The Friends of Carers (F.O.C.) Wildlife Program is Tasmania’s first community run wildlife assistance service designed to help our devoted wildlife carers and all the many native animals in need. The beauty of this program is that it is run by the community.
At present in Tasmania we are the road kill capital of THE WORLD. With over 500,000 animals killed on our roads last year and no wildlife rescue service out of business hours, help for our wildlife is well overdue. With this program we will run free training for interested members of the community on very basic wildlife rescue, transport and temporary care in order to have a database of names of people all around the state that can be on call to help. These will be people that can get to an animal in need quickly and just as importantly follow the right first steps in order to maximise chances of survival for individual animals and relieve often hideous pain and stress. We are also looking for people who can help with;
· Property suitable for release enclosures/halfway houses
· The building and maintenance of release enclosures
· Assistance for carers with their enclosures
· Sourcing and making animal pouches and blankets
· Making nest /possum boxes
The program is not limited to these things, they are just the beginning. We in fact want to get people helping out in any way they can. On top of these things there are so many “gaps” that can be filled by individuals to make wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release so much easier for all involved. At present it is done solely by wildlife carers. These amazing people dedicate literally their entire lives to looking after animals that have come into their care due to incidents the whole community have caused.
NOW IS TIME TO STOP BEING A PART OF THE PROBLEM AND BECOME A PART OF THE SOLUTION. Everyone can be involved. We are encouraging kids to get involved with parents and learn how they can help too. We have already had three cases where kinder children have told their parents what to do with an injured animal! We want to give everyone a way to help the wildlife they care about so much, so please...