Animal rescue charity sees workload treble recently

Two baby wood pigeons SUS-150413-095707001
Two baby wood pigeons SUS-150413-095707001

Animal rescues have trebled in recent weeks, according to a leading ambulance service.

The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service says it has seen the number of casualties in need of rescue increase dramatically.

Trevor Weeks from the charity said, “Spring has sprung and our county’s varied wildlife is starting to give birth to their youngsters. Animals are run ragged searching for food, defending their food sources and territories, and trying to keep their young safe from predators and disturbance. On top of this they have to run the gauntlet of roads, our pet cats and dogs and dropped litter, pollution and environmental disturbance.

“We rely on public support to help us fund the food, equipment, veterinary care for the thousands of casualties which come into care at this time of year.”

WRAS volunteers are being called out to numerous casualties which including fox cubs, ducklings, baby pigeons, blackbirds and robins as well as last year’s youngsters who have struggled over winter.

“People think we are a big charity with loads of money, when in reality we are small, have limited funds but achieve a lot with what we are donated,” said Trevor.

This is our busiest time of year and we struggle to spend time raising money when there are so many casualties which need our help.

Chris Riddington

“We are very cost effective and give a high level of care to all the casualties in our care. This winter we have spend a lot of time and money improving our facilities so we can take in more casualties, but these are one off costs, but in order to expand we also need more people to help by making regular donations. We know not everyone is in a position to commit to a regular donation so we are asking people to either make a one off donation or to make a donation on a regular basis by setting up a standing order for as little as £1 a month, which helps WRAS plan for the future and become more secure. Our biggest source of income is from standing order and very important to us. Despite what many people think we are not funded by the government or by council tax.”

Latest rescues include ducklings after being found wandering around the Church Road area of Polegate at the weekend.

“We received numerous calls about ducklings being seen running around without a mum in the Church Road and Brightling Road area of Polegate so sent an ambulance down to investigate but we were only able to find two,” said WRAS rescue co-ordinator Chris Riddington.

“As we are only a small organisation we don’t have a dedicated fundraising team, we all have to pitch in to help. But this is our busiest time of year and we struggle to spend time raising money when there are so many casualties which need our help. It’s a difficult balance between spending money on casualties and spending time raising money. We know the people of Sussex love this county because of our countryside and natural environment and we hope they will help support us in taking care of our Sussex wildlife.”

Call 01825 873003 or make a donation online at www.
wildlifeambulance.org