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The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) today announced a donation of $25,000 to WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) to help animals impacted by the catastrophic wildfires and drought in Australia.

As part of its mission to support the global veterinary community, the NAVC collected and matched donations to support Australia relief efforts during its recent annual Veterinary Expo & Meeting (VMX 2020), which drew more than 18,000 veterinary professionals from around the world.

“WIRES is on the ground in Australia 365 days a year, working tirelessly to rescue and care for animals in distress. With more than 1 billion animals injured by the recent fires and drought in Australia, WIRES has the experience and network to have a great impact during this tragic time,” said NAVC CEO Gene O’Neill. “Members of the international veterinary community have come together, donating their time, money and love to help those in Australia, and NAVC is proud to contribute alongside them. We thank those who gave so generously and we are pleased to match and make their donations go even further.”

“On behalf of WIRES, a heartfelt thank you for your generous donation and support of our native animals in the aftermath of these devastating bushfires and ongoing drought. We have been overwhelmed and very touched by the concern being shown for our wildlife both locally and around the world,” said WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor. “With the assistance of NSW vets, WIRES’ 2,600 volunteers are doing a tremendous job of saving every joey and fire-affected animal possible to help rebuild the decimated wildlife populations and your efforts in raising funds for this cause are greatly appreciated.”

WIRES has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organization in Australia. For more information about their mission and how they are helping to rescue the many animals displaced by the tragic fires, click here.

Special thanks to one of the VMX Floor Managers, Dr. Steve Jaffe, for donating his entire stipend to this cause.
Orphaned sugar glider joey ‘Teddy’ rescued from the Glenreagh NSW bushfires. (photo credit WIRES)
Rescued wombat ‘Lara’ being assessed at the vet. (photo credit WIRES)
A rehydrated Lara is now in WIRES’ care for 6-8 weeks. (photo credit WIRES)

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