Monday, March 24, 2008
We can't afford to do this and then, a volunteer vanishes!
All facilities require long term commitments, so please, take this seriously because we truly value and need all of our volunteers when WE need them, not when it's convenient.
If you live out of the Utah area, contact your local wildlife rehabilitator and ask them what THEY need.
There can be items purchased if you want to help but don't have any time to actually donate.
Services such as computer work, office type work (making copies, etc.) or fundraising are all very important in addition to the actual handling of animals and cleaning and repairing of their environments. Some tasks are needed more often then others as well.
Most facilities won't allow younger people to work around or handle the animals. There are too many possible problems that could happen. Check with the facility regarding these limitations.
Our facility is always looking for help. My main volunteer, Connie, is far too overworked. We do get scout groups that come in from Salt Lake occasionally and some groups will have fundraisers for us, which helps out tremendously.
Businesses can also help out by offering their services. This helps out and what money is available can stay dedicated to the animals immediate needs, instead of going for related expenses. There is always a way to help out.
Thanks for your interest and remember, the need is ONGOING.
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