With a high number of severe bushfires across the state it is more important than ever to support the wildlife heroes who dedicate their own time and, significantly, their own money to look after our animals when they need it most. They already rescue 100,000 animals annually, but that number is quickly increasing.
As recently announced by Environment Minister Matt Kean, up to $1 million in new funding has been committed to support rescue and rehabilitation of injured wildlife affected by bushfires. The funding will help wildlife rehabilitators and other people involved in rescue and rehabilitation, including veterinarians and veterinary nurses, respond and prepare for natural emergencies. This includes funds for new emergency equipment, medicines, food, rehabilitation items such as demountable pens and bandages.
This commitment is in addition to the newly announced Wildlife Heroes initiative, which provides $1.47 million in support for the State’s volunteer wildlife rehabilitators, and the $4.05 million committed under the NSW Koala Strategy.
Funding for wildlife rehabilitators is managed by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation that works with project partners, scientists and the community to conserve Australia’s unique natural habitats and wildlife, in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Part of this funding is now available for the immediate needs of the wildlife rehabilitation sector. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators can apply for grants by visiting the Wildlife Heroes web page. Funding for veterinarians and veterinary nurses will be available at a further stage.