We wanted to update you on how the current health crisis is impacting operations at Wildlife Aid and the measures we have put in place.
We are still open and able to admit patients but, given the unprecedented situation, we are very low on staff, volunteers and resources.
We continue to take in orphans and have seen a rise in the number of young admissions. Orphan season will soon be in full swing, so we will be stretched to capacity very soon. However, we are determined to continue looking after the nation’s wild animals because we believe they are precious and worth fighting for.
For the past 40 years it has been our mission to preserve nature and ensure that sick, injured and abandoned innocent animals get a second chance in the wild. In the coming months we are determined to ensure that these creatures will not fall through the cracks at a time when conservation is understandably a low priority for people concerned about their families and livelihoods.
Within the centre, following government recommendations, we have asked volunteers over 70 or with pre-existing health conditions to stay away. We have also put social distancing protocols in place.
We are asking all members of the public who find wildlife, either injured or abandoned, to call first so appropriate arrangements can be made. In most cases animals can be left outside reception for the reception staff to admit.
The situation is moving very fast and things may change. We appreciate these are going to be very difficult times for everyone. But the crisis will pass in time and when it does, the crisis facing British wildlife will sadly still be just as acute. Our patients will still need us. Like so many organisations, all our resources are stretched but we will continue our work for as long as we can.
We thank you for your continued support, wish you all the very best and ask that you think of us in any charitable decisions you make in the coming weeks.