Praise Group for Healing Koalas with Burnt Paws


Target: Josey Sharrad, Native Wildlife Campaigner for the International Fund for Animal Welfare

Goal: Support the International Fund for Animal Welfare as it provides treatment for koalas with paws burned in bush fires

As a result of bush fires in South Australia, many koalas with burns or other injuries have come into the care of wildlife groups. Koalas are often the main victims of bush fires because their slow movement hinders their ability to outrun the flames. Wildlife groups and rescuers are searching for injured animals and expect to see a lot of koalas arrive in the next few weeks.

Thankfully, members of the public in Victoria and South Australia have been helping displaced and exhausted koalas by providing water and temporary shelter from the heat before handing them over to wildlife care groups. After noticing the willingness of the public to help these gentle creatures, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is calling upon the public to help donate cotton mittens for the burned and injured koalas.

After soaking koalas’ paws in a burn treatment, the cotton mittens will help protect their paws following the application of a burn cream. These koalas have been through so much terror and pain, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare is not only providing treatment for the animals, but is taking advantage of the kindness of the public in order to heal these wonderful animals. Sign this petition and support the International Fund for Animal Welfare in all their efforts to help koalas suffering from bush fire burns.


Dear Ms. Sharrad,

I would like to thank you for all the work you and the International Fund for Animal Welfare have accomplished in helping to heal koalas suffering from burns caused by the bush fires in South Australia. Due to their slow movement, the koalas are unable to outrun the flames of the bush fires before they are burned.

I understand that you are seeking help from the public in collecting cotton mittens to help protect their paws after the application of burn cream. With the burn treatments and burn creams you are providing these gentle creatures, along with the mittens donated by the public, I believe that these koalas are receiving the best care and kindness possible.

As many more burned koalas and other injured animals come into your care, I know for certain that they will be cared for by dedicated and hardworking people. Thank you for all that you have done and I hope you continue to employ the same amount of diligence as you rescue more of these amazing animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Anita Rosinola says:

    I hope and pray that you can save all the Koalas and that the fire is being put out and under control. It’s so sad to see what is happening to animals. Natural disasters are one thing but the humans who deliberately harm and abuse animals is another and I am praying for an end to that to happen soon.


  2. Heather Brophy says:


  3. Jean-Louis Rubens says:



  5. Thank you IFAW for all that you do for animals in the world. I have donated to them for years and hope others will donate to them now so they can continue their important work in the world to help and care for animals!!!

  6. Thank you to everyone who are helping save these adorable animals of Australia. BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY OF ALL THE ANIMALS WHO WERE HURT AND BURNED IN THIS HORRIBLE FIRE.

  7. As someone who believes that koalas are among the most precious animals on this planet, I THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!

  8. Thank you for doing it right. What wonderful people you are.

  9. Thank you for caring and taking care of them

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