Paws for Oz was born out of a feeling of helplessness brought on by the wildfires in Australia. We’ve all seen the devastation to the native Australian wildlife and it is truly unfathomable. Over a billion animals, birds and reptiles lost – and 10 million hectares of their habitat.
An international group of Pet Photographers – intense animal lovers by nature – have joined forces under the banner of Paws for Oz. Their goal? To raise much needed funds, knowing there is strength in numbers. All donations go directly to established rescue Wildlife Victoria, to help with rescue and rehabilitation of koalas, wombats, kangaroos, dingoes, kookaburras and many more species.
Each photographer has their own approach to the timing, type of photo session and their offer. In return for a donation of at least $50 AUD you will qualify for a photography session. Please contact your photographer before making your donation to confirm their offer and booking dates.
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The personal costs to wildlife shelters and carers after a bushfire or extreme heat event can be enormous as more animals require care, and some shelters may lose some or all of their facilities. Each species has a highly specialised diet, orphans need special formula, and the expenses for burns dressings, antibiotics, medical equipment and vet care add up very quickly.
We will be working with affected shelters over the next 12 months to ensure that they have the support they need for all the extra animals that need care and to help them rebuild lost infrastructure.
– Wildlife Victoria
Find a photographer near you and contact them for their session dates and what their offer is…
Book your session with your photographer – then they’ll give you a link to donate directly to Wildlife Victoria…
Forward the emailed donation receipt from Wildlife Victoria to your photographer to confirm your booking!
The Origins of Paws for Oz
On the heels of a dinner party in which the Australian wildfires and their catastrophic impact on wildlife was discussed amongst animal-loving friends. Canadian pet photographer Karen Black, of Indigo Pet Photography, was inspired to create a fundraising initiative aptly named Paws for Oz.
Karen, along with Niagara wine industry friends Australian Meg McGrath and Jennifer Hart came together to facilitate this initiative. Meg contributes her immense capability to organise and activate. Jennifer draws on her marketing and communication background to tie things together. All three bring a shared love of animals and a need for action born from distress over what they have seen in the news reports.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with the generosity from across the globe and we cannot thank you all enough. The best way to help us and the animals we care for during this bushfire crisis is a donation to support long-term wildlife rehabilitation.”
Paws for Oz is simply a vehicle to bring photographers together and to promote this fundraising initiative. If you have any issues with your donation, please direct donation inquiries to Wildlife Victoria, as donations go directly to them, If you have any issues with your photography session, please deal with your chosen photographer directly as Paws for Oz does not control what the photographers offer. If you have any further inquiries you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will attempt to respond to your email within 48 hours.