Patients of the Week: 1,000 animals in care
To date, the wildlife rehabilitation hospital has treated nearly 2,000 animals in 2014. More than 1,000 of these patients are currently receiving care!
This would not be possible without the generous support of donors and the time and commitment of Lindsay Wildlife Museum volunteers. This week volunteers issued a “Volunteer Challenge” to the public to support a springtime drive for donations. Lindsay volunteers pledged that they will match gifts totaling up to $17,500 from new donors through the end of the museum’s fiscal year on June 30, 2014.
The very first patients of the season in the wildlife rehabilitation hospital were a pair of baby Anna’s hummingbirds so small their nest fit inside the lid of an orange juice jug. Like most animals we treat in the wildlife hospital, these hummingbirds require round-the-clock care. Frequently, a volunteer has committed more than 40 hours of selfless care for each animal before it can be released. Our volunteers’ service is all the more remarkable in light of the incredible match they have pledged.
A look at the numbers:
- Each year volunteers contribute 50,000 hours of care
- Lindsay Wildlife Museum invests $500,000 to treat wildlife patients
- There are currently 1,000 animals in care at the rehabilitation hospital
- During the busy season it takes 1,700 lbs. of kibble to feed the raccoons receiving care
- A two-month supply of formula for baby mammals costs $400
- The wildlife rehabilitation hospital treated 5,623 animals in 2013
The true value of our work is to create safe and inspiring encounters between people and wildlife Often our volunteers are the face of these positive interactions and this fundraising effort is no exception. Your gift can make a real difference for the animals we save and release. To support Lindsay Wildlife Museum call 925-627-2961 or visit our website.