Animal rescuers needed as trauma season hits hard
It's the busiest and most confronting time of the year for animal rescue organisations.
Trauma season is here and volunteers for rehabilitation group Wildlife SEQ volunteers have been run off their feet.
Wildlife SEQ founder and president Melanie Penman said trauma season ranged from about August to March in Queensland.
"Organisation such as Australia Zoo, RSPCA, local vets and volunteer care groups like ourselves are always inundated at this time of the year.
"We can never really have enough care on the ground to help care for the wildlife.
"We would have somewhere between 50 to 80 animals in care at the moment."
Wildlife SEQ is a rescue and rehabilitation organisation on the Sunshine Coast run solely by volunteers.
The not-for-profit charity is on the lookout for new faces to help.
"We actually do have quite a number of volunteers but everybody has got busy lifestyles as well," Ms Penman said.
"There's an abundance of animals more so than there is a lack of volunteers.
"It can be a confronting job at times but it's probably more rewarding than confronting if anything."
Ms Penman said a typical day in the life of a carer could start quite early.
"Well, it starts at about 6am with animal feeding and for some people it finishes at sundown if they're doing birds but if they're doing marsupials, it can go all through the night," she said.
"So it can be as full on or is or as minimal as you want it to be.
"We have carers that are full time workers with families and we can slot certain stages of animals growth in around their lifestyles.
"Then there's people that are retired and they're quite happy to get up at 2am and do a feed in the middle of the night."
At the moment the organisation has 200 members.
"Not all are carers though, some people join the organisation just to learn and be more informed so that if they find a joey on the side of the road, they know what to do," Ms Penman said.
"Others want to give their heart and soul into it.
"Then we have people who join and then might even realise it doesn't fit in their lifestyle but they're happy to be a financial member."
Wildlife SEQ will be holding information workshops from January 30 through to February 6.
For more information you can visit the group's Facebook page