Animal rescue charity reassures donors money will help across Australia
NSW animal rescue organisation WIRES has confirmed it will be helping animal charities across Australia in the wake of the bushfire crisis.
The Sydney-based Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service only handles animal rescues in NSW.
But the charity, which has raised almost $14 million with the help of celebrity call outs from the likes of actor Margot Robbie, has confirmed the cash will be spread across Australia.
A WIRES spokeswoman told nine.com.au: "We will be supporting other organisations across Australia.
"Over the coming days we'll start reaching out to wildlife groups and clarify how they can request support.
"We will be partnering with interstate groups where requested to assist them with any urgent needs to respond to current emergency events."
In a statement, the organisation thanked those who have donated, as well as wildlife carers, who it said have never seen anything like the current crisis.
As many as 800 million animals have been thought killed in NSW alone, with similar numbers thought to have perished in Victoria.
In NSW, a billion creatures will have been impacted by the fires, according to Sydney University.
"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," WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor, said.
"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.
"Volunteers have never experienced a crisis of this scale, but they remain fearless and committed to continuing to put the welfare, care and immediate treatment of our precious wildlife at the forefront of all they do."
How koalas are being helped on stricken Kangaroo Island, South Australia
HOW TO HELP ANIMALS
WIRES are an animal rescue service in New South Wales, which help care for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
You can donate to support the work they do here, and view information on how to care for animals and wildlife during bushfires here.
Sydney Wildlife also helps in the city. Contact them or donate here.
Wildlife Victoria can also help here, with Fauna Rescue available in South Australia here.
Wildlife Rescue Queensland helps in that state.
In Western Australia organisations which help wildlife include FAWNA - contact them here.
More details on how to help people impacted by the fires here.