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 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
As always, we thank you for your continued support.
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
We have surpassed the number of animals taken in last year and are having to make significant changes to our home so we can house more animals. We have converted our garage into the animal care area so we now need a place to serve as storage. We are looking to have built or to buy a large storage shed for the backyard. To purchase a building will cost almost $7000. We are also looking for a company or person to donate the materials needed to build a shed. The materials and time spent helping build the shed are also tax deductible. So if you know anyone that would be willing to help, please let us know!
We are also completely FULL of aquatic turtles. We will need to purchase at least one, but prefer two more turtle ponds at $300 each. We can also use donated ponds. Large round cattle troughs (not metal) or the black ponds work great.
We are also always in need of supplies. We have a wish list on Amazon for supplies needed. You can find our Wish List here: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3OSYQVI9N2Y74/ref=cm_wl_list_o_0?
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As always, THANK YOU to all our supporters. We could NOT do this without the support we get from y'all!