Liv Flynn has been rescuing animals since she was eight years old, so when an incurable illness prevented her from working, she chose to establish the Hawke’s Bay Bird and Wildlife Rescue Trust, where she volunteers full-time as an accredited Wildlife Officer.
Three years on, the Trust has six dedicated volunteers who help rehabilitate sick and injured birds and wildlife found by members of the public.
“Our ultimate goal is to rehabilitate animals and then release them back into the wild,” Liv says.
“We work closely with the Department of Conservation, SPCA and local vet clinics who very kindly check on our injured/sick wildlife as necessary.
“Where possible, with a successful rehabilitation, we like to invite the 'finder' to attend the release of that animal so they can see the positive effect their rescue has had.”
Liv says volunteering affords her the opportunity to give back to the community – it also gives her warm-fuzzies every time she’s part of a rescue.
“Being able to prevent and relieve pain and suffering amongst wildlife species is very rewarding, as is releasing species back into the wild for a second chance.
“It is heart-warming to observe the caring and genuine response from people in the community that want to help. When people take the time to stop and help injured wildlife and deliver to our service it’s a conscious act of compassion and empathy.”
*For more information about Hawke’s Bay Bird and Wildlife Rescue Trust check out their website.
23 June 2021
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