Free Wildlife Rescue App brings new hope to native animals in distress

Friday, November 29, 2013
Sydney, Australia

We welcome the launch of a unique smartphone application created solely to help save the lives of injured or orphaned wildlife in NSW.  

Designed in collaboration with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) and the NWC (NSW Wildlife Council), this free App is the first of its kind in Australia.  It aims to empower people to help save the lives of animals by putting them in direct contact with the nearest rescue organisation in the event of finding injured wildlife.

“Here in Australia we are incredibly lucky to have some of the world’s most unique animals.  But they are under threat from hazards such as domestic pet attacks, hunting, cars and of course bushfires,” said Josey Sharrad, IFAW Native Wildlife Campaigner. “We have already seen the devastating effects recent fires have had on our wildlife.  The timely launch of the Wildlife Rescue App means there’s now a chance of saving injured or orphaned wildlife, especially in the days and weeks after a bushfire when animals displaced and seeking food and shelter.

“Native wildlife carers do such a fantastic job of rescuing and rehabilitating Australian animals, providing an often unrecognised community service.  And now there is an easy way for Australians to help support them. Quite literally, the future of our native wildlife is in everyone’s hands Ms Sharrad added. 

“NWC is delighted to be collaborating with IFAW on this project,” said Shirley Lack, Treasurer of NWC.  “In our experience, most people don’t know what to do or who to call when they find injured wildlife.  This handy and easy to use app will put members of the public in touch with experienced and licensed carers who will be able to assist with the rescue of the injured animal ” Ms Lack said. "The NWC and its member organisations urge everyone to download this life saving tool today.”
Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, if a motorist hits an animal they are obliged to stop, render assistance or call someone who can help.

The App is easy to use. It is for use in NSW and can be downloaded free from the Apple Store or the Android Market. It is also available for mobile devices at wildliferescue.ifaw.org. People can download it today and then speak with wildlife carers in their area for advice when they need it.

Note to editors:

• The Wildlife Rescue App is being piloted in NSW, with a view to rolling it out nationwide.
• The App is proudly supported by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), National Parks Association of NSW and NRMA insurance.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in distress all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, works to prevent animal cruelty, and advocates protecting wildlife and their habitats. For more information: www.ifaw.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About NWC (NSW Wildlife Council Inc)
The NSW Wildlife Council Inc. (NWC) is the peak policy body for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in NSW representing over 2,500 wildlife rehabilitators. NWC reports to the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and aims to improve outcomes for Australian wildlife.

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