PUBLISHED ON: 5 January 2015
Tragedy has marred the New Year, with Australia's harsh summer once again proving deadly. Extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather have created crisis conditions across parts of South Australia and Victoria, with emergency crews battling to contain life-threatening bushfires and many mourning animals and homes already lost.
How you can help
RSPCA South Australia has advised that they are on the ground conducting assessments and working with government authorities and South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) to provide emergency care for bushfire-affected animals.
While immediate rescue efforts are currently the urgent priority, it's clear that many native animals will also require longer-term treatment and rehabilitation. RSPCA SA advises that wildlife groups also responding to the situation in South Australia include Native Animal Network and Fauna Rescue.
If you'd like to support these emergency responses, please contact the relevant organisation:
And if you're a South Australian resident able to provide practical assistance like food, equipment or transport, the Bushfires SA Assistance group on Facebook could be a good starting point. (Please note this page isn't run by Animals Australia.)
For further information on SA bushfire response and recovery, please visit the South Australian government's website.
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