WIRES asks for help to feed hungry mouths

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WIRES has fielded over 10,000 wildlife rescue calls from public since August and with even more calls expected throughout the breeding season, they are asking the public for help to feed an ever increasing number of hungry mouths.

WIRES Marketing and Fundraising Manager Kyla Shelley, said WIRES volunteers rescue huge numbers of young animals and fledglings during Spring, which can either be injured or simply separated from their parents and vulnerable to a variety of predators.

“The people of NSW really do care about our wildlife as witnessed by the number of calls we receive to rescue distressed or displaced native animals,” said Shelley. “This year we are asking the public to also please help us with the costs to feed all these youngsters by donating to our 2014 Food Appeal.”

According to Shelley, a $10 donation will supply milk formula to a kangaroo joey or wombat joey for one week or a wallaby joey for two weeks and a baby ringtail possum for up to 4 months. Some native animals can be in care for up to two years before being ready to fend for themselves and released back into the wild.

“The WIRES Food Appeal offers a practical and positive way for the animal lovers of NSW to assist our dedicated volunteers with all donations going directly to food and milk purchases.”

To donate to the WIRES Food Appeal or for more information please visit www.wires.org.au

Media Contact: WIRES (02) 8977 3327

Media Email: [email protected]


WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for sick, injured and orphaned native animals for over 35 years with a mission to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. WIRES’ Wildlife Rescue Office answers calls from the community 24/7, 365 days a year, providing rescue advice and assistance for over 130,000 animals annually. Connecting wildlife to real-time assistance, WIRES full-time mobile Wildlife Ambulances operate across New South Wales, South-East Queensland and Tasmania, and WIRES had over 3,500 volunteers assisting with wildlife rescue and care in NSW. WIRES is supporting thousands of wildlife carers across Australia through a diverse range of national programs. WIRES also collaborates nationally with strategic partners to support the long-term recovery of wildlife habitat and the long-term preservation of native species in the wild.

For more information on WIRES wildlife programs visit www.wires.org.au.


WIRES Media Officer: John Grant | 0416 272 153 | [email protected]

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