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Wildlife Rescue

Rescue Help is Urgently Needed

Annually WIRES is called to provide rescue advice and assistance for tens of thousands of animals. 

Every day hundreds of volunteers do outstanding work to help wildlife, at the same time we never have enough volunteers to be able to respond quickly to all calls in all areas. To help us respond to the growing number of calls for assistance WIRES is working on a new volunteer programme, proudly supported by Northern Beaches Council.

Rescue 101 

The new Rescue 101 programme is designed to engage more people to become involved in wildlife volunteering, by providing the knowledge and skills they need to quickly start helping with native animal rescues.

We are looking for individuals keen to physcially help rescue sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. When an animal is sick or injured, getting them quickly to a vet for assessment and treatment, alleviates the animal's suffering and gives them the best chance of survival. 

Who can join?

  • Participants must be 18 and over to register for WIRES training. 
  • Rescue 101 participants must have their own transport in order to attend rescues and volunteers need to live in an area in NSW where WIRES is licenced to rescue and care for wildlife.
  • The programme has been tested and is now being expanded in Sydney's Northern Beaches, it will later be extended to the Greater Sydney region and regional branch areas.
  • Rescue 101 is designed for volunteers that would like to help rescue wildlife casually, when they are available around their existing work and family activites. It will give volunteers maximum flexibility in terms of how often they get involved and how many rescues they can assist with.

For participants that want to get involved in care for animals immediately, please register to complete WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RICC) instead. For those that start with Rescue 101 the balance of the the RICC can be completed at a later stage.

What's involved?

  • Volunteers complete an online course, which provides them with the critical information necessary to enable them to receive rescue alerts for sick, injured and orphaned native animals in nearby towns or suburbs that need transport to a vet for initial assessment. WIRES Rescue Office will follow up with the vets to organise carers needed.
  • New Rescue Volunteers can join WIRES with an annual membership fee of $25 including GST.
  • After joining WIRES participants will be given access to the new online Rescue 101 course within 2-3 working days.
  • After course completion you can begin attending rescue of common species, including birds, possums, lizards and turtles. 

How do I get started?

Fill in our registration of interest form now

If you are in Sydney's Northern Beaches we will be inviting you to join and start training every 4 weeks.

For all other areas we will update you as soon as the new programme has launched in your area.



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