Wildlife charity needs more volunteers to save it from closing its doors

Helping vet Mike treat an injured fox SUS-150902-100108001
Helping vet Mike treat an injured fox SUS-150902-100108001

Wildlife rescue charity WRAS has warned it may have to shut its doors if it does not get volunteers to help on Saturday mornings.

The charity, which rescues animals and treats them at it centre in Whitesmith, is looking for hardworking and committed volunteers.

Trevor Weeks, founder of WRAS, said, “We are really struggling to fill that particular shift and it has got to the point where we will not be able to take anymore casualties in to the centre if we do not find people to help on Saturday mornings.

“It is getting to a point where we haven’t got enough people to cope and we need to be careful because that may mean our standard of care could drop – that is the last thing we want.”

Trevor explained WRAS has more than 100 volunteers but around four to five people are needed to clean the centre and feed the animals for each shift. On Saturday mornings, between 9am and 1pm, the charity is struggling to find even just two people to help.

He added, “When people go on holiday it makes it even more of a struggle so we desperately need more people to fill that shift or we are scuppered.”

However, Trevor warned it was hard work and urged prospective volunteers to visit the website before they commit.

He said, “People volunteering and then giving-up after two weeks has always be a problem for us.

“I think it is because people think it is going to be more fluffy bunny than it actually is. They think they will be able to take a fox for a walk on a lead but in reality, with wildlife, it is a much more hands-off approach with the animals and there is a lot of cleaning involved. Volunteers will need to get down on their hands and knees and scrub out cages.”

Trevor said although the Saturday morning shift was a priority, he was interested to hear from people who were able to fill other slots too.

Visit www.wras.co.uk and email chris@eastsussexwras.org.uk.