSPCA volunteer teams to Kangaroo Island to coordinate crucial wildlife food and water drops over the next three months.
We’re also committing to keeping an RSPCA vet and vet assistant on KI for as long as needed, to ensure injured animals continue to get the skilled medical care they need.
You can see our full plan, plus details on how to volunteer or donate items to our Response Team wishlist here.
While the enormous scale of the fire scar means we sadly won’t be able to help every animal on Kangaroo Island, we will do the absolute best we can with the resources we have.
This ongoing emergency response is funded by donations made to our Bushfire Appeal.
PS: You might also like to read this 'eyewitness' account from our Chief Inspector Andrea, who spent last week on Kangaroo Island rescuing, assessing and caring for injured animals.
PPS: The best way to keep up to date with the latest on our bushfire response is via our Facebook page, where we’re posting regular updates from the field.