On Monday, the Animal Rescue Craft Guild revealed that they have been flooded with endless offers from volunteers to create cozy homes for the animals hurt in wildfires.
Generous people from across the world are now knitting protective blankets and pouches for the injured wildlife population in Australia. This kind gesture comes months after the ravaging bushfires destroyed large swathes of bushland rendering the resident creatures homeless. On Monday, the Animal Rescue Craft Guild revealed that they have been flooded with endless offers from volunteers, to create cozy homes for the displaced animal population, as per a report by Huffington Post.
According to the outlet, the overwhelming reaction was a response to the volunteer-run group's request that urged people to create joey pouches, possum boxes, birds nest, koala mittens and other kinds of cozy homes for the animals. To their surprise, the group received donations from as far as Britain, the United States, Germany, Honk Kong, and France. Speaking about this reaction, a founding member of the guild, Belinda Orellana, expressed her amusement. "It’s been going crazy," she told Reuters. "The response has been amazing." In recent weeks, the bushfire blazing across Australia has wrecked 8 million hectares of bushland, the size of which has been compared to the area of Austria, reports New Youk Post.
Providing an estimation, some experts have said that over half a billion animals including livestock and domestic pets might have been killed, with hundreds of thousands of native wildlife rendered injured and displaced. "It’s the poor little souls that survived where we come in," explained Orellana. "Our group creates and supplies items to rescue groups and carers around the country who take in and care for the wildlife." Furthermore, she said that the guild supplied these items to thousands of rescue groups situated all around the country. However, to meet the growing demand for fabric, the group decided to put out a plea.
Volunteers in the Netherlands are making mittens for koalas burned in the Australia fires.— Erin (@erinruberry) January 3, 2020
They use “the best cotton you can find with lovely fabrics” to protect the animals’ sensitive skin. https://t.co/BaNIRTn7r7
The Animal Rescue Craft Guild, which makes dog and cat beds and coats for animal pounds, was originally created a few months ago. Its page on Facebook already has over 100,000 members, many of who have already knitted, crocheted, and sewn various items for the animals including pouches for infant "joey" kangaroos who have lost their mothers, and koala mittens for their burned paws. The page is flooded with posts containing images of the crafty items volunteers have made for the affected population. One of their recent addition was Lara Mackay, a resident of New Zealand. During an interview with Reuters, she happily revealed how she completed her first makeshift joey pouch which has been tested out by her cat at home.
Knitters, Crafters, & artists of Twitter!! The wildlife rescues in Australia need our help. They can't keep up with Joey/wallaby pouches or koala mittens for burn victims. So they're asking for help. 1/3#AustralianWildFires pic.twitter.com/FDCR54PHlu— Hell hath no fury... (@ishte_wa_toto) January 5, 2020
"I’m planning to make as many as possible and am asking fabric outlets for fabric donations to sew," she said. Another volunteer, Leslie Kok, who lives in Singapore is already on her fourth joey pouch and will be soon meeting up with the other volunteers to share tips and materials. "I will knit as long as there is a need for the pouches," added Kok according to Huffington Post. As for the volunteers who are inexperienced, the page provides 3 pages of pdfs containing approved patterns and instructions present in the Files on the left side of the page. You can be a part of this too. All you need to do is go through their page for updates about their requirements or visit here to learn about the drop off locations.