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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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The Sacramento community came together early on a Saturday morning to plant 21 trees at the property surrounding the WCA facility. Thanks is not enough for all the time and energy given by the caring volunteers, donors and staff to make this happen! You changed the world, made memories and planted a legacy for the future. These drought-tolerant young trees will provide additional habitat, a windbreak, and most excitingly, set the stage for a future outdoor education area!

We would like to give a HUGE thank you to Rick Reed who conceived of and spearheaded the project. We would also like to thank the following donors:

  • John Hagus of Southside Rentals, Inc.
  • Paul Scholl, publisher of Messenger Newspapers
  • Drewski’s Food Truck & Staff
  • Urban Forester Kuldeep Singh of the Sacramento Tree Foundation
  • SMUD Shade Tree Program
  • Tina Macuha and the crew at Good Day Sacramento
  • Artist Marianne Reed

We would also like to thank the following individuals for their time and efforts in making this project become a reality!

  • Hilda Vargas
  • Miguel Vargas
  • Julian Lacalle
  • Veronica Kohaya
  • Alyona Tivonyuk
  • Kathy Gillan
  • Lydia Sheridan
  • Pam Ancker
  • Dolan Malloy
  • MaryLou Flaa
  • David Flaa
  • Mike Dougherty
  • Brittany Towne
  • Tom Wroten
  • Dawn DeBerry
  • Theresa Bielawski
  • Gordon Stewart
  • Christy Berger
  • Brianna Abeyta
  • Phoenix Abeyta
  • Autumn Turner
  • Brad Fauble
  • Esther Higgins
  • Tess Lacalle
  • Thea Alexandra Apolinario
  • Monique Apolinario
  • John Watt
  • Lilya Negovlya
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