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November 23, 2018 – Northern California was besieged by wildfires earlier in the year and recently by the Camp Fire near Paradise.   WR&R has contacted wildlife rescue groups closer to the fire and offered our assistance for injured or orphaned wild birds and animals.   

In the burned areas, the financial needs are huge as families try to recover after the loss of loved ones, their homes, and their entire community.   We recognize those tremendous needs and salute you for helping out these rural communities after such devastating wildfires.   

If your giving plan allows and you can spare additional donations to support injured or orphaned wildlife, please don’t forget Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release on Giving Tuesday this year to provide for wild animals and birds in distress. Anonymous donors have pledged to match every dollar donated for wildlife care up to $10,000 received by midnight on November 27th.

WR&R relies on monetary donations from the community to care for wildlife in need and assists over 800 – 1,200 small mammals, raptors, songbirds and bats each year. These injured and orphaned wild animals require food, shelter, medicine and at times, veterinary care. Without help, the animals would be left to die with no chance of survival or could end up in care of untrained individuals.

There are amazing stories with every animal or bird that comes our way. To follow some of these stories, view WR&R’s website

(www.cawildlife911.org/givingtuesday/), sign up for the newsletter (www.cawildlife911.org/newsletter/), or check out the Facebook page (facebook.com/cawildlife911.org) as injured or orphaned wildlife are aided in their path to recovery:

  • A tiny baby Barn Owl named Miracle needed physical therapy every day during a critical period of growth for broken wing and injured leg;
  • A baby Gray Squirrel was badly injured by a chainsaw as a tree with its nest was cut down;
  • A young Scrub Jay suffering from neurological problems required special physical therapy and medication as it continues to recover;
  • Two songbirds whose injuries prevented them from being released into the wild survived and are thriving as licensed education songbirds;
  • A baby Great Horned Owl was captured, fed and released too soon by an untrained individual. With help from WR&R, the owl had to learn how to be a wild owl.

In addition, your donation of:

$25 will provide mealworms for a nest of hungry orphaned baby Jays for a month

$50 will feed a Great Horned Owl or a teenage Opossum for a month; 

$100 will obtain x-rays for a Red-tailed Hawk with an injured wing; 

$250 will purchase the supplies needed to build a squirrel release cage; and 

$3,000 will purchase a flight cage so that young songbirds can improve their flying skills.  

GivingTuesday is celebrated globally on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. It is a great way to give support and thanks while celebrating the power of giving. This fundraiser will be based online and ends at midnight on November 27th, 2018.

For more information on WR&R’s Giving Tuesday campaign: www.cawildlife911.org/givingtuesday/; WR&R’s newsletter sign-up – www.cawildlife911.org/newsletter/ ; or facebook.com/cawildlife911.org.

For information on the International Giving Tuesday program: www.givingtuesday.org

WR&R is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization that rehabilitates native small mammals, raptors, songbirds, and bats and then releases them back into the wild.