Donation match drive underway for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release |

Donation match drive underway for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release

This adult Common Poorwill was probably hit by a car during the spring, 2017. Although initially thought to be an owl by the finder, it was correctly identified by Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release’s songbird team rehabber, Janice Barbary.
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Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release will participate in Giving Tuesday this year while working to generate funds to care for wild animals and birds in distress. Anonymous donors have pledged to match every dollar up to $8,500 received by midnight on Nov. 28.

Giving Tuesday is celebrated globally on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. It is a way to give support and thanks while celebrating the power of giving. This fundraiser will be based online at

The organization relies on monetary donations from community members to care for wildlife in need. Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release assisted over 1,200 small mammals, raptors, songbirds and bats last year, according to a release. These injured and orphaned wild animals require food, shelter, medicine and at times, veterinary care. In addition to seeking funds for daily care, the organization needs new enclosures and caging for small mammals, songbirds and raptors.

An example of how donations can help include: $25 will provide mealworms for a nest of hungry orphaned baby Robins for a month; $50 will feed a Great Horned Owl or a teenage Opossum for a month; $100 will obtain x-rays for a Red-tailed Hawk with an injured wing; $250 will purchase the supplies needed to build a squirrel release cage; $3,000 will purchase a flight cage so that young songbirds can improve their flying skills.

Source: Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release

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