Help the invisibles to be seen
For us, it does not matter how big or small an animal is, it can be 15 grams it can be 15 kilo. It doesn’t matter, what species or gender the animal is. It doesn't matter, how angry and scared or affectionate the animal is. We don't care, how many scratch or bite marks we end up with or how many ticks and mites they bring to us.
We always do the same thing. We provide shelter, we provide comfort, we provide affection, we provide before and after surgery care, we provide surgery, we provide silence, we provide play time, we provide training and lessons, we provide physio, we provide food, we provide hydration, we provide cooling and warming, we provide love. We drive hundreds of kilometres to find the right food or the right treatment or the right release spot. We simply give everything we have and always go the extra mile and even beyond. We give ourselves and we are on their side when they cross the bridge. We don't take a break.
Today we are on a cross road. A cross road we already saw coming, but still couldn't avoid. The property we rent since seven years will be sold this year and therefore we have to leave the place.
Currently our shelter causes expenses of 1,500 to 2,000 dollar per month. Other people use this amount to save for a deposit but for us this is not possible. In our current situation, we do not have any chance of getting a mortgage to buy a plot of land suitable for a wildlife shelter like ours. Because of spending all money we have on the wildlife, we are not able to save anything for a mortgage deposit. With no family in Australia we can not even present a guarantor for a mortgage.
Therefore we need your help to rebuilding the shelter on an own plot of land. Meanwhile we have already found the right plot of land. But if we can't find the deposit for the required mortgage soon the property will be lost for us. If we don't find a solution or better the solution finds us, we will have to close the door of our shelter for good sometime this year.
I'm sorry but this is the reality of the Little Foot Wildlife Shelter (formerly known as Olinda Falls Wildlife Care). This is our reality.
Please help us to help our wildlife.
Please help us to keep going.
Little Foot Wildlife Shelter www.littlefootwildlifeshelter.org
On Friday, we posted an article about us, which was published last week in the Boronia and The Basin Community News.
When we wrote the article, we knew, that our landlord would like to sell the property end of the year, so we had already started to look around for an affordable (rental) alternative, without success. What we didn't know, that we would receive a 60 days notice this week to move out.
As you all can imagine, this are devastating news for us.
A friend offered us to rent her small house, what we really appreciate. This gives us a place to stay for a while, but it would mean, that we have to close the doors of our wildlife care. At the moment, we have capacity for 80 animals, which we reach during baby season (currently in care: 49). Most of them come in as babies and need to stay indoors until they are big enough to move to an outdoor cage and later an outdoor aviary. This house is small and has no room for indoor care. So this would mean the end of us as wildlife care.
A few months ago, we started to look around for a plot of land, to be protected for the wildlife and to build a shelter there. We want nothing more, than to find a place, where the wildlife we get in care can grow up and recover in a safe place. And we found that place. A perfect wildlife place. Since then, we try to make the impossible possible. To buy that plot of land for the wildlife and the shelter.
Having now a 60 days notice, it is more urgent than ever. We need your help. Please help us to safe our wildlife care. Please help us to continue our work for the wildlife. Please help us to help the wildlife.
Please share our story far and wide. Please ask your family and friends to share our story. If you and they can spare a few $$, please consider a donation or buying a few lottery tickets (all funds go towards the shelter). Please please help.
Next week, we have an appointment with Trust for Nature (an appointment we were waiting a long time for).
We hope with their support and your support, we are able to keep going. To save our wildlife care.
With your and their help, we can make the impossible possible.
Community lottery tickets can be bought online or paper tickets at our shelter.
Donations can be made via our gofundme page
Or directly to the shelters account at the Bendigo Bank
Little Foot Wildlife Shelter (formerly Olinda Falls Wildlife Care)
Account # 157256611
Good luck continuing with your work guys! Hope you can get as much money as you need to keep doing such a wonderful job! X
Thank you Little Foot Wildlife Shelter for the amazing voluntary work you do. It is shelters like you that make it possible to see many of the native Australian animals in the wild. Without your rehabilitation and release program, who know's, in the next 10 years Sugar Gliders, Feathertails and Antechinus may all be regular sightings for all to see. Keep up the good work that you do!