For the past six years I have run a wild life rescue shelter (Wild About Wildlife) on my property in Kilmore, Victoria with the help of my husband, who builds the enclosures; my son who cares for the reptiles; my daughter who rides with me on rescues; and the dedicated volunteers that donate their time to our cause. We grew slowly at first, but since the Black Saturday Fires four years ago, our shelter has become the go-to home in the area for any and all rescues. We currently have sixty-four rescues on the property including fifty-one kangaroos, a wallaby, a wombat, a koala, and several birds; and we receive more on a regular basis. Unfortunately, surrounding our property are neighbours more willing to shoot than rescue animals; and, due to the steady increase of rescues under our care, we have outgrown our current location. We have been fortunate enough to find a property ideal for the continuation of our shelter, and we are willing to start over and rebuild.
In order to be able to afford this new property, we must first sell our current home; and herein lies the first of two major problems. Out of our fifty-one kangaroos, we have twenty-five living with us in our baby room and on our deck. Eight of these are in critical condition from the most recent fires and need round-the-clock care in addition to daily injections of medicine; and ten of these are bottle-fed Joeys that need prepared formula three to four times a day. But with the forthcoming open houses, they will no longer be able to live in the house. We intend to move them to another portion of our property, but in their state of need, I will need to be within arms’ reach of them at all times, which I won’t currently be able to do. Secondly, when we do finally sell our current home, the property we buy will not have a house. My husband, children and I will need a place to live while we rebuild, and a place from which to care for our growing family of fifty-plus animals. With winter around the corner, this issue is more urgent than ever.
After much consideration, I have determined a caravan to be the best solution. A caravan would provide a temporary home-base from which to treat the critical animals in my care while we sell this house; it would provide temporary long-term housing for me and my family when we move to our new property; and it would provide the relief we need in order to continue the efforts we put forth every day to rescue animals in need.
This venture, my life’s passion, has always been an out of pocket expense. I do this because I love the animals and they deserve better than to die on the road in pain or from an easily treatable disease. It has never been my intention or wish to ask for assistance, and it pains me to have to do so. But as I said, I’m stuck. I need your help. I need a caravan. I have asked everyone I know (and asked them to ask everyone they know) if somebody has a caravan they’d be willing to donate or loan us and have come up empty-handed. I am at wits end. With the added financial and emotional stress of the most recent burn victims and the sale of our property, I don’t know where to turn. So I’m turning to you.
I know it’s a lot to ask, and I don’t ask lightly. The work we do is incredibly important to us, and if you could find it in your hearts to donate a caravan, it would allow us to continue the work we do and we will forever be grateful. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Lisa Milligan and Family
WILDABOUT WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTRE
If you wish to donate towards a caravan, here are some details to help -:
make payable to "Wildabout Wildlife"
post to Lisa Milligan, 60 Bowers Rd, Moranding, Kilmore, 3764, Victoria
Account Name: Wildabout Wildlife
BSB: 082 991
Account Number: 375251754
In other news -:
We have opened a webshop!! 100% of the proceeds will go to support our work in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. We have cards, postcards, calendars and mugs, all featuring Anzac and Peggy when they were tiny joeys.
All items are in super limited quantities.
Follow the link to the shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/WildAboutWildlife?ref=search_shop_redirect
We thank you for your support!!
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