By Michael Doran
Looking after injured wildlife has been given a boost of $170,000 by the Victorian State Government.
Minister for the Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio announced Help for Injured Wildlife, a new tool that connects Victorians with volunteers and professionals who can assist animals when they are in trouble.
“This tool will make it quicker and easier for injured animals to get the help they need, anywhere in Victoria,” Ms. Ambrosio said.
The tool, which is smartphone compatible, helps anyone who comes across an injured animal connect with wildlife rehabilitators, rescue organisations and vets in local areas.
It also provides advice to first responders according to the type of animal and the injury it appears to have sustained.
Victoria has a network of authorised and dedicated volunteers who provide an essential service helping wildlife found in distress or pain.
“Our Wildlife Rehabilitators Grants are supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most,” said Ms. Ambrosio.
The funding will help 102 rehabilitators with the costs associated with caring for injured animals, such as the training and equipment they need.
Among the recipients are Nell Pedzik and Emma Cash of Mount Evelyn, Tania Theuma of Don Valley and Nicola Rae and Raewyn Jeganathan of Launching Place.
The Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has provided over $1.5 million to wildlife carers since 2008.
Further information on The Help for Injured Wildlife tool and registration for potential rehabilitators is available at www.wildlife.vic.gov.au