AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION - AS WILDLIFE WELFARE IS AT THE TOP OF ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING THAT WE DO - WE HAVE UPGRADED OUR POLICY TO ONLY RECRUIT, EQUIP & FUND DRIVERS FOR (AND HAVE ON OUR NEW UPCOMING MAP) WILDLIFE RESCUES THAT HAVE EITHER: APPLIED FOR THE WCB AND PASSED THE FIRST STAGE (THE KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT) OR WHO HAVE THE WCB ALREADY OR WHO ARE A VERY LARGE CENTRE, WITH VETS ON THE PREMISES A LOT OF THE TIME.
AS IMPLEMENTING THESE CHANGES IS NOT IDEAL AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE WILDLIFE CARE BADGE TEAM HAVE CREATED A FAST TRACK PROCESS TO HELP ALL WILDLIFE RESCUES PAST THE FIRST STAGE (IT TAKES 1HR) ASAP (EVEN AS SOON AS ON THE SAME DAY AS APPLYING FOR THE BADGE, IF THAT IS CONVENIENT FOR THEM).
UKWT & WCB WILL DO ALL WE CAN TO HELP WITH THE RESUMED TRANSPORT OF WILDLIFE CASUALTIES ASAP.
UK Wildlife Transporters
We are a UK based, non-profit organisation that recruits, equips (with carriers & disinfectant) and funds fuel costs for a national network of wildlife-loving Volunteer Drivers who all give up their time (and use their own vehicles) to respond at short notice to help get injured/poorly UK wildlife to medical care (or sanctuary spaces) ASAP.
Up to 3 out of every 10 wildlife casualties found in the UK can end up passing away purely because they couldn't be transported to Rescues/Vets/Rehabbers quickly enough/at all...
We're here to change all that....
WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?
A. When a Volunteer Driver has joined our database, we look up their nearest Wildlife Rescues (they must have the WCB or a Vet report approving their premises to be on our list) & Vets Practices and we check through our info on what carriers the local Rescues/Vets think the Drivers need to be a 'Wildlife Transport Driver' in that area (each Driver will be equipped with 2 carriers and 1 disinfectant).
B. We equip the Drivers with the right carriers & disinfectant for the local Rescues & Vets Practices that they will serve.
C. We make sure that our Drivers know the basics about welfare during transport (eg. Silence, securing the carrier with a seatbelt, no open windows, having a towel over the carrier so that the casualties can be relaxed in darkness until they reach medical help).
D. We make a note of if the Driver would like to have more hands on training with they local Wildlife Rescue (to become trained in capture/containment & in first aid, for example).
E. We introduce the 'Ready-To-Go' Drivers to their nearest Wildlife Rescues & Vets Practices (by email) to go onto their lists of Volunteer Drivers to call on, when they need transport for a wildlife casualty. (We also let the Wildlife Rescues know if the Driver would like to have training - if it is of use to the Rescue - to be more hands on, if possible).
F. Once a Driver has transported a casualty, if they want fuel expenses covered, they fill in our expenses form and WE reimburse the fuel expense (not the Wildlife Rescue/Vet).