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Help Wildlife Aid to Rescue Orphans

by Darren

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Simon Cowell MBE is the founder of Wildlife Aid, an animal welfare charity which he set up in 1980.  Simon is a familiar face to TV viewers of the series Wildlife SOS which follows him and the staff and volunteers at Wildlife Aid.  In 2003 Simon was named “Personality of the Year” by the Charity Times and in June 2005 Simon was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for his services to wildlife.

What’s the issue?

Wildlife Aid is a wildlife welfare and conservation charity based in Surrey.  Its focus is on the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. You may have seen the animal hospital in Leatherhead featured on the long-running TV documentary series Wildlife SOS.
The charity was set up 30 years ago and since then has saved the lives of more than 150,000 animals. In the spring and summer each year the staff and volunteers at the Wildlife Aid centre have to cope with an influx of thousands of orphaned animals – newborn creatures whose parents have been killed on the roads or have died from disease or poisoning.

Why are you passionate about it?

Mankind has done such tremendous damage to the natural world, so by intervening and saving lives of injured and orphaned wild animals – and then returning these poor creatures to the wild – Wildlife Aid is at least doing something tangible and meaningful to redress the balance between Man and Nature.

Why should others be passionate about it?

By helping Wildlife Aid you too can help make a difference. Every time you are out driving and see ‘roadkill’ – often a deer, a badger, a fox, or perhaps a hedgehog (the latter is now a seriously endangered species in England, due to a combination of habitat loss and cars)  – just think about the consequences for wildlife if there weren’t charities like Wildlife Aid helping to save lives.

What can others do to help?

Text WILD to 70300 – it will cost £3 and at least £2.64 goes directly to Wildlife Aid.  Let friends and family know how easy it is to donate to Wildlife Aid.

Why will people taking action help?

Every spring Wildlife Aid receives an influx of orphan animals and there is a desperate need for veterinary medicines, food supplies, and new facilities including animal cages.  Every text donation received allows Wildlife Aid to buy 4 tins of food to help save a starving orphan.  This is your chance to contribute to promoting wildlife welfare and conservation in a meaningful way here in the UK.

Further information

– For more information on Wildlife Aid please visit their website.
– Ring Wildlife Aid or another wildlife rescue charity if you see an injured wild animal.
– Visit the Wildlife Aid website for information on what to do in a wildlife emergency situation.

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