Since February 2011, Center for Wildlife has admitted 462 birds, 270 mammals, and 25 reptiles that have been injured or orphaned due to being hit by a car, caught by a domestic cat, or other unnatural causes. The rescuers, professional medical staff, and volunteers and interns all play a role in ensuring quality medical and supportive care and treatment for these patients. With no state, federal, or municipal funding toward our services. donations like those from the GlobalGiving campaign play a vital role in supporting the care given to each patient from intake and initial examination, to prescription of course of treatment, ultimately to release.
Center for Wildlife has kept a great database over the last several years that tracks and provides analysis on species admitted, reason for admission, date, and location of rescue. In response to this data and trends in demand for services we have been able to increase non-paid staffing and have implemented a year-round Wildlife Care Internship Program. This spring we hosted our first spring intern block, and with this addition were able to care for over 250 patients at a time, while accommodating an increased interest in hands-on learning experiences for college students. We created a two-week orientation period with specialized workshops for interns and volunteers in areas like intensive care, small mammal feeding techniques, and raptor handling. We have also increased staffing for our Wildlife Assistance Hotline which receives up to 70 phone calls per day! Through our hotline we are able to assist the public with tips on living with wildlife, the risk of wildlife diseases, and how to safely rescue a wild animal in need. This is allowing us to expand our impact and with good advice prevent patients from even having to enter the clinic.
As we survey and analyze statistics and trends of our work and services, we have realized that we require more space for all of the various imperative functions that our rehabilitation, research, volunteer and intern, and educational programs perform. We are excited to be the largest wildlife medical clinic and education center in Northern New England, and the opportunity that we have to expand our services to meet the interest and demands of the community. We are looking forward to beginning the first phase of a capital campaign to update and expand our facilities that incorporates a
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