HSI will deploy this week to help animals affected by Australian wildfires

By on January 7, 2020 with 22 Comments

Wildfires ravaging the Australian continent have killed 25 people and are taking an unprecedented toll on the country’s rich wildlife and other animals. We have all seen these heart-wrenching images in the media: dead koalas scattered across scorched landscapes; frightened cows standing under orange-red skies as the fires close in; kangaroos, their foot pads burned, fleeing the flames.

It is estimated that more than one billion animals may have been killed in this disaster of epic proportions that shows no sign of abating. HSI disaster response experts will deploy this week to assist our partner Humane Society International/Australia, given the extensive animal rescue and recovery efforts that a disaster of this scale requires. HSI/Australia has already provided emergency truckloads of water and supplementary feed for rescued wombats, kangaroos and flying foxes. They are also funding the building of additional rehabilitation enclosures for wildlife.

In addition to immediate treatment of injured animals for burns and smoke inhalation, these fires will require a long-term sustained response involving rescue, rehabilitation and hopefully the release of animals where feasible. HSI responders will assist with providing direct care to animals rescued from the wildfires and provide some respite to the caretakers who have already been working tirelessly to save them.

HSI responders will assist with providing direct care to animals rescued from the wildfires and provide some respite to the caretakers who have already been working tirelessly to save them.

Thankfully, according to reports, people who are evacuated are being allowed to bring their pets with them. However, there have been devastating losses to livestock and we will seek to determine if, where and how we can assist with both companion animals and farm animals as well as wildlife.

HSI is a leader in global disaster response and we bring a wealth of experience to such work; in just the past few years our teams have deployed to help animals hit by devastating floods in India, earthquakes in Mexico and volcano eruptions in Guatemala, among other natural disasters. We also have experience working with governments around the globe to improve their disaster preparedness and ensure that animal suffering is minimized, in developing disaster response plans, and training first responders to treat animals in crisis.

The Australian wildfires are inextricably linked to the problem of climate change, and with the increasing frequency and severity of wildfires and other disasters around the world. HSI has made expanding its disaster response efforts a priority.

Our hearts are with the people and the wildlife, companion animals and farm animals of Australia affected by the wildfires. They need all the help they can get in the days to come, and we will provide as much as we can. You can help too. Please support HSI’s animal rescue effort in Australia and elsewhere by clicking here.

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Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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  1. carol martin says:

    how does one securely donate to make sure the money is going for rehab for these needy animals.

    • Blog Editor says:

      Hi Carol, thanks for the question. We are committed to using funds raised to cover all of the costs of our deployment to Australia and for grants to local organizations also involved in the short, medium, and long-term animal rescue response a disaster of this scale will require. Only in the event that we receive more funds than can effectively be spent in Australian fire recovery will the funds be used to provide animal care in other disaster zones.

      • Blog Editor says:

        Also, for our donation form, HSI uses generally accepted, industry-standard security systems, software, and encryption technologies — Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) — for the secure transfer of personal and financial data and to protect against unauthorized access to HSI servers, equipment, and other components of our online presence. This includes using industry-standard security systems to protect credit card processing information. Our web servers are hosted off-site at multiple, physically secure facilities with limited access.

    • TJF says:

      If I send a donation by check to HSUS for the Australian fires, do I put in the memo that it is specifically to be used for the AU. Fires? I want to make sure that it is used for the fires. I think you had said that ALL your donations right now are going to the AU fire effort, unless I misunderstood your post?

      Tara

  2. Barbara Taylor says:

    I would like an answer to the above question also.

  3. de Bonhome says:

    I agree with the question above. Helping through donation of course, but how can we trust ?

  4. Gina says:

    Have we seen any of those trophy hunting organizations who care so much about “conservation” donate anything, yet? Are they stepping up to the plate, too? Or will they be at the Dallas Safari Club convention this weekend with their fur wearing b*tches partying it up and dancing away?

    Hypocrites, the whole lot of them!

  5. Angie says:

    I will like to donate, but I need a secure website to be able to do it. Can you tell me if you have a secure website?

    • Blog Editor says:

      Hi Angie, thanks for your question. The donation form is very secure. HSI uses generally accepted, industry-standard security systems, software, and encryption technologies — Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) — for the secure transfer of personal and financial data and to protect against unauthorized access to HSI servers, equipment, and other components of our online presence. This includes using industry-standard security systems to protect credit card processing information. Our web servers are hosted off-site at multiple, physically secure facilities with limited access.

  6. Angie says:

    Can I have an address where to send a check please?

    • Blog Editor says:

      To contribute by mail, please send a personal check made payable to Humane Society International to:
      Humane Society International
      1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450
      Washington, DC 20037

  7. Melissa says:

    For those concerned with trust, there is an organization called Charity Navigator that rates charities based on how they spend their money. The rating for the Humane Society and the Humane Society International are both on there. This of course won’t tell you about this specific program but it will tell you overall where their money goes. Both organizations have good ratings and are trustworthy.

  8. River says:

    Headed to Adelaide and KI next week. Any way we can be of help on the ground there?

  9. Shelly Bouton says:

    Besides monetary donation, how can I help on the ground? Able to travel there and do anything needed.

  10. Leah Einhorn says:

    Is there a way to go over to Australia to help with the animals?

  11. Julie Melvin says:

    I am a Veterinary Technician from Lad Vegas and would like to go help with relief and rescue efforts in Australia. How do I go about doing so?

  12. Nicole says:

    To HSI and all the organisations which helps animals, people, nature: thanks for existing <3

  13. Daniel Araque says:

    I am seeking to help and volunteer with the situation in Australia. Does anyone know of an organization in need of volunteer work, labor, and hands on work. Any rehabilitation centers being built must need a helping hand. Please reach out to me. I am looking to fly into Australian in February for 15-20 days.
    Dan.araque@gmail.com

  14. Neil Ericson says:

    SOOOOOOOOO SAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!! I WANT TO HELP!!!!!!!!

  15. Blog Editor says:

    The recovery of the wildfires will continue for a long time and once the initial response dies down groups may be looking for volunteers. However, we do ask people not to self-deploy. Self-deploying to fire zones creates an unsafe situation for both people and animals. We know people are very moved by the fires and want to help but the best help you can give right now is to support organizations like ours with the expertise to respond.

  16. Toshi says:

    What is the relationship between the humane society of united states and humane society international? I have a good trust on the humane society of united states and I regularly donate. If the humane society international is very similar organization, I would feel comfortable for donating for it.

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