Supporting the bushfire recovery period

RSPCA Victoria is one of the agencies that forms part of the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan

In addition to helping individuals, RSPCA Victoria is working with other organisations on community projects and initiatives that help with the bushfire recovery and increase preparedness for future disasters.  

Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria are joining forces to build a new, world-class veterinary facility for sick and injured koalas and other precious wildlife. The $1.84million koala hospital will be built at Werribee Open Range Zoo, with a staggering $1.3million coming from generous donations made to RSPCA Victoria during last summer’s devastating bushfires. The new hospital will increase the Zoo’s capacity to care for koalas, native birds, reptiles and mammals in Victoria’s western regions by up to 400%. It will also equip Zoos Victoria’s team of wildlife experts with greater resources to respond during bushfire emergencies. Click here to read more about this exciting initiative. 

We are also excited to announce that we have teamed up with the Youth Affairs Council Victoria’s Rural Young Activators Program. The program annually supports young people (aged 16-25) from rural and regional areas to develop or accelerate their advocacy work on an issue important to their community. This year’s program will support Young Activators to deliver animal welfare projects that help animals living in bushfire affected areas recover and help communities build resilience for the future. Read more about this exciting partnership.

Supporting the initial bushfire emergency

Evacuation 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

Bushfire hotline

Mid-January we opened our bushfire support line to aid people and their pets who were impacted by the fires. 

Image: Our dedicated bushfire support contact centre at RSCPA Burwood