What we know so far
Our hearts go out to the animals and people affected by the bushfire crisis.
We won’t know the full extent of damage and devastation until the fires stop burning, but experts estimate over a billion animals have been killed in bushfires this season, with millions of hectares burnt across the country.
Recovery from a disaster of this magnitude is complex and will take years.
We don’t yet have a complete enough picture of the scale of the crisis to provide a comprehensive solution, but we do know the way Australia plans and prepares for animals in disasters needs to change.
How your support will help animals
Thanks to you, we’re offering support to local wildlife organisations in affected states.
In the coming weeks, we will assess the impact of the bushfires on Australian animals to support long-term recovery. This assessment will allow us to more accurately to identify the gaps in our current approach, calling on the government to increase protection and preparedness for Australia’s unique animals, plants and environment.
We will also expand our Protect your Pet and PrepVet resources to support capacity building and preparedness for animals.
From our 50 years’ experience in disaster management, we know the hardest work is yet to come. Over the coming months we’ll be working to change legal frameworks, plans, policies and conventions to ensure animals are included in disaster planning.
On behalf of the animals, thank you
Animals are often the forgotten victims of natural disasters. However, the global generosity and support Australia has received has been overwhelming.
Our work wouldn’t be possible without people like you who care so deeply for animals in need. Thank you.