With countless numbers killed by the devastating Australia fires, more help is needed to save native animals. In fact some species are threatened by extinction. Although it’s difficult for people outside of Australia to volunteer except for trained emergency personnel, you can still help through monetary donations. Additionally, you can also send material goods. Read more about which animal care organizations are worth donating to.
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Suite 5, Hay St.
Subiaco Western Australia 6008, Australia
As the country’s largest private landowner for wildlife conservation, the AWC is working to support organizations who are helping save wildlife from Australia fires. An independent non-profit organization, AWC currently owns or manages 6.5 million hectares (16 million+ acres) and offers 29 wildlife sanctuaries to 1,700 native animal species threatened by extinction. This includes mammals, birds and reptiles. In addition to individual monetary donations, AWC suggests giving in other ways. For instance, this can include volunteering and fundraising.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
1638 Steve Irwin Way
Beerwah Queensland 4519, Australia
Led by Terri Irwin, wife of Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is a leader in the effort to treat injured animals, Located along Australia’s Sunshine Coast, the hospital has treated over 90,000 animals. This includes thousands affected by the Australia fires. However, their work is far from over and is seeking funds. Moreover, these funds are needed to build a new ward for flying foxes, a species that’s vulnerable to extinction from the wildfires.
The initial goal of $150,000 has already been reached. However, more donations are needed to treat the thousands of animals brought to the hospital. Australia Zoo was founded in 1970 by Steve Irwin’s parents Bob and Lyn. After their son’s death in 2006, ownership of the zoo was transferred to Terri. Additionally, their daughter daughter Bindi makes significant contributions to the organization. Equally important is son Robert Clarence Irwin is also helping, with tasks like feeding animals. In fact, at age 18, he is hosting his own television program, Robert’s Real Life Adventures.
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Koala Hospital Port Macquarie
Cnr Roto Place & Lord St.
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444, Australia
Located north of Sydney in New South Wales, the Koala Hospital is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility. Onsite, it has a treatment room, eight intensive care units and a rehabilitation yard. Currently, numerous koalas are treated for burns and other injuries onsite. However, major surgeries and X rays are done at nearby Port Macquarie Veterinary Hospital. In addition to individual monetary donations, Koala Hospital offers an “koala adoption” service where donors can select featured koalas. There is also an option to a “plant a koala food tree and small gifts like branded refrigerator magnets.
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RSPCA New South Wales
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, New South Wales, 2199, Australia
RSPCA Australia is seeking donations for all of its independent units for the devastating Australia fires, but none more important than in New South Wales. The second oldest unit of the RSPCA founded in 1873, the NSW branch operates nine shelters and four veterinary hospitals that are playing a critical roles in rescuing and rehabilitating animals. Additionally, RSCPA inspectors (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) have worked alongside other service organizations in fire zones and helped with evacuations of animals.
The Rescue Collective
Unit 4, 55 Tenby St.
Mount Gravatt, Queensland
Brisbane 4122, Australia
Volunteers at the Rescue Collective are so busy, they might not be currently taking any clothing donations. However, the Brisbane based non-profit is still seeking donations for Australia fire victims. The Collective also operates an Animal Rescue Craft Guild on Facebook where donations pay for materials to sew or knit items like bat wraps and joey pouches. The Craft Guild Facebook page also provides instructions on how to make animal pouches for hanging possums, wallabies, kangaroos and more. Founded in 2018, the Rescue Collective partners with Animal Rescue Freecycle.
WIRES Wildlife Rescue
Suite 39, Lifestyle Working
117 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale, New South Wales 2100, Australia
Founded in 1985, WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity. The non-profit offers a number of services provided by its staff, qualified experts and volunteers. These services include rescue and care of injured animals as well as emergency shelter and food and water. WIRES also operates 28 branches and provides wildlife rescue training, in addition to other services like manning phone lines from more than 2,500 volunteers.
Level 1, One Smail St.
Ultimo, Sydney, New South Wales 2007
The Australian unit of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is seeking donations to help care for injured wildlife and their homes. One of the country’s most respected conservation organizations, the WWF is performing several services like establishing partnerships with wildlife response teams, habitat restoration and providing solutions for future generations such as mitigating climate change and nature conservation.
Parkville, Victoria, Melbourne 3052, Australia
Zoos Victoria is accepting donations towards its Emergency Wildlife Fund, providing emergency veterinary care and other services. The administrator of three zoos in the Australian state of Victoria, including Australia’s oldest, Melbourne Zoo, Zoos Victoria is bravely helping injured animals in dangerous Australia fire zones and are providing solutions towards long term recovery. Since the establishment of the wildlife fund, many American zoos have contributed towards the cause, including $10,000 contributions from the Columbus Zoo, Miami Zoo and Oklahoma City Zoo.
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