Sponsors are very important to TVWC and are greatly valued. Many TVWC sponsors are people who are unable to commit time to being active members and participating in the daily service of rescuing and transporting animals. They may also be people who may not live in the Tweed Shire.
Many sponsors live interstate or overseas, work full-time, have family commitments or have transport or availability issues.
Sponsors contribute valuable funds for the rescue, care and treatment of wildlife. Most of sponsor funds go towards medicines, equipment, food, rescue cages and housing. Some funds may also go towards transport costs for hospital visits.
Active membership numbers fluctuate from year to year as also do our sponsors; however the numbers of hotline calls and rescues is similar for normal years. (i.e. years without environmental disasters) Recent fires and floods have had an enormous impact on our wildlife, putting additional pressure on wildlife groups and hospitals.
In 2020-21 we received 5,056 emergency hotline calls for animals in need and attended 3097 rescues of which 2096 were birds.
We receive more rescue requests for birds than any other species. Other species we receive rescue requests for include: possums, gliders, reptiles, snakes and lizards, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos, platypuses, turtles, frogs, bats and flying foxes. Summer heatwaves require us to rescue sometimes hundreds of flying fox babies and juveniles from bat colonies. This results in many months of work for flying fox carers around Australia until they are ready to be released back into the wild.