Victoria’s animal population has been devastatingly affected by the weekend’s bushfires. The impact on pets, livestock and wildlife is not yet fully known and won’t be revealed until traumatised and injured animals emerge from the blackened landscape seeking water and food. Animal welfare authorities are working hard to rescue and provide treatment to injured and lost animals in and around the affected areas.
Immediately after the tragedy, The Lost Dogs’ Home delivered pet food to Whittlesea and Bendigo Fire Relief Centres. Authorities now have enough of dog and cat food in supply and require chook feed and wild bird seed. The Home has also delivered collars, leads, towels, blankets and food bowls to the Whittlesea Fire Relief Centre. The Home’s Veterinary Clinic has provided requested medicines to help treat injured animals. Several staff members from The Lost Dogs’ Home have visited the Whittlesea Staging Area and contacted councils in other fire-affected regions to find out exactly what assistance is required to care for lost, homeless and injured pets.
The Home has offered its Animal Ambulance Fleet to the rescue effort, as well as veterinary staff, portable cages, fostering and animal boarding free of charge.
Finally, The Lost Dogs’ Home would like to offer free pet identification tags and microchipping services for the domestic animals that have survived with their owners. The Home can set up a mobile station to issue microchips and identification tags on the spot. If pets are already microchipped, The Lost Dogs’ Home can update owner contact details as many will no longer have phone numbers or a residential address.
“We feel this is the best way The Lost Dogs’ Home can offer assistance. If dogs and cats are disorientated and confused, they will wander off back to where they think their homes are. It is essential to have these animals identified with a tag that is registered to a contact number that will reach the owner,” said Dr Graeme Smith, Managing Director of The Lost Dogs’ Home.
“We operate the National Pet Register so we are very efficient at operating mobile tagging and microchipping services. We just need relevant authorities to tell us where to be and when,” said Dr Smith.
For more information, please contact Kevin Apostolides on 9321 8757 or you can make a donation to contribute to the purchase of veterinary medicines required to treat burnt or injured dogs and cats.