SAFE Busselton's urgent call for community help

SAFE Busselton spokesperson, Lynda McKilligin, with her rescue-cat Alleycat, who was found in the LIA. Image supplied.
SAFE Busselton spokesperson, Lynda McKilligin, with her rescue-cat Alleycat, who was found in the LIA. Image supplied.

SAFE Busselton is urgently seeking new volunteers to help the not-for-profit organisation survive.

SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) is WA's largest animal rescue and re-homing organisation using the foster care model.

The Busselton branch has been in operation for 12 years and saved the lives of hundreds of cats and dogs.

SAFE Busselton spokesperson Lynda McKilligin said the organisation required new volunteers in the roles of cat and dog coordinators to join the team.

“We need to replace members who have been pivotal to the success of our local SAFE Animal Rescue Branch in the South West over the past five plus years,” she said.

“In addition to this, our existing coordinators are going overseas for an extended period from for a well-deserved break.

“In the meantime we have to make do, but would love to get some assistance as we all have jobs, family and busy lives to fit around SAFE.”

Ms McKilligin said maintaining a steady flow of volunteers had been their single biggest challenge throughout their history.

“At the end of the day it’s the same old problem everyone loves what we do but when the push comes to shove no one steps up,” she said.

“Volunteer burnout is common among all charity and not-for-profits and SAFE is no exception.

“We need new blood in the ranks and to be able to pass the baton on to other like-minded members of the community.”

Ms McKilligin said times were tough for the group but they were holding strong.

“We don’t want to go the way of so many other rescues, not-for-profits and charities down this way and we have absolutely no intention of doing so since we’ve put so much hard work into doing what we do and making a difference to local cats and dogs in need,” she said.

“Not to mention the hundreds of happy outcomes we have delivered to families and individuals who have become the proud and loving owners of our rescued animals in WA.”

For more information on volunteering SMS or call 0488 518 963 and leave a message for Lynda with your name and contact number or email bussselton@safe.asn.au.