Pattison Animal Rescue Team
Brad Pattison and the Pattison Animal Rescue Team spent over a month in January and February of 2020 in Australia to help with efforts to save Australia's precious and unique wildlife in wake of the catastrophic bushfires that they experienced in the last fire season. Recent estimates put the number of perished wildlife at 1 billion creatures, including koalas, possum, kangaroos, flying foxes and wallabies, just to name a few. The news that flooded in when the fires started of the devastation saddened the team greatly and a call to action quickly ensued. The team welcomed well wishes, support, monetary donations on both a FaceBook fundraiser and GoFundMe and various donations such as hand-made marsupial pouches and medical supplies from generous donors which were taken by the team and utilized in Australia. The donations went towards wildlife food (hay, sweet potatoes, roo pellets, various fruit like mangoes, plums, peaches, bananas, bird seed), bird feeders, aviaries, sanctuary facility safety improvements (generators, water tanks, hoses, etc.), medical supplies, such as gauze, burn ointment, bandages, etc. and to search and rescue missions, safe transportation for rescued animals to a safe sanctuary after capture, to seeds and tree planting efforts in the aftermath of the fires to help to build up the decimated habitat and food source of the wildlife. While there the team set up numerous water and food stations, comforted and bottle fed injured and orphaned animals, conducted day and night search and rescue missions, climbed eucalyptus trees to access the condition of koalas and guided them down when they required medical attention, tended to burn wounds of animals and ensured that the animals found struggling were taken to a veterinary clinic and sanctuaries for care and released healed animals back into the wild under the amazing guidance of local wildlife experts.
Brad Pattison and his elite K-9 Rescue Team have been instrumental in assisting in such events as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in New Orleans, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2013 catastrophic floods in Calgary, Alberta, in helping to ensure the safety of animals. Brad Pattison's team were the first Canadians on site in the aftermath of Katrina to search and rescue many animals in need. In Calgary, they enlisted the help of a national airline to fly much needed equipment and supplies into the flooded zone. And in Haiti the team not only helped many animals but assisted in the safe relocation of children to Canada. Also, the team flew to Puerto Rico in 2017 after Hurricane Maria tore through the island to save all kinds of animals from gerbils and hamsters to horses and mules.
The Record News - Kitchener Woman Headed to Australia to Rescue Wildlife - January 7, 2020
iHeartRadio - Okanagan group going to Australia to help rescue wildlife - January 9, 2020
Vernon Morning Star - Okanagan team leads animal rescue efforts in Australia - January 24, 2020
TVO - Ontario's animal rescuer Down Under - February 5, 2020
CTV News - 'It's a global problem': B.C. man returns from Australia after helping animals affected by fires - March 1, 2020