Australian Animal Charities for Animal Lovers Tuesday 11 November 2014 @ 11:30
Are you looking for a worthy cause to send your money this Christmas, or really at any time of the year? Take your pick from some of Australia’s top animal-loving charities.
Animals Australia represents over 40 member societies, and has an excellent track record of investigating and exposing animal cruelty. It conducts innovative public awareness programs to encourage the compassion and respect for animals by people.
The RSPCA has spent over $80 million dollars delivering services to help improve the lives of animals in Australia. They rely on public donation and fundraising initiatives, business partnerships, grants and patrons to help fund their work, including the support of their 40 animal shelters around Australia.
Australian Animal Rescue
Established in 2009 after the devastating Victorian bushfires, Australian Animal Rescue is a not for profit, volunteer run, non-government organisation. For the first three months after the bushfires, volunteers rescued and cared for displaced and injured wildlife. While continuing their work in caring for vulnerable wildlife, they also specialise in domestic animal rescues and disaster relief.
An injured ibis found in Hyde Park in Sydney was the catalyst for the coordinated network of wildlife carers known as WIRES, as back in 1985 there we no organisations set up to rehabilitate injured wildlife. WIRES now works with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and has over 2,000 volunteers who are authorised to rescue, rehabilitate and release Australian wildlife.
Pet Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation which operates Australia-wide to connect rescued animals with new owners. The Pet Rescue website is one of the most visited charity websites in Australia. Every month they help save over 6,000 rescued animals.
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) was set up over 10 years ago to combat the high extinction rate of Australian flora and fauna. Their strategy is to establish sanctuaries in partnership with landowners, and implement practical land management practices.
Animal Welfare League Australia
In 2007, the Animal Welfare Leagues of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland formed a national body known as Animal Welfare League Australia (AWLA). Together they share their knowledge and experience to care for lost, abandoned, surrendered, and abused animals, and provide veterinary care for pets whose owners cannot afford their medical treatment.
Wildlife Victoria is a charity which provides emergency care to injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife across Victoria. They are supported by over 1500 trained and experienced volunteers, generous vets, and other wildlife groups.
Animal Rescue QLD
Animal Rescue QLD Inc (ARC) formed in response to the flood affected animals in the 2011 South Queensland Floods. They are a no kill organisation which works hard to find suitable homes for all their animals.
Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation
The Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO) was formed in 2010 to rescue and rehabilitate Australia’s unique marine wildlife. Based in Torrens Island facility in South Australia, it is the only organisation licensed to rescue, rehabilitate and release all seals, all seabirds, and all sea turtles species. AMWRRO also works with other organisations to help rescue and release dolphins and whales.
Australian Animal Protection Society
The Australian Animal Protection Society was established in 1972 to meet the need for an animal shelter in South Eastern Melbourne. They accept all animals, including native and farm animals, though they mainly shelter and help to rehome cats and dogs.
Assistance Dogs Australia
Assistance Dogs Australia are a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers as assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Each assistance dog takes over two years to train, and costs over $27,000. Once trained, they are provided to people with disabilities free of charge.
Animal Rights and Rescue Group
Animal Rights and Rescue Group Inc. (ARRG) advocates for the rights and care of all animals. They provide passionate support to all campaigns that seek to protect animal rights. They also offer free or low cost veterinary services to companion animals when their owners can’t afford their medical treatment.
SA Dog Rescue
SA Dog Rescue rescues dogs in South Australia that are threatened with euthanasia by local pounds. They organise foster carers for these dogs, assess them, and then work to find suitable homes for them through their website and Facebook page.
International Fund for Animal Welfare
The International Fund for Animal Welfare works to save individual animals, animal populations, and habitats across the world, and Australia is a devout member. Operating since 1969, they have a vision of a world where all animals are respected and protected.
Farm Animal Rescue
Farm Rescue is a non-profit organisation which rescues animals from the food industry, providing a sanctuary for them in Dayboro, Queensland. Members of the public can visit the sanctuary on open days or in a private visit.
AWARE Wildlife Rescue
Australian Wildlife Assistance Rescue and Education Inc (AWARE) is a volunteer run charity which rescues and rehabilitates wildlife in and around Frankston, Victoria. They provide a 24 hour hotline service, which is manned by trained volunteers who are experienced in caring for sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife.