Donations - Who
All wildlife rehabilitators
need money to pay for their rescue and rehabilitation efforts. It is
far more expensive that you might imagine, with some orphaned
animals costing over $1,000 to raise. But with hundreds of
organisations, caring for tens of thousands of animals between them
- how do you decide who most deserves your donation?
Whether they are called wildlife
hospitals, rehabilitation centres, shelters, associations or
networks; wildlife rehabilitation groups all undertake the same role
- which is the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Australian
native animals. You hear stories of donations to charities being
wasted, or being spent on administration, but this seldom happens
with Australian wildlife carers. Almost all wildlife carers in
Australia are unpaid volunteers, and receive no government funding
of any kind.
So if they are all worthy - who
should you choose to give your money to? Clearly this is a personal
and subjective issue - but we'd like to offer some food for thought:
All genuine wildlife carers deserve your support, and we
would never dissuade you from donating to any of them.
We recommend checking to see
which wildlife carers provide services in the area in which you
live. Use the search capabilities of this website, or
check with your local council or veterinarians to find out who
operates in your area. This way, you can help to make sure that
when one of our unique native animals is in need, there is
someone nearby to help.