23 June 2009 - A lady from Bridgewater, Hobart, Tasmania has raised $350.00 for injured wild life through knitting 'footy' dolls. The donation was made to Josh Klein of the Badger Creek Wildlife Shelter.
4 June 2009 - Beau, the young Eastern Grey Kangaroo who had an arrow fired through his head last month in an horrific act of cruelty that shocked the world, died today as a result of his injuries at the Chum Creek Wildlife Shelter.
His female companion Hope, who had an arrow fired into the base of her tail and was rescued two days before Beau, stood by him in death.
Beau’s carer Belinda Gales said “he was such a sweet kangaroo, we are absolutely devastated, poor Hope was standing next to him and has been quiet and depressed since. Kangaroos really show their grief when they lose one of their own, it’s heartbreaking.
A Thomastown man was charged on May 20 and bailed to appear at Heidelberg Magistrates Court facing numerous charges including cruelty to animals and committing a wildlife offence. (Ed. The case was adjourned once already on June 25th and has once again been adjourned to a tentative date of 8th October)
26 April 2009 - In response to community requests and feedback, the RSPCA has held an Animal Remembrance Day to reflect on the loss of over 1 million animals in the recent bushfires. This event took place at Rochford Winery on Sunday 26 April at 11.30am.
This very special event was an opportunity for the community to reflect on their own personal losses and the wider losses as a result of these devastating fires.
The bushfires have touched us all deeply and this event was an opportunity for the community to come together to recognise the work undertaken by so many people in rescuing & caring for the thousands of animals since the Black Saturday weekend.
24 April 2009 - Denise Lee (Dee) has offered initial support with obtaining items from an end of year clearance at the Caulfield Hospital. She has contacted Ned MacDonald from The Alfred (Warehousing and Distribution Department) who are also willing to contribute items that are required for wildlife care. Items vary from containers, pharmacy and/or supply, sterile dressing materials, gauze swabs, bandages, office furniture, electrical items, etc.
12 April 2009 - A group of almost one hundred wildlife (foster) carers and - support organisations attended the Rochford Winery Easter Concert with Tim Freedman, Missy Higgins and The Cat Empire. At the end of the concert Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire presented a special tribute and dedicated the song Two Shoes to all the wildlife volunteers.
7 April 2009 - The RSPCA are offering grants to carers. For more information visit http://www.rspcavic.org/campaigns_news/news_bushfires.htm. Please pass this onto your carer colleagues.
26 March 2009 - DSE Registered wildlife shelters can order animal transport cages via Wildlife Supply (see also OFFERS). Call Julie on 0458 012 967.
21 March 2009 - Rocla in Campbellfield has offered concrete pipes for shelters with wombats. They are 2.40m long and 0.45m diameter.
17 March 2009 - DSE Registered wildlife shelters can order animal pouches via Wildlife Supply (see also OFFERS). Call Julie on 0458 012 967.
11 March 2009 - WILDLIFE carers are being offered extra financial support from the State Government to cope with the influx of injured native animals. Seymour state Labor MP Ben Hardman said $350,000 in cash grants would be offered to wildlife carers. “Experts have estimated the number of dead and injured animals could run into the millions.” Mr Hardman said the bulk of the work was being performed by volunteers, shelter operators and carer networks and he expected their workload would continue to grow as fire-affected areas were reopened. The cash grants include payments to veterinarians, $60,000 for Healesville Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre, and payments to animal carers. For more details and eligibility criteria, contact the Department of Sustainability and Environment on 13 6186.
9 March 2009 - Animal rescue and recovery is in full swing now. Thousands of animals with burn injuries, dehydration symptoms and/or stress need to be taken care of. Please check out one of the latest photo's in the Herald Sun here.
26 February 2009 - Honeywell Aerospace Australia has donated a reverse cycle airconditioning unit to the Diamond Creek Wildlife Shelter - Rehabilitation Facility.
22 February 2009 - 17 koalas from an area of burnt bush (near Colac) were taken into care by Wildlife Victoria. The koalas had been burnt a week earlier, and were severely dehydrated so rescuers got there just in time.
22 February 2009 - First release of Wildlife Bushfire Appeal website goes live.