Voluntary centres

Curtesy of Trevor Weeks – Wildlife rescue centres up and down the country are working extremely hard at the moment and throughout the rest of the summer, most of those involved work voluntarily or on minimum wage (also putting in many hours voluntarily), working long hours frequently up to 15 plus hours a day often 7 days a week, getting very stressed, tired and run down trying to help the millions of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals and birds being found at this time of year. Virtually all of these organisations are fairly small, with limited resources. If they are unable to come to you to collect a casualty, or their facilities are full, or can’t get to you quickly enough, or take a while to return your call, please don’t be rude to them – they are trying their best to help as many people and animals as possible but they are not super human they will have limits. If they can’t help please think about how you could help support them to make it easier for them to help you and other people and animals rather than criticizing them for not caring or running a “useless” organisations which doesn’t do anything. Delivering a casualty, getting it to a local vets, waiting with the casualty and following the advice given over the phone is very helpful, as is volunteering your time and donating to help cover the expenses. We realise it is stressful when you find a casualty. Please try not to be negative or criticise these people if they can’t help in the way you want them to, as it is these comments which will cause these people to have a break down and close – then there will be even less resources to help you and the casualties you find. Generally those involved in wildlife rescue dedicate their lives to helping others, so please be understanding and try to help them where you can. Wildlife rescue organisations need your help not your criticism.

4 thoughts on “Voluntary centres

  1. Hi Conny,
    It was lovely to see you yesterday and to know there are people who will go the extra miles to save a small life,I know there are lots of birds around but this is the only life this little one has and it means a lot to him.I feel very privileged to be able to do this work and so grateful when I manage to release animals back into the wild. I am happy to say at the moment your little bird is still with us, and I was greeted this morning with chirping and an open beak asking for food, this is the first time he has done that for me.I was so pleased as he is still very small and weak nothing is guaranteed yet but he is a fighter so fingers crossed.
    Regards Wendy

    • Just a thought Conny if you are on Facebook and join our Facebook group (address is on the card) we put photoes on there and if you bird survives there will be photos of him so you can see.

      • Thank you Wendy for your reply. I am so happy that he is still alive. Yes, I am on facebook and I will join the group. Greetings and many blessings.

  2. Dear Wendy, Thank you for your post. It is so sad reading about people criticizing the work you and others do. When I met you yesterday I was very impressed by the good work you do and very grateful, indeed. As I told you I found this little blackbird baby in the abandoned nest in my garden. It was lying on its dad sibling, totally dehydrated, more dead than alive. It was not even able to lift its head or to open its beak. I went to the internet to find help, put some fluid at the side of its beak, searched for worms, sliced them into tiny pieces (!) and tried to feed the little guy. I was so glad after hours to see him move and open his beak (if he is a “he”). And I was over the moon to see him in the morning pleading for food. So at 5am I went to dig out worms, sliced them again… and I read that at that stage you have to feed him every 20 to 30 minutes. I do not write this to show off but to me it showed a tiny part or the amount of work you and the others do. Fortunately yesterday was my day off but how would I have coped? I went to the internet again and searched for a place where I could bring him. After some detours I was directed to your house. AND I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU AGREED TO LOOK AFTER THE LITTLE FELLOW. You told me that because he is so very young you don’t know if he will survive, and I do hope and pray that he will. But if not he didn’t die cold, with an empty stomach on his dead sibling but in the warmth, being cared for and with a full stomach. Even if he will survive some people might say: What a waste of time, there are millions of birds and other animals dying at this time of the year, what difference does it make? For this little bird it will make a huge difference!!!
    I am a minister and most times I care for people rather than animals (although I love animals and adopted a homeless cat) but I am so glad that God has gifted people to do this important work!
    God bless you and all the helpers – and this is not just a saying, I really mean it! With warm greetings
    Conny
    Is the little bird still alive?

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