The shelter was a teaching wildlife shelter also; and have trained many people over the years how to safely rescue and care for native wildlife.
Leopold Wildlife Shelter & Wildlife Rescue was run entirely by highly trained volunteers and did not receive any funding, all on the premises of private property.
Native Wildlife was received at the shelter and evaluated. Then they were either housed in our in-house hospital or our Neonatal Care Unit or placed into one of the other
in-house facilities for rehabilitation and treatment until they could be released back into the wild.
Each year approximately 1500 animals were rescued.
About 750 of these just needed to be captured and relocated to an appropriate area away from humans, cars and cats.
On average David and Helen traveld well over 800Ks a week on rescues. They payed for their own equipment and their own fuel using their own private vehicle.
David and Helen traveld from Warrnambool to Werribee and everywhere in-between, although most of their rescue work was carried out in and around Geelong including Anglesea and surrounding areas.
The shelter received many donations from the community to help keep the shelter running.
Unfortunately David suffered permanent paralysis due to an unfortunate accident in the home.
Helen had in the past had open heart surgery and suffered with her health in pain, however this didn't stop either of them.
Helen had been trying her hardest to get her husband home again from hospital after suffering an infection.
After weeks of traveling back and forth to the hospital, running a shelter, coordinating volunteers and feeding joeys around the clock.
Helen passed away from a massive heart attack.
And the shelter is closing down.
Due to all their own money going to the shelter it's left very little left for David and Helen.
This is why this go fund me page has been set up, to help pay for the funeral service that Helen truely deserves.
David is currently in hospital and will be transferred to Grace Makeller for rehab.
please if you can donate anything! It would be greatly appreciated
- Judith Metelmann
- Isabelle Jeanne
- Rowena Bailey
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