FAWNA, NSW Inc (which stands for: For Australian Wildlife Needing Aid) is the only group licensed for all species in its 18,000 sq km area which ranges south from Bulahdelah to the northern part of the Kempsey Shire and west to Stroud and Gloucester.
FAWNA works closely with Koala Preservation Society and Koalas in Care and points out that WIRES is not licensed to work on this part of the mid north coast – the closest WIRES branches being on the Central Coast, and the mid north coast branch based from Coffs Harbour operates only down to Nambucca.
In the last financial year FAWNA’S volunteers handled over 3000 animals, birds and reptiles that were called in by caring members of the public to the 24 hour 7 day a week person-answered wildlife rescue hotline 6581 4141. Some were delivered to the region’s caring veterinary clinics and passed to FAWNA for ongoing care before release.
FAWNA receives no formal funding to carry out its vital wildlife rescue, relocation and rehabilitation work.
FAWNA relies on membership subscriptions and its own fundraising activities, augmented by public donations. All activities are totally voluntary and no salaries are paid. All members work from their own homes and FAWNA does not operate any premises.
FAWNA maintains a Carer’s Support Fund to provide assistance to members where they have unusually high costs associated with caring for disadvantaged fauna.
Members need specialized equipment in their rehabilitation work – heat pads, temperature controllers, animal bedding, carry cages, enclosures, medications and particular foodstuffs that provide the correct dietary balance for these creatures of the wild. Utility bills, telephone and vehicle costs, library expenses and training all add up to a hefty personal bill for wildlife carers.
FAWNA prides itself on keeping its administrative expenses to the minimum to enable its funds to directly benefit the wildlife through veterinary costs, provision of appropriate housing for wildlife and bulk purchases of wildlife food formulae for use by carers. National Parks and Wildlife Service Mid North Coast and Hunter Regions provides a small annual grant, and other office support services, to assist with FAWNA’s administration.