WIRES Annual Food Fund for Wildlife
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Each year, WIRES runs an online Food Fund appeal to assist our network of 2,500 volunteers to pay for food for the animals they have in care.
At this time of year, and through the Summer months, WIRES volunteers will be feeding hundreds of hungry young animals. And, the rescue and assistance calls from the public just keep on coming.
Our dedicated volunteers are already hand-feeding large numbers of kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, wombats, and possum joeys along with numerous species of native fledgling birds. They all come into WIRES due to injuries, displacement from their habitat, or being orphaned while they are still dependent on their parents for food and warmth.
The Food Fund presents a great opportunity for people who are passionate about supporting our wildlife but who can’t care for animals themselves, to contribute directly towards their care.
One of the largest costs of running a wildlife rescue service like WIRES is paying for food. Although we provide subsidies and funds to our branches around the state, we know that many of our dedicated volunteers also pay for food out of their own pockets.
Launched in 2014, the Food Fund raised $15,000 last year and WIRES hopes to raise at least twice that amount this year.
We hope that one day we will be able to raise enough to cover our entire annual food cost for wildlife in care which is around $222,000 annually.
For more information about the kinds of food, we need to provide for native animals and how you can help, visit wildlifefoodfund.org.au