FAWNA thanks MidCoast community for help in bushfire crisis

A wallaby in the car of FAWNA with ears burned from bushfires. Photo supplied

A wallaby in the car of FAWNA with ears burned from bushfires. Photo supplied

Wildlife rescue group, FAWNA wishes to thank the caring community for its generosity in donations to help the region's wildlife impacted by the current fires raging through the area.

"So many of these animals have been impacted by not only the fires but the record- breaking drought that has caused severe food shortages for all the bird and animal species; beekeepers are having to take their hives out of the district due to lack of pollen and nectar," FAWNA president Meredith Ryan said.

"FAWNA put out a call for help and the public response has been tremendous," Mrs Ryan said.

"We are now in a position that we will be able to arrange some wildlife food supply collection points where the public can pick up kangaroo pellets favoured by kangaroos, wallabies and birds, and also some wild bird seed.

"We expect to have this program rolling out over the coming weeks once the major roads are open and the ordered supplies can be shipped to the area.

"After the Pappinbarra fires several years ago FAWNA was able to use community donations to provide a local wildlife food collection point for several months while grass and leaves grew back.

FAWNA put out a call for help and the public response has been tremendous.

FAWNA president Meredith Ryan

"We will get more information out to the community just as soon as we can," Mrs Ryan said.

Immediate treatment to burned animals was ensured by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and donations of product and goods by The Rescue Collective.

There have not been huge numbers of animals coming in and the group's volunteers are able to manage with a big thank you to local vets and organisations who have ensured FAWNA is well-supplied with appropriate burn treatments.

The wo koala groups in the region, Koalas in Care and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital have been run off their feet with koalas who are usually the most fire-affected wildlife species.

How you can help wildlife near you

The long term weather forecast is that drought conditions will prevail at least until the end of January. In the meantime providing water for wildlife is a way the community can help these animals suffering unprecedented shortages.

FAWNA is encouraging everyone to put out shallow containers of water for the wildlife. These containers should be cleaned and replenished regularly and should contain rocks or some means of escape so no animal can drown or get caught. New plastic cat litter trays, old baking dishes, plastic 10 litre water containers and small drums cut in half are all cheap and easily accessible containers for the wildlife. Safety is paramount so providing shallow containers or some means of escape is important.

For all wildlife rescues in our area, except for koalas, call FAWNA on 6581 4141. For koalas call Koalas in Care on 6552 2183 or 0439 406 770.