Monday, March 24, 2008
If you wish to contact me, Debbie Pappas, the director and permit holder for Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation, you may email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to find a rehabilitator in your area, contact your local wildlife agency. In Utah, that is DWR (Division of Wildlife Resources). These are government agencies and they all have websites with the names of licensed wildlife rehabilitators.
Do not try to take care of wild animals yourself. You are doing them a terrible diservice as rehabilitation involves many different areas, not just feeding. Good intentions can kill.
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