RSPCA WA update on South West bushfires
The RSPCA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift and her team of inspectors are still on the ground in the areas affected by the bushfire in the South West of Western Australia, coordinating efforts relating to companion and equine animals.
Many residents affected by the bush fire had no choice but to leave their companion animals as well as their livestock and possessions behind during the evacuation process. Our inspectors have observed animals in situ that have perished in the fire although precise number of losses cannot be determined. Our current priority remains coordinating adequate medical treatment, shelter, food and water for the surviving animals currently on location. Along with searching, on behalf of owners who are at evacuation centres, for companion animals left behind and capturing wildlife needing treatment.
RSPCA WA is collaborating closely with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) who have been publishing latest updates on the fire here and the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) who is working to support a wide range of agribusinesses affected by bush fires with regular updates here as well as the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW). The RSPCA WA has been coordinating the capture and treatment of animals on the ground with Waroona Veterinary who have demonstrated rapid response and highest dedication.
We have also been pro-actively communicating our hotline both in the media, social media and websites of government agencies urging anyone who requires assistance with companion and equine animals or who have sighted any stray or wandering animals within the areas affected by the bushfire to contact our 24-hour 1300 278 3589 hotline.
We are also accepting donations from those wishing to support RSPCA WA's efforts on the ground responding directly to the needs and welfare of the animals at the bushfire locations with the inspectorate team who continue to be onsite.