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Vale Wildlife Hospital treated 6,945 wildlife casualties in 2019
and is one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the UK.
We are available to help wildlife casualties 24/7.
Vale Wildlife Hospital has faced unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
As a small charity Vale doesn’t have large financial reserves to fall-back on and has survived
‘hand-to-mouth’ since its inception in 1984.
The financial package for charities announced recently by the government does not include animal charities.
The charity has never been in such a dire situation – we are both morally and professionally obliged to provide
emergency treatment to casualties requiring it, meaning that we don’t have the option of closing our doors.
We are now coming into the busiest months of the year for wildlife hospitals and a large proportion of our
annual intake of casualties comes in during the spring and summer months.
We have already had to take radical actions to try to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to our staff
and service users, as well as attempting to mitigate any long-term damage to the hospital:
• We have had to close our Evesham charity shop which raises approximately 1/3 of our annual income.
• We have had to reduce our staffing levels, including laying-off casual workers and volunteers.
• We have cancelled our annual Open Day which is our single largest fundraiser.
• We have cancelled several Hedgehog First Aid & Care courses which we hold both onsite and at
venues nationally – these usually provide a regular income.
• The ’lockdown’, whilst keeping patient admissions down, will result in the reduction of ‘face-to-face’ contact
with service users thereby reducing spontaneous donations which often come with patients.
There are very few wildlife hospitals in the UK and to lose Vale would be a tragedy for our
sick and injured wildlife, not to mention the loss of 25 jobs.
We receive no government funding towards our enormous running costs and are appealing
to the public and businesses to help secure Vale’s future and ensure we
can continue to keep helping Britain’s wildlife.
Welcome to Vale Wildlife Hospital, where we treat over 6,500 wildlife casualties every year.
We are available by phone from 7am – 5pm daily for help and advice concerning sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
The hospital is staffed 24/7 so casualties can be brought to us at any time, 24 hrs a day (no need to ring first).
CALL US DURING THE DAY ON: 01386 882 288 (7am-5pm)
If you find an injured FOX, BADGER or DEER between 5pm – 7am, please ring our
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM ON: 07961 413 574 (5pm – 7am ONLY)
IMPORTANT – This number is not to be used for anything other than large mammal casualties or emergency queries
SMALL ANIMAL CASUALTIES SHOULD BE BROUGHT STRAIGHT IN TO THE HOSPITAL.
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The UK’s wildlife faces more problems today than ever before and unfortunately most of these problems are caused by people. A vast majority of the casualties we treat at Vale have sustained their injuries through coming into contact with humans: road traffic accidents, cat and dog attacks, fence injuries, mower and strimmer incidents, habitat loss, building work, new roads, snares, the list is endless. Some people say that injured wildlife should be left alone, we shouldn’t interfere but should ‘let nature take it’s course’. I would agree wholeheartedly with that sentiment if indeed the problems encountered by our wildlife were ‘natural’ but very few are, and I believe we have a duty to try to put right the damage that we are doing.
Caroline Gould, Charity Founder,
Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre