Cote's Wildlife Rescue Needs Help

$549 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 49 months
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Don & Carleen Cote, of Vassalboro, Maine, have been operating their non-profit wildlife/animal rescue and rehabilitation facility out of their own personal home for 40 years.  I've known it's whereabouts for about ten-years but never had a personal experience with them until recently.

While walking in the woods I came upon a orphaned fawn.  It had been there for weeks and people had just ignored it.  No sign of it's mother anywhere.
I could not get the help of local officials because frankly an orphaned fawn is not on their priorty list. I knew it would not survive if I didn't advocate for it. 

I called Don Cote and worked with him until he successfully netted the fawn and transported him to his facility. Don is 77 years old and when he shot the net gun from the hip (because the situation called for quick action) it knocked Don over. He simply got up and did what he needed to do in order to help the distressed, manlnurished, very frightened little buck.

While visiting Don at his home a few days later, he showed me around. They live in a modest ranch home where thousands of injured or orphaned animals have been cared for. It was such a relief to see the fawn safe and with a big doe and several other little fawns. He no longer looked distressed. 

Carleen was fast at work the whole time I was there with one volunteer. She has impressed me so many times with her wisdom about every wild animal imaginable.

77 year-old Don shared with me that he'd recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease which has affected his heart.  He stoops over thirty or more food dishes a total of 4 hours day and it shows as he walks with clear indication of back pain written on his face. But more evident is the compassion and love on his face for animals. He knows every animals story on his property and showed me two that will never be able to be reintroduced into the wild due to the way their injuries have left them.

I asked him about funding and he told me they get no funding other than a handful of local donations and produce from some local stores that they're unable to sell. He kindly shared with me that they only way they'd been able to keep up with the expenses is because they never had children. But also, it's easy to see they sacrafice of themselves to help animals.  Therefore I created a facebook page for them and a way that donations from caring, compassionate people could bless them. The goal is $50,000 but my prayer is that they'll receive much more. These are two people who have probably never had a vacation or done anything for themselves. Let's see if we can help them with the means to obtain several volunteers, if not paid staff, and ways to help them improve their facility for the sake of the animals but also to make it easier on the Cote's to take care of the animals. Thank you for any amount you can donate and please be assured the Cote's will get every penny!
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This site is shutting down. I will be bringing the Cote's the last of donations within the next couple of weeks. Thank you so much for all your support all of you!! :)
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Thanks so much to the recent folks whom donated to the Cote's. Go fundme releases the funds in increments so I will be visiting the Cote's soon to give them their recent donations!!
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Thank you to all that are giving to the Cote's. I plan to go out and take some update pics of the not-so-little buck Don and Carleen helped get to their facility and the baby porcupine I recently brought over, whose Mom had been killed by a car. They are wonderful people!!
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Carleen and Don are in need of financial help in order to continue doing their life's work helping animals. They could use an entire new facility and a place in which to leave a legacy. These people have sacrificed for forty years or more, can you find it in your heart to donate to them and the animals? I recently took a orphaned porcupine to them and they took her in and reassured me that she'd be with two others that were orphaned. Instead of buying a expensive gift for someone whom really would rather you donate to the animals, please find it in your heart to do so! Or stop by and donate in person!!
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$549 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 49 months
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Created November 3, 2014
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Sally Torgeson
34 months ago

I have summered in Kennebunckport and Ogunquit as a child and remember my Aunt & Uncle talking about the unselfish work you do. Now as a mature adult I am renting a cottage in Biddeford Pool and want to help. God Bless those who help the the animals.

Sally Allen
35 months ago

These folks do awesome work- we can do better than this!

Jody Clark Jones
47 months ago

This donation is in honor of the birthday of my father, Robert Clark, who helps with chores at Cote's Wildlife Rescue.

Marianne Cook
48 months ago

God Bless these kind & unselfish people!

48 months ago
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