We have all been heartbroken, along with the rest of the country, to see the images from Australia of animals dying, losing their natural habitats and being severely injured leading to months of rehabilitation or worse. Our International Dept have been in regular contact with RSPCA Australia and other partner organisations and understand that as many as 80 percent of koalas habitats have been destroyed, not to mention the plight of millions of other wild and domestic animals that have been displaced, injured or killed in this catastrophe. It is estimated that one billion animals may have died in wildfires.
Whilst we deal with very different animals and in different scenarios, we share a passion and dedication for animal welfare and we have felt inspired to stand with our colleagues on the other side of the world.
To this end Bolton RSPCA are making a donation to our colleagues in the southern hemisphere and would urge anyone wanting to help, to donate by going direct to https://bushfires.rspca.org.au/ or send cheques to PO Box 265, Deakin West, ACT 2600 Australia. Please do not send cheques to the Branch. All money raised will go to help animals injured in the bushfires and there is likely to be a long road to recovery yet.
Our thoughts are with those on the frontline battling each day to help rescue and rehabilitate the animals as best they can.
BOLTON BRANCH RSPCA STAFF & COMMITTEE