You can help even if you can't nurse joeys around the clock

Baby koala Henrietta receives some milk from a volunteer. Feeding displaced babies and injured animals and birds costs WIRES more than $200,000 a year.
Baby koala Henrietta receives some milk from a volunteer. Feeding displaced babies and injured animals and birds costs WIRES more than $200,000 a year.

VOLUNTEER wildlife rescue group WIRES is asking for help to put food on the table for rescued animals.

The Food Fund campaign held each October helps pay for the truckloads of food used by the group’s 2500 volunteers to feed animals and birds – more than $200,000 worth each year.

WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor said at this time of year volunteers are feeding hundreds of hungry young animals. “And the rescue and assistance calls from the public just keep on coming,” she said. 

“Our dedicated volunteers are already hand-feeding large numbers of kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, wombats and possum joeys along with numerous species of native fledgling birds.

“They all come into WIRES due to injuries, displacement from their habitat or being orphaned while they are still dependent on their parents.”

Ms Taylor said that the Food Fund is a great way for people to help when they can’t care for the animals themselves, and it helps stop the dedicated volunteers from paying for food themselves.

Launched in 2014, the Food Fund raised $15,000 last year and WIRES hopes to raise at least twice that this year. 

“We hope that one day we will be able to raise enough to cover our entire annual food cost of around $222,000 annually,” Ms Taylor said. 

To help, visit wildlifefoodfund.org.au.