Your Donations at Work

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

RSPCA Victoria at Ensay and Swifts Creek

  • 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.

RSPCA NSW in Nymbodia, Lithgow & Cobargo

  • 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.

RSPCA SA deploys volunteer teams on Kangaroo Island

  • 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.

RSPCA SA: A day rescuing animals on Kangaroo Island

  • 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.

RSPCA SA volunteer teams begin important work on Kangaroo Island

  • Wednesday, 5 February 2020

RSPCA South Australia has begun coordinating its volunteer teams for bushfire relief efforts on Kangaroo Island as part of its Emergency Response Plan. The three teams are led by experienced animal handlers and rescuers selected from RSPCA South Australia staff.

RSPCA SA conducting food drops to save wildlife on Kangaroo Island

  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

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.