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Fresno Wildlife Rescue Seeks Your Help

Submittled by Cathy Garner

Dear Friend of Wildlife,

Thirty nine years have passed since Fresno Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Service (FWRRS) began working to help wildlife. Since 1974 our members and volunteers have accomplished so much in areas of wildlife rehabilitation and public education.

FWRRS cares for between 800 and 1,200 animals each year and most of those are released back into the wild where they truly belong. All this work could never be done without generous people like you.

Because we have a wonderful staff of volunteers who are “on-call” every day to help abandoned or injured animals, we are able to make a difference in the lives of so many animals. Our volunteers work diligently to repair and restore wildlife to their natural state of good health and proper condition.

Those animals that cannot be released, due to injuries, have a wonderful new mission in life; they serve to educate children and adults about the wonders of nature. They travel to classrooms, scout troops, churches, service clubs, etc., with our volunteers and are shared with audiences of all ages. For the past several years, our education group has presented our wildlife education ambassadors to between 15,000 and 20,000 children and adults annually, all at no charge.

A donation may not seem that important to you but it certainly means a great deal to that little Saw-whet Owl that came in starving with tree sap all over his feathers making it impossible for him to fly and hunt. His treatment and food were all made possible by donations. He was released to hunt another day.

Golden Eagle - photo courtesy of Fresno Wildlife RescueWhat about the Golden Eagle that didn’t have to die a cold and miserable death because someone was caring enough to seek help from FWRRS to repair the eagle’s severely damaged leg and foot. That poor magnificent creature had its leg caught in an illegal leg-hold trap and needed intensive veterinary care and long term treatment from our volunteers.

After three surgeries and intensive daily wound treatment the eagle recovered. What a joy it was for all concerned that the eagle’s foot and leg were eventually healed and the bird was released back into the area where it had a mate. Within just minutes of its release, it landed on a rocky outcropping and was joined almost immediately by its mate. There wasn’t a dry eye amongst the volunteers that witnessed the result of their hard work. The veterinary bills, medicine and food expenses were all covered through donations made by people like you.

Twin baby beavers- photo courtesy of Fresno Wildlife RescueThe very young twin baby beavers benefited greatly from the care they were given by FWRRS volunteers. Their mom had been killed and they certainly would have died if a donor hadn’t found them and brought them into our organization for care.

They were severely dehydrated and extremely hungry but after several tries they began to eat the expensive formula that their species requires and they started to thrive. They were eventually released and hopefully they are living a good life due to someone’s charitable gift to FWRRS.

Those are just some of the success stories that were all made possible by donations. As we come to the end of another year, we hope you will consider a gift of $20, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or more as it can make all the difference in providing adequate care for the abandoned and/or injured animals. The funds will be used to help cover the costs of our wildlife rehabilitation work, as well as our educational efforts and on-going projects. Your gift is extremely important to FWRRS because it provides resources that make an immediate impact on the animals we work with and the people we speak to each and every day.

This year is an exciting year for Fresno Wildlife because we have finally opened the Nature Education & Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The “Nature Center” will allow for centralized intake of injured and orphaned native animals. The site will also offer educational classes on the care of native animals along with science and nature classes for children. What child wouldn’t want to help feed a baby bunny or baby bird?

Your contributions have helped provide food, shelter and medical care for the hundreds of animals that have come into the care of FWRRS. We are so grateful to you for supporting our committed team of caregivers. Your gift is extremely important to FWRRS because it provides resources that make our work possible and impacts thousands of animals and humans alike.

In this uncertain economic time, FWRRS counts on your support – now more than ever. Please consider making as generous a gift as you can. Your donation will make a world of difference in the life of an animal and the heart and mind of a child.

Thank you so much for your help.

Sincerely,

Cathy Garner
Executive Director
Fresno Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Service

P.S. Before the end of the year, please join us in making a donation to help us continue our wildlife work. The organization lives on because of you! Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law. Donations can be made through our website at fresnowildlife.org or can be mailed to FWR, P.O. Box 2605, Clovis, CA 93613. We sincerely thank you on behalf of our local wildlife and those who battle daily to keep them alive.

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