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Pouches needed for Storm Survivors

If you would like to help our wildlife but are unable to commit to animal rescue or care, you can still make a difference by making pouches and/or linings for WIRES.

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WIRES needs your help. After the recent storms the organisation has many orphaned joeys and the volunteer animal carers need knitted pouches for possum joeys in particular.

These young animals need a safe and warm environment that is as similar as possible to their mothers pouch where they would normally be if they were not in care. Each joey in care therefore needs a pouch. There are two kinds of pouches, one inner liner of cotton and an outer pouch made of wool.

If you don't knit remember they also need liners. All pouches must be made from pure wool and liners from pure cotton as the natural fabrics are breathable and when a little joey is snug inside this is important!

The inner liner is changed frequently often after each feed which can mean up to 6 pouches being needed or just one joey every 24 hours. Many WIRES carers have multiple joeys in care at any given time and the number of pouches used each day can climb very quickly. On average a carer will often have 20-30 pouches in the wash at any given time.

The size of the pouches needed, changes depending on both the age of the joey and the species. In all cases the regular washing required means the life span of each pouch is limited and the need for pouches is ongoing.

You can help, the sewing and knitting required is fairly basic and there is a factsheet available to explain sizes and material requirements. The main requirement is the inner linings must be 100% cotton and the outer knitted pouches must be pure wool. Synthetic materials do not breathe and are not appropriate.

All completed pouches and liners can be posted to WIRES, PO Box 260, Forestville NSW 2087 and WIRES will then distribute via their branches to volunteer carers.

Click here for instructions and fact sheet