South Oakleigh Wildlife Shelter & Possum Rescue


We have lots of possums living in our area.  I often see them in our garden at night and occasionally during daylight hours.  A few years ago I was fortunate to hear a talk by an incredibly passionate wildlife carer, Michele Phillips from South Oakleigh Wildlife Shelter.  As detailed on their website, "SOWS" is a "voluntary non-profit organisation that rescues, rehabilitates and releases native wildlife, such as: Bats, Possums, Magpies, Lorikeets, Cockatoos, Galahs, Corellas, Owls and other wild birds, Lizards, Turtles and all other wildlife except snakes (this requires a registered snake handler)".

SOWS are on facebook too, and often share images of all the animals rescued.  So many possums they deal with have been attacked by cats and have to be euthanised, so PLEASE cat owners, invest in a cat run or lock up your pets, at least from dusk 'til dawn.

One of the volunteers I've met after calling SOWS regarding a cat attacked possum was Rob from Cineclair Productions P/L, (a company that can transfer film, video and audio tape to digital format).  Rob and Prue Sinclair are voluntary wildlife rescuers of all native animals, in particular possums as the environment has been impacted so much by human activity and development.

SOWS also encourage schools and community groups to learn about wildlife and our environment.  Michele and her team of volunteers care for an amazing range of creatures and can do with all the support they can get.  There is a wishlist on their site of ways you may be able to assist.

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