Monetary donations or gift cards from certain businesses are always best to send to wildlife rescue centers, but there are other ways to use you can assist to protect wildlife such as;
– Take domestic animals with you if you evacuate or keep cats indoors and dogs under control wherever possible so that wildlife can flee safely through your yard if needed.
– Keep a cardboard box and towel in the boot of your car in case you find an injured animal that you can safely contain without putting yourself in any danger.
– If you rescue an animal that has been burnt, do not attempt to feed it, please wrap it loosely, ideally in 100% cotton fabric, place it in a ventilated box with a lid and keep it in a dark, quiet place whilst waiting for a rescuer or for transport to the nearest vet.
– Do not approach injured snakes, flying-foxes, large macropods, raptors or monitors as these must be rescued by trained specialists
– Please take any injured wildlife to your nearest vet.
– Put water out for wildlife at all levels (do not use metal bowls). Use sticks or stones inside & nearby them on hot days – so that there is climb in and out points. If you have a pool, Always drape something over the edge of your pool so that animals have a surface to grab hold of and climb out. A length of heavy-duty rope or even a bodyboard, secured at one end to something heavy outside the pool, is ideal as it does not absorb water and provides a platform for an exhausted animal to rest on.
– Plant native trees & plants for birds & bees.
For more information visit Wildlife Victoria or WIRES Wildlife Rescue
Want to help our injured wildlife with craft? From pouches, wraps, nests, sweaters and bird boxes there are all kinds of items Animal Rescue Craft Guild are looking for. Joey bags are in hot demand. However, always check the organization’s website first for necessity & requirements.