WILDLIFE CARE BADGE
UK WILDLIFE RESCUE/REHABBER REGULATION
To ensure that every single UK wildlife casualty receives the very best care & is never delivered (by a member of the public) to a Wildlife Rescue or Rehabber who lacks the relevant training, experience or resources.
WILDLIFE RESCUE/REHABBER REGULATION
[SELF POLICING FROM WITHIN THE WILDLIFE RESCUE COMMUNITY]
Rather than waiting for legislated regulation, the following plans are a practical & immediate way to support & empower every Wildlife Rescue & Rehabber up to a minimum standard of care ASAP...
99% of Rehabbers/Rescues/Wildlife Professionals care deeply about wildlife and yet struggle for resources, accessible & affordable training and both emotional and financial support. In the end it only causes suffering for themselves & wildlife. By working together to set minimum standards of care and supporting one another to empower everyone to achieve the level of training, knowledge & resources to do the best job, we can champion our UK wildlife.
Currently - without a minimum standard of care being set & agreed upon universally across the UK - the only way to try and prevent a Wildlife Rescue or Rehabber who is known to lack experience or resources from taking in casualties is to try and report them for investigation. This is rarely effective, purely due to limited resources & it punishes those who care but who require training/resources, instead of empowering them.
Instead of reporting/punishing bad practices, the ‘Wildlife Badge’ could instead become the ‘norm’ so that it becomes normal for a Wildlife Rescue or Rehabber to have the badge on their website and social media and it becomes standard to question why they haven’t, especially since those who want the badge will have access to the ‘Licensing Fund’ to help support them to reach a minimum standard.
RESCUE RELIEF - A SPACE FOR COMPASSION FATIGUE
Make a cup of tea, get cozy, have a blanket and bring some stories to share.
8:30PM THURSDAY 19TH AUGUST
Losing casualties is inevitable (or dealing with members of the public or cruelty cases that upset you) but each one can leave a mark. Stored up stress and feeling like you are battling alone and without anyone to share the struggle with isn’t good for you or the wildlife you care for.
Booking in advance please (first come, first served) with a waiting list for last minute cancellations.
[If these turn out to be popular, we will increase the number of events for more people to access them]
The event (which is free for Wildlife Rescues, Rehabbers & Vets) would be structured thus…
A warm, respectful online space (on Zoom - a link will be shared with everyone on the day) where everyone gets a few turns to share recent experiences - run by an experienced coach, J. Ayres.
I was recently one of the attendees at the Rescue Relief meeting to help with compassion fatigue. I wasn’t sure what to expect - maybe a presentation of some sort? It wasn’t like that at all. It was a safe space for us to share our experiences, to get them out in the open and to be heard. Listening to others also helped me realise I’m not alone. There’s nothing wrong with me because I sometimes struggle with the emotional burden of what we do. I’m pleased I joined in and would encourage others to do the same.
Gemma B - Veterinary Surgeon
Just wanted to share my experience from last session in case anyone was apprehensive!
Alana mentioned the idea of Rescue Relief a few weeks ago and I thought it sounded great! We all have gripes and I thought it'd be good to talk it through with other like minded people. As the event got closer more thoughts of 'yeah i'm absolutely not attending this' entered my head along with 'i won't have anything to say' and 'it won't help anyway'. More out of obligation to the promise I made Alana than anything else, I attended. And I am SO pleased I did! Jem is absolutely lovely and holds the room really well. I had FAR more to say than I thought and it actually prompted a few things that I didn't realise were bothering me. I was worried that if I let out my concerns I would feel really down and it would make things worse. However, I found it incredibly freeing to talk openly about my concerns and gripes and not have anyone try and 'fix' my problems. I was able to say how I truly felt without anyone saying 'but you're doing a good job' or 'but these things happen'. My thoughts were acknowledged and accepted by everyone. I felt heard and I'm so pleased I went. I'm already looking forward to session two and feel like it'll really help long term.
See you all there!
- Lucy S - Wild Things Rescue