The allocation of donations received by AWF will be used to assist as many animals as possible across the nation – we can and will allocate funding and support to all states and territories where needed to assist animals affected by this crisis. We will soon be announcing some new initiatives that have been made possible through these generous contributions.
Right now, our staff, qualified experts and volunteers are working around the clock to ensure that as many native animals as possible receive the ongoing care, supplementary food and recovery they need. This includes koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums, echidnas, birds, reptiles and more.
There is an immediate need to locate, rescue and care for injured animals and while this will be a long process in itself, there is a much longer term focus needed on supporting animals affected by the loss of habitat, the shortage of food and depletion of their populations in the wild. With the imminent risk to threatened species on the pathway to extinction as a result of the mass elimination of habitat, urgent action is needed.
Strong winds have caused the bushfires to spread quickly, prompting mass evacuations in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. Authorities said 3.5% of the Victorian landmass had been affected by the fires.
All donations to this fund will support recovery and relief efforts for Australians affected by the bushfires. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. AWF monitor the impact on affected communities and work with partners on the ground to allocate funds to where they’re needed most.
Long Term Recovery: Once initial relief work is complete, money from this fund will be allocated by AWF for longer-term recovery efforts—largely led by local organizations. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future challenges.
Email Updates: We’ll send you occasional email updates to provide details on how we’ve used your donation. We’ll share specific stories, photos, and videos from these relief and recovery efforts. You can unsubscribe anytime. AWF will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors.
Implement long-term solutions to restore and repopulate unique ecosystems destroyed by the wildfires, increasing climate resilience and reducing the threat of future wildfires. Your Contribution is imminently needed to locate, rescue, food, medication and care for injured animals.