Thank you to our very generous clients who donated emergency items for animals during the recent Waroona Bush Fires. Local rescue groups and wildlife organisations pulled together to ensure that animals were evacuated to safety, fed and watered, and treated for injuries. Coordinated by NARGA (National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia Inc.) and Perth Pets in Need.
In response to the request for emergency medical items, Vetwest put the call out for everything from cotton wool balls and bandaging, to cat carriers and bedding. Some of our more 'crafty' clients sewed hand-made joey pouches, to keep orphaned kangaroo joeys warm and secure. Others brought bags of cat and dog food, towels, water and food bowls.
As the collection at each of our 12 clinics grew, we coordinated deliveries to Vetwest Armadale-Byford and stored the goods for NARGA to collect. In the end there were several van loads of goods distributed by NARGA to affected animal in the region. After the crisis, we donated more items to the Animal Protection Society, the Darling Range Wildlife Shelter and to Armadale Animal Rescue.
In addition to the medical supplies, we collected cash donations from visitors to our clinics. We raised a whopping $1835.95 which was donated to a number of well-deserving animal rescues.
We also offered free veterinary care for injured wildlife and free boarding for cats, dogs and horses evacuated from homes threatened by the fires. Norman and Jimmy are two much loved cats who were evacuated with their family and they came to stay with us at Vetwest Armadale-Byford until their home was safe to return to.
When the day finally came to bring them home, there were many smiles all around! (See our photo of Saxon - he is holding Norman and Devyn - she is holding Jimmy being reunited with their pets.)
Vetwest wishes to thank all of the kind and generous people who gave their time and money to help rescue animals affected by the Waroona Fires.
On behalf of the animals - thank you!