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Kid Raises Over $100,000 With Little Koala Figurines To Help Australia

This little boy is a hero. 

When Owen, a six-year-old boy living in Massachusetts, heard about the devastating fires of Australia, earlier this year, he not only wanted to help the animals -- he actually did something about it. 

It all started with a drawing he did of a kangaroo, dingo, and koala in the rain. This drawing was Owen's wish for a storm to come and stop the fire, thus saving the animals. When his mom asked him if he wanted to help in some way, Owen didn't hesitate and came up with an idea of creating clay koalas in order to save the real ones! 

Owen and his mom began to make little koalas to give out for every donation they received. The response was tremendous and the family started a GoFundMe page. So far, Owen and his family have raised over $100,000 and donated it all to the wildlife rescue organization called Wildlife Rescue South Coast

Read more about Owen's Little Koala's.

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Family Returns Home After Australia Bushfire To Discover Dog's Toy Survived

We'll take any little moment of happiest there is in this world! When OJ, the pup, and his family, returned home after safely evacuating from the Australia bushfires, they came across a house of rubble. 

Amongst that rubble, there happened to be one survivor and OJ couldn't be more happy to see his favorite toy!

Thank you to WeRateDogs for sharing such a beautiful moment with the world. 

Here is a mini-wholesome thread about OJ:

tweets twitter dog toy wholesome australia bushfires | tweet by dog_rates This is OJ. After safely evacuating, him and his family returned their home Wairewa, Australia yesterday find entirely destroyed by fires. But amongst rubble, OJ found his favorite toy had survived. 14/10 never letting go again. photo of a golden retriever lying on ashy ground chewing on a plush toy
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Artists From Around The World Band Together To Spread Awareness Of Australia Bushfires

Art can be extremely powerful, in sending a message to the world.

Artists from all over the world have united in spreading awareness of devastating fires in Australia, and with their art reaching thousands, are able to not only spread awareness but to also help bring in even more donations. 

Thank you to all the artists for expressing their pain in a way that contributes. 

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Crafters Unite: Patterns Needed For Australia Animal Rescue (Complete Guide)

Spread the word -- we all can help in more ways than one! 

With the Australian fires claiming nearly half a million animal lives, there are thousands (if not millions) more that are injured and in need of certain suppliers from those who sew!

Pouches, koala mittens, bat wraps and carry bags -- the provided patterns listed below are the items that Australia is in dire need of!  

If you were looking to help the animals in need and didn't know how -- this is your chance! 

australia fire animals patterns rescue australian guide knit sew help injured |ARCCG Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild NEED MOST VERY HIGH NEED HIGH NEED MODERATE NEED NO NEED JOEY POUCHES XXS-M CARRY BAG POUCHES JOEY POUCHES M-XXL 3D HANGING POUCHES BIRD/RODENT NESTS BLANKETS KOALA MITTENS KITTEN ONESIES ANIMAL SWEATERS BAT WRAPS POSSUM/BIRD BOXES FLAT BAT WRAPS DONATIONS supplies postage CHECK FILES SECTION APPROVED PATTERNS Last Updated: 4 January 2020
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Devastating News: Half A Billion Animals Have Perished In Australian Bushfires

It's hard to share such devastating news. 

It has been reported that nearly 500 million animals have perished since the start of the raging fires. 

500 million. That's half a billion. 

According to the University of Sydney, ecologists now estimate 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles have tragically been lost since September. 

Entire species of plants and animals are endangered of being completely wiped out. 

If you're unsure just how insanely large this fire really is, The Guardian has published an interactive map stating the scale of the fire is 1.5 times the size of Belgium, just to give some perspective. 

We pray this horror ends soon without any more damage to the wildlife. 

Story via NZHerald

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