I work full time, how can I care for a joey?
This really depends on your workplace and your living arrangements. If you are living in rented accommodation you will need to check with your landlord or Body Corporate regulations regarding animals on your property. Many employers are sympathetic to carers bringing animals into the workplace, however we encourage you to ask the questions first. Small joeys can be quite unobtrusive in a bag hanging from your desk or chair and require very little attention through the day apart from regular feeding and toileting, which can often be timed around your own meal breaks. Larger joeys can be left at home during the day if you can get home to feed them during a break. If you're unsure, give us a call to discuss what might work for you.
Can I be a carer if I have pets?
Native animals must meet many criteria before they can be released, and need to be protected from the risk of picking up infections while in care. They must be able to demonstrate appropriate "fight or flight" responses. In many instances where native animals have been exposed to domestic pets, they are unable to demonstrate this response. Carers may be required to demonstrate that native animals in their care are quarantined from domestic pets, particularly where they are of a related species (wild and pet parrots) or are natural prey and predator (dogs & joeys or birds & cats).
I live on a community and have been given a joey. What do I do with it?
To legally care for native wildlife you must hold a permit. Joeys require special care, and to assist with this for short periods, on many communities Wildcare has placed an emergency care pack containing a limited amount of lactose free milk (Di-vetalact) as well as re-hydration solutions and other emergency items. This is often located at the clinic or police station. To check if there is a pack in your community, give us a call on 0419 221 128.
If there is no pack available, as an interim measure, you can use any oral re-hydration fluids (e.g. gastrolyte or similar) from your supermarket or clinic, or a lactose free milk (e.g. soy milk). Call us to discuss whether the joey needs to come into town to a registered carer or whether you can adequately care for it on community.
I can't be a carer but I'd love to help. What can I do?
There are plenty of opportunities for people to help out that don't involve caring for animals. Check out our volunteers or donations page. If you have specific skills to offer that you think may he useful, please give us a call, or send a message through our Contact Us page.