Wildlife and Reptile Rehab Fund
In addition to rehab, we provide educational programs to the public regarding natural history, identification, conservation, adaptations and minimizing human/wildlife conflicts. We can often be seen at our local Cabela's conducting education programs throughout the year, as well as local schools, scouts, Arbor Day celebrations and other outdoor events.
We are a husband and wife team, with a small group of dedicated transport volunteers. Wildlife rehabilitators do not receive any state or federal funding. We rely solely on tax-deductible donations from the public. Hence the reason for this request.
Currently there is a need to expand some of our enclosures, primarily for turtles, tortoises and raptors. This is the time of year that we see an influx of turtles needing our help, from dehydration to car strikes. We are out of room for aquatic turtles! We desperately need to expand (i.e. my wife wants her spare bathtub back!). We want to build a nice outdoor pond area to condition aquatic turtles before their release. We need to know they are truly ready to be returned to the wild. An outdoor pond and filtration system would allow these turtles to get the crucial natural sunlight (UV) they need for good health. It will also give them a place to chase fresh food around and gain their strength by swimming as they should.
Also needed is a larger, predator proof enclosure for box turtles and tortoises to get outside for natural sunlight and to stretch their legs. We must keep native and non-native species separate from each other to reduce possible disease transfer. In addition, tortoises must be separated by size to prevent any fighting or other injuries. We also must provide outdoor heated houses for them to go into at night or on cooler days.
We are close to finishing our seven chamber raptor facility which can house raptors in individual chambers or, by removing walls, be turned into a larger flight chamber. Additional supplies are needed to complete this project including window and roofing materials.
Medical supplies and medications are running low and need to be replenished as we are entering our busy season. One hundred percent of the money raised will go to caring for the animals.
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We have had an increase in our medical bills the last few months as well. Two mini pigs came in to the rescue within weeks of each other. One was just a baby that needed a new home and the other was a 5 month old that had a broken leg. We kept them both for several months and had them neutered just before Thanksgiving. They are now living on a 230 acre ranch where they are being spoiled rotten.
A couple of days ago we had a leopard gecko relinquished to us that is in very bad shape. She is emaciated, dehydrated and has stuck shed on her extremities causing the circulation to be cut off resulting in the loss of some toes. She is being hand fed several times a day since she is too weak to feed herself. A video is attached of her.
Our hit by vehicle fox that had her leg pinned is doing fantastic. She still needs time to regain strength in her leg before being released, so she will be with us another month or two. Our three spotted skunks are growing like weeds and will be ready for release soon. Three ring-tailed cats and two other adult fox are also in our care.
We are also caring for 9 birds of prey, 2 baby alligators, more than 10 bearded dragons and lots of snakes, turtles, tortoises and other reptiles/amphibians.
As a reminder, we are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. All donations go directly to the animals.
As always, thank you for your support. It means the world to us to have so many people that support us. We hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year!
This summer was especially hard on the local wildlife, with Mississippi kites being the most affected. We took in 86 baby Mississippi kites this year, with 66 of those in a 7 day period, during the extreme heat wave we had toward the end of July. This is very unusual as kites are not a species that comes in to rehab in such great numbers.
With the influx of other baby/juvenile birds of prey that were affected by the heat, we have literally depleted our food resources. Our scheduled supply of quail has been delayed by a couple more weeks and we are in desperate need of food to feed the birds and other carnivorous animals in our care.
Our monetary funds have also been depleted with the need to purchase and construct new enclosures for some of the animals we have taken in that aren't regulars here at NEWRR. We currently have an adult raccoon we are treating with a possible gun shot wound. We have taken in baby foxes and coyotes, providing care until they were old enough and eating on their own, then transferred to rehabilitators with sufficient pre-release cages. One coyote pup came in with mange, covered in ticks and very thin, so we treated the mange and kept him for a couple of months until he was doing well and not contagious.
Please consider making a donation, even just $5 will help us purchase much needed food and supplies.
We have also been inundated with dove this year. We currently have 8 dove in rehab and several will be here long term while molting/regrowing their feathers. We are in need of a larger flight cage for them and can buy one for about $355 on Amazon. Here is the flight cage we are wanting to purchase. We want to purchase two, one for dove and one for other songbirds, but we need at least one for immediate use. https://smile.amazon.com/JAXPETY-Hexagonal-Design-Aviary-Parrot/dp/B078H8GKP1/ref=pd_sbs_199_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B078H8GKP1&pd_rd_r=ae4b6c8c-7c95-11e8-8c4b-c3c008403ca5&pd_rd_w=5xLfQ&pd_rd_wg=dltnl&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=5825442648805390339&pf_rd_r=00WPACPP611MSPXX4K1S&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=00WPACPP611MSPXX4K1S
With the increase in our intake numbers comes a huge increase in our food bills! We are spending about $1000 a month for food to include frozen food for the birds of prey and some reptiles, crickets and mealworms for reptiles and baby birds as well as veggies, fruit, bird seed, waterfowl food, 4 pounds of live fish a week for turtles and herons, baby formula for various baby animals, etc.
If you can help with a small donation to help purchase a flight cage as well as help offset the cost of food, we would appreciate it! Even a small donation of $5 would help!
As always, we appreciate your support!!
Brandi and Mario
We have had some pretty severe cases come in. We have a black vulture that is having surgery today to repair a broken leg. We have a baby barred owl that we had to take to the vet due to lethargy and not eating and he/she is on several medications. We have a yellow-crowned night heron with a broken wing we are caring for as well as a host of baby birds.
At last count we have 15 eastern screech owls, 5 baby great horned owls, baby barred owl, baby red-shouldered hawk and a variety of baby songbirds. We also have around 20 opossums in outdoor pre-release cages as well.
We are spending about $50 a day on food just for the birds of prey. Live insects are needed for the songbirds and some lizards, to include crickets, mealworms, roaches, grasshoppers, etc. We are feeding about 4 pounds of live fish every week for the turtles and waterbirds. And we have baby foxes, baby opossums, turtles, tortoises, bearded dragons and iguanas that get fresh vegetables and fruits every day. That doesn't include all the food for the snakes!
Remember that your donation is tax deductible and ALL money received goes directly to the care of the animals!
As always, thank you for your support!
Brandi and Mario