Families hitting the roads these school holidays will likely be confronted with the reality of seeing dead or injured animals along the way.
Seeing an injured animal on the road or accidentally hitting an animal can be stressful. Many people don't know what to do. Well-meaning calls are often made to the police, the fire service or the wrong organisation - wasting time and endangering lives.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Wildlife Rescue has created an app to reduce stress and confusion by giving users all the information they need at their fingertips - empowering them to save lives.
The app helps to get injured animals immediate care and treatment which can be the difference between life and death. At just the touch of a button, the app will direct the user to the nearest NSW wildlife rescue group and guide them on the best way to help the injured animal.
"The IFAW Wildlife Rescue App empowers everyday people to be a part of the solution by helping get injured, orphaned and displaced animals the immediate attention they need for the best chances of survival," IFAW Oceania Animal Rescue Officer Nicole Rojas-Marin said.
"Millions of animals are killed or injured every year on our roads but after the devastation of the drought, bushfires and floods, we simply can't afford for our native wildlife to be impacted any further. That's why IFAW not only ensures injured animals are rescued, but provides the resources for them to be rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild where they belong."
The IFAW Wildlife Rescue App is free and easy to download, it also allows the user to report deceased animals, allowing wildlife rehabilitators to accurately monitor the cause of local deaths and identify danger zones and road-kill hotspots.