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Kimberley Wildlife Rehabilitation founder and carer Jan Martin.
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A Broome woman who has devoted the past 26 years of her life to running her own native animal rescue organisation fears she may have to throw the towel in if she can’t get more helpers on board.

Kimberley Wildlife Rehabilitation founder and carer Jan Martin spends 16 hours a day finding, feeding and nurturing creatures big and small from her home in Cable Beach.

Ms Martin has upwards of 20 animals in her house at any given time, ranging from birds and flying foxes to kangaroos and echidnas, and relies solely on her five volunteers, community donations and grant money for the project.

Although she describes her work and the critters she looks after as her pride and joy, the 75-year-old is worried a lack of support may bring the not-for-profit organisation to an end. Ms Martin said playing a role in rescuing and aiding animals would be a rewarding experience for volunteers.

“I’m simply worried I won’t be able to do it anymore with the resources that I have. I’ve come close to stopping before,” she said.

“We all know the issues we have around the country at the moment with our animals becoming extinct, so it is meaningful work that feels very rewarding.

“I’ve had work-for-the-dole people come and help out before and I’ve seen the change interacting with these animals can have.”

Ms Martin said volunteer jobs could range from animal caring to administrative work.

The carer was awarded a WA Volunteer Service Award last year.

Her most recent grant was $5000 from the Australian Wildlife Society in December.

Those wanting to donate or volunteer with the organisation can contact Ms Martin on 0428 860 014.

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