Carer on hot­line helpers

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE COMMUNITY - WILVOS NEWS DONNA BREN­NAN

WILVOS is al­ways ready to re­cruit new mem­bers and last week’s in­for­ma­tion day for new mem­bers was well at­tended by some en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple.

Most peo­ple have do­mes­tic pets and this is no ob­struc­tion to car­ing for wildlife. Of course, they are kept well away from each other as fa­mil­iar­ity with do­mes­tic an­i­mals would be lethal for wildlife. As al­ways, com­mon sense is a nec­es­sary com­po­nent in look­ing af­ter any an­i­mal species.

WILVOS has a 24-hour hot­line, 5441 6200, and has done for more than 20 years. There is al­ways some­one on the end of the phone, not just an an­swer­ing ma­chine. Our vol­un­teers try to keep calls short, so there is no un­nec­es­sary de­lay in get­ting help to the in­jured or or­phaned wildlife. Some peo­ple are un­able to help with the hands-on care of wildlife, but are will­ing to help out on the hot­line. This is done from a per­son’s own home phone through a di­ver­sion sys­tem which makes it con­ve­nient for ev­ery­one.

Peo­ple re­alise the en­vi­ron­ment is strongly con­nected with wildlife wel­fare, and con­cerns about habi­tat de­struc­tion are con­stantly ex­pressed to our phone vol­un­teers. It is un­for­tu­nate that those who could make a dif­fer­ence are of­ten obliv­i­ous to the lu­nar land­scape around them.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CARE: WILVOS is al­ways look­ing for new mem­ber to care for the re­gion’s wildlife.

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