Snuggle Coats – Giving the fur back

Snuggle Coats

Link to Snuggle Coats website


How does it work?

In simple terms, real fur in all forms of clothing – coats, stoles, capes and hats are donated to Snuggle Coats and these are disassembled and passed onto Animal Groups to rehabilitate and enrich the lives of animals in their care.

Furs provide a more natural environment for the animals as compared to towels or blankets and the animals are often heard heaving audible sighs before snuggling into these fur donations. These furs can act as a surrogate for injured wildlife during the rehabilitation process.

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Volunteering Australia Announces New Definition for Volunteering

Since late 2013 Volunteering Australia has been challenging the concept of ‘what constitutes volunteering in contemporary Australia?’

The new definition follows a review that included the release of an issues paper, national stakeholder information sessions and an online survey to gauge community views. The result is a broader and more inclusive definition that reflects the diversity of volunteering activities undertaken nationally.

The new definition states that ‘volunteering’ is time willingly given for the common good without financial gain. The definition is accompanied by a set of explanatory notes providing clarity on what is in and what is out.

‘We know that the role of volunteers has changed drastically; our previous definition did not reflect this. For volunteer involving organisations the new definition will assist in workforce planning and bring clarity around what volunteers can do. For volunteers it will allow better support of the work they do.

Above all things, the new definition will ensure a common understanding of what volunteering is, ultimately supporting the integrity of the work they do,’ said Brett Williamson, OAM, CEO of Volunteering Australia.

To view the information on the new definition and explanatory notes visit the Volunteering Australia website

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Call out to the cemetery at night

Baby Black-Headed Flying Fox

Baby Black-Headed Flying Fox

It was a cold, dark Friday night when Jason received the call to investigate an injured bat in the Port Macquarie Cemetery.

We both go for evening callouts and really enjoy working together on FAWNA rescues. If you saw us moving furniture together you would know that not all of our joint undertakings go so well!

We took a spotlight each and so initially did a circuit of the Cemetery spotlighting from our respective sides of the car. It’s quite dark and eerie there at night time and we were keen to collect the bat and hightail it out of there.

We couldn’t see anything from the road so I called the kind member of the public again and she gave us more specific directions.

We found that it was a baby Black Flying Fox who had become stuck under a fallen tree branch. She was clearly hungry and calling out for her Mum. We could hear bats in the trees above, possibly this girl’s Mum still looking for her. 

We wrapped her up nice and warm and made a fast exit out of the Cemetery.

The end to this story is unfortunately not so happy. The little girl had a badly broken wing and was euthanased by Oxley Highway Vets the next morning. At least she was warm and had a full tummy but it’s heartbreaking to lose such a beautiful baby.

Kelli

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