**02-12-09  Current Press Releases state up to 1 Million Animals have parrished in the Bushfires.  Those who survived, now are in dire need of Food & Medical Treatment.

If at all possible, no matter how humble your donation, Please Help.

AUTHORITIES fear two of the state's major fire fronts could unite to create a monster inferno, amid predictions the death toll could reach 300.

More than 400,000 hectres have so far been razed in fires across the state, destroying more than 1033 properties and killing at least 181 people.

Fears remain the death toll could reach 300.

Just 18km of almost inaccessible forest now separates the Kinglake fire complex and the major fire front still burning out of control in Bunyip National Park.

Northerly gusts are all that is needed to create the scenario that fire officers in the area dread most.

CFA deputy chief fire officer Steve Warrington said there were genuine concerns that warmer weather conditions could bring the two blazes together.

"If the humidity drops with a dry wind it will create the conditions we are seriously concerned about,'' Mr. Warrington said.

"The concern is quite obvious particularly when we go round to a northerly wind that the two fires could potentially join. I say potentially, we are doing a lot of work to ensure this does not occur.

Marysville was being identified as a potential "Ground Zero" for the firestorm, with authorities fearing up to 100 of its population of 519 had died. The force of the fires was likened to that of 500 atomic bombs.


Wildlife Victoria Inc :
Wildlife Victoria Urgent Bushfire Appeal 2009

The current fire situation has left its devastation on our wildlife including the loss of at least two wildlife shelters to the fires. Wildlife Victoria are trying to ascertain the safety of other shelters in the fire areas and to offer support and help with evacuation of animals already in their care if they need it. Donations desperately needed to help save the animals, to donate to the bush fire appeal.
Animal Aid :
Bushfire Appeal - Domestic Pet Rescue

We are providing a safe haven for any domestic pets affected by the Victorian bushfire disaster.
Wildlife Rescue and Protection Inc (WRAP) :
Wildlife Bushfire Rescue Appeal

To help us to continue to provide a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program to aid sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife.
RSPCA Victoria :
RSPCA's Emergency Bushfire Appeal

RSPCA Shelters and Inspectors have been working around the clock to provide emergency assistance to animals effected by the bushfires.
Please donate to support our staff and volunteers at the front-line caring for animals affected by the bush fires.
The Lost Dog's Home :
Four-legged Bushfire Victims Appeal

The human death toll from the weekend's ferocious bushfires continues to rise. Alongside the human tragedy and suffering, Victoria's animal population has been devastatingly affected by the 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 bushfire affected areas.

The AAPS (Australian Animal Protection Society)
The AAPS is an animal shelter located at 10 Homeleigh Road, Keysborough, 3173, Victoria, Australia

ph (03)9798-8415 or (03)9798-8044

AAPS has donated over 700 litres of Saline, as well as dog & cat food packs. We have also donated blankets, towels, bedding & food bowels directly to those in need.  So far.  Can you help?


There has been a heart warming response to our appeal for supplies. Thank you everyone who has contributed so generously so far. Animal Aid staff (who live in the affected areas) have established a staging post for injured animals working with the Kinglake Vet. We have started moving supplies into the affected areas as we get access. Today Yarra Ranges animal management officers (AMO) took supplies from Animal Aid escorted by police into Kinglake, City of Maroondah AMO's took supplies into Yarra Glen and Healesville.

Supplies still needed include:
Dog and cat food and water bowls
Cat litter and litter trays
Dog and Cat food - Please supply dry food in soft-pack packages
Cat carriers and dog crates of all sizes
Hay & Chaff for livestock
Bird seed for wild and domestic birds
Chicken and duck food
Agistment and transport for large livestock
Financial support for boarding animals until they can go home

We are running a database of people who are offering emergency accommodation and other assistance.

Contact us on 03 9739 0300

Now for the heartwarming story of 'SAM' the rescue Koala

Koala rescued from Australia's wildfire wasteland
AP release/rss feed


SYDNEY (AP) — It was a chance encounter in the charred landscape of Australia's deadly wildfires: A koala sips water from a bottle offered by a firefighter. David Tree noticed the koala moving gingerly on scorched paws as his fire patrol passed. Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw Tree.

"It was amazing, he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me with (a look) like, put me out of my misery," Tree told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally.

"He kept reaching for the bottle, almost like a baby."

The team called animal welfare officers to pick up the koala Sunday, the day after deadly firestorms swept southern Victoria state.

"I love nature, and I've handled koalas before. They're not the friendliest things, but I wanted to help him," Tree said.

Often mistakenly called koala bears because they resemble a child's teddy bear, the marsupial is actually a rather grumpy creature with a loud growl. It rarely comes down from the trees and doesn't like walking.

Koalas are especially vulnerable to wildfires because they move slowly on the ground.

The wildfires cut through parks and forests and sent countless wombats and other native species fleeing. One resident reported seeing kangaroos bouncing down the road with flames at their backs.

The fires also razed farmland, killing or panicking sheep and cattle. Television footage showed cows running down the main street of a smoke-filled town.

A count of the animals killed has not been made.

Tree said he found the koala in a burned-out forest near Mirboo North, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) east of Melbourne, Victoria's capital.

Koalas normally drink almost no water because they get almost all their fluids from the leaves they eat.

After the scorched koala sipped from the water bottle and Tree's crew moved on, animal welfare officials came by.

The koala was in pain but recovering with antibiotics, Jenny Shaw of the Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter told Melbourne's The Herald Sun newspaper.

"She is lovely — very docile — and she has already got an admirer. A male koala keeps putting his arms around her," Shaw was quoted as saying. "It will be a long road to recovery, but she should be able to be released back into the wild in about five months."

The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals said it was establishing shelters to care for thousands of pets and livestock affected by the fires.

Despite her gender, the now famous koala is nicknamed Sam.



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  • February 11, 2009 Joy & Bernard McKenzie wrote:
    We are on ember alert and onyl a 10 minute drive away from the small townships of Churchill and Hazelwood..where the fires were deliberately lit according to the news tonight...your prayes for all would be appreciated
    Joy & Bernard in Morwell Vic
    1. February 11, 2009 Moderator Grayeme wrote:
      I have been watching developments on Sky News - know that the thoughts and prayers of all here are with you. But paramount to you Joy and Bernard is take care and get out of there if you are at all concerned. Please be vigilant.
    2. February 11, 2009 Marie Pope wrote:
      We are praying for you and all the victims of the bushfires in Victoria. The death toll has now reached 181 but is expected to reach 300. I cannot understand people who are trying to cash in on other peoples devastsation. I read where people are going around saying that they are collecting for the bush fires, but are pocketing the money.
      My son and daughter-in-law, together with their 3 children are packed ready to leave their home if the bush fires get any closer. My 9 year old grandson has just finished 6 months of chemotheraphy for cancer I wonder how much thse people can stand.
      1. February 11, 2009 WebMaster Sally wrote:
        Marie, I certainly pray they do not need to evacuate, but pray they do so successfully to a safe shelter should the need arise.

        Bless your dear grandson for all he has gone through.

    3. February 11, 2009 Webmaster Sally wrote:
      Joy & Bernard, My heart and prayers are with you. Take all measures to keep yourself safe.
      1. February 16, 2009 Webmaster Sally wrote:
        I am praying for you and hope all is alright.
  • February 11, 2009 Moderator Grayeme wrote:
    Thank You Prudence/Jeanine Ann/Sally and all other Moderators who have worked on this article today. Thank You so much to all the Fans here for your concern and prayers at this terrible time we are experiencing in Australia.
    The devastation of our animal population in these fires is something that will endure for years to come. There habitats completely destroyed, these animals of all sorts that have survived will need re-locating and care for a long time. All in Australia Thank You.

  • February 11, 2009 Martha S. wrote:
    The hearts that bond are Andre Rieu fans with love, prayers and offerings at this time. Thank you for informing fans from around the world how they can help.
  • February 11, 2009 Webmaster Sally wrote:
    I have just made a donation to two of the Animal Charities. We must help our Fur Babies.
  • February 11, 2009 Marissa wrote:
    I just donated to WRAP, hope it can help. Those of us in California are familiar with devastating wildfires, and wish you all fast recovery.
  • February 12, 2009 inge Cossette wrote:
    Please help!!!! I was just filling out the donation for the pet rescue, but they want a CVV, have no idea how this works, can you help?
    1. February 12, 2009 WebMaster Sally wrote:
      Hi Inge,

      CVV are the 3 numbers on the back side of a credit card, generally in the signature line area on the far right.  You will see.. maybe 3 or  5 numbers, a space and then the 3 cvv numbers.  That is what they are asking for.

      If you have an AMX card, numbers are on the front, and generally only 2 and you can call AMX.

      Almost all other Credit Cards have 3 CVV numbers on the back, towards the far right side.

  • February 12, 2009 Inge Cossette wrote:
    Thanks Sally and Grayeme for the information, I got it now and I will try again.
  • February 12, 2009 inge Cossette wrote:
    It worked, I got right away a thank you note plus a tax deduction sheet. I am not very familiar with either shopping on line or doing things like this on line. I donate to 4 organizations for animal rescue in Canada but all per snail mail, haaaaaaa. The only things I ever buy on line are miniatures with pay pal and the occasional André CD or DVD .
    1. February 12, 2009 WebMaster Sally wrote:
      Glad that worked for you.     My former employer used to offer matching donations, and a few of us asked him to include animal rescue groups so he did.  I was delighted.
  • February 12, 2009 Inge Cossette wrote:
    I just switched around on TV and looked for a while at the Ellen Degenerate show and she also mentioned to donate money to Australia's animals and she showed that video with the Koala drinking water from the fire wear man.
  • February 12, 2009 Jill wrote:
    If the Australian animals could thank you I know they would. So I thank you all sincerely on their behalf.
    The poor little koala has been a great ambassador hasn't she?
    1. February 13, 2009 Webmaster Sally wrote:
      She is adorable. The reports I've read say she is not the least aggresive, and accepts the help for her feet. She and her boyfriend Bob, have moved into the same cage, and they sleep with her laying against him, and he with his arms around her.
      Boyfriend Bob Koala, had pneumonia and they did not think he would make it. He had inhaled too much smoke, damaging his lungs. But, ... he held on and now comforts his girlfriend Sam as she too recovers.
      What a great love story.

  • February 14, 2009 Inge Cossette wrote:
    The best St. Valentine Story I have ever seen, Inge
  • February 17, 2009 Moderator Grayeme wrote:
    "SAM"antha has repaid the kindness of David Tree, the fireman who gave her a drink and all other fireman involved in the Victorian bushfires.
    Through the "Herald Sun", the photo of her receiving her now famous drink from David has sold 15,000 copies worldwide.
    All the proceeds have been given to the CFA (Country Fire Association)to assist the volunteer firefighters. The sum raised so far is $300,000.

    1. February 18, 2009 WebMaster Sally wrote:
      That is wonderful news!  It is such a cute photograph, and one of hope.  Many of those fighting fires, have themselves lost their homes and need help. 
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