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How Funds Are Used

WIRES began rescuing in 1985 and launched formally as an organisation in March 1986.  

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WIRES is registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC)


30 years of service to wildlife 1986-2016  

For 30 years WIRES have worked hard to ensure all resources gifted to us are used as efficiently and effectively as possible to help native animals.  Having grown consistently over the last three decades with the ongoing support of the community, WIRES are available to rescue wildlife 365 days a year, helping tens of thousands of animals annually.

WIRES 2016FY Annual Report
41% Wildlife Rescue, Information and Education

The majority of donations are used to provide wildlife rescue services and ongoing wildlife information and education to the community. WIRES receive hundreds of thousands of calls that result in tens of thousands rescue requests each year. WIRES Rescue Office operates 365 days a year, working with WIRES volunteers in 27 branches, WIRES rescue van, hundreds of incredible vets and caring community members to assist native animals in distress. We are dedicated to the rescue, care and release of individual animals and we provide constant information and education to the community to increase their understanding and appreciation of native animals to help protect and preserve all species long term.

22% Volunteer Training and Support 

WIRES could not help the vast number of animals we do and provide the massive amount of local community wildlife information and education that we do without the involvement and dedication of our volunteers. Well over 2,000 volunteers are involved in WIRES work each year with approximately half actively involved in wildlife rescue at any time. In the last financial year WIRES trained 753 new volunteers to rescue and care for wildlife. WIRES also normally run around 70 courses a year for new and existing volunteers, with many of these being specialist species courses. There is a lot of work in involved in managing a large volunteer team which includes providing ongoing support for queries, recruiting and training new volunteers, advanced training for existing volunteers, managing volunteer WHS (work, health and safety) and providing insurance to cover all volunteers for their rescue and care activities. Our wildlife training is increasingly being sought now by other organisations as well and we intend to expand our training services in the future.

14% Wildlife Food, Treatment and Equipment 

In the last financial year WIRES spent over $234,000 on wildlife food. Many vets generously provide free medication and treatment for wildlife but there are many times WIRES will also pay for special treatment for wildlife when needed. WIRES branches normally have a central stock of equipment volunteers can use but in addition to this many volunteers also buy their own rescue and care equipment to use and many also pay for additional wildlife food themselves. We have started a special fund each year dedicated to raising additional money to be 100% used for food www.wildlifefoodfund.org.au.  WIRES were recently successful in a small grant for a raptor aviary and we intend to use crowdfunding over the coming year as a platform to raise more funds specifically for equipment to assist our rescuers and carers and to build specific wildlife facilities.

14% Fundraising

Without fundraising WIRES could not continue the rescue and care services we currently provide and we would be unable to grow to help more animals in the future.  WIRES receives minimal government funding through grants and no funding is guaranteed, which is why we are reliant on the generosity of the community for over 95% of our funding.  

9% Finance, IT, Admin and Management

There are a lot of management requirements and costs involved in the professional running of any organisation. WIRES work hard to manage our finite resources stringently in order to deliver the best value for animals, our donors and our volunteers. We are focused on compliance and manage all resources carefully. WIRES finances are independently audited each year. WIRES are legally responsible to the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing, the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission and the Register of Environmental Organisations. WIRES wildlife rescue and care licence is issued by NSW NPWS (National Parks and Wildlife Service Inc.). As Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation we are dedicated to growth to help more native animals in need and we focus on the continuous improvement of our systems and processes to increase our sustainability and effectiveness.

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