The Wildlife-Line inc
We are one of 2 centers in the state of Connecticut permitted by DEEP to take white tail deer. Each year we get over 100 calls on possble orphaned fawns. We help the public assess whether or not the baby truly needs our help or if mom is caring for them. We are currently taking on our biggest challenge to enlarge our deer inclosure. This will give the deer a better chance of survival and allow us to take more of the fawns that really need our help.
It has always been a dream of mine since a child to care for animals. I have been blessed to be able to follow my dream and help give a countless number of animals a second chance.
I have learned so much. Getting the chance to meet and teach people and animals is a priceless gift.
Please help us keep the dream of so many going !
Also for me it's the time of year I get to hike with my dog & my pet sitting dogs. This year my goal is healing.
As a lot of you know I have been in quite amount of pain since August. I have found out I have 4 bulging discs in my back & I need a total hip replacement. I am having this done on Feb 12th. I'm so lucky to be able to get this done in the winter. My goal is to be able to be available this spring season to rehab & pet sit.
My amazing volunteers have stepped up to cover me & care for the wildlife that will be ready to be released in the spring. Also my friends & family have stepped up to support for all my pet sitting. I am truly grateful & very lucky!
I will not be bringing any salary in while I heal. Nor will I be able to run fundraisers. The Wildlife-Line will need support so we will be ready for the wildlife in need & the people that find them.
If you call & get voicemail there is info on how to find another rehabilitator to help. Please always leave a message. If finding help is difficult I maybe able to find someone.
We are coming to the last stage of rehab for some of our wildlife.
It’s been an amazing season! With lots of rewarding rescues.
This time of year, we work hard putting on weight before we release them.
We could use a lot of help with this stage.
We are asking for some natural foods such as acorns hickory nuts
Apples & pumpkins. If you have an oak apple tree or
hickory tree in your yard we would really appreciate you collecting them for us.
It would make the animals very happy!
A lot of animals depend on the nuts to put their winter fat on.
I have noticed acorns & hickory nuts are starting to drop off some trees.
This will continue through for the next few months.
Also believe it or not there is an online store that you can order acorns by the pound & have them delivered to us.
Acorno is the store.
If you can help with this important stage, please let us
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This season has been a tough one for so many of us. Me included. I have talked & heard from so many of my fellow rehabbers the same. They are struggling for so many reasons & the same reasons.
We started this because of our love for wildlife learning & wanting to help the animals that can’t help themselves & getting them safely back to where they belong. There is nothing more rewarding. It is a true calling of the heart.
Our desire to do this very quickly becomes bigger then us. We become overwhelmed exhausted broke & have compassion fatigue. It is a hard balance to manage or to have a life past rehabilitation. There are more animals that need help then rehabilitators in the state of Ct. Also, the animals get here too late & die on our watch. Logically we know we can’t save them all. We may even be able to ease their suffering. It all takes its toll. It’s very easy for people or us to say this year I won’t take more animals then I can handle. But the calls keep coming in from people that care so much about saving the animal they rescued. We spend a great deal of time on the phone educating the public on whether an animal needs intervention. I wasn’t going to take skunks this year. I have 5 & no prerelease cage to put them in.
I have been inspired & learned so much from so many amazing teachers sharing their knowledge love & time, so more wildlife can be rescued. I have an incredible support system of volunteers that mean the world to me & I am forever in their debt. There is no way I could do this without them. The friendships are lifelong I am so lucky in so many ways. But I have little time to spend with these people I have learned to love so much. Hard to even thank everyone appropriately. I am grateful.
Just thinking about what I need to accomplish ASAP is daunting. Raccoons have found a way around our electric fence into our deer pen. They are eating more food then I can afford and could be carrying dangerous parasites to the fawns. I need a release cage built for the skunks, so they can move onto the next stage of rehab before they are set free. I have a pen under my deck that is for sick or fawns in transition the roof leaks terribly & our spicket leaks & needs to be repaired. Too wet for anyone. My freezer we keep all the goats milk for fawns broke the other day. I spent a good part of the day defrosting it & hoping for the best. I have $200 in my account & that will not feed the animals in my care for a month, much less pay for supplies. on top off all this I am working more than full time rehabbing & to pay my bills. Fund raisers take time & energy that I don’t have. This winter I had several health issues to take care of before there was no time. I tried to spend a lot of time with a friend that is dying of cancer before I had no time. I will miss her more than I can say. Part of my heart with her right now.
The inspiration motivates & excites me to keep doing what I’m doing. I love it & I am blessed!!!! The exhaustion makes me wonder how much longer I can keep up this pace. I fear we lose lots of amazing rehabilitators to this kind of burn out. Some of my favorite people are saying they can’t handle another year. This saddens me. As I expressed this to people close to me they told me to write about it. See if the help comes. In the form of funds to hire a handy man to pay for our needs or one that donates their time & we pay for supplies. To continue giving the animals in our care the best we can.
If you read this I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please share it. If you have interest in what we are doing & supporting, please get in touch. We need it!
We also got an injured squirrel in a few days ago. She was paralyzed on one rear leg. She had a bite wound on her spine. After some anti inflammatory meds & antibiotics. she is regaining feeling & movement. We are so hopeful, with some time we expect her to make a full recovery!
Any day now orphaned fawns could start coming in.
There is no donation too small it all helps us to help wildlife in need. Please check out our website for many ways to support the Wildlife-Line.
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I need help We have two baby birds in need of care located in New Milford
I've used the Wildlife Line several times ....most recently someone came right over to try to rescue baby raccoons thAt were so depleted that one died right here,,,,the other two were saved however! I've got lots of acorns on my lawn and would be happy to donate.
My daughter not withstanding, I think the work you do here is beyond amazing. In the years that my daughter, EmilyAnn Calhoun has been involved with Wildlife Line I have watched her learn and grow. Her desire to work in conservation has increased a hundred fold with all you have taught her and her desire to get her Veterinary degree has quadrupled because she sees how difficult it is for you to get a Vet who is comfortable enough with non domesticated animals to pitch in and help out. It breaks her heart to know that if you had someone available to call in the early stages, maybe some of the losses would end up in the win column. Thank you for helping us to cultivate in EmilyAnn her unwavering love for animals and her unerring desire to continue with her dream! You are just simply, AMAZING!