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Fires Ravage Through Australia

Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have ignited a series of massive bushfires across Australia, putting people, pets, and millions of unique wildlife species in grave danger. 

At least 24 people have been killed and thousands have had to evacuate their homes. In addition, officials estimate that nearly half a billion animals have perished in the fires in New South Wales alone. Entire towns have been largely destroyed and evacuated people and their pets are living on beaches and on Navy ships.

The continent is home to 244 unique species that can’t be found anywhere else, many of which are endangered, like the koala. Koalas are highly dependent on the highly flammable eucalyptus tree. Their habitat is being destroyed leaving little hope for the future. In fact, already it is estimated that New South Wales has lost a third of its koala population to the wildfires.

A familiar face is helping out on the ground. Donors met Bear a few years ago as one of our CourageousK9s. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), rescued and trained Bear as a koala detection dog. Currently, Bear is a part of a team responding to the fires in the Northern Rivers region.

More than 6.3 million hectares of land have been burned, nearly six times as that destroyed during last year’s devastating Amazon fires and they are expected to continue for months. is currently working with responding partners on the ground to fund meals for displaced people, provide temporary shelter, and offer medical care for pets and wildlife affected.

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