Lifesaving Koala Care is in Your Hands

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Hot, blazing bushfires have come once again to Australia, leaving a swath of devastation and death in their path.

One of the most vulnerable victims of the country’s cruel summertime conflagrations is the koala. In New South Whales alone, the majority of prime koala habitat at Pottsville on the Tweed Coast was destroyed just this week by fire.

As the ravaged areas are opened to rescuers searching for injured koalas, the hope is that many survivors will be found. This means organizations such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare need your help now more than ever. IFAW works to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress. They will be leading the effort to secure and distribute much-needed mittens for the injured koalas.

_MG_2879Mittens? Yes, mittens. The majority of injured koalas suffer severe burns to their paws due to contact with burning trees and brush. Treatment includes medicated cream applied to the affected paws as well as protective mittens to keep the healing tissue clean and free of infection.

100% cotton mittens, handmade by you, could mean the difference between life and death for these precious animals.

They’re simple to sew–simple enough for even the most challenged of seamstresses. They’re quick to create, and can be made from any old dish towel or sheets if they’re 100% cotton and clean. IFAW even provides a straightforward Injured Koala Mitten Pattern.

IFAW asks that you “send your mittens to IFAW, 6 Belmore Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010” where they will be packaged then distributed to the “vets, vet nurses, and wildlife carers who help our native wildlife in times of crisis.”  

Update, 1/12: IFAW has received enough mittens to last through the fire season. You can still help koalas rescued from bushfires by supporting IFAW through donations and spreading the word about their good work!

You can always donate to fund vital care for koalas recovering at IFAW facilities.

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Lydia L. lives in Seattle with two sweet, if slightly out of control, dogs. She loves reading, food, and the opportunity to make a difference.