The community response to residents in need during the bushfire crisis in the hinterland has been nothing short of amazing.
Volunteers have taken care of immediate supplies, organisations are in place to support those effected in the coming weeks and months, and some members of the community have banded together to rescue the ‘fur family members’.
In tense moments of evacuation, residents have tragically had to leave behind livestock, and beloved pets and animals, but one small group of Canungra locals are working together to rescue and treat them.
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More than 140 horse have been rescued to date, along with over 110 cattle, various amounts of chooks, goats, sheep, even guinea pigs.
Lynn Porter, Chief Horse Steward at Canungra Showgrounds, put the call out for help to round up those animals left behind, and make sure they’re able to get the help they need.
Some have been relocated to the Canungra Showgrounds, some have been reunited with their owners and are being returned to their homes, and some are being relocated temporarily to nearby properties that aren’t under threat.
A group of 50 people – headed by Ms Porter and Michelle Scott – are leading various expeditions (assisted by QPS and QFES) into effected areas to rescue animals.
Ms Scott spoke to myGC at the Canungra base yesterday, and says a lot of work goes into this rescue, but they’ve had a lot of help.
“First up we go to the authorities to make sure that it’s safe for everybody to get in and out, because we don’t want to be in anyone’s way.
“The QPS and QFES have been amazing – so we actually get the locations and then we get a little band of a two horse float or a three horse float or a semi trailer, and we relocate the animals.
“It’s good if we can have a little bit of time to get the animals out – because it’s very difficult to get animals out that may have not been handled.
“We have un-handled colts and horses here that haven’t even had a halter on.
“We’ve had to put them on a scary little box with wheels, and then take them out of their environment and move them somewhere else.
“There are a lot of other issues that come on, there’s a lot of health issues, they can get stressed easily.
“The only problems with animals is that they don’t have a voice,” Ms Scott told myGC.
Some animals are being treated with pro-biotic shots to calm nerves.
It’s understood one horse is in a serious condition with smoke inhalation, and another has suffered burns.
Those who want to help out, are being told they can donate to the Canungra Hardware Store, or to the Scenic Rim Vets to help with vet fees.
Anyone who can spare hay or round bales is also being called upon.