Caring for Animals During Natural Disasters

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Shoalhaven City Council and the University of Sydney are collaborating on a Black Summer Bushfire Recovery research project aimed at developing systems to better protect animals during natural disasters.  

This project will use the experiences of the 2019-2020 Black Summer fires and other local natural disasters to inform resilient, effective and targeted processes to support communities in the Shoalhaven in caring for domestic and wild animals in the face of future climate disasters. The project seeks to support communities caring for animals as they experience collective trauma and loss from the impact of fires and other disasters.

Following the initial research, the project team will be conducting interviews with community members to learn about personal experiences and efforts to protect wildlife and domestic animals, including both pets and farm animals. Following the interviews, community workshops, and training sessions, will be held to further develop plans, processes and community networks, to assist during emergencies. 

If you would like to receive regular updates about this project and opportunities for engagement as a person who was involved in protecting animals (wildlife, pets or livestock) during the Black Summer Bushfires, or any other natural disaster within the Shoalhaven, please subscribe to this webpage below.

This project is run in partnership with The University of Sydney and funded by a the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

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