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Native animals need helping hand

Tuesday, 20th April, 2010

* Lindy Hunt with a map of the extensive area that RRANA takes in. She said the group now needs more volunteers and donations. * Lindy Hunt with a map of the extensive area that RRANA takes in. She said the group now needs more volunteers and donations.

A local group that cares for sick and injured native animals needs help.

Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals needs carers and donations so it can keep doing its work. “We are the only licensed service that can put native animals back on the road to recovery,” RRANA publicity officer Lindy Hunt said. “Our area is extensive throughout the far west and carers are dotted throughout the area. “We had a lot of joeys and birds injured before we had the rain. “If we can get more volunteers it will take some of the burden from the current carers.”

Ms Hunt said the group’s goal was to get animals well enough to go back to their natural environment. “The primary aim is rehabilitation and release back to the wild,” she said. “That’s an important thing. Some people may find it hard to take that concept in, but they are wild animals and they deserve to be in the wild.” Ms Hunt said the role of a RRANA carer was varied but supported. “Every animal has individual needs,” she said. “They may have an injury and the age of the animal will have an influence.

“There is always someone to call on if you need support. And the vets in town have also been very supportive.” Ms Hunt said carers were not just expected to takeany animal. “Everything is done through negotiation and on what people are able to do at the time,” she said. “Some of the animals people care for are joeys, some people are interested in caring for birds and even reptiles from time to time.”

Ms Hunt said donations were needed to feed and care for the animals. “We had so many joeys and other animals in care we depleted our funds.” She said donations of cash or bottles were all ways of helping. “We’ll take empty soft drink cans and drink bottles. That is a really good source of income for the group,” she said. “We have always had a lot of success with the business houses, clubs and individuals. The city is very generous.”

For $20 an individual or $30 per family people can also join Friends of RRANA. “That way they are supporting the group without having to be the role of the carer.”

For more information call the 24 hour hotline 0429204416.

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