Although the economy has slowed and individual donations toward our efforts have simultaneously slowed, the number of injured and orphaned wild animals brought to our clinic continues to increase. From March through July alone Center for Wildlife's tiny clinic with 3 full-time staff and an army of volunteers and interns have admitted and medically treated over 700 native birds, small mammals and reptiles. This is all done out of our 1000 square foot building, and examinations of our patients occur in a 57sq foot examination room. We are fortunate to have 3 Wildlife Specialists with extensive backgrounds in wildlife, zoology, biology, wildlife medical treatment, and veterinary medicine; along with a volunteer DVM whose experience in raptor medicine and 22 years of volunteering to perform extensive surgeries and X-Rays for our patients allows us to provide high quality care.
There is no doubt that our staff and volunteer veterinarian have the experience and capacity to continue growing our diagnostics and treatment capabilities, and are limited only by the small amount of space that we have in our clinic. This unfortunately becomes more and more evident each year. In addition to having limited space, the building is now reaching the end of it's useful life. This year we discovered mold and structural issues, and have spent thousands of dollars on remediation to keep our staff, volunteers, and wildlife patients safe while they heal.
These challenges have only given us more drive to continue working toward our capital campaign and much needed Medical Clinic/ Education Center. Our Executive Director and Director for Education and Outreach have been working hard with our Board of Directors to recruit additional professionals to our board, along with developing a strong Development Committee with a strategic vision and engaged volunteers. We recently met with the local press to share our cramped facilities and need for support from our community. Thanks in part to your support, we have raised over $125,000 toward our new building. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our progress with you, and encourage you to contact us with any specific questions or ideas around our project. Thank you for helping to make our much needed dream of a new facility come true!
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