"I can't imagine what was going through the elderly couple's minds when we turned up knocking frantically on their door at 9.30pm. When he'd been in the water for so long as we searched the creek we honestly thought he'd become a recovery rather than a rescue. We at least wanted to give him a burial.
"I will never forget the lady's screams as he moved. Her running up the property with him to get him towels as we made our way up the bank. He wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for their willingness to help. I returned the following day and gave them a small gift of a plant, a photo of the tawny and a card saying that I hoped every time they saw it flower that they're reminded of the life they helped save.
"Its something I'll always carry with me, knowing there are good people out there who are willing to go the extra mile to help an animal in need."
There are over 1500 volunteers for the Service, which receives no government funding and relies on donations. My experience with them was 100 different kinds of very cool ~ though sad ~ awesomeness.