Behind a small house in Cable Beach lies a sanctuary; an expansive aviary-turned-rehabilitation facility for rare cockatoos, Kimberley parrots and Roebuck curlews. But, now, this wildlife refuge may be forced to empty its cages after a single noise complaint brought the Department of Parks and Wildlife knocking. It is a fate that could see the sanctuary’s existing patients — about twenty native West-Australian birds — euthanised, leaving Broome without a bird rehabilitation facility. A one-of-a-kind facility in the West Kimberley, the sanctuary is the first port of call for injured native birds. It also accepts pets whose owners are unable to care for them. Carolyn Anderson runs the centre with the help of her four daughters, feeding, cleaning and nursing the birds and animals between her busy six-day a week day job. The end goal for Ms Anderson is to release the birds back into the wild, a task she claims is emotional and rewarding. Working in a volunteer capacity, Ms Anderson operates the sanctuary as part of Kimberley Wildlife Rehabilitation, a not-for-profit organisation which cares for all native animals which would otherwise be euthanised. But these birds are now at risk, as Parks and Wildlife told her the sanctuary did not have the right facilities or level of care needed and would therefore need to be shut down. “They mentioned that we don’t have the proper facilities. But we volunteer for that reason, because we can’t get the proper facilities,” she said. “It comes down to funding and volunteers.” “Being a single mum of four kids, it can be pretty overwhelming. I mean, we cope but it would be great to get some extra help.” Ms Anderson said she would love “just one or two volunteers to come in and help clean cages and give them water” to give them an opportunity to keep operating. If this does not happen, and the Kimberley Wildlife Rehabilitation fails to get funding, the birds will likely be euthanised. “I was told that unless we have the proper facilities, we would have to send them to the vets to be automatically euthanised.” “It would defeat the purpose of us doing what we trying to do; to keep them alive.” Ms Anderson said the birds have become her family and she is devastated thinking they might be killed. “When this all started happening, we were just devastated. We had to get rid of our babies?” In a statement made to the Broome Advertiser, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions said there were several issues identified by officers during the inspection of Ms Anderson’s property, however the department acknowledges the passion, time and effort she has devoted to caring for injured wildlife. “A DBCA Regional Wildlife Officer and Shire of Broome Rangers attended a property at Cable Beach on Thursday June 2 in response to a noise complaint and hygiene concerns relating to native birds being kept at the property.” “DBCA would like to acknowledge the passion, time and effort that wildlife rehabilitators devote to caring for injured wildlife. “DBCA will continue to work with wildlife rehabilitators to ensure adequate quality of care and suitable living conditions are provided for wildlife. The primary concern for carers and DBCA is the welfare of our native wildlife.” Kimberley Wildlife Rehabilitation is set to meet with Parks and Wildlife to discuss a course of action later this month.