Would you like to help us?

This section explains how local supporters can help, how donations are spent, and how you can donate any amount towards the Cullompton Wildlife Care Centre.

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Do you have a redundant aviary or unused shed that you would be willing to use to accommodate birds in between treatment and being ready for release? We are in desperate need to find willing volunteers to provide ‘after care’ for birds following any emergency treatment given.  We are no longer able to take birds in for treatment if we do not have somewhere for them to go afterwards. If so we would love to hear from you.

People can also help us in a practical way by donating some of essential goods that we use in great abundance on a day to day basis, in caring for the many different creatures that come in to us.

Kitchen rolls – we get through many packs of these on a daily basis with all the mucking out required and kitchen roll is used for the base of all animal cages and boxes. We always appreciate kitchen roll packs we find on our doorstep, where people have been shopping and pick up an extra one for us.

Cheap loo rolls – again in cleaning out process and also as additional bedding, many loo rolls used on continual basis. Our critters are not fussed about colour or type and we usually buy the cheapest to provide a hygienic and easy bedding material.

(We are often asked if we can use office shredded paper. Unfortunately, this is not suitable for any creature as it can get wrapped around legs / limbs resulting in injury).

Tinned dog/cat food – at the present time with the influx of hedgehogs that we are caring for, we use many tins of food each evening. Basically any chicken/rabbit/lamb/turkey in jelly or supermeat type of tinned food is useful to us. (Morrisons also do a very good pack of supermeat at reasonable cost). We cannot use fish or gravy types as these are not suitable for young hedgehogs (even though garden hedgehogs may readily eat it!).

In addition to tinned meat, each hedgehog gets a handful of kibble food – this is either Pets at Home Chicken Complete Cat food or Hills Cat Chicken kibble which keeps their teeth in good condition and free from plaque build up. Some hedgehogs actually prefer this type to tinned meat.

Hedgehog foster homes – We are always looking for people with suitable gardens to take on our young hedgehogs once they reach a suitable weight. (or people willing to take on tiny ones to nurture, once we have got them past the critical stage). Hedgehog box plans are available.

How your kind Donations are used

All our work is voluntary but we are in need of support to continue. As an example of our need, in 2005 we spent £5,523.23 caring for the wildlife brought in to us from across Devon. We took in 577 creatures for care. We received £374 in donations! (Just one of our bills for antibiotic and hedgehog medications was £144!)

Some more examples of what we have to pay for – and what your donation could buy:

Items Required Cost
Suture Pack £2.40
Antibiotic treatments £6.50
Co-flex bandage £2.40
Hydrocolloid wound gel £4.00
General wound dressings and cleansing £2.00
Total cost – £17.30
Cast splint when required for leg fracture £4.85

This does not take into account the cost of feeding, bedding, or specialised heated equipment etc, required as life-support to injured creatures. Unfortunately, very few people think about the personal cost to us of caring for their cat-injured creature when bringing them to us.

All birds and animals that have been caught by a cat need a course of antibiotic to prevent septicaemia and certain death. We have to pay for this medication. At a vet we paid £6.03 for one injection of antibiotic and £8.62 for follow-up oral antibiotic for a creature. People would pay this for their pet but do not consider the cost to us when bringing us creatures their own pets have often injured.

Then there is the time commitment and cost of care. Every baby bird needs feeding a minimum of every two hours from 5a.m. until 10.30pm to ensure sufficient intake and the aid of a temperature-controlled heated environment until fully feathered.

Orphaned mammals need feeding on a 2-3 hourly basis throughout the day, as well as through the night in their early days. This is with a special milk replacer that has to be bought at substantial cost (cows milk contains lactose, indigestible to wildlife so never used). All orphaned birds and mammals need to be kept in incubators or hospital cages that provide them with a constant temperature-controlled environment in their early weeks of life.

A baby or young hedgehog will need many weeks or months of care before they gain sufficient weight for release back to the wild or moving to a foster start-off home. Many of the autumn juveniles have to be over-wintered and released in the Spring spring after extensive treatment for lung problems which are prolific in these late-born youngsters. Hedgehogs consume a large amount of different foods given daily – tins of kitten/puppy food for the very young, tinned chicken/lamb/rabbit in jelly dog/cat food or supermeat plus complete chicken cat food kibble, Wild-things & Spike’s Dinner kibble. We also get through many kitchen-rolls on a daily basis being used for all creatures!

Over the past 24 years a lot of time, energy and personal finance has been dedicated to caring for wildlife from all over Devon without any funding support. With the amount of incoming creatures increasing each year, we have a desperate need for people to support the work being done to reduce the financial burden and enable us to continue in the future. It is so frustrating when regular visitors comment “what a worthwhile hobby” and consider that they are doing us a favour by bringing in yet another creature for us to care for whilst not considering either the time and expense to us personally.

Contrary to the common belief, we do not and are not able to get any funding support from the ‘well known bird and wildlife organisations’ that regularly refer people to us with orphaned or injured wildlife. (or from ‘lottery’ sources as they do not consider any animal concerns). The dilemma is that we have so little time other than what is spent either ‘at work’ or caring now for so many creatures, we unfortunately do not have the time resource to be active fund-raisers for what we need which puts us at a great disadvantage.

We would be grateful to enlist any support possible!

We use Paypal for our on-line donations (although you do not need to be registered with Paypal). Your donation is absolutely secure. Most payment cards are accepted, and the service is encrypted to assure your absolute privacy and security.

Thank you for supporting us