We are committed to assisting bushfire affected communities across the state.

Our Bushfire Response

The past few months of widespread bushfires have been nothing short of a tragedy. Our hearts break for the countless people and animals who have been catastrophically impacted.

As the weeks, months and years of recovery begin, RSPCA NSW plans to stand right beside all those that have been affected – offering assistance, supplies, veterinary advice, treatment and shelter, wherever possible.

Helping creatures great and small is the foundation on which our organisation has been built and when disasters such as these strike, we will keep our promise to be an effective form of relief and comfort to these vulnerable communities in need.

Bushfire Response FAQs

After spending time in affected zones and talking to people in these areas, we wanted to let you know how we plan to make an impact in the coming days, weeks and months.

So far you have helped us:
• Distribute almost 5 tonnes of animal food to affected zones to help feed countless hungry, displaced animals.

• Assisted more than 64 communities affected by bushfires.

• Launch an Emergency Pet Assistance initiative which is helping affected animal owners access essential financial support for vet care, food and supplies.

• Deploy teams to evacuation centres in Bega, Cooma, Nowra, Kiama, Goulburn, Moruya and Berry.

• Conduct countless welfare assessments on animals. Sadly, a lot of these assessments have involved humanely euthanising critically injured animals, many of them livestock and wildlife, that were unable to escape the catastrophic conditions. This is horrible work for our inspectors but they are glad that have relieved the immense suffering of these animals.

• Evacuate people, pets, livestock and as many animals that we could reach.

• Activate RSPCA NSW vets and vet nurses to the worst affected areas, ready to support local vets.

Our RSPCA NSW Community Outreach teams are on the road providing animal care services to affected areas across the state during this ongoing crisis. These mobile teams will assist communities in providing animals with health checks and offering much needed animal supplies. Many people were able to evacuate with their pets but were forced to leave without taking much at all.

We are helping wherever we can. The RSPCA NSW Inspectorate, working alongside Local Land Services (LLS), Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and district veterinarians, will begin the difficult job of entering affected areas and assessing any injured animals. This includes the rescue and treatment of affected native wildlife and livestock. In conjunction with RFS and DPI, we are also making assessments of domestic animals left behind by people evacuating fire-affected areas.

We are preparing our shelters located in at-risk areas for evacuation, should conditions change. Each of our shelters has a detailed evacuation plan and all animals will be transferred to other locations or placed in staff and volunteer homes or foster care.

We are on standby to support any further evacuations and have delivered pet supplies to bushfire emergency relief centres. In the coming days we will be working to deliver more supplies to those affected. To stay up-to-date on where you can access these supplies, keep an eye on our Facebook page.

We are trying to help you and every person affected by the fires in any way we can. If you have been affected by the fires and need help from RSPCA NSW please let us know here. Alternatively you can call us on 1300 278 3589 so we can provide advice or assistance.

The community response to our recent work in the field has been overwhelming. Our entire organisation is blown away by the incredible support both in Australia and overseas, whether that be through hands-on help in local communities or through generous monetary financial donations from around the world.

As we continue our direct work in the field, alongside other aid and wildlife organisations, we are committed to to ensuring the money raised for RSPCA NSW has the most meaningful impact possible for all creatures great and small.

As part of our ongoing plan to address this crisis and the ongoing recovery, we will be distributing allocating funds donated to our bushfire appeal according to a four-point plan.

1. Immediate response in communities: $1.3 million 

  • Assisting at evacuation centres by providing RSPCA veterinary care to animals, supporting local veterinarians and veterinary nurses, providing supplies we have specifically sourced such as food, medication and bedding.
  • Working with wildlife rehabilitation groups such as WIRES and other local organisations to increase the amount of wildlife that is reached.
  • Accepting and rehabilitating surrendered animals from affected areas.
  • Dispatching inspectors and veterinarians to remote regions to assist with welfare checks on vulnerable animals and wildlife.

2. Emergency assistance fund: $1 million

  • Helping impacted owners and their animals rebuild their lives by offering financial assistance and goods.
  • Support includes, but is not limited to, veterinary care, emergency boarding and supplies.

3. Mobile emergency response unit and infrastructure: $1.2 million

  • Increasing our emergency infrastructure so we can respond more rapidly and effectively in disasters.
  • Investing in a mobile emergency response unit to be used as a central assistance and relief point for communities in crisis.
  • Equipping our teams on the ground with satellite phones, breathing apparatuses, specialised vehicles and other equipment to ensure their safety and improved communication abilities.

4. Wildlife welfare program: $500,000

  •  Investing in long-term critical care and rehabilitation for our state’s wildlife.
  • Looking to partner with local wildlife groups to help in their efforts to rebuild.
  • Researching methods of re-establishing colonies.

The estimated billion animals who have perished as a result of these recent fires is a tragedy. As the following months and years of recovery and rebuilding begin, RSPCA NSW will use this plan as a guide to continue offering assistance to the people and animals who need our help the most.

Helping animals great and small is the foundation on which our organisation has been built and when tragedies such as these strike, we want to keep our promise to be an effective form of relief and comfort to these vulnerable lives.

Finally, thank you to our supporters and donors for their wonderful help. Your selfless determination has made it possible for us to continue our work now and into the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We have received so many offers from volunteers across the country and even from the other side of the world! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

We are currently developing an appropriate volunteer strategy to address the many challenges the community needs during this time. At this time, we are unable to send new volunteers directly into evacuation centres and zones.

However, we are looking for volunteers to assist with the below roles. If you are interested in one of these roles, please express your interest by filling out the relevant form. Please note that at this stage, we are not be able to guarantee a volunteer position due to the high volume of applications we are expecting.

With the increased support at our locations, we will be able to send out more of our trained professionals to assist in the evacuation centres and zones.

See us in action