This project will build a wildlife rehabilitation center in Central Virginia to give orphaned or injured wildlife specialized care so they can be released into the wild. We now care for over 600 animals per year and are growing fast. At Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, mammals, birds and reptiles are given specialized diets, medicines and habitat needed to help them grow and thrive. The new building will provide two nurseries for the newborn animals, flight cages, a mammal pod, and waterfowl ponds.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
As development continues in Central Virginia, native wildlife is in need of a helping hand. All too often, animals are injured, orphaned, or made homeless when they encounter human activity: increased development limits wildlife habitat, cars hit wildlife, pets hunt and capture wildlife, trees are cut down and nests of baby birds, squirrels, and raccoons are destroyed, and sadly, the list goes on. RWS has cared for many thousands of such animals since its founding in 2004.
How will this project solve this problem?
Because of increased numbers of native wildlife in need of care, the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary (RWS) has outgrown its current location in the founder's home. The Board, staff and supporters are working toward construction of a building designed for animal care on our 20 acre site in Nelson County. The new Sanctuary will enable us to care for more diverse species of animals and to increase the overall number of animals receiving care.
Potential Long Term Impact
By rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing the orphaned and injured wildlife, RWS helps to maintain a healthy population of breeding animals and thus helps to maintain the wildlife native to the area. This supports the balance of nature and a healthy ecosystem.
Total Funding Received to Date: $7,710
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $42,290
Total Funding Goal: $50,000