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How You Can Help Animals in Australia's Bushfires


There are charities in Australia dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating the Australian wildlife that has been burnt, injured or displaced in the fires that are currently burning across several states.

WIRES is the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc., they are New South Wales based and are accepting donations to fund the rescue and care of animals affected by the fires. You can donate by clicking this link.

Also in New South Wales is the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, they are distributing funds to other koala rescues along the coast. You can donate by clicking this link.

Wildlife Victoria is the non profit service that is providing funding to the wildlife rescue centres across the state of Victoria. You can donate by clicking this link.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is based in South Australia - the other Australian state badly affected by the fires. There is a Go Fund Me page that you can donate to here.

If, like me, you have felt overwhelmed and not sure who to donate to, Australian comedian Celeste Barber has set up a trust for accepting donations that will be distributed across Australia. You can donate to the fund here.

If your funds are tapped however (and understandably so), if you can sew, knit or crochet, you can still help! The Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild have set up a network of Facebook groups across New Zealand that crafters can join to handmake items to assist with the rehabilitation of Australian wildlife.

The New Zealand division of the Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild can be found here there are separate groups for each New Zealand hub. If you click here you can scroll through the options and see which hub is nearest to you - it's a great way to keep up with what items are urgent and where you can drop off finished items as well as donate supplies like sheets, towels and yarn.

The ARCCG have provided detailed patterns for those wanting to make items to send to Australia. Here is an infographic showing the items that are most urgent:

Items needed for Australian Wildlife

For those that sew

For a list of the types of fabric that can be used for each product please click here for the download.

For those that knit

For a list of the types of yarn that can be used for each product please click here for the download

For those that crochet

For a list of the types of yarn that can be used for each product please click here for the download

I have a small stash of 8 ply acrylic yarn (perfect for nests and pouches), if you need some supplies to make items please get in touch.