The State Government has today announced a $2.13 million funding boost for the RSPCA to help the organisation cope with the growing demand for emergency care for native wildlife.
Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said $2 million would go directly to helping the RSPCA provide veterinary services at their Wacol-based Wildlife Hospital and Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
He said it would be allocated over four years “for the purchase of state-of-the-art medical equipment, service and expendables for its sick, injured and orphaned patients.”
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Meanwhile, the additional $132,000 will be used to develop a “new and improved” RSPCA wildlife volunteer database to better coordinate the care of animals.
“The funding will also cover supplies such as bandages, medications, and food for the carers who provide a vital public service,” said Dr Miles.
“There are big costs associated with treating an animal, and at a time when RSPCA patient numbers are increasing, I am pleased we are helping make a real difference.”
RSPCA Qld CEO Mark Townend welcomed the funding.
“Over the last four years our wildlife intake has tripled from around 7,000 to 22,000 a year and our Wildlife Hospital now deals with more animals and birds than Australia Zoo and Currumbin combined,” Mr Townend said.
“We’re incredibly grateful for this cash injection as it will enable us to increase the vital resources needed to deal with this spiraling intake.”