The issue: As you may know, the wildfires in Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia have consumed large areas and devastated local wildlife populations in the millions — with estimates of the animal death toll at over a billion individuals. Wildlife rehabilitators are working tirelessly to triage, aid, and hopefully rehabilitate these animals. This work is challenging because of the sheer volume of animals and limited resources. It is also emotionally overwhelming to see such death and destruction, to lose many patients or not be able to get to animals in time.
What can we do?: The IWRC aims to support those on the ground in Australia with a morale boosting campaign. We are soliciting letters from youth (or anyone wishing to participate) to send to the rehabilitators, vets, and wildlife workers in Australia. This is a simple act but one that may make a significant difference for those dealing with this crisis first hand.
How you can help:
Write a letter/card, facilitate a letter writing campaign with youth, or donate cards or shipping.
Create a video message of support to the wildlife carers in Australia.
Donate to the affected wildlife centers (list of centers needing support)
Letter writing guidelines:
- Be encouraging and/or thankful
- Please stay positive (these people are surrounded by devastation and need a boost!)
- Address them generally (For example Dear Wildlife rehabilitators in Australia; To our friends in Australia etc.).
- Add personal touches, have fun, and be creative!
Delivery Instructions: The IWRC will send all physical letters in bulk. If you are located near our office location (anywhere in Eugene Oregon) we may be able to pick them up. Otherwise they can be mailed to PO Box 3197 Eugene, OR 97403. If you have digital items to send please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delivery times: We will send the first batch of letters on Thursday, January 16th. Thereafter we will send them out on Thursdays, dates TBD.
If you have questions please feel free to email email@example.com or call 866.871.1869