We are excited to report on our progress toward our new Medical Clinic and Education Center!
As the largest wildlife medical clinic in Northern New England, we have sorely outgrown our clinic and administrative space. For example, over the past few years our Intensive Care Room has grown from typically housing less than 10 patients at a time, to becoming full with over 30 patients requiring daily and intensive care. Our small mammal room has increased from needing to house 50 patients at a time, to close to 200 gray squirrels, porcupines, Virginia opossums, Eastern cottontails, and more. In an effort to achieve financial sustainability, we have increased our support and administrative staff (including the addition of fundraising and development interns and volunteers), and can often have 3-4 people attempting to utilize one small office space. Collaboration across all staff, volunteers, and interns, proves to be difficult without a classroom or administrative space, and we have come up with creative solutions such as tents over picnic tables!
Our board of directors has worked closely with our Executive Director to come up with a feasible solution that will allow us to match the amazing demand for wildlife treatment and education from the community. This multi-purpose facility’s primary purpose is to serve as a state-of-the-art wildlife medical clinic dedicated to providing medical care to a population of animals that are under served in New England. Due to a lack of “ownership” of wild animals, and the lack of local, state or federal funding for their care, the health and welfare of these animals is extremely tenuous. However, it is clear that the New England community is invested in the welfare of wildlife as evidenced by the increase in demand for our services each year. In addition to improving the quality of care for patients, this project will allow Center for Wildlife the to enhance its training programs for professional staff, volunteers, interns and regional rehabilitators through enhanced training and lab space.
The new facility will also serve as a “welcome center” for greeting the public, patient intake, meeting with donors and other partners, separate from the medical treatment space and animal sanctuary. In addition, the facility will provide meeting and exhibition space for our educational outreach program, fundraising and marketing team and director’s office, apart from the wildlife medical and rehabilitation function, and allow appropriate administrative workspace for our increased animal care staff and volunteers. A multi-purpose education and training room will provide space for community education programs and much needed training space for New England wildlife rehabilitators.
We are happy to announce that we have begun laying the groundwork for a successful capital campaign. We have created a Development Committee of volunteers chaired by a member of our board of directors that will be ready to carry out different aspects of the campaign. We have and will continue reaching out to local foundations to educate them on our project, and allow them to match their donors to the project. We have selected and begun collaborating with the architects on the project, and are close to having a clear and final 4,000sf building design. We look forward to providing ongoing updates of this project, and encourage you to contact us if you have any ideas, would like to make a lead or challenge match gift, or would like to become involved in our capital campaign!
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