Every year millions of wildlife casualties are put to sleep because there are not enough people helping them and too few facilities available.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is dedicated to helping to improve the facilities for wildlife casualties found across East Sussex. Over the past 30 years the organisation has changed from being a small one man band, to a small charity with five veterinary ambulances and hospital capable of taking in up to 250 casualties at a time. We receive over 3000 phone calls annually asking for advice and help. The charity deals with everything from baby birds like blackbirds and pigeons to road casualty badgers and swans caught in fishing line.
Unlike their domestic and agricultural cousins, wildlife does not have owners to look after them or pay for their treatment, but in East Sussex they do have WRAS.
Sadly we are unable to cope with every call that comes in but each year WRAS increases the number of casualties it can deal with, helping to readdress the balance.
WRAS is registered as a Veterinary Premises with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, as well as being a member of the British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and British Hedgehog Preservation Society. WRAS is an award winning charity winning an IFAW Animal Action Award in 2010 at the House of Lords, the BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey Community Heroes Award for Animal Welfare in 2012, Sovereign Radio Life Time Achievement Award in 2010, the ITV1 British Animal Honours Local Animal Charity of the Year 2013 and founder Trevor Weeks was awarded an MBE for services to Animal Welfare in 2012.