Christmas this year is going to be a unique experience for all of us as we modify our typical celebration and summer plans.
I imagine, like me, you have been reflecting on our year living with the pandemic, but also our last summer—Black Summer—a time when lives, properties and billions of animals were lost in the most horrific bushfire conditions.
Thanks to the generous gifts of our supporters, and help from our international disaster response experts, we were able make our first-ever Australian emergency deployment to conduct wildlife search and rescue during the devastating fires.
With climate change meaning we are going to face increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters including fires, floods and cyclones—we know we have to be prepared for more wildlife emergencies. We learned so much from our first deployment, and now Evan Quartermain, who was a member of our first search and rescue team, will be leading our disaster response efforts in Australia.
Our report into the bushfire response and wildlife rescue—Safeguarding Australia’s Wildlife—gives clear recommendations on what we need to do to improve future disaster response and we have lost no time in putting the recommendations into action.
We have invested in staff training, emergency field hospitals, and technologies such as infrared drones to assist wildlife search and rescue efforts.
But the immense scale of the challenges we’re facing means so much more is needed. And time is of the essence.
We want to be better equipped this summer and for the future so we can support the protection of our wildlife from the impact of extreme weather events. A fast, well-resourced and experienced response will help ensure animals don’t suffer unnecessarily and get the priority help they deserve.
Lucas, together we can save more animals and vastly improve survival rates. Will you support us with a gift to help ensure we are ready to act when our wildlife needs our urgent care?
Thank you for caring so much about animals.
Wishing you and your loved ones, human and animals, a very Merry Christmas and New Year.
Chief Executive Officer
Humane Society International Australia
PS: Click here to watch a short video about our disaster response ready plans and how these will ensure our wildlife receive faster and better care in the future.
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