IF you love animals and one of your New Year resolutions is to give more back to the community by donating your time and money, then WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) wants to talk with you today.
WIRES was established in 1985 when an injured Ibis was found in Hyde Park, in the heart of Sydney. At the time, no organisation, government or conservation group could take responsibility for its rescue or care.
WIRES are currently on the prowl for new members, the rewards are priceless and the memories will last a lifetime.
All new members must first pay for and complete the Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RIC) which runs in the Illawarra area only once a year.
The next course is scheduled for May of this year at Albion Park Rail. At a cost of approximately $80 per person, the two day course is held over a Saturday and Sunday with a third day, usually a Sunday, being an informal get together and BBQ lunch.
Mrs Cathy Joukador from WIRES said: “Prospective members need to fully understand the ups and downs of being a WIRES member.”
“The prospect of caring for baby wombats and possums is what draws many people to WIRES. The reality, however, is the majority of rescues and fostering involves birds.”
Mrs Joukador has prepared a general letter which answers most of the questions new members will have about WIRES. One important message she wants to get clearly across is to reassure new members they will never be expected to carry out their duties alone and will always be assisted by experienced members.
“As a member’s experience and confidence grows, they can consider further training courses to enable them to care for other animals, such as possums, kangaroos, reptiles and flying foxes,” she said.
For a copy of the general letter and to ask any other questions, please call Cathy on 4256 6449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information, go to the WIRES website – http://www.wires.org.au