The local community is proud of its image as a nature getaway in the Wombat Forest and is very supportive of our efforts, reflecting Australian society’s values that approve and demand the care of injured, orphaned and distressed wildlife. There is an expectation in the community that wildlife in need of help should receive it from somewhere. Volunteer wildlife shelters like ours are usually the only help available to common native species.
We have developed an excellent working relationship with shire councils, government departments (in particular Department of Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria), police, vets and community groups. The general public, however, (many of whom are just visitors to our region) often only recognise the true nature of our work when they have a sudden need of our service. We find that they are often relieved and always very grateful for the service we offer, with many calling us for regular updates on how a rescued animal is faring. Almost all who call on our service are shocked to find that we receive no financial input from government.
We are generously supported by discounts on supplies and consultations by:
Macedon Ranges Veterinary Clinic
Hepburn Vet Clinic
We are well respected for our skill and knowledge and have enjoyed support for specific projects from community fundraising initiatives and from organizations such as:
Wildlife Victoria, Vodaphone, Hepburn Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Australian Ethical and Rotary.