Young residents helping bring wildlife back to good health

Amy Dawe and Chontelle Perrin with supplies to be donated to animal rescue organisations. Photo: Peter Guthrie
Amy Dawe and Chontelle Perrin with supplies to be donated to animal rescue organisations. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Young residents are providing help to support animal rescue organisations responding to the state's bushfires.

An appeal was launched by Binalong resident Renee Arabin and a collection point was swiftly organised in Young thanks to the help of Amy Dawe.

Donated supplies are being shipped to Animal Rescue Collective at Canberra and Southern Cross Wildlife Care at Braidwood, and are distributed from there.

As of last week in Young, two box trailer loads of supplies had been filled and delivered.

Some goods are going to centres in Wagga and Yass where evacuated rural animals are being cared for.

Most however, are heading to the South Coast to help bring injured koalas, bats and joeys back to good health, and to creating bird feeders to be distributed in native areas. Amy, from Young, said Renee and her had the urge to do something to help provide disaster relief.

"Basically we were speaking to each other and pondering what we could do rather than just watch the news and feel helpless," Amy said.

"We researched a couple of organisations and started collecting. We spoke to a few businesses and family and friends who have come on board and now everyone's helping and there's drop off points in Young, Harden and Yass."

Wishlists identifying what the rescue organisations are most in demand for are being shared on social media.

"We're getting the supplies to the organisations as quickly as possible," Amy said.

"There's been a huge response. We've taken two full box trailers [five between Yass, Young and Harden] and the back of the ute.

"[Renee] actually met a family from Batlow who had evacuated to Yass with dogs and horses. She was able to provide them with animal food and a few things directly, which was amazing.

"These animals are going to need care for a long time. We'll keep collecting as long as supplies are coming in."

Collection points include Chontelle Perrin Photography at Elizabeth Street, Young, Harden Post Office, Neill Street, and Landmark Yass, Laidlaw Street.

The public is reminded to contact a wildlife carer if they find any injured wild animal.