This campaign was initiated by Pat Simmons, the Board Chair of St. Francis of Assisi Wildlife Association, Inc. St. Francis Wildlife Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SFW has been caring for injured and orphaned wild animals since 1978. Our wildlife sanctuary, located in a beautiful forest near Tallahassee, Florida, is in constant need of upgrades and repairs.
All of the money collected through this campaign is directly withdrawn by St. Francis Wildlife (nothing comes to me) and goes directly to the upgrades needed to our hospital facility so we can best care for thousands of orphaned and injured wild animals that come into our medical care. All Go Fund Me donations are considered "restricted" for specific uses.
Since 2018, these Go Fund Me donations have helped make the following improvements to our 27 year old hospital facility and grounds: our electrical system has been assessed with some questionable wiring replaced, we have installed an additional electrical breaker box so we can run half the building on one gas powered generator, we have added a new ventless A/C unit in the Rabies Vector room and replaced a window unit in the Song Bird room, made repairs to our bumpy access road, replaced exterior doors and old sinks, countertops and backsplashes and rebuilt outdoor enclosures where animals are reconditioned before being returned to the wild.
Hurricane Michael roared through our area and totally destroyed two of our fawn pens and crashed large oak trees onto the hospital roof. As of October 2019, one pen has been completely rebuilt and most of the roof is replaced. Our back deck where we wash and disinfect equipment and kennels remains damaged. Your donation will help continue with repairs from this destructive storm.
Your kindness when making a donation to St. Francis Wildlife helps sustain donations the oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center in North Florida. We receive an average of 3,000 injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals each year. These animals receive humane care so they can be released back into the wild. Every one of them is grateful for your donation!
We receive hundreds of orphaned babies every year, from bunnies....
...to songbirds and,
turtles, and tortoises.
Birds of prey (owls, hawks, ospreys, falcons, vultures, and eagles) come to us orphaned or injured.
One of our volunteers with a newly released woodpecker.
We care for hundreds of squirrels that come to us when they are blown out of their nests during storms.
St. Francis Wildlife also rescues wild animals. In this photo, a hawk is being carefully removed from entanglement in a razor wire fence. The hawk was taken to our hospital, treated, and safely released.
This campaign will help us repair our entry road, which has been damaged by storm erosion. Imagine being a fawn with an injured hip and having to ride on a long, bumpy road to the hospital. Ouch!
Hurricane Michael totally ANNIHILATED our fawn pens. A local tree service donated hours of work to removed the trees from the building and pens and cut back large trees hanging dangerously over trails, pens, mews, and aviaries. But, the pens and enclosures are still in need of repair or replacement.
Since the storm, our roof has been partially fixed. There was interior damage as well from driven rains and winds.
Without the help of our local communities, we would have been buried in debris for months.
Because YOU and OUR COMMUNITY care, we saw Angels with Chainsaws free us from a dozen
fallen trees. So we can get back to the business...
... to rehabilitate....
...and release them back to the wild.
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