FNPW has launched an appeal to recognise and support the army of dedicated carers and rescuers working behind-the-scenes to help animals that have been left hungry, homeless or hurt as a result of Australia's devastating bushfires. Funds will be directed towards providing financial assistance to those groups most impacted by the fires through targeted funding for first aid and rescue equipment for injured animals, as well as providing support for wildlife carers through this difficult time.
This season's bushfires and the ongoing drought in Australia represent an unprecedented threat to our native wildlife, which is why FNPW is launching an appeal to raise to funds to support the dedicated rescue groups and animal hospitals who volunteer time saving and rehabilitating the hundreds of birds and animals impacted by a bushfire crisis or other emergency event. In NSW alone, more than 5,500 people give their time, money and love to Australian animals in need.
Wildlife workers take time off work and away from families to visit bushfire-ravaged areas. They treat animals for burns, pain, smoke inhalation and dehydration. They take traumatised wildlife into their homes giving them a safe space to rest and recover until they can be returned to the wild. Funds raised from our appeal will be directed towards providing funding for first aid and rescue equipment for injured animals, as well as providing support for wildlife carers through this difficult time.
Our first priority is to support all the wildlife rescue volunteers who have been working tirelessly across the country in response to this crisis and to provide them with the resources they need on the ground now. This appeal will ensure there is long term support for wildlife rehabilitation and habitat restoration so that animals can be safely released back into the wild.