GeoCatch help vets with possum rehabilitation manuals

Nicole Lincoln (GeoCatch/ Western Ringtail Action Group), Dr Kerri Jurgens, Dr Richard Lucas, Kylie Gibbs (Busselton Vet Hospital ) and Mel Rowley (DBCA/Western Ringtail Action Group).
Nicole Lincoln (GeoCatch/ Western Ringtail Action Group), Dr Kerri Jurgens, Dr Richard Lucas, Kylie Gibbs (Busselton Vet Hospital ) and Mel Rowley (DBCA/Western Ringtail Action Group).

GeoCatch have been selling western ringtail possum soft toys with proceeds going towards providing rehabilitation manual for local vets.

The manuals support vet staff to assess and manage western ringtail possums that come into their care.

Busselton Vet Hospital was presented with their copy of the Possum Manual recently, with other local clinics to receive theirs in the coming weeks.

GeoCatch Chair, Felicity Bradshaw, saw the need for such a resource during her own experience as a vet.

"This go-to rehabilitation manual is a resource for both nursing and veterinary staff, who are frequently juggling the demands of a busy vet practice with injured wildlife," she said.

"The manual supports our local vet clinic's contributions to successful welfare and rehabilitation outcomes for western ringtail possums."

The toys have proved very popular with the community and sales expected to increase further during December.

"Community members and visitors have purchased 350 possum toys this year, which has raised over $3500 for local conservation efforts," Ms Bradshaw said.

"We thank the community for throwing its support behind this initiative."

The possum softies make a great Christmas gift and are available to purchase from the Busselton and Margaret River Visitor Centres for $25, as part of a regional partnership between the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, Western Ringtail Action Group (WRAG) and GeoCatch.

Ten dollars from sale of each soft toy goes direct to local possum conservation projects.