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One Box Can Spotlight: RSPCA New South Wales

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For every meowbox sold, meowbox donates a can of cat food, or monetary equivalent to a shelter or rescue. This month, we donated to the RSPCA in New South Wales, Australia.

Since July—the beginning of Australia’s worst bushfire season to date—over 50 million animals have been killed (including breeds that are already endangered) and at least 26 people. Thousands of human homes and whole ecosystems have tragically been destroyed in the flames.

People across the world are eagerly pitching in to help, collectively donating millions toward rescue efforts. The RSPCA in New South Wales is one of the local animal welfare organizations working tirelessly to guide displaced animals to safety, distribute food, and provide pet supplies to evacuated families. With the help of compassionate community members, they have launched an initiative to help animal owners find financial support for veterinary care, food and supplies. Once the fires have cleared, RSPCA inspectors and veterinarians will face the difficult task of assessing and treating affected animals.

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As the bushfire crisis unfolds, the days are busy and long for everyone involved.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ For our Hunter Team, yesterday began with a 6 a.m. start in Goulburn before travelling to Batemans Bay Evacuation Centre. There, they met with representatives from Australia Aid, Fire and Rescue and the Military Police for a quick update, then conducted health checks on a variety of animals.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Afterwards, the team got an urgent call for assistance from Moruya Evacuation Centre, so they packed up and headed south. They spent the rest of the afternoon administering health checks, nail clips and microchips, as well as picking up five nine-week-old puppies to be transported back to our Sydney Shelter. Thanks to a local boarding kennel, those five pups had somewhere to stay overnight too!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ In fact, as we continue our work in these fire-affected regions, we've noticed a pattern of of generosity, teamwork and can-do attitude, with people and businesses pitching in whenever and wherever they can. It's so heartwarming to see, and as the weeks progress, we'll continue to do our fair share to help the animals, pet owners and people who need us.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Want to know what we're doing or how you can help? Check out the link in our bio!

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How we're responding to the bushfire crisis, now and in the future ⁠ As the bushfire crisis unfolds across the state, RSPCA NSW is continuing to work tirelessly to provide relief and recovery assistance to animals and owners in fire-affected communities. Our presence in the field has included assistance at emergency evacuation points, veterinary care and support to impacted wildlife, companion animals and livestock, inspector welfare checks on livestock, as well as the distribution of pet food, medication and supplies, to paint a small picture. ⁠ ⁠ The community response to our recent work in the field has been overwhelming. Our entire organisation is blown away by the incredible support both in Australia and overseas, whether that be through hands-on help in local communities or through generous monetary financial donations from around the world. ⁠ ⁠ As we continue our direct work in the field, alongside other aid and wildlife organisations, we are committed to to ensuring the money raised for RSPCA NSW has the most meaningful impact possible for all creatures great and small. ⁠ ⁠ As part of our ongoing plan to address this crisis and the ongoing recovery, we will be distributing allocating funds donated to our bushfire appeal according to a four-point plan. ⁠ ⁠ Read our plan now, via the link in our bio.

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Amid the fires, the RSPCA team continues to balance their many other roles, including (but not nearly limited to) caring for and rehoming shelter animals, combatting animal cruelty, and providing accessible services to low-income communities.

To learn more about the RSPCA in New South Wales, or to find out how you can support their rescue work, please visit their website at rspca.org.au.

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