Supporting the initial bushfire emergencyEvacuation support
RSPCA Victoria Inspectors and operations staff
assisted with the evacuation of more than 1000 people and 120 animals from
Mallacoota arriving in Melbourne on two Navy ships. We were on site handing out
new leads and offering safe transport for pets to relief centres.
Image: RSPCA Inspectors assisting people and pets from Mallacoota
Emergency boarding for pets
We opened emergency boarding to pets in need at our
Wangaratta Animal Care Centre. During January we housed more than 110 animals
while their families made arrangements and evacuations from their homes. Our
wonderful volunteers assisted with animal transfers from the local relief
centre to our shelter.
Images (L-R): Some cute little boarders, Volunteers Sue and Brian transferring animals to our Wangaratta shelter, Cats Monfizz, Bright Eyes and Cimmie being picked up after emergency boarding at our shelter
Helping wildlife in MAC
On Wednesday, 8 January RSPCA Victoria deployed our Mobile Animal Care (MAC) Unit to Bairnsdale, to help care for wildlife impacted by the bushfires.Vets triaged and provided much-needed medical attention to alleviate suffering and help save some of our most vulnerable creatures from total devastation.
Images: Scenes from the RSPCA Victoria Mobile Animal Care (MAC) Unit in Bairnsdale
Animal care packages
RSPCA Victoria employees created over 300 animal care packages
to provide to people in affected communities in Victoria. The packs included
food, treats, toys, a bowl and Advocate treatment for dogs, cats and small
animals, helping people to care for their pets if they have been displaced by
the fires. These will continue to be created and sent to communities as
needs arise throughout the recovery period.
Images: RSPCA Victoria staff packing animal care packages
Mid-January we opened
our bushfire support line to aid people and their pets who were impacted by the
Image: Our dedicated bushfire support contact centre at RSCPA Burwood