Monday, March 24, 2008
Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation is located in the eastern part of Utah. We are a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the care of sick, orphaned and injured wildlife. We cover a large area of the state, mostly rural, out-of-the-way areas.
We serve many types of patients, including waterfowl, small mammals, songbirds and raptors. We see many types of injuries, mostly vehicle impacts. Human activity accounts for most of our patients injuries. We also see illegal activity such as gunshot victims and poisonings. Yes people, there are still idiots amongst us!
In most wildlife rehabilitation settings, very little traveling is done on the part of the facility. This is not how it is for us, however. More than 60% of the calls that come into us for help, are responded to by us. Sometimes we are given little more than a highway and mile marker number that is "close". Hours are spent in these situations. Volunteers in the elements, in the middle of no where, looking for an injured animal can be very exhausting and dangerous. We also travel for vet care for our patients. The trip to our vet is approximately 75 miles one-way.
All of our work and costs are donated as wildlife rehabilitation is an unpaid profession. We don't work for the state wildlife agency or US Fish and Wildlife but we must be licensed by these agencies. Both agencies, local and federal are not trained and funded to provide these services, so when there are wildlife problems, whether it be from injury, illness or orphans, these agencies that do respond to a call, take these creatures to one of us, wildlife rehabilitators.
Why do we do it? It's simple. We're the only ones out there for the wildlife and there are fewer and fewer of us daily as our expenses and time are great. This profession also takes a heavy toll on our personal lives (what personal life?). We receive calls any hour of the day or night, holidays, it doesn't matter as wildlife emergencies are not 9 to 5. What is the most important, is getting them the help they need as soon as possible.
If you support our work in saving wild creatures and returning them to their natural lives, then I encourage you to donate.
All proceeds go 100% to the care of these creatures, whatever that may include.
Our expenses are great. We hope we never have to choose whether a surgery is performed or not based on lack of funds.
We offer sponsorships and adoptions of the patients in our care, with the opportunity to name someone and receive personal updates about their care. A generous donation will include a framed photo of your 'adoptee'.
Remember, centuries from now it will not matter about the house we lived in or how much money we made in a lifetime....but the world may be better because we helped some of God's little animals on this earth during our time here.
Our mailing address is Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation, 725 North Carbonville Road, Price, Utah 84501
Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.
Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.
used with permission by Arlene Powers