About one billion Australian animals have perished in the ongoing bushfires. It’s heartbreaking news, but one organization is taking to the streets of NYC to help save the koalas.
WIRES, the Australian Wildlife Rescue Organization, has put up dozens of stuffed koalas all over NYC to help raise awareness (and money) for all those in danger. They’re hanging from street signs and trees, are visiting the FDNY, posing with Central Park horses, and watching over subway stations.
As adorable as the stuffed animals are, the info card attached to them is what’s important. On it, there is a QR code that people can scan with their phone and it will bring them to the Koalas of NYC GoFundMe Page (created by WIRES) where they can donate to help support the cause.
So far, they have raised about $9,000 of their $10,000 goal from their New York City effort. They will announce specific initiatives that the money will be put toward shortly, but in the meantime they are doing as much as possible to locate, rescue and and make sure they receive the ongoing care, supplementary food and recovery the injured animals need.
If you see one of these sweet stuffed animals hanging around, help save the koalas! (Or use the link above to donate).
For six other ways to give back no matter where you’re located, read our article here.
featured image source: Koalas of NYC / Jeremy Cohen