FURRY FRIENDS: Jan Bartlett is hoping locals will help her raise enough money to be a mobile animal triage unit.
FURRY FRIENDS: Jan Bartlett is hoping locals will help her raise enough money to be a mobile animal triage unit. Max Fleet BUNLPR

Animal rescuers need a helping hand to prep for disasters

WHEN you hear the acronym NARGA you may scratch your head, as it's probably not as well-known as other animal rescue groups, but its plight is definitely just as important.

National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia is a national voluntary non-profit organisation.

President of the Wide Bay group Jan Bartlett is seeking help from locals to raise the remaining $1600 out of a total $7000 needed to purchase a trailer that will turn into a mobile triage unit to help animals after disasters.

"The organisation is not limited to cats and dogs, we also look after wildlife," Ms Bartlett said.

"The trailer will be fitted with surgical equipment for emergency and disaster situations, like the flood situation we have had here in previous years.

"It may even be used as a collection vehicle to transport animals from places such as evacuation centres."

Along with the triage unit, the trailer will be used to inform the community of what they can do to help assist injured animals such as orphaned wildlife.

"We are currently setting up an education unit, and hope to travel to schools to bring about awareness once we have the trailer," she said.

The organisation has been running in the Wide Bay region for the past 18 months and has 200-300 members in the region and more than 1000 nationally.

"We are currently recruiting and always looking for more volunteers."

A GoFundMe webpage is currently taking donations http://www.gofundme.com /9fklog.

If you would like more information visit www.narga.org.au/ or visit their Facebook page.



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