Bushfires – Helping the Domesitc and Native Animals

Received this email through my work this morning.  There’s someone here at the library offering to coordinate.  Thought this would be the best way to pass the message along.

Mel.

Sunday" 8th February, 2009

DOMESTIC & NATIVE ANIMALS NEED YOUR HELP!
I have this morning been in contact with the RSPCA to offer assistance.
Over the coming days the RSPCA expect to be inundated with animals requiring help and care – both domestic and native.  
FYI – THEY CANNOT  take outside volunteers who have NOT ungone the manditory RSVPA Training Program.
 
BUT for those of us in the city area, we CAN help!
THE RSPCA VICTORIA ARE IN URGENTneed of the following items:
OLD BLANKETS – if you don’t have .. a neighbour might.
OLD TOWELS any size
OLD SHEETS
BAGS OF CAT FOOD – please purchase – just one bag will help
BAGS OF DOG FOOD – as above
DRINKING VESSELS – old bucket, plastic dish (ice cream container)
 
IF YOU CAN HELP,  please confirm your involvement as ASAP so collection of goods for delivery to the RSPCA shelter can be arranged. NOTE: the RSPCA are
co-ordinating with all other relevant authorities regarding the care of injured animals, BOTH domestic and native.  Goods will be distributed where the need is most urgent. THE NEED FROM TODAY WILL BE CRITICAL so carers will have enough resources to work with.
 
THE MATTER IS URGENT and QUICK ACTION IS ESSENTIAL.   TO JOIN IN AND HELP .. YOU WILL NEED TO DO THE FOLLOWING >>>

  • Immediately FORWARD this email to friends & relatives in the Melbourne area.
  • Please copy sbyron@dodo.com.au  so I can track involvement.      
  • NOTE: THERE IS THE NEED TO STAY WITHIN THE MELBOURNE METROLITAN AREA TO ALLOW FOR COLLECTION AT PICK-UP POINTS.  
  • Request your contacts to urgently forward on to their friends and relatives.
  • Make contact to friends by phone to say you need their help.
  • Co-ordinate a group (see info below.)
  • Try to door knock neighbours.
  • Be able to use your place as a drop-off & collection point.

Collection of goods will need to be arranged immediately.
 
If you can act as a Co-ordinator, advise your friends to deliver goods to you TODAY or tomorrow!:
GOODS WILL NEED TO BE COLLECTED AND DELIVERED WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
Please confirm if you can act as a Co-ordinator by emailing ASAP your name, address and contact number/s to –
sbyron@dodo.com.au
Suzanne Byron
Southbank
M: 1049 38 12 12
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PROMPT ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER …
 

 
The Ash Wednesday Fires in South Australia and Victoria in 1983 burnt 2,000 square kilometres. 260,000 farm animals died or had to be destroyed. And billions of wildlife perished, as well as their habitats.  Just a one acre fire will burn literally millions of animals from insects and spiders to skinks, lizards, snakes, and nesting birds and all the small mammals that cannot flee, like echidnas, koalas and possums. As well as the damage to native animals’ homes and food supply, there is of course the immense destruction to homes & property and loss and suffering of domestic pets and human life.  Arsonists responsible for bushfires must be made accountable for the immense suffering they cause, even when “property” is not damaged.
 
RSPCA Burwood ShelterPCA Burwood East
3 Burwood Highway
Burwood East  3151
P:
(03) 9224 2222
F:
(03) 9224 2200
 
RSPCA Mornington ShelterRSPCA Peninsula
1030 Robinsons Rd
Pearcedale VIC 3912
P: (03) 5978 6706
       or 5978 6811
F: (03) 5978 7255

 

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