I started AWBAR ( Abandoned Wild Babies Animal Rescue) in 2004. Basically, I am a volunteer for the state of Illinois to take in orphan baby animals. Ranging from raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, ground hogs, etc.
Please know, I do this out of the love for the orphaned babies to give them a second chance. Also I do not receive government grants or state funding. My small based shelter is located on my property.
Back in 2008, 3 raccoons were brought here, which I didn't know had parvo! I had 27 healthy, happy, and playful raccoons. Sadly, with my efforts, and trying to save them, I lost all but 11. Which thankfully were eventually released back into the wild. Thinking the worst was behind me, praying, I'd never ever would have to encounter another out break. It happened! Last year in 2013, I had 10 baby raccoons, 3 of which came in with Parvo, however was already too late! I lost them. My heart ached as it broke, knowing all the hard work any effort I spent doing all I could, didn't pay off this time.
This is where I need your help! Last year I spend over my spending limit for the raccoons having parvo, and now I can't continue raising and caring for these orphan baby wild animals unless I have help!
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Would you please help me reach my goal? I will be attaching some photos, along with the prices of the formula used to raising and release the babies. You can Contact Nick Vlamis at [phone redacted] at Fox Valley Nutrition, where I order my formula from for the wild baby animals. ( Notice in the yellow highlighted section is the formula I use the most)
Why do we rehabilitate? I am sure many of you have asked "Why do we even bother it's just an animal? Well wildlife rehabilitation can probably best be described as the undertaking of care for injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife. Wildlife rehabilitation is not just a hobby because we have nothing better to do, but a worthy cause. We literally hold the welfare, health, and care of these precious creatures in our hands. We devote many hours and dedicate ourselves to doing the very best that we can. These are living creatures that come to us for care, and we control their social, emotional, and physical needs. However the vast majority of wildlife we treat is of questionable human activities, hitting windows, fences, domestic pet attacks, trapping, shooting, pesticides, poisoning, getting struck by a car and orphaning. Did you know that more critters are killed on highways in just one night than are released by rehabilitators in one year? Many people ask are we interfering? Yes we are, and proud of it. Caring for injured or orphaned wildlife is merely a miniscule part of what we do, even though it takes much of our time and energy. We have no fear and much respect for these animals, just as you would for a house pet. The creatures don't stay long, however they stay until the rehabilitation has a complete success. In some cases we do have to euthanize, and that is the hardest part about being a wildlife rehabilitator. Since we don't like seeing animals suffering, and if there is no possible outcome for the animal, we know the next best thing. Becoming what I am today is rewarding. Knowing that I gave another animal one more chance at life is the greatest feeling in the world. I wish I can save them all, however I can't. So the real question is why do I chose to rehabilitate? I'm willing to give these creatures any possible chance for a second chance at life. A lot of the wildlife that come in have their eyes closed. I provide love, protection, and proper food for the day of their return to the wild. Every one of these creatures deserves a chance, no matter the type or size of the animal they are. The lack of sleep and working then cleaning up after them is worth it. I mean it! Please remember I am not a non-for-profit organization, nor am I attached to any other organization that is considered a non-for-profit. I raise and release wildlife out of love and compassion that I have for these creatures. Thanks for your time and caring so much for the animals as much as I enjoy raising and releasing them!
Your Friend, Amanda Smith
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