Critter Tracker Fall 2013

Wildlife Care Association—A Plea for Help

The Wildlife Care Association Board of Directors has had to make a difficult decision—we have decided to close our facility two days per week for the upcoming off-season.

Donations have been steadily declining since the downturn in the economy. Along with the rising cost of food and supplies, this has put the organization in serious financial trouble.

Additionally, our volunteer base has diminished. This has greatly increased staffing costs to ensure the animals are properly cared for. Larger utility bills have also added to our budget shortage.

WCA is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of more than 6,000 orphaned, sick, and/or injured wild animals each year in the greater Sacramento area. Our facility takes in animals from local city, county, and state agencies as well as from members of the public, local zoos, and vet clinics. We are the only wildlife rehabilitation group in this area equipped to handle the substantial number of wild animals we rescue every year.

WCA does NOT receive any government funding or grants and is currently run solely on donations. Closing a few days per week will help with budget constraints, but will not solve our problem. We need to come up with solutions to prevent us from having to close our doors permanently.

We need help with running the organization, fundraising, animal care, and so much more. Please consider making a donation or volunteering to help the many animals that would otherwise die or have to be euthanized. Please send donations using the enclosed envelope.

If you would like to help at a higher level, please contact Theresa Bielawski at theresaszoo1@yahoo.com or 916-952-4336.

Although the details have not been hammered-out, we will probably be closing our facility on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning in October and running through March. If you find an animal in need of help this winter, please check our website or call our hotline to make sure we are open.

10th Annual Nuts & Berries Event

WCA’s 10th Annual Nuts & Berries event will be held on December 8th, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lion’s Gate Hotel in the Grand Ballroom. The Nuts & Berries event is the largest fundraiser WCA currently puts on and every year we try to do a few things differently. Typically, we start preparing for the event in September and continue until the day of the event; this includes collecting donations, assembling gift baskets, and organizing both items and people for the event.

In 2012, we had more than 400 items in our silent auction, more than 20 raffl e prizes, and more items for sale in the gift shop. We often have more than 100 donors, both local and non-local businesses and individuals to ensure a wide variety of items to choose from.

This year we will be adding a table of different specialty desserts to the silent auction and much more seating will be available at the event. In addition to many theme baskets, we also offer a large selection of fi ne wines and wine baskets, Disneyland Park Hopper passes, baseball tickets, overnight stays at different hotels and resorts, restaurant gift certifi cates, artwork, admission to different museums and amusement parks, and so much more. If you have not attended this event in the
past, this is the year to go! Auction items start as low as $10— a great selection of items to fit every budget.

If you have new items or a service you would like to donate, please contact Theresa at theresaszoo1@yahoo.com or 916-952-4336.

Check Out Our New Website

Check Out Our New Website Please check out our new website at www.wildlifecareassociation.com. Special thanks to Ciarnelli Web Designs of Sacramento—website & graphic designer Lisa Ciarnelli did a great job with the new site. If you are looking for help with a new website design, we highly recommend you contact
Ciarnelli Web Designs at info@ciarnelliwebdesigns.com. WCA would also like to thank our former webmaster, Carole Coons, for all the work she did on our former website.

WCA Wishlist

Here are items we are currently in need of—in addition to the regular items we typically request such as paper towels, toilet paper, and newspaper. For a more detailed list, please see our website at www.wildlifecareassociation.com.

  • Microwave Ovens
  • Food Processors
  • Printers (please, no
  • Digital Food Scales
  • Printers (please, no

  • broken printers!)

  • Digital Food Scales

  • (for weighing animals)
  • UV Lights

  • Floor fans
  • Pet Dryers (Grooming dryers)
  • Heating pads (with no auto shutoff)
  • Power Strips
  • Extension cords

We need items in working condition only—no repairs please. Donations can be dropped off at our facility any day between 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. at 5211 Patrol Road, McClellan, CA 95652. Thank you!

WCA Thank – yous

WCA would like to thank:
Aviary Sponsors

  • GOLDFINCH LEVEL
  • Nichole Kessel
  • HUMMINGBIRD LEVEL
  • M.P. & V. Mackey
  • Helen Dadmehr
  • Rebecca Mack
  • Roger & Louise Laurier
  • Diego Sarmiento & Martha Diaz
  • Rita Carroll
  • Ann McCandless

The Eco Club Members of C.K. McClatchy High School for donating $500 to WCA
Sacramento Natural Food Co-op makes substantial donations quarterly though their “Make Every Day Earth Day” reusable-bag token program.
Special thanks to Heringer Estates Family Vineyards & Winery for another successful Owl Release Event.

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