The internet and social media is awash with hundreds of ways to held wildlife and humans in this bushfire crisis, this time of climate emergency. This post is a summary, while by no means exhaustive, hopefully it will help guide you. I will be adding to it!
I have written it with a Victorian focus, but have included national information where I can. I have avoided pictures of dead, dying or burnt animals – I can’t stand it!! I have not included how to help firefighters, but I do have a few links/ organisations for helping humans.
If you would rather donate goods / items, or not online
Foodbank Australia VITAL food and water for Evacuees and homeless.
Donate to the Red Cross at any post office http://redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-new-years-eve?fbclid=IwAR0qHD11_l93bE-ttcnOv6AugFKsgyQXbvw0_mqVg_HpgzULoeES7DAF1Gs
If you can knit, crochet or sew: Make pouches and nests for orphaned marsupials and birds for the To learn about the Animal Rescue Craft Guild Click here
Donate $ to coordinating efforts for Wildlife
The Animal Rescue Collective is working across all fire-affected states and have a range of ways people can help a number of volunteer based rescue groups:
Similarly, in Victoria Warriors for Wildlife have teamed up with ARC Animal Rescue Collective and Victoria Wildlife & Animal Rescue Support to give aid to the people, shelters and animals affected by the fires in East Gippsland. They are calling for donations, but also for a huge number of veterinary items.
Warriors 4 Wildlife has a distribution centre at 62 Wedgewood Rd in Hallam, 3803. Huge thank you to Cindi and family at Statewide Scaffolds Pty Ltd. The centre will be our main drop off location from 10am-4.30pm everyday.
Other drop off locations: -20 Uren Rd Emerald 3782, -5 Hampton court, Beconsfield -4 Gibbs rd, Ferntree Gully -Ready 2 Go Car Care -Jam Factory car park, 500 Chapel St Yarra -35 Connors Flat Rd, Wandin North
You can also help by donating through their FB, website or into our bank account:
Warriors 4 Wildlife
BSB 633 000
ACC 156 476 087
W4W is a registered charity and is tax deductible
The Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund is now live and accepting donations.
Your tax-deductible donation will go towards ensuring long-term care for bushfire impacted animals, including endangered species, such as supplementary feeding and habitat restoration in conjunction with Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria and associated recovery teams. To make a donation to Zoos Vic, head here: http://bit.ly/35rFOg2
Wildlife Victoria also have a bushfire appeal: click here
Donations for endangered species recovery
BirdLife Australia (whom I work for) is planning and coordinating a disaster response; we need to understand the impact on threatened birds and work with our partners to put emergency plans in place for now and the longer-term.
For Glossy Black-Cockatoos of Kangaroo Island: please help the KI Glossies by contributing to the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Rescue Fund, visit: https://www.naturefoundation.org.au/…/kangaroo-island-conse…
Donations directly to wildlife shelters
Some people prefer to donate directly to individual shelters, such as Goongerah Wombat Orphanage: https://www.facebook.com/GoongerahWombatOrphanage/
GWO were luckily enough to have their property defended by a hero neighbour, however it is going to take a lot to rebuild. The surrounding buch has been burnt to the ground & there is no word on how any of the wildlife, or released wombats, have fared.
> Please donate directly to this GoFundMe campaign: https://bit.ly/39ARiBt
> Or directly to the shelter here: https://bit.ly/2QHAv6X
Wallabia Wildlife Shelter
> Rena and Joe evacuated Goongerah on 28 December with three baby kangaroos, a baby wombat and a possum. They then had to evacuate again from Sarsfield the following day and Joe’s mums was heavily impacted by fire. They have lost their house and caravan in the fires that hit Goongerah on 30 December.
You can donate here to help support the animals in their care currently, & all the little animals that they will save in the future: BSB – 704191. Account number – 198514
East Gippsland Wildlife carers: “We are wildlife carers based in East Gippsland.
As wildlife carers there is NO financial support from the Government and we pay all costs associated with saving these beautiful Australian animals.These funds will be distributed amongst wildlife shelters and carers in East Gippsland on an as needs basis”. Click here
AND this fantastic list is great for Australia wide listing of Wildlife Shelters: click here
Flying foxes – they have been hit very hard not just by fires but by heat waves.
Fly by Night bat clinic https://www.flybynight.org.au/
In Mallacoota: Friends of Bats and Habitats East Gippsland https://www.facebook.com/pg/batfriendsgippsland/posts/?ref=page_internal
To help Humans and communities
BlazeAid set up work camps to help rebuild infrastructure among other assistance BlazeAid have camps already established in SA and are currently organising for NSW and Vic. Please consider donating to BlazeAid here https://blazeaid.com.au/donations/
Fire affected First Nations Communities click here This is a fundraiser initiated and maintained byNeil Morris a Yorta Yorta , First Nations man. I am a community rights and empowerment advocate for my fellow First Nations peoples. In my work in this capacity, I have developed this Fundraiser with direct consultation with and upon the request of Fire affected First Nations Communities across Eastern parts of so called Australia such as Gippsland and the South Coast of NSW . Click here