Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A plea to those who care about the animals we save

Many folks, at sometime in their lives, will need the help of a wildlife rehabilitator.  Whether you find a nest of baby birds on your lawn after a wind storm, or you are out hiking and find an injured squirrel laying on the ground or one of many other situations we intervene on all the time, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  We are NEVER without patients, but certain times of the year, we are busier than normal.  This is one of those times.
Spring is when babies are leaving their nests, holes or cavities and many becomed orphaned due to human activities or even worse, cruel and sometimes illegal activity.
These events happen on top of our 'regular' patient load, such as animals hit by vehicles, caught in traps that injure them and poisonings, just to name a few.  We have to have food and supplies on hand at all times and these resources dwindle every day as needed.  Spring time causes these needed items to disappear even quicker while donations dwindle as well. 

Just because the donations and funds become depleted, the animals keep coming, still needing our help.  Our supplies run low or completely run out.  It's a very stressful and busy time for everyone, but we must continue to provide for our patients.

We have to be prepared for anything at anytime and all of this requires money.  Our group is one of the few left that does not take any of it's donations for personal use, such as paying volunteers for their time or myself, taking any compensation for my work.  All the money goes to the wildlife expenses.  Please consider a donation through our Pay Pal account or our address is listed on the 'location' link.  If people waited until they needed our services to make a donation, many of us will not survive to provide that service.
Thank you in advance.

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