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Does WIRES provide funding to cover the cost of food for carers?

On the 21st January 2020, WIRES confirmed that 100% of wildlife food costs from the approved subsidy list for animals in care, would be covered for WIRES volunteers/branches. This was made possible from the significant community response to the 2019/20 bushfires and will be reviewed on an annual basis.  

Between 2014-2019 WIRES conducted an annual Wildlife Food Fund to help raise funds specifically for food, and for several years this was split equally across WIRES 28 branches, prior to that it was given to the branches most in need of food support.

In response to the fires WIRES provided $500,000 of emergency funding to Animal Rescue Cooperative (ARC)  which was used for national food distribution to assist other carers and groups.  WIRES is continuing to work with ARC to provide support for the distribution of food nationally.

As part of the 2020 Emergency Relief Grants program WIRES was able to provided further food support nationally to licenced rescuers, rescue organisations and vets following the fires.

WIRES is also partnering with Woolworths on their Food for Wildlife Program.

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