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How CAN/CAN'T We Help?

OUR HISTORY

  • WHEN WE STARTED…  When UKWT first launched in August 2020, we used to coordinate emergency transports for wildlife casualties/orphans (securing rescue spaces and organising Drivers). We transported almost 600 wild lives & provided advice/support for another 2000.

  • NOW…  By June 2022, demand for UKWT services had grown so much that our phone line was ringing off the hook and we lacked the sufficient Admin Volunteer support to cope with the demand.  Rescues, Vet Practices & members of the public were waiting hours just to get through to us... We realised that there was a better way for us to run, that would operate more efficiently: we took the phone line down - so that we were no longer coordinating calls - and instead started allocating teams of our UKWT Drivers to Vet Practices & Rescues, so that they could have immediate access to our Drivers (Drivers that we had recruited, equipped and were funding fuel for) instead of having to wait for us to answer their call.  Members of the public could then ask Rescues & Practices direct for transport help, instead of having to go through us.

 

WE CANNOT...

  • UK Wildlife Transporters cannot, if you’re a member of the public or Vet Practice, deal with your individual case to transport the wildlife casualty/orphan you have found to a Rescue (for the reasons stated above).

  • UK Wildlife Transporters cannot, if you’re a Wildlife Rescue, send a driver to pick up a wildlife casualty/orphan from a Vet Practice or a member of the public, to take to you (for the reasons stated above).

HOW CAN WE HELP?​​

  • If you’re a Vet Practice or a Wildlife Rescue we can set you up with your own team of UKWT Volunteer Wildlife Drivers, equipped & funded by us, so that you have long term transport support that you can access yourself, without having to ask us for help each time, to help you to provide emergency care to wildlife. Here is our criteria & steps to take…

  • If you’re a Vet Practice, click HERE to find out more.

  • If you’re a Wildlife Rescue/Rehabber, click HERE to find out more.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED TRANSPORT RIGHT NOW…
  • If you’re a member of the public or Vet Practice with an animal…

  • Look at this MAP - is there a Rescue close to you?

  • Contact that Rescue and ask them if they have space.  If they have space and can take in your wildlife casualty/orphan, ask if they can provide transport support to pick the animal up from you.  [They might not be able to, because...]

  • Please be aware that any Wildlife Drivers are always volunteers and might not be available: they may even be on other transport jobs.

  • However many drivers each Wildlife Rescue might have, please consider these options before asking for transport help...  Can you ask a staff member, friend, family member or neighbour to drive you or take the casualty to rehabilitative care on your behalf?

  • If you absolutely cannot transport yourself and the Rescue cannot provide transport support, feel free to post in the UKWT Facebook Group asking for transport help to that particular Rescue.  [Please note that we will only approve posts that ask for transport support to Rescues on the WCB Map.]  It’s also worth asking the Rescue if they can help you to organise a taxi, to get the wildlife casualty/orphan to them.  As long as the Rescue is on our APPROVED LIST, UKWT will reimburse any taxi expenses within 5 working days (on receipt of proof of expenses, such as a receipt from the taxi company).

AND...

  • If you’re a Wildlife Rescue and are trying to bring an animal to you and no Volunteer Drivers are available…

  • Feel free to post in the UKWT Facebook Group asking for transport help from the Finder to your Rescue.  [Please note that we will only approve posts that ask for transport support to Rescues on the WCB Map.] 

  • If you think it feasible to organise a taxi to bring the animal to you - as long as you are a Rescue on our APPROVED LIST - UKWT will reimburse any taxi expenses within 5 working days (on receipt of proof of expenses, such as a receipt from the taxi company).

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