WIRES and Woolworths - Emergency Food Support

WIRES and Woolworths have developed a new Emergency Food Support Program for wildlife. 

This program complements the existing food rescue program & national food program, where Woolworths and WIRES are supporting local wildlife carers and rescue organisations with access to specific fresh produce suitable for wildlife in care, as well as access to specialist wildlife food from national wildlife food suppliers.

As there are hundreds of wildlife rescue organisations and over 20,000 wildlife carers within Australia, no program can support every need. However, with increasing issues for wildlife related to massive habitat loss, heat stress events, disease, natural disasters and climate change, WIRES supported by Woolworths, have set up a new Emergency Food Support Program.

In the event of a Wildlife Emergency, licenced carers and groups can request urgent support to help feed wildlife in care.

Thanks to the generosity of Woolworths team and customers, $50,000 has been allocated to this program.

Eligibility Criteria

If a licenced/authorised wildlife carer or rescue organisation is experiencing a local emergency event that results in high numbers of native animals coming into care, they can use the form below to request assistance via emergency food support. 

To be eligible for consideration:

  • Groups must be licenced for wildlife rescue and care in accordance with their state requirements
  • Individuals and groups must prioritise animal welfare and aim to consistently provide best practice rescue and care for wildlife
  • Individuals and groups must be able to demonstrate significent experience in the rehabilitation of the species they have in care 
  • Groups must be registered as Australian organisations with a current ABN
  • Groups must be willing to agree to the Community Guidelines that govern participation in the program
  • Any funding previously received from WIRES must have been successfully acquitted.

Note: If a licenced carer or wildlife organisation is facing an emergency event impacting wildlife and requires additional assistance that is not related to feeding wildlife in care, please email the details directly to incidentresponse@wires.org.au.

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Group applications must be submitted by the group's Committee or Executive on behalf of all members.

Depending on the volume of eligible applications support will need to be prioritised, taking into account what will deliver the maximum impact for the highest number of animals.


If anyone has any questions about the program, please email wildlifesupport@wires.org.au

To find out more about all wildlife programs supported by WIRES and Woolworths go to:

Food Support


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