The rehabilitation of wild animals is fast becoming a field more appreciated and recognized as a profession. The need for more facilities and rehabilitators is evident by the sheer number of animals that are found each year in need of help.
Although we are state and federally permitted to handle and treat injured wild animals, we are not financially supported by either entity. The space, land, caging, supplies, food, medications, and veterinary care needed to treat wild animals and the education required to learn what a rehabilitator needs to know, is all acquired on our own time and at our own expense.
We are able to offset a lot of these costs through group fund raising, individual donations, newsletter solicitations and trust funds. The education is acquired by attending wildlife conferences, working with veterinarians, and training under other rehabilitators.
Rehabilitators field phone calls and educate the public on living with these urban immigrants. We take a history on each animal brought in, examine, clean and suture any wounds, stabilize, wrap fractures and start the animal on a course of antibiotics. We also administer fluids if the animal is dehydrated. The rehabilitator must be familiar with the species in order to start each animal on the proper diet. All of this is done out of the rehabber’s home, with limited funds and space,
We are well aware that those of us who are in a position to be hands-on with the animals would not have been afforded this opportunity if it were no’t for the contributions made by those volunteers and individuals like you who faithfully continue to support and donate to our cause. If it weren’t for our supporters we would not be able to continue the work we do.
We operate as a team.