Hospital founder Rae Campbell with baby koala, Meadow, at the state’s first dedicated koala hospital. Source: News Limited
DOZENS of volunteers have responded to a call to help care for koalas and other furry favourites at the state’s first dedicated koala hospital, but more financial support is still needed.
Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital founder Rae Campbell says the centre has been inundated with more than 60 people offering to help after the Guardian Messenger reported the need for more carers last month.
“It was absolutely wonderful to get so many people,” Mrs Campbell says.
Mrs Campbell says the Plympton hospital , which does not receive any government funding, is now urgently seeking corporate sponsors to stay alive.
“Sponsorship will be the life blood of the hospital,” she says.
Sponsorship funding will go towards keeping the centre running, buying medical equipment and covering utilities.
“The lives of South Australia’s koalas are in the hands of those who can give a dollar,” she says.
“It really is essential for us.”
The Trott Park woman this month opened the Anzac Highway hospital, which would treat and rehabilitate up to 20 injured animals at a time.
Mrs Campbell and her late husband, Warren, began rescuing and caring for injured koalas in the 1960s and had dreamt of starting a dedicated hospital for koalas and other wildlife.
For information on the hospital, to register as a volunteer or to sponsor an animal, visit the hospital’s website.
Volunteers need to be aged 18 and over.
Story By Kara Adams, Gaurdian Messenger | December 06, 2013 3:09PM.