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Printed in the Carmichael Times, February 10, 2017

Volume 37 – Issue 6 – Page 2


BY ERIC RUCKER

SACRAMENTO– On an average day it’s pretty easy to see why the Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento is so busy.

“They were making a nest and we wanted to find a no-kill place. That’s important to us,” Deborah Butler said of the three little birds she found in her RV.

The non-profit also saw a skunk, turtle and other birds come through its door in just the hour FOX40 was there Monday morning.

“It’s spring time and that means babies. We already have 1,400 wildlife animals,” WCA President Theresa Bielawski said.

The group has an operating budget of $150,000 annually and says that Tuesday’s “Big Day of Giving” event will help raise 20 to 30 percent of its budget.

The WCA of Sacramento is always looking for volunteers, they say they need hundreds of them.

If you’re interested in helping out you can go to Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to find out how as well as see some of their cute and cuddly animals for yourself.

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Interesting, informative and educational! Listen to Theresa’s interview on KERA, 88.1 FM. Select the play button below.

The Wildlife Care Association shows you how to volunteer to help animals in need.

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Wildlife Care Association in Sacramento County says despite recent rain, the drought has severely impacted the region’s wildlife.

Program manager Anysia Avila says there’s no shortage of our region’s ailing furry and feathery friends. People drop off thousands of sick, orphaned and injured animals every year.

“It can be anything from birds to animals,” she said.

Because of the drought, the population of unhealthy wildlife is growing, and they need volunteers to keep up with demand. The association can easily keep a couple of hundred volunteers busy.

“We need about 30 volunteers a day, and that’s just in the nursery,” she said.

The nonprofit organization, around since the 1970s, is funded by donations and compassion.

Leigh Medina is one of many faithful volunteers donating her time. There are two things she loves about this place.

“I enjoy feeding and caregiving,” she said.

The prerequisites to volunteer are simple.

“We just want somebody who’s passionate about animals and willing to learn how to take care of them. Honestly, that’s all we’re looking for is passionate people,” Avila said.

SACRAMENTO– On an average day it’s pretty easy to see why the Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento is so busy.

“They were making a nest and we wanted to find a no-kill place. That’s important to us,” Deborah Butler said of the three little birds she found in her RV.

The non-profit also saw a skunk, turtle and other birds come through its door in just the hour FOX40 was there Monday morning.

“It’s spring time and that means babies. We already have 1,400 wildlife animals,” WCA President Theresa Bielawski said.

The group has an operating budget of $150,000 annually and says that Tuesday’s “Big Day of Giving” event will help raise 20 to 30 percent of its budget.

The WCA of Sacramento is always looking for volunteers, they say they need hundreds of them.

If you’re interested in helping out you can go to Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to find out how as well as see some of their cute and cuddly animals for yourself.

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SACRAMENTO
Windy weather increases the need for volunteers at the Wildlife Care Association facility at McClellan Park.

“The wind is a factor because it knocks down nests from the trees. Usually after high winds we find people bringing them in,” said animal care manager Anysia Avila on Monday, an unusually gusty day that saw winds as high as 38 mph in the Sacramento region.

The baby birds that are brought to the facility need to be fed every 30 minutes.

The organization is hoping for more volunteers to help injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife recover before they can be released back to nature. This time of the year is more urgent because of the surge of babies.

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Listen to Doug Thomas interview Theresa Bielawski and Rick Reed of Wildlife Care Association.

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