Lindsay Wildlife Announces Gary Bogue Memorial Veterinary Fund to Honor Its First Curator
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Contact: Jennifer Modenessi
Fund Will Ensure Patients At SF Bay Area Pioneering Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital Continue To Receive High-Quality Care
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF./ November 8, 2019/— Lindsay Wildlife Experience announced that its Board of Directors has established a veterinary fund in memory of its beloved curator emeritus Gary Bogue, who died in September of this year. The Gary Bogue Memorial Veterinary Fund will help ensure that Lindsay’s wildlife hospital continues to pioneer and deliver high-quality care for sick or injured wild animals, primarily California native species.
In 1973 while serving as Lindsay’s first curator, Bogue established Lindsay’s wildlife hospital, the first hospital for native wildlife in the country. Currently, Lindsay’s hospital takes in approximately 5,600 native animals per year, working to return as many as possible back to the wild. Monies donated to the new fund will be used to further veterinary and rehabilitation care, including the cost of providing stipends for veterinary interns, developing and delivering training to students and volunteers on animal care, or purchasing needed medical supplies or acquiring new hospital technologies.
“We think the fund is a fitting tribute to Gary, who cared deeply about the animals brought to Lindsay Wildlife,” said Gary’s widow Lois Bogue, speaking on behalf of Gary’s family. “Gary mastered a wide variety of skills — many learned through trial and error—to restore them to health and to the wild. He was equally passionate about passing on that knowledge, training dozens if not hundreds of volunteers and others across the nation as the wildlife rehabilitation movement blossomed.”
Bogue not only trained volunteers at Lindsay to care for wildlife, but he also convinced local veterinarians to contribute their skills to mend broken bird wings and treat injured mammals. “The combination of well-trained volunteers and skilled medical professionals allowed the wildlife rescue program to develop,” said Lois Bogue. “We are happy Lindsay seeks to continue and strengthen that program by establishing the Gary Bogue Memorial Veterinary Fund.”
“The board saw the creation of this fund as the best way to honor Gary’s incredible legacy at Lindsay,” said Dr. Rosanne Siino, president of Lindsay’s Board of Directors. “Gary personified Lindsay’s mission, because everything he did inspired people to respect and care for the creatures that share this world with us. This fund not only commemorates his life’s work, but it also carries it forward by enabling people to contribute directly to the hospital, so we can continue to innovate wildlife care now and in the future.”
The fund has been started with initial donations from Lindsay board members. Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can do so at lindsaywildlife.org/garyboguefund or by mailing a check to Lindsay Wildlife Experience c/o The Gary Bogue Memorial Veterinary Fund, 1931 First Ave. Walnut Creek, CA 94597
About Lindsay Wildlife Experience:
Lindsay connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. A unique natural history and environmental education center where live wild animals are just inches away from visitors, Lindsay serves more than 100,000 children and adults each year. Home to the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S., Lindsay treats more than 5,600 animals annually.