People, let me remind you again of the expenses incurred in rehabilitating YOUR native wildlife—YOUR legacy to future generations:
It takes about $100 to rehab a single squirrel; around $45 per songbird (a little over a dollar a day for as long as the bird is in rehab); about $450 per deer; somewhere around $75 per possum; about $60 per rabbit who survives to be released, and I can’t even break down the cost for raptors—a SMALL order of rats and mice for raptors in rehab runs a MINIMUM of $300, and that supply must be replenished often, depending on the number of raptors that come in. These amounts cover species-specific formulas; feeding implements; supplements; fruits, seeds and vegetables; bedding; caging; and medicines if needed. They don't include gas to pick up an animal or transport it to the vet if need be, nor do they include memberships in the NWRA nor species accounts and other informational books, pamphlets and brochures that provide valuable insights into the minds of the animals LWR rehabs and their habits in the wild.
Once again, let me remind you—rehabbers pay these expenses out of their own pockets and from the very few donations they receive from the public. Using LWR as an example, we received 208 intakes in 2011. If we had received a measly $20 per intake from the people bringing them to us, the resultant funds would have covered about HALF our expenses. Rehabbers cannot request money for taking the animals, nor can we refuse to take an animal without a donation—either action would cost us our rehab permits. We can merely suggest that a donation, while not required, would be helpful.
Please keep the above information in mind whenever you utilize the services of ANY rehabber in ANY state, and donate generously to their efforts. As I’ve said often in this space, kudos and attaboys/girls don’t fill furry bellies or feathered crops.
Why the rant right at the beginning? Two reasons—it’s been one of those weeks where I’ve lost too many critters that I desperately tried to save, and there’s been a great deal of conversation this week among fellow rehabbers expressing near-burnout sentiments.
Now, off the soapbox and on to a mixed update…
The mocker is in the flight pen now and should be good for release sometime next week, maybe sooner.