Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Animalia Wildlife Shelter, run by Michelle Thomas and her family, take in injured wildlife to rehabilitate. Many are babies needing to be hand reared when their mothers are killed by natural disasters, motorists and electrocution. During fire season, the animal numbers increase and the injuries worsen.

Orphaned, heat exhausted, dehydrated or burns victims find a team of dedicated, highly trained,  volunteer carers at Animalia. Often animals require long term care before release. Animalia runs 24 hours a day and this effort is supported by their own fundraising, public donations and membership. However, more animals come in than what can be supported, financially, from what they receive.

All injured or orphaned native wildlife are welcomed. Examples include wombats, wallabies, koalas, sugar gliders, pelicans, flying foxes and penguins. Feathers or fur and native to Australia, if it needs help Animalia cares.

These are our nation’s animals yet Animalia, like many shelters, has to fundraise themselves to rehabilitate wildlife. Often the Thomas Family use their own money to buy what is needed to give animals a second chance at life.

The operating of a shelter, as big as Animalia, entails buying expensive provisions such as formula, supplements, protein powders and medical equipment. These are not donated and need to be bought. Utility bills, such as water and electricity, are enormous. Heat pads, warming boxes, laundry and refrigeration for feed boost bills. Feeding the animals requires fuel, buying of fruit and other feed such as insects.



  • WHEN:Friday 28th March 2014
  • TIME:  6pm to 9pm
  • COST: $30 per person

To support Animalia’s fundraising efforts, a dinner will be held at St. Luke’s Church, from 6pm to 9pm, in Frankston. Tables of 10 are available. A two course meal will be provided, with entertainment by jazz pianist Thomas Prowse. Vegan or vegetarian diets can be catered for with 2 weeks notice. A silent auction will be on site. 



  • Rotary International - Paul Harris Fellow 2009 for Michelle’s work during the Black Saturday bush fires, wildlife search and rescue effort,
  • Innovation in Volunteering Programs  - Frankston City Council
  • Recipient of the Starzone Local Hero Award in 2007. Michelle was inducted in to the Village Cinema Karingal’s ‘Starzone Walk of Fame’.



Animalia Wildlife Shelter is a Not for Profit organisation based in Frankston. It runs a volunteer team of approximately 40 volunteers. The area Animalia covers spans the Sandbelt Region, which encompasses from Brighton to Portsea and beyond. One of Michelle's rescued animals is baby wombat, Aqua, who came from the Wilson's Promontory after being thrown meters from her dead mother's pouch. 

Michelle has been rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife for over 20 years and is often called upon by other wildlife organisations for bushfire search and rescue. During the Black Saturday bushfires recovery effort, Michelle coordinated the Taggerty/Marysville triangle search and rescue, resulting in Victoria’s highest number of wildlife recovered from one area.

In the past year, approximately 1000 sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife have come through Animalia Wildlife Shelter.

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Media Liaison: Judie Gade,  Mobile: 0410 402 404  [email protected]

Photography: Judie Gade

Available for interview & Photos: Michelle Thomas, Animalia Wildlife Shelter.

Dinner Bookings: Jess Gilmour 0438 771 539





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Judie Gade has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology from Deakin University. She also has Health Promotion, Journalism & Children's Literature qualifications.

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