Coodanup charity saving one animal at a time

A local man has started an emergency-response organisation, to save native wildlife in Mandurah. 

Coodanup man Josh Beeton said his handful of volunteers at Wildlife Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre, worked with more than 15 vets in the Mandurah area, to offer a 24-hour emergency response team.

“We get called at all different times of the morning,” he said. 

The group have nursed about 25 orphan joeys in the past three-months, which involved feeding the animals every two-hours.

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Mr Beeton said his mother’s passing prompted him to start the centre, run out of his home. 

“She made me promise to continue to help wildlife,” he said.

“So I created a social-platform. You’re the people that tell me about the animals, and I will help nurse them to health.”

The registered charity has a patch of land, donated by a local organisation, where they conduct a “soft-release” for animals. 

“Rather then the animals being drugged and put in the bush, they are released in a pen, until they get used to their surroundings and are comfortable to leave, in their own time,” Mr Beeton said. 

As stated in his will, if Mr Beeton does not have a family, his house will be donated to the City of Mandurah, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and local elders, to ensure the charity will continue. 

“So this is your company,” he said. 

“We do need funds to keep going...that’s how the world works,” he said.

“Where this company goes is up to you, the community.”

For more information, visit the Wildlife Recovery and Rehabilitation Facebook page  or phone Mr Beeton on 0431 531 808.