AWARE Wildlife Center is the only facility in the Atlanta area that rehabilitates all species of injured and orphaned native Georgia wildlife. In 2013, AWARE rescued over 1,300 wild animals, many harmed by human carelessness. Most of these animals were successfully returned to the wild. Because wildlife is a precious natural resource, providing invaluable services such as seed dispersal, pollination, pest control, and sanitation, to name just a few, we believe that it is worth protecting.
Because of the large number of animals we treat & a limited number of outdoor enclosures, mammals & raptors must often await movement to outdoor spaces prior to release. This limitation requires AWARE to spend more time & resources on animal care than necessary. Donations will build a flight enclosure for raptors & a mammal enclosure, and provide food & care for these animals. These enclosures will allow us to prepare animals for release in a timelier manner & enable us to help more wildlife.
Larger enclosures allow the raptors and owls in AWARE's care to practice their flight and gain strength, and they provide mammals such as foxes, raccoons, or coyotes (that are often brought in with their young) with space to run, climb, and hide. These larger enclosures allow us to more effectively and efficiently prepare our patients for their release to the wild by more closely simulating their natural environments, as well as by providing more space.
An additional two large enclosures will go a long way toward helping AWARE relieve a backlog of animals waiting for release to the wild. Providing the most efficient return to the wild is not only best for the animals themselves, but will also enable AWARE to treat more animals. Returning these animals to the wild has long term benefits for the environment and the sustainability of our native Georgia wildlife. These enclosures will help hundreds of mammals and raptors for years to come.