Help Trouper Touch More Lives
Trouper is the official Animal Ambassador for the Wildlife Education Project, a non-profit organization based in Southwest Florida . He even has his own website at Trouper and Friends that helps children learn about his teaching principles and has activity pages.
Trouper is a beloved member of the Southwest Florida community and his sweet face is adored by fans all around the world, along with his faithful companion, Dorothy (Miss Dot) Lee.
Trouper has been the subject of a segment of the TV show "Unlikely Animal Friends" on Nat Geo Wild and the duo even went viral on People.com!
Trouper and Miss Dot – who is an animal rehabilitation expert and his caretaker – have been together since April 2009 when he was a baby kit and she was asked to help this innocent baby raccoon recover from head injuries inflicted upon him by a human for no apparent reason.
These severe injuries left Trouper hovering near death. Through a miraculous set of events, he survived but is now blind, brain injured, and totally dependent on Dot because he cannot feed or fend for himself. But Dot saw past his injuries and dependencies and now shares their remarkable journey together to teach others about mutual respect, love, perseverance, teamwork and more.
Together, they visit classrooms and boardrooms, youth programs and workplaces, retirement homes and special needs facilities, libraries and businesses – anywhere they are asked – all the while sharing their remarkable story. Central to their story is the theme of having respect and showing kindness for ALL LIVING THINGS, and educating children and adults about conservation and preservation of the Earth!
YET, ONE THING KEEPS STANDS IN THE WAY OF TROUPER'S INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE FROM BEING HEARD BY MORE PEOPLE.
While Trouper carries all necessary licenses required by the law, is a registered service animal and is fully vaccinated by a licensed vet, many facilities will not allow Trouper to enter their premises without proper LIABILITY INSURANCE.
Unfortunately, that means his incredible story of perseverance, kindness and respect does not reach everyone who desires a presentation by the unlikely duo.
As a young non-profit charitable organization, the Wildlife Education Project runs on a shoe-string budget and does not have the necessary funds at this time to cover purchasing this expensive insurance. This issue is weighing heavily on Miss Dot and our volunteers who help her, so we are asking her loyal friends and fans and our friends of the raccoon rescue community to help!
Would you help us meet our goal of $2,500 to purchase Trouper Lee's insurance to help them reach more people?
As Trouper is brain impaired and blind, he offers no risk of injury to anyone who is in his presence. The insurance is a formality to protect the venue or host group and protect Miss Dot and the WEP from liability issues.
To learn more about Trouper and Miss Dot watch inspiring video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z86BLQMYZA
If you would like to connect with Miss Dot or book a presentation from Trouper and Dot, please email us at Info@wildlifeeductionproject.org for more information.
Please also follow our journey on Facebook!
– The Wildlife Education Project Team
YOUR GIFT IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE. TO GET A RECEIPT PLEASE EMAIL Info@wildlifeeductionproject.org