Resilience in Volunteer Animal Care Professions

Does your organisation, or an organisation you know, have volunteers that work with animals?

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We warmly welcome your volunteers to join us and contribute to our research investigating the resilience, wellbeing, and mental health needs of people who volunteer with animals. We’re aware of the unique challenges and rewards faced by people who are repeatedly exposed to the difficulties and successes of caring for animals. With your participation, we are looking to:

  • Identify resilience and wellbeing factors for volunteer animal care workers
  • Identify what individual, team and organisational resources would benefit volunteers

If you are interested in participating, please share this email, the attached information below, and the link to the anonymous online survey with your volunteer animal care workers and any other organisations or individuals:

This survey will be open until 31 July 2022.

We hope to capture the experiences of volunteer animal carers across a variety of occupations and roles, including veterinary, wildlife rehabilitation and rescue, wildlife and animal parks, and research services.

You may remember a survey from 2020 by Nicole Cushing that was also investigating resilience in animal care professions (a summary of the research is linked below). This study is an extension of that research, now focusing exclusively on volunteers.

If you see a SICK, Injured or orphaned animal

If you find wildlife in distress, please contact the FAWNA rescue line number on 65814141.

For more information on what to do please see the Emergency first aid page.

Thinking of Joining FAWNA?

If you feel that you would like to join the FAWNA organisation and become Authorised to rescue and or care for wildlife there are three member intakes each year – in February, June and October when Induction Training Courses are held.

More information can be found on our JOIN US page.

Need to contact us for a rescue?

FAWNA can’t take requests for wildlife rescues via the website or Facebook as they aren’t attended to all the time.

If you need to get assistance for a sick, injured or orphaned animal please call our rescue line on 02 6581 4141.

Contact Details

Postal Address: PO Box 218, Wauchope NSW 2446
24 Hour Rescue hotline: 02 6581 4141

Via Contact Form

FAWNA is a member of the NSW Wildlife Council, the peak body representing Wildlife carers in NSW.

FAWNA acknowledges Sea Acres National Park and Rainforest Centre’s support in its work with injured and orphaned fauna.

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