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Wildlife Emergency Relief

The catastrophic fires, drought and heat have decimated millions of hectares of habitat and conservatively impacted over a billion animals. The unprecedented scale of these events has devastated communites, wildlife and the organisations that care for them. 

WIRES have been overwhelmed and inspired by overwhelming global support to immediately assist affected animals and thanks to the incredible generousity of our supporters, WIRES is now able to offer assistance where needed, to all licenced wildlife rescue organisations in the affected areas nationally, starting with the allocation of 2 million dollars for frontline wildlife rescue and care.


In the 8 weeks from mid-November to mid-January WIRES has distributed 1 million dollars within NSW across all of WIRES 28 branches encompassing the Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers, Clarence Valley, Central Coast, Central West, Hawesbury, Blue Mountains, Greater Sydney, Illawarra, Wollondilly, Wingecarribee, Weddin-Lachlan, South Coast, Murray River and Riverina. The distrubition of these funds enables local volunteers to respond quickly to local requirements. 

Another 1 million dollars has now been allocated to support licenced wildlife rescue and care individuals and organisations needing help across Australia.


All licenced wildlife rescue and care individuals and organisations in the affected areas nationally are invited to apply for Wildlife Relief Funds to assist with immediate needs they have for affected animals using the form below.

The following items will be approved as part of the wildlife emergency relief funding:

  1. Purchasing food for animals in care due to the fires, drought and heat
  2. Purchasing medical supplies and medication for affected animals in care
  3. Paying for veterinary costs for animals requiring treatment due to the fires, drought and heat
  4. Purchasing more rescue and care equipment to immediately assist more affected animals
  5. Replacement of enclosures destroyed in the 2019/2020 fires and purchasing additional enclosures needed

To expedite fast processing and approvals, individually licenced applicants can request up to $5,000, licenced groups applying on behalf of mutliple volunteers can request up to $20,000. 

Due to the immediate nature of this crisis, all successful applicants will be expected to have completed their projects e.g. purchased the requested items and submitted a project summary with photos showing how the funds help affected animals, within 3 months of receiving the funds.

If you think you: 
- might need help in addition, or outside, what is described above OR 
- want to check if you are eligible, 
please email your question to 


To be endorsed by the legally authorised person of the Applicant. Submitting the form is considered confirmation of your agreement.

I confirm that I have authorisation at law and under any constitution of the Applicant to make this Application and endorse this Application and agree:
  • that I have read the WIRES Grant Terms and Conditions and that the Applicant agrees and acknowledges those the WIRES Grant Terms and Conditions Terms and Conditions govern any grant made to the Applicant and they will comply with them;
  • to acknowledge and understand that all applications become the property of WIRES and that WIRES may provide this application to other potential funding sources;
  • to inform WIRES if the organisation has a significant change to its governance and/or financial situation;
  • that if successful, to provide banking details to WIRES within the required time frame to enable prompt payment; 
  • that if successful, to expend funding within 3 months or other period as may be provided for under the WIRES Grant Terms and Conditions;
  • that if successful, I/we will supply WIRES photo and stories of the finished project and grant WIRES permission to publish these photos and stories to demonstrate how the funding as been used to help wildlife.
PRIVACY NOTICE: In compliance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 (the Act) personal information on this form may be stored in NSW Wildlife Information Education and Rescue Service Inc. (WIRES) records database and may also be used for statistical research, information provision and evaluation of services. Your personal information may be provided to the financial institution which handles WIRES’ financial transactions and may be disclosed to other agencies and third parties for purposes related to this application and/or monitoring compliance with the Act. For more information read WIRES Privacy Policy

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