Darling Range Wildlife Shelter (Incorporated) [DRWS] is a totally volunteer and not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to rehabilitate native wildlife and promote the value of biodiversity.
DRWS volunteers rescue, provide care and rehabilitate Australian native wildlife in need including threatened, endangered and migratory species. Our aim is to work towards their release back into their natural environment. Each year we record around 1000 wildlife admissions.
The daily running of the Shelter is supported by over 100 volunteers who participate in a variety of roles. Volunteers are available daily from 8.30am until 5.00pm. Each year our members provide over 40 000 unpaid hours in support of DRWS.
DRWS has developed, and continues to evolve, from a love of and commitment to wildlife and the natural environment. All of our members actively promote preservation of the natural environment and living considerately with wildlife.
DRWS is highly focussed on sustainable development through conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. In order to minimise the Shelter's environmental footprint the facility functions through the installation and maintenance of - a significant solar power system capable of supplying all power needs; greywater reuse system for gardening; composting/waterless toilets; rainwater collection from all buildings and use; recycling via worm farms; and wildlife food and enrichment via the native pantry.
Given the increasing pressure placed on wildlife and their habitat, DRWS is a member of the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA).
We are actively involved in local wildlife and habitat management issues, and support opportunities for community education by presenting at various schools and community groups.
The Shelter is represented on the Wildlife Rehabilitators Consultation Group (WRCG) which advises DPaW on wildlife issues. The members of the WRCG assisted in the development of the Western Australian Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation which has been in practice for three years. The document is currently under review and feedback is welcome http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/get-involved/wildlife-rehabilitation-and-courses/160-minimum-standards-for-wildlife-rehabilitation-in-wa
The Shelter could not function without the valuable support offered by the community, which includes financial donations in addition to the provision of valuable goods and services. DRWS is listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations, whereby financial donations are receipted and able to be claimed as a tax deduction by donors.
Our primary Objectives are: –
- to rescue, treat and care for injured, sick, orphaned and displaced wildlife;
- to provide facilities appropriate for the rehabilitation of wildlife with the goal of successfully returning wildlife to their natural environment;
- to advocate on behalf of wildlife to - secure quality treatment and care; safe release sites; and appropriate management of environments - and ensure their longer term survival and success;
- to engender public support and education for wildlife and the preservation of their environment.