Wildlife and Reptile Rehab Fund

$3,545 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 40 months
Nature's Edge Wildlife Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and reptile rescue. Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning them back to their natural habitat and to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted exotic reptiles. We also provide transport for other species of wildlife to permitted wildlife rehabilitators.
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.

Please consider helping us out in our passion to help animals in need! We appreciate your support! #GoBeyondGiving

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We are at 846 animals and counting! It has been a super busy year and we are not slowing down. We took in 24 animals on June 25th alone. We have recently taken in some really cool animals that we don't typically rehab. We have helped the local game wardens with injured and stolen fawns, got them stabilized and transferred to a permitted deer rehabilitator in Kaufman that specializes in deer and has the room to rehabilitate them. We've also taken in baby foxes and coyotes for temporary care until they could be transferred to a rehabilitator that specializes in those species.

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
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LOTS of babies are coming in to the rescue. We try hard to get babies reunited with parents, but that is just not always possible. As of this minute, we have taken in 535 animals and are waiting on three more to show up. We took in just over 650 last year. We will FAR surpass that number for 2018!

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
Fledgling Barn Swallow
Juvenile Virginia Opossum
Eastern Screech Owls
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We have been very busy with the rescue over the last 13 months. We took in over 650 animals in 2017 and have already taken in over 215 animals so far in 2018. Our intake numbers are up, but our donations are less than half what they were this time last year. Please consider donating to help care for the animals. We currently have 19 squirrels, 5 opossums, 4 cottontails, a baby fox, 10 birds of prey and over 50 snakes, lizards and amphibians we are caring for, not including all the education animals. We are spending $600 on food for birds of prey every 2-3 months and I just ordered $200 worth of formula for the baby mammals. We are a 501(c)(3) and 100% of the money donated goes directly to animal care.

As always, we thank you for your continued support.
Baby Great Horned Owls
Baby Gray Fox
Baby Virginia Opossums
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The SPCA in Dallas, Texas, took in 421 animals from a home in Caldwell County, Texas, in February 2017. Of those animals, 94 reptiles were transferred to NEWRR. This included 78 snakes, 7 blue-tongued skinks, 4 aquatic turtles, 2 bearded dragons, 1 Cuban knight anole, 1 tegu and 1 Savannah monitor. This is the largest single intake we have had to date.

Unfortunately none of the animals came with enclosures or accessories (lights, heat pads, water dishes, etc.), so we have had to purchase additional tubs and enclosures to house these animals. We have already spent over $700 for tubs, paper towels, mite treatment and other supplies. Several of the lizards have medical issues that will need to be addressed, like metabolic bone disease, and at least two of the snakes have upper respiratory infections. Medications, heat pads, water dishes, LOTS of paper towels, special bedding for some of the snakes that require high humidity, UVB lights, etc, will need to be purchased.

We breed our own rodents to feed the animals here at NEWRR, but with the addition of 78 snakes we will have to purchase food from a supplier and that will be expensive. We will also need to increase our purchase of other feeders including crickets, Dubia roaches, minnows and guppies.

Two additional turtle tanks will also need to be acquired to separately house two turtles that prefer to be alone. They are not aggressive, but will constantly harass other turtles they are housed with.

Please consider making a donation to help these animals in need. Any amount is appreciated. We could not do this without you!

And as always, a big THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers who helped with transport as well as cleaning tubs and helping to get these animals set up for quarantine. Amethyst Roney, Justin Roney, Devin Hallman, Mark Pyle and Stephen Pruitt, y'all rock!

Brandi and Mario
Most of the snakes set up for quarantine
Emaciated and dehydrated bearded dragon
Preparing animals for transport to NEWRR
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Raised by 53 people in 40 months
Created April 10, 2015
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Thank you for helping take in the turtle we named "Mikey" that we found swimming in our pool!

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