Elmar’s In The Valley Bushfire Fundraiser: Get involved
As one of the millions of people from around the world who’ve made Australia their home, co-owner and co-founder of Elmar’s In The Valley, Anette Dieren, is heart-broken at the devastation being caused by the country’s raging bushfires. The fact that so much of Australia’s fauna and flora is being destroyed, with an estimated billion plus animal lives having been lost, has distressed her deeply.
A passionate animal lover, Anette devotes much of her time to helping those in need. All of the four-legged members of her family are rescues. Not only does it give her great pleasure to see them adapt and blossom from what are often pretty grim beginnings, but she sincerely believes that it’s everyone’s duty to help animals when and where you can.
A love of helping animals from a young age
She was only 14 years old when she was given her first rescue dog from the RSPCA. This was Dina, a gorgeous German Shepherd and the fur baby that sparked Anette’s lifelong love for animals.
Today the furred and feathered members of her extended family are all rescues. They are:
- Schultz, a Miniature Schnauzer
- Marla, a Giant Schnauzer
- Betty, a Long-Billed Corella
- Neptune, a Rainbow Lorikeet
- Chase, a Thoroughbred Horse
- Bebe, her residential Bandicoot – the latest addition to the fold with a very cheeky character. Bebe can often be found going on a mini rampage around the property to steal the horse feed…
In addition to this menagerie of rescue animals, Anette is also an active member of the following charities:
- Animal Nature
- Free The Bears
- Blind Dogs Association
She also is an active participant in wildlife rescues. The latest of these was a duck with a torn leg and webbing. The injured creature was brought to the Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary, something Anette describes as, “an amazing experience whereby the animals reside with the humans inside the house whilst being taken care of by the dedicated carers there. A beautiful sight to see”.
Anette also ensures that the business is as environmentally friendly as possible. Steps taken include shredding any wastepaper and sending it to rescue shelters to be used as bedding. She also collects unwanted material, which is used by a close friend to make bat wraps. And, of course, she makes an annual donation to the RSPCA…
Join with Elmar’s in helping Australia’s wildlife
The decimation of so much of Australia’s wildlife in the fires has truly affected Anette, so she wants to do her part to raise funds to go towards the rescue process. Perhaps the best way to understand how she feels is summed up in her personal statement:
“My love for animals great and small stems from the desire to protect all creatures that come my way. They bring such joy and laughter; especially when they become rehabilitated and show their true personalities. They become such funny cheeky creatures when happy and are back to their old selves. I have no children in tow, so treat every animal in my care as if they are my own, with the same respect, love and adoration as you’d give to any child or family member”.
The whole Elmar’s team are coming together to assist with fundraising and donation for WIRES, the NSW Wildlife, Information and Rescue Service, to help support displaced and injured wildlife affected by the fires. The charity has issued a statement that reads:
“It is impossible to estimate the number of native animals that have already been killed or how many more will be lost in the fires, or to predict the impact that this additional loss of habitat on top of the drought will have on wild populations.”
Elmar’s will be raising funds directly, as well as acting as a drop off point for various donations, The monetary target is $1.5K in the period of Wednesday 15 January to Friday 31 January 2020. This will be achieved by donating 10% of every stein and shank sold to WIRES, so if you buy a stein at $22 then $2.20 will be raised, and each shank (at $45) will donate $4.50.
It’s not just money, items are needed too
A collection box will be located in the foyer at Elmar’s In The Valley (the only drop off in WA) and the team will cover the cost of sending the items to The Rescue Collective in Queensland. The following are items that are desperately needed:
- HARTMANNS FLUIDS
- BAXTER FLUIDS
- BIOLAC FORMULAS
- LECTADE ORAL HYDRATION
- FRUIT BABY FOOD SQUEEZE PACKS (preservative free brands, no custard or cinnamon please)
- VETAFARM SPARK FLUIDS
- FUEL CARDS
- F10 VETERINARY DISINFECTANT
- SUPERMARKET VOUCHERS
- SYRINGES 1-60ML
- TROY CALCIUM SYRUP
- PUPPY PADS
- VETAFARM CRITTA CARE
- ANIMAL WOUND GELS & SPRAYS
- ANY VETAFARM BIRD PRODUCTS
- ANIMAL FEEDING BOTTLES & TEATS
- VITAMIN E OIL (Not cream)
- REVOLUTION PUPPY & KITTEN
🔺PLEASE NO LINEN OR HUMAN GOODS
Animal charities don’t just need your help now, then need it all the time
Of course, the annihilation of Australia’s bush has brought the plight of wildlife in Queensland, NSW and Victoria to the attention of the whole world. But the various animal charities don’t just need your help now, they’re always desperate for funds.
The following are specific animal charities associated with the bushfires, as well as other deserving WA animal rescues.
- WWF: The World Wildlife Fund is focusing on koalas, and plans to plant 10,000 trees in the so-called ‘koala triangle’ located southwest Sydney, Gunnedah and Noosa, once the fires have abated. Funds raised also go towards food and medicine for koalas injured in the fire. Donate to the WWF here.
- Zoos Victoria: All donations go to funding emergency veterinary assistance for animals caught in the bushfires, as well as much-needed scientific intervention. Donate to Zoos Victoria here.
- Australia Zoo: Steve Irwin’s family zoo is focusing on donations to help the enormous amount of Flying Foxes that have been killed and injured in the fire. All donations go towards building a ward to treat and rehabilitated these beautiful and vulnerable creatures. Donate to the Australia Zoo here.
Other links to donate to specific bushfire emergency charities are as follows:
- RSPCA New South Wales
- Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
- SA Bushfire Appeal
- Mallacoota Wildlife Shelter Fire Relief Fund
Other WA animal charities that need your help all the time include:
Discover more and do your bit for the fundraising effort at www.elmars.com.au