Annual Report 1st of March 2014 – 28th February 2015

The Shelter has had another busy year attending wildlife casualties.

With a total of 101 cases for 2014-2015.

Koalas – 57
Birds  – 22
Kangaroos/Wallabies – 21
Echidnas – 1

See charts below for detailed information.

The Shelter operated by Susie & Stephen Pulis and Committee of Management wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the Residents, Tourists, Businesses, Organisations and General Public for their amazing support which goes to the care of our precious Wildlife.

Without donations we could not operate at this capacity as we are totally reliant on donated funds; we don’t receive any government funding.

Our Team consists of dedicated group of Volunteers, consisting of 6 registered Wildlife Carers and 16 people who work tirelessly to run the Shelter. The Shelter is busy all year round with care 24 hours 7 days a week. We also have residents who allow us to cut browse from their properties and people who help maintain the browse plots. A special thank you to these people.

The Shelter has also established a Facebook page and a website designed and maintained by local business Joocy operated by Sean Perkins and Craig Strike. This local business has very generously donated all of their work, time and advice to us.

The Shelter has had 3 successful fundraisers and conducted a major raffle which was drawn at Easter. Thank you to all the people who supported our fundraisers and our major Raffle by buying and selling raffle tickets.

A sincere thank you to our Raffle sponsors:

Bulls Cruisers, Dahlsens Mitre 10 and Gippsland Lakes Escapes for donating the prizes. We are very grateful.

Congratulations to our Winners:

1st Prize: April Burnett from Bairnsdale
2nd Prize: Marc Metcalfe from Churchill
3rd Prize: Jenny Lamb from Beaumaris

The raffle money raised, $7070, has been put into a building fund to go towards the building of a purpose built treatment facility to treat and house primarily Koalas.

A special thank you to our Vet, Main Street Veterinary Practice, the backbone of the Shelter. This dedicated hardworking team provide us with unconditional care 24 hours 7 days a week when needed.

Special mention to vets Jade Hammer, Grant Kuseff, Albert van Zyl and nurses Louise South and Karen Natrass for their amazing support.

The following statistics have been prepared and lodged with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning a requirement we must do every year in accordance with our Shelter license.

We are required to record all Wildlife whether found deceased or alive. We encourage all people to continue contacting us regardless of whether the animal is tagged or untagged deceased or alive.

Finally, thank you to all the people who ring us when our Wildlife is in need. Without the residents looking out for our precious wildlife there would be many suffering animals.

Raymond Island Koala & Wildlife Shelter looks forward to another year caring for our Wildlife.