Wooroloo bushfires: Animal welfare team effort to treat pets, native wildlife

A possum, 46 alpacas, 30 pigeons and three donkeys are amongst tons of animals checked by an animal welfare response team after the Wooroloo bushfires.

Greater than 750 animals have been checked by an animal welfare response team made up of Metropolis of Swan, Shire of Mundaring, the Division of Main Industries and Regional Improvement and native vets.

Local people teams, associations and volunteers additionally got here collectively to assist co-ordinate animal welfare efforts.

Between February 2 and seven, the team visited impacted areas to seek for and treat pets, wildlife and livestock.

Nearly all of the animals and wildlife discovered and checked by vets in the course of the Wooroloo bushfires this month have been discovered alive and effectively, with simply 11 per cent requiring remedy.

Feeding cattle with donated feed.
Digital camera IconFeeding cattle with donated feed. Credit score: Metropolis of Swan

Metropolis of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey stated it was an impressive effort and applauded the team who labored onerous to save these susceptible animals in a harmful and hectic state of affairs.

“All our animals, huge and small, are valuable and we thank everybody who has stopped to assist injured wildlife in the course of the latest bushfires,” he stated.

Shire of Mundaring President John Daw applauded the incredible work of DPIRD employees, vets and Shire and Metropolis Rangers who had the troublesome process of visiting impacted properties areas to discover and treat injured animals.

“Individuals love their animals and it will need to have been very distressing for these within the fireplace zone to know their animals have been at risk,” Cr Daw stated.

“This outcome is a good testomony to how great collaboration between native authorities and state businesses corresponding to DPIRD may be throughout an emergency state of affairs.”

DPRID labored carefully with the Committee for Animal Welfare in Emergencies to co-ordinate the animal welfare response to the fires at Wooroloo.

City of Swan and Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development staff at the Mundaring fire control centre.
Digital camera IconMetropolis of Swan and Division of Main Business and Regional Improvement employees on the Mundaring fireplace management centre. Credit score: DPIRD/Equipped

DPIRD incident and emergency director Pam I’Anson stated the Australian Veterinary Affiliation WA Department and plenty of organisations and personal veterinary professionals on the Wooroloo fireplace incident management centre accomplished assessments of impacted properties with animals within the Metropolis of Swan and Shire of Mundaring.

“This has concerned up to 40 veterinary professionals every day, many who volunteered their time,” Ms I’Anson stated.

“Veterinary response groups visited impacted properties throughout the fireplace floor with roughly 750 animals and wildlife assessed and/or handled.

“Nearly all of animals and wildlife have been discovered alive and required solely evaluation and feed and water provide. Animal and wildlife losses embody a small variety of chickens, sheep, horses, cattle, alpacas and kangaroos.”

DPIRD, the Metropolis of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring additionally labored in partnership to arrange animal feed distribution centres in Bullsbrook, Gidgegannup and Chidlow.

Ms I’Anson stated the feed distribution centres have been being stocked with donations that embody massive and small bales of hay, pellets, canine and cat meals, water ingesting bowls, animal leads and animal well being merchandise.

The Metropolis of Wanneroo additionally offered an animal evacuation location for properties impacted by the fireplace within the neighbouring native authorities areas.