JUST like the animals he cares for on his Timboon property, Sean Lowell needs a hand.
For the past three-and-a-half years, Mr Lowell has dedicated his spare time to caring for rescued animals of all shapes and sizes.
His Timboon property is home to horses, dogs, koalas, kangaroos, pigs and goats.
A registered animal rescuer with Wildlife Victoria, Mr Lowell is now expanding his animal shelter to meet growing demand, but needs a hand to ensure he can keep taking in animals.
“There were a couple of other shelters in Timboon,” Mr Lowell said.
“One has closed because the lady that ran it has decided she can’t continue and isn’t taking in any more animals and the other has decreased in size as well.
“That means there is an increased workload.
“I have the option of saying no, or taking on more animals. The only problem is I just can’t say no.”
Mr Lowell is a full-time paramedic and said he had hoped there might be someone in the community who could volunteer their time to help care for the rescued animals.
His shelter is set on 26 hectares and specialises in Australian wildlife, particularly marsupials, as well as unwanted or ill-treated domestic animals.
He recently purchased an adjoining property where he plans to build an enclosure to rehabilitate kangaroos for release.
“I’m planning on building a pretty big fence around about 30 acres (12ha) so I can get the kangaroos used to being wild animals again before they are released,” he said. “But the problem is I still have to work and with the shelter expanding and becoming busier, I need a hand.
“It would be great if there was someone who would be interested in volunteering some time, or who wanted to provide a bit of financial help so I could possibly employ someone, or to help build the kanga fence.”
For more information about the shelter and how to help Mr Lowell, go to the website kaos-animal-shelter.com